December, 2015
Fugitive Waves Episode #37: Bone Music: A Collaboration with 99% Invisible

Fugitive Waves Episode #37: Bone Music: A Collaboration with 99% Invisible

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Produced by The Kitchen Sisters & Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible.

Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, ingenious Russians began recording banned bootlegged jazz, boogie woogie and rock ‘n’ roll on exposed X-ray film salvaged from hospital waste bins and archives.

“Usually it was the Western music they wanted to copy,” says Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. “Before the tape recorders they used the X-ray film of bones and recorded music on the bones, bone music.”

“They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”

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In this episode we also visit Third Man Records in Nashville and talk with Ben Blackwell about how they made x-ray recordings for the record label.

Wendy MacNaughton Sends The Kitchen Sisters Some Pixie Dust

Wendy MacNaughton Sends The Kitchen Sisters Some Pixie Dust


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Fugitive Waves Episode #36 – Tupperware

Fugitive Waves Episode #36 – Tupperware

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“Somewhere in the world there’s a Tupperware Party starting every 10 seconds.” And we’re going to one with The Kitchen Sisters.

Parties. Rallies. Sales sessions. More than a way of storing leftovers in covered plastic bowls, for many it’s a way of life. Earl Tupper took the plastics he developed for WWII into post-war American kitchens. The Tupperware Party is one of the ways women have come together to swap recipes and kitchen wisdom, get out of the house and support each other’s entrepreneurial efforts.

This story, which is used by instructors teaching audio classes around the country, was produced by The Kitchen Sisters in 1980, one of the first stories they created together. In this podcast the Sisters deconstruct the making of the piece and talk about the experiments and accidents that led to the development of their production style.

We also hear from Tupperware historian Dr. Allison Clarke, Professor of Design Theory & History, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and Tupperware consultant Lynn Burkhardt, and we hear vintage Tupperware ads from the Prelinger Archive—in a piece produced by Brandi Howell.

Support the Stories: A New Season of Hidden Kitchens and Beyond

Support the Stories: A New Season of Hidden Kitchens and Beyond



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