Odds and Sods

Presented by Shawn Klein

Airs The 4th Friday of the month at 17:30 UTC, repeated Saturday at 06:30 UTC and Monday at 16:30 UTC

A half-hour monthly show featuring interesting things and curiosities Shawn has found on the Internet, touching on a variety of subjects. Humanity’s first recordings of its own voice in the 1850s, the US government bouncing shortwave signals off the moon, an old world-war II era film about the use of radio during the war, auditory illusions, alternate musical scales, what noise does an ostrich make? And other unusual and rare sounds, These and much more are fair game on Odds and Sods.

Recent Shows

July 2017

The Great American Eclipse. What crazy things do animals do when a solar eclipse hides the sun for a while? What can scientists see of the sun's corona during an eclipse that they can't see every day with their satellites? This month we get ready for next month's Great American Total Eclipse of the Sun with commentary from 4 scientists from UC Berkley's Multiverse Youtube channel while we simultaneously listen to highlights from a freesound.org recording made during the partial solar eclipse of March 20 2015 at a Dutch farm. We'll also hear about the Eclipse Megamovie and Eclipse Soundscapes projects.

Useful links.
Eclipse MegaMovie project
https://eclipsemega.movie/
Eclipse Soundscapes Project
http://www.eclipsesoundscapes.org
Freesound.org
http://www.freesound.org
Thanks to Freesound user klankbeeld
http://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/
for the use of his eclipse field recording, the full recording is here:
http://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/267644/
Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017

June 2017

This month on Odds and Sods, the sounds of the universe part 3, Cosmic shortwave. Listening to the Sun and Jupiter from right here on Earth.

Last month we wrapped up Professor Carolin Crawford's lecture, now we're going to dig into some things she didn't mention.

We heard sounds from the sun seen by optical telescopes, but the sun is a radio source too, especially when it gets stormy. So is Jupiter. Amateur radio astronomers and hams have a history of listening to Jupiter and the sun on shortwave, and even vhf. We'll hear some interesting articles and videos on the subject from Nasa, Atlantic and other sources while we listen to some of these sounds. Ready for some Jovian popcorn?

Useful links:
Rise/Set/Transit Times for Major Solar System Bodies and Bright Stars
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/mrst.php
Nasa's Radio Jove Project: Online Observatories (Windows Media Player is required)
https://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov/observing/online_obs.htm
Sounds Archives: Index of /RS/Voice_of_SPACE Parent Directory
http://doris.kiev.ua/RS/Voice_of_SPACE
Nasa Science website with news and info
https://science.nasa.gov/
Space Weather Woman – Dr. Tamitha Skov's Website with solar forecasts and stuff
http://www.spaceweatherwoman.com/
Various things that may or may not be accessible from Radio Jove Spectrograph Users Group
http://www.radiojove.org/SUG/
Website for Juno, the space probe that NASA has at Jupiter right now.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

May 2017

This month on Odds and Sods, the sounds of the universe part 2.

VLF electromagnetic waves dozens of kilometers long produced by the atmospheres of our Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, ultra low frequency sound waves detected in the doppler shift of light coming from our sun, stars, and galaxy clusters, the actual recorded sound of a gentle breeze on Saturn's moon Titan, vhf radio waves received from pulsars: (the remnants of exploded stars). That's what's in store as we listen to a lecture given by Professor Carolin Crawford, one of Britain's foremost science communicators. I'll be interjecting a few tidbits of info as well, and during the first few minutes of the lecture, we'll do some multitasking. We'll be hearing a stereo recording of vlf signals generated by lightning strikes around the world recorded by Stephen P. McGreevy in California. He has a wealth of these recordings available for free download at
http://www.archive.org

Some other links:

The sounds of the Universe.
http://www.gresham.ac.uk
Live VLF (natural radio) receivers listening to the EM spectrum at audio frequencies:
http://abelian.org/vlf/
Solar Wind Sounds Links, a collection of space sonification sounds on the web:
http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/stereo_solarwind/sounds_links.html

April 2017

This month on Odds and Sods, the sounds of the universe part 1.

VLF electromagnetic waves dozens of kilometers long produced by the atmospheres of our Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, ultra low frequency sound waves detected in the doppler shift of light coming from our sun, stars, and galaxy clusters, the actual recorded sound of a gentle breeze on Saturn's moon Titan, vhf radio waves received from pulsars: (the remnants of exploded stars). That's what's in store as we listen to a lecture given by Professor Carolin Crawford, one of Britain's foremost science communicators. I'll be interjecting a few tidbits of info as well, and during the first few minutes of the lecture, we'll do some multitasking. We'll be hearing a stereo recording of vlf signals generated by lightning strikes around the world recorded by Stephen P. McGreevy in California. He has a wealth of these recordings available for free download at
http://www.archive.org

Some other links:

The sounds of the Universe.
http://www.gresham.ac.uk
Live VLF (natural radio) receivers listening to the EM spectrum at audio frequencies:
http://abelian.org/vlf/
Solar Wind Sounds Links, a collection of space sonification sounds on the web:
http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/stereo_solarwind/sounds_links.html

March 2017

Breaker 1 9, how ‘bout them Global Voice listeners, you got your ears on for this here Odds and Sods show? This month we be goin’ back to the 70s 10 4? 8-track tapes and cb radios come together when we hear part of a 1976 8-track called How to CB. Shawn will occasionally throw in his 2 cents worth. So put down the talker, turn up the squalker, and let’s listen to some over-the-top American CB slang, about half of which went out of style by the time Shawn got into cb in the mid 80s. The show will end with some hilarious CB humor. What happens when some hillbillies get hold of a cb radio, and know nothing about the lingo? Move on down to the Global Voice channel, tune in to Odds and Sods and find out.

February 2017

This month is the final part of a lecture given by David Giovannoni, one of the people who discovered and deciphered humanity’s first recordings of its own voice in 2007. We will hear him talk about the process of discovery, and he will play us examples of these first recordings by French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in the 1850’s and 1860.

January 2017

This month is part 1 of a lecture given by David Giovannoni, one of the people who discovered and deciphered humanity’s first recordings of its own voice in 2007. We will hear him talk about the process of discovery, and he will play us examples of these first recordings by French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in the 1850’s and 1860.


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