Everything Sounds is a podcast and short-form radio program exploring the role of sound in art, science, history, culture, and our everyday lives. Even silence has a sound.


  • Coming Soon: Fifth and Ludlow

    Coming Soon: Fifth and Ludlow

    05/11/2019 Duração: 04min

    A new podcast from Everything Sounds' George Drake, Jr. Coming December 2, 2019 In 2008, a family in Dayton, Ohio was remodeling an original bathroom of their 1927 house. During the process, they unearthed a letter and two envelopes in near perfect condition dating back over 90 years. The letter, from a man simply named "Will" is vague, secretive, and mysterious. The envelopes paint an even more confusing picture. Fifth and Ludlow tells the story of 1920s Dayton through the lens of the letter, and aims to expose the answers to the countless questions it raises.

  • 58: TRAINS  Trains

    58: TRAINS & Trains

    18/02/2016 Duração: 13min

    Steam trains have been around for hundreds of years and devoted people with a lot of passion, patience, and strong work ethic are keeping the culture alive at volunteer-run organizations across the world. The Monticello Railway Museum in Illinois, and the Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers in England are two organizations doing their parts to help the culture make it through to the next generation.

  • 57: Um, Uh, Er

    57: Um, Uh, Er

    08/10/2015 Duração: 16min

    When we stumble, misspeak, or fill our speech with um, er, and uh sounds, we are speaking with disfluencies. Michael Erard wrote a book on the subject called Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. Learn about what disfluencies are, their cultural perception, and why they may not be such a bad thing from Michael and Katie Gore of Speech IRL. Music in the episode was contributed by Podington Bear.

  • 2014 Everything Sounds Audio Reel

    2014 Everything Sounds Audio Reel

    05/02/2015 Duração: 02min

    A listen back to some of the stories we featured in 2014. Music: Podington Bear - "Frosted Glass" Thank you for listening, sharing, enjoying and taking part. It's been an incredible year. All our best, @georgedrakejr and @CraigShank Episodes featured (in order):

  • 56: Marvin The Greeter

    56: Marvin The Greeter

    15/12/2014 Duração: 10min

    The sounds of a commute are the soundtrack to a morning. It could be car horns while stuck in traffic, the screeching of the train skidding along a curve, or in this case, a man named Marvin. Marvin goes to the same spot each morning. It doesn't matter what the weather's like or what day it is, he's there trying to make people's days better, by doing something that makes him feel better, too. He's a part of the soundtrack to people's commutes and he sees the commuters as his friends and family. Music in this episode by Podington Bear (

  • 55: Restaurant Sound Design

    55: Restaurant Sound Design

    02/10/2014 Duração: 17min

    In the 2013 Zagat Dining Trends Survey, diners shared information about their tipping habits, favorite cuisines, and even their top complaints about restaurants. Not surprisingly, high prices, poor service, and crowded restaurants were some of the biggest gripes, but the number one complaint was noise. How much of the sound is there by design and how can restaurant owners use sound to make dining out a more pleasant (and less noisy) experience? Clark Wolf has consulted to restaurants, hotels, and just about every type of venue where people gather to enjoy food. Part of his job is to think about the ways in which sound can be used to enhance dining experiences. Learn more about the best and the worst of sound and music in restaurants with Clark Wolf on this episode of Everything Sounds.

  • 54: Shapenote

    54: Shapenote

    04/09/2014 Duração: 18min

    Shapenote singing is a tradition developed in the late 1700's and early 1800's that helped everyday people sing music even if they couldn't sight-read standard musical notation. Shapenote and the Sacred Harp songbook are still allowing people to share a musical experience until this day. Learn more about this tradition from Anne Heider, Robert from the Chicago Shapenote Singers, and Ruth Reveal. You can learn more about Shapenote, the Sacred Harp, and find singings in your area at Also, thanks to Kate Lumpkin for her help with this episodes.

  • 53: The Black Country

    53: The Black Country

    10/07/2014 Duração: 19min

    Individuals can share a common language, but it can sound different due to accents and regional dialects. In some cases, there are profound differences between areas that are in close proximity to one another. The Black Country, an area of the West Midlands in England, is known for a unique dialect that can be difficult for modern English speakers to clearly understand. In this episode, Alex Adey shares stories of the history and torchbearers of the Black Country dialect. More from Alex Adey: The Black Country Museum:

  • 52: livingvoid

    52: livingvoid

    27/06/2014 Duração: 13min

    Jack Chuter's interest in experimental sounds began with a trip to his local record store. He listened to a Sunn O))) record at a listening station and went away completely bewildered by the experience. The music stuck with him and over time helped change his approach to listening and music criticism. Jack founded ATTN:Magazine to explore music from a standpoint of curiosity and discovery. Download the compilation at:

  • 51: Zappa Dummy

    51: Zappa Dummy

    12/06/2014 Duração: 18min

    NPR's Protojournalist published a list of 6 odd college courses in America. On the list is a course on the music of Frank Zappa. The course was developed by Andy Hollinden at Indiana University. Holliden's interest in Zappa first manifested itself while he was in high school. Beyond listening to the music and poring over linear notes, Andy constructed a dummy of Frank Zappa that would later provide him with more insight and memories than he had ever imagined.

  • 50: Jukebox Collector

    50: Jukebox Collector

    20/03/2014 Duração: 21min

    Jukeboxes have fallen out of favor as time and technology marches on, but they still serve as reminders of a different time with respects to music and culture. Berry Bell shares information about jukeboxes and walks us through his collection on this week's show. Put a few quarters in the machine and listen to learn more about the "jutebox" confusion, the Gullah roots of the machine's nickname, and how jukeboxes changed radio programming forever. Find photos of Berry's collection at:

  • 49: Mad Genius

    49: Mad Genius

    06/03/2014 Duração: 33min

    It's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain anonymity in our technological culture, but some secrecy and mythology can still be achieved not in spite of, but because of those advances. @mad_genius is a collective of audiovisual experimenters that twist the sounds of our everyday or collective experiences into musical moments that encapsulate a time, place, person, or event. The elusive "Magnus Genioso" will introduce you to the collective and even offer you a special invitation.

  • 48: From Here To Ear

    48: From Here To Ear

    21/02/2014 Duração: 13min

    The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusettes opened in 1799 and has been exploring the intersections of art, culture, and technology across various disciplines over its tenure as one of the longest continuously operating museums in the United States. The French artist and composer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, created an exhibition that is right at home at the PEM. "From here to Ear" is a composition that utilizes space, sounds, and 70 zebra finches interacting with their surroundings. Learn more about this unique sonic art experimentation from from Céleste himself andTrevor Smith, the Curator of the Present Tense at the PEM.

  • 47: The Heartbeat

    47: The Heartbeat

    06/02/2014 Duração: 38min

    The Tell-Tale Heart, one of Edgar Allan Poe's best known works, was written in 1842. The tale of madness involves a number of senses, but comes to a dramatic climax with a single sound -- a heart beating beneath the floor. George adapted the story into a radio drama, The Heartbeat, which was then produced by @auburnuniversitytheatre's Radio Flyer Theatre. Enjoy this modern re-imagining of the classic story on this episode! You can hear the entire version from @scottkwaters here: The Heartbeat was directed by Anna Claire Walker. It was produced by Taylor Dyleski, Kelly Walker as well as additional production, sound design and audio engineering from Scott Waters for Auburn University's Radio Flyer Theatre. It was adapted by @georgedrakejr Also, find out more about Edgar Allan Poe at The Poe Museum Website: If you haven’t read the original prose of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe, you should read that first:

  • 46: Dr. Blankenstein

    46: Dr. Blankenstein

    25/01/2014 Duração: 18min

    Drew Blanke was fascinated with sci-fi, music, and electronics growing up. Over time, he began wiring circuits, performing techno, and building his own marketing company. He eventually left the New York rave scene, sold his marketing business, and began looking for his next project. After adding a color-changing LED to a computer mouse, Dr. Blankenstein was born. Drew has since been drawing upon a lifetime of his interests and experiences to build a company specializing in custom synthesizers and effects. Learn more about Drew and the birth of Dr. Blankenstein in this episode.

  • 45: Sounds of Skateboarding

    45: Sounds of Skateboarding

    09/01/2014 Duração: 15min

    Skateboarding is an extremely visual activity for participants and spectators. However, the rhythm and sounds created through skateboarding are extremely important to the sport. A music producer called "Wasaaga" and his friend Brad decided to record the sounds of skateboarding and use them to create music that utilized their recordings of skateboarding sounds.

  • 44: Sounds of IU

    44: Sounds of IU

    19/12/2013 Duração: 17min

    Sounds can help to define places and times in our lives. George and Craig graduated from Indiana University in 2009 and have distinct memories about campus life in Bloomington, Indiana. IU is where their interest in sound and radio developed, so they decided to enlist the help of Norbert Herber's class to share their current college experiences through sound. The results capture a place that is familiar, but evolving for former residents and representative of the spirit of the University for those who still call it home.

  • 2013 Everything Sounds Audio Reel

    2013 Everything Sounds Audio Reel

    09/12/2013 Duração: 03min

    As we approach the end of 2013 we wanted to take a moment and listen back to the past year. It's been a good one. We joined up with @muleradio, entered Season 3, celebrated 100k and 200k followers on SoundCloud, made radio with @herebemonsters, @youre-us, The Memory Palace, @maxowens and @simonjohnnewton and never forgot the importance of sound. A special thanks to @lee-sparey for allowing us to remix and use his song 'Electrode.' Listen to the original version here: Thank you for listening, sharing, enjoying and taking part. It's been an incredible year. Have a happy, fun and healthy end to 2013 and we'll see you on the other side. All our best, @georgedrakejr and @CraigShank Episodes featured (in order):

  • 43: The Legacy of Spence Broughton

    43: The Legacy of Spence Broughton

    05/12/2013 Duração: 21min

    When people pass on, their memories remain through the stories we tell. Over time, many of those stories can be forgotten or lost to time. However, sometimes those legacies can be revived. In this case, the legacy of Spence Broughton was revived many generations later through music and poetry. @simonjohnnewton shares his family's remembrance of a convicted criminal and the folklore created over the generations since his death.

  • 42: Piano Across America

    42: Piano Across America

    14/11/2013 Duração: 14min

    In nearly every city and town, you can find street performers playing music as others go about their day. However, it's not often that you see street performers playing full-sized upright pianos. Dotan Negrin took his desire for adventure and dissatisfaction with his acting pursuits and turned it into a nationwide street performance project called "Piano Across America." Listen to learn more about Dotan's struggles, successes, location selection process, and his traveling partner, Brando.

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