It appears I misunderstood the nature of today’s 24-hour long sfSound Radio broadcast. I thought they would be playing around by literally sticking a microphone out of a window and broadcasting the street noise. But at midnight this morning (Pacific time), some folks were actually playing music live. It was improvised, of course — non-idiomatic stuff, lots of acoustic guitar. Sounded really good.
As of about 6:30 a.m., sfSound actually was broadcasting street noise (which answers the question of how they got people to perform in the wee hours — they apparently didn’t). Now, as of 7:00 a.m., I’m hearing repeating bursts of soft noise, as if someone’s sampled the street noise or is playing it back in chopped-up form through some computer algorithm.
Now I don’t know what to expect during the rest of the day, which makes this a little more exciting. Tune in for yourself; you’ve got until midnight, and who knows what you’ll hear?
Listen in at sfsound.org/radio.html. (Warning: The audio starts automatically.)
(UPDATE: Something occurs to me. No matter what happens, they can chalk it up to being part of the “live” concept. For example, if the broadband connection gets severed somehow — it becomes a Cagean exhibit of indeterminate silence, or something. Win!)