Excerpt from “Become a Microscope: 90 Statements on Sister Corita” by Aaron Rose
Month: June 2012
I have often thought of “Ghostbusting,” a radio piece about the supernatural lore of the Icelandic countryside, in the seven years since it aired. It showed me how weird and gripping radio could be; no small revelation after growing up in the era of Clear Channel. The adorable voice of the narrator, experimental composer Kira Kira, wavers beneath an upswell of piercing tones, chimes and ambient field recordings as she translates the stories of her elderly interview subjects. The effect is otherworldly.
You can hear the entire episode by visiting the sadly-defunct The Next Big Thing.
Serendipitously, I just learned Kira Kira co-directed a film called Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir that’s screening next month on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. The trailer is wonderful:
Everyone forgot how to ride the subway over the weekend. It only took three warm days and all the knots slackening in our shoulders as our bodies expanded into this newfound space.