Threshold Shift

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An audio series by KBOO's 2017 Artist in Residence

 

NEW EPISODES:  Every 5th Saturday of the 2018 from 12-3 am. Long form episodes of immersive soundscape goodness. 

March 2018:  Threatened Public and Native lands featuring recordings from Bernie Krause, Dwight Porter, and Jacob Job. 

Past episodes aired Fridays at 10:00-10:15am from Sept 1- Oct 27, 2017.

Hear the Earth You're Missing

Threshold Shift is a collection of field recordings created and contributed by sound professionals, scientists, and student-citizens from across the globe. Why do we record? In part, because sounds are disappearing faster than we can capture them. By many accounts, there is less than 2% of the Earth that is free from human-induced sounds and that area is shrinking quickly. Perhaps, as we sit silently with our recorders, we are trying to hear the heartbeat of the Earth. Or maybe we just simply want to spend more time in a quiet moment away from the constant bustle of other humans. In any event, by creating these sonic trails, we hope to understand who and where we are as a planet, how we got here, and where we might be headed in our shared future. We have attempted to leave these field recordings as raw and uninterrupted as possible to allow people to hear these places the way the recorder did. By sharing these sonic treasures with our listeners, it is our hope that this series will increase awareness about acoustic ecology, bioacoustics, and sound preservation efforts as well as create some room in an otherwise human-crowded media landscape for nature to have some air time.

 

Recording Note:  Unless otherwise indicated, all episode intro and outro soundscapes are recorded by Nikki Martin using a Zoom H2 or Sound Devices 702.

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This Land Is Our Land

Airs at: Sat, 03/31/2018 at 12:00am - 3:00am
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Hello and welcome back to Threshold Shift. I am your host Nicole Martin. We have weathered the winter and now we are back on the air for every fifth Saturday of the year bringing you more long-form soundscape immersion. On this our first episode of 2018, we have a very spe... Read more

An Idiot's Field Guide to US Public and Tribal Land Management

Airs at: Sat, 03/31/2018 at 12:00am - 3:00am
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  To make some of this information easier to get to (less scrolling than on the episode page) here it is in a hopefully more digestible format. You can hear a somewhat impromptu interview about these topics here. All opinions expressed were my own. For clarification, there... Read more

Threshold Shift Audio Party

Airs at: Mon, 11/06/2017 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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I am personally inviting you to the Threshold Shift Audio Party happening Monday, November 6 from 630-800 PM at the KBOO Studios on 20 SE 8th Ave. Portland, OR 97214. We'll be celebrating all things audio including the wrap of the Threshold Shift Sound Artist in Residency ... Read more

The Final Frontier Episode

Airs at: Fri, 10/27/2017 at 10:00am - 10:15am
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  Hello and welcome to the final episode of Threshold Shift. I am your host, Nicole Martin. You have allowed us to take you around the globe across four continents and to the dark waters of the Arctic; from tiny Yellow Island in the San Juans all the way to Papua New Guine... Read more

The Echo Episode: Sound and Collecting It

Airs at: Fri, 10/20/2017 at 10:00am - 10:15am
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If you missed our last long-form piece this Wednesday be sure to check it out on the special page. So this week, in our penultimate episode, I'd like to allow our minds to wander a bit and envision ourselves as echo collectors. I know the series has focused quite a bit on t... Read more

Threshold Shift Long-Play Special: Space-Time

Airs at: Wed, 10/18/2017 at 12:00am - 3:00am
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This is our second and final long-play special. Our first Long Play focused on the Dawn Chorus, tracking how soundscapes evolve over time and give a deeper sense of place based on what they contain. In this special, we'll be tracking time on a global scale, starting with ni... Read more

Sound Documentation, Preservation and Advocacy

Airs at: Fri, 10/13/2017 at 10:00am - 10:15am
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"What did I have to offer a world that was forgetting? My memory! How could my memory help? By offering comparisons! By telling the young what once was. By considering our losses! I found the more I remembered, the more I could remember! Millions of things." --The Old Man,... Read more

Sound Ecology: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Airs at: Fri, 10/06/2017 at 10:00am - 10:15am
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One of the major threads of this project is an attempt to connect us as listeners to our ears and our lives a little bit more. A literal threshold shift is when your hearing perception changes while moving between environments with drastically different volume levels. Most ... Read more

News from the Boo Interview

Airs at: Wed, 10/04/2017 at 5:45pm - 6:00pm
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Mic Crenshaw, KBOO's station co-manager, was kind enough to interview me for the weekly News from the BOO feature that he curates along with Delphine Criscenzo. Stay tuned for the transcript.  Read more

Threshold Shift Long-Play Special: The Dawn Chorus

Airs at: Wed, 10/04/2017 at 12:00am - 3:00am
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Airs Wednesday, Oct 4 at 12 AM. This is the first of our two long-play specials. We devised these shows specifically to be a little more experimental in nature, which lets us push the limits of how long we can keep humans off the air. It also gives our lengthy submissions ... Read more