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HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Friday, June 9 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
NATF Playhouse: Regrowing Cities

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Audio Artist Elsa Lankford created this soundscape/experimental sound installation as a sonic interpretation of the effects of urban agriculture on the soundscape. Cities initially were full of sounds of human life, but in many cities, the soundscapes are now full of lo-fi noise. This piece examines what happens when life through urban agriculture is put back into the urban soundscape.

Elsa, an Associate Professor at Towson University teaching Audio production in the Electronic Media and Film will discuss her stereo vs surround sound mix of this production at this session.


Friday June 9, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

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