A Podcast on the sonic Arts and Humanities

Phantom Power™ is an aural exploration of the sonic arts and humanities that launched in 2018. Hosted by sound and media scholar Mack Hagood, the podcast explores the works and ideas of artists, technologists, producers, composers, ethnographers, historians, cultural scholars, philosophers, and others working in sound.

Ep. 36 | Voices Pt. 3: Dork-o-phonics (Jonathan Sterne)

April 13, 2022 | 00:39:18

Jonathan Sterne is one of the most influential scholars working on sound and listening. His 2003 book, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction, had a formative influence on the then-nascent field of sound studies. His 2012 book, MP3: The Meaning of a Format, was both a fascinating cultural history and a deep meditation… Continue reading

Ep. 35 | Voices Pt. 2: The Sound of My Voice (Stacey Copeland)

March 10, 2022 | 00:51:04

In part two of our three-part series “Voices,” we feature an exciting new voice in the world of sound studies, Stacey Copeland.  In part one last month, we examined the role voices play in professional sports and unpacked some of … Continue reading

Ep. 34 | Voices Part 1: Hut-hut-hike! (Travis Vogan, Jonathan Sterne)

February 10, 2022 | 00:28:43

In this first episode of a three-part series called Voices, we’re listening to the sound of American football—specifically the role of voices in the NFL. We start with a rather quirky story from NFL history that speaks to how the voice … Continue reading

Ep. 33: How Our Sonic Sausage Gets Made (Mack Hagood w/ Dario Llinares & Lori Beckstead)

January 11, 2022 | 01:02:37

This episode, we take you behind the scenes of Phantom Power. Producer/host Mack Hagood was invited by Dario Llinares and Lori Beckstead to be a guest on their show, The Podcast Studies Podcast. As you may or may not know, … Continue reading

Ep. 32: The World According to Sound (Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett)

December 14, 2021 | 00:43:48

The World According to Sound is the brainchild of two rogue audionauts who rebelled against the NPR mothership: Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett. It began as a micro podcast that held one unique sound under the microscope for 90 seconds … Continue reading

Ep. 31: Animal Control (Mandy-Suzanne Wong, Robbie Judkins, Colleen Plumb) [Re-Cast]

November 19, 2021 | 00:36:06

In this re-cast, we examine the sounds humans make in order to monitor, repel, and control beasts. Author Mandy-Suzanne Wong’s Listen, We All Bleed is a creative nonfiction book that explores the human-animal relationship through animal-centered sound art. When we … Continue reading

Ep. 30 | R. Murray Schafer Pt. 2: Critiques & Contradictions

October 29, 2021 | 00:46:11

How to think about the contradictory figure of R. Murray Schafer? A renegade scholar who used sound technology to create an entirely new field of study, even as he devalued the very tools of its trade. A gifted composer who … Continue reading

Ep. 29: R. Murray Schafer (1933-2021) Pt.1

September 28, 2021 | 00:34:23

R. Murray Schafer recently passed away on August 14th 2021. If you’re someone who works with sound or enjoys sound art or experimental music–or you’ve just thrown around the word “soundscape”–you’ve probably engaged with his intellectual legacy. Schafer was one of … Continue reading

Ep. 28: “On Listening In” ft. Lawrence English (Re-cast)

July 13, 2021 | 00:36:55

Today, in honor of World Listening Day, we rebroadcast our story on renowned Australian sound composer, media artist and curator Lawrence English. This episode of gets deep into English’s own listening practices as an artist, specifically a technique he calls … Continue reading

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