DNTO takes a listen to 'home recordings'
Originally aired March 21, 2015
This week, DNTO steps out of the studio and dives in to the world of home recordings and personal audio.
Whether it's the voicemail you just can't bring yourself to delete, the pretend radio show you hosted as a kid, or the long-lost voice of a loved one that's passed on - our lives are full of audio treasures.
On this week's show:
Andrew Chapman was having the best brunch of his life on a patio in Toronto when his phone rang. That phone call and message led to a ruined brunch, a new relationship with his step-father, and the best conversation ever with his mom. We'll play you the phone message that started it all.
The first holiday without a loved one can be hard. But for Rick Bergh, a surprise audio recording reunited his family in an unexpected way.
Alison S. M. Kobayashi is a Mississauga born, New York based artist. A large part of her art practice is devoted to taking found objects - such as letters or voicemail messages - and re-imagining their stories into art. She's currently working with a home recording of a family in Brooklyn from the early 50's.
Ryan-Sang Lee had a rocky relationship with his dad, until he revealed a hidden musical side on a South Korean mountain. Ryan shares the recording that turned things around. Hear Ryan-Sang's documentary about his dad here.
When his father brought home a tape recorder in 1970, six-year-old Joe Mahoney wasted no time in making it his. Thanks to all the hours he taped at home on that machine, Joe ended up working in radio, first as a dj in Charlottetown, and then as a recording engineer for the CBC.
Like many dads, Jeff Cohen makes recordings of funny moments in his kids' lives. But unlike many dads, he records audio, not video. And one particular post-haircut recording went viral. Hear his full interview here (begins at 1:10).
When Carly Stasko was being treated for cancer, she had no idea that a phone message would be a key part of her cure.