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Video Shorts from Locally Toned TV at the Waffle Shop

Check out a series of selected video shorts excerpted from the July 9, 2010 Locally Toned TV show at the Waffle Shop. The first set features videos from some of the live ringtone contributors that evening. I’ll add more content from the television show in weeks to come!

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Photo Documentation of Locally Toned TV

A photo montage by Anna Lee Fields. Below are selected photos she took during the recording of Locally Toned TV at the Waffle Shop, July 9, 2010.

From the outside in (color).

From the outside in (with calendar), black and white.

Donnell Pearl as the cool *cat* who interviewed me.

Lenka Clayton, artist and temporary Waffle Shop staff member, works the controls.

Setting up a shot.

Gettin’ ready for the show (long shot).

Encyclopedia Destructica (Christopher Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira), one of Locally Toned’s Old and New Media Residency co-hosts. They were my first guests. We visited about their creative contributions to Locally Toned.

Justin Hopper, this year’s Old and New Media Resident Artist, was up next on the show. He talked about his project, Public Record, and brought his goldfish on the show–wanted me to get a tone from the little dude. That didn’t happen…

Artist Ayanah Moor, ringtone contributor and informal project adviser came on the show to perform a new ringtone.

Video and filmmaker (and ringtone contributor) Caleb Foss ran camera for Locally Toned TV.

Video artist and musician Keith Tassick performed his famously subtle *Ring*tone live!

Dave English took time away from his television show to be a guest on Locally Toned TV, too.

Spontaneous ringtone contributor Ricardo Iamuuri plays the hand harmonica (a harmonica made from only his hands).

Another spontaneous ringtone contributor–Christine “Scout” Smith played a lovely tune on her concertina.

Contributor Scott Davidoff (a.k.a. Edith Leadbottom).

Turadg Aleahmad, accompanist on the Mayan Horn, and Ms. Edith Leadbottom rehearse the ringtone, “You Are the One for Me.”

As the show is winding down…

Thanks to Anna Lee Fields for the lovely photos, and to the Waffle Shop, all the guests and audience members.

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Waffle Shop Sign Featuring Locally Toned Quote

I’ve been meaning to post this sign above the Waffle Shop–it’s a quote from project research. I didn’t know that the airspace was public property for the purposes of sonic transmission until I read this thorough article by Sumanth Gopinath called “Ringtones, or the auditory logic of globalization.”

Much and belated thanks to the Waffle Shop for putting this quote “up in lights” the week I produced Locally Toned TV at the Waffle Shop. That billboard’s changing every week–you can check what’s (literally) up by clicking here.

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Locally Toned TV Ringtones (Recorded Live at the Waffle Shop)

This is what I saw, looking from the stage at the audience and video crew last Friday night, July 9, 2010 while we recorded the Locally Toned TV show at the Waffle Shop.

Although getting the show “up and streaming” was rather tricky (due to some behind-the-scenes technical difficulties), the evening was delightfully magical. I promise to tell you more about the creative alchemy in future posts about the event, and you’ll also get to see photographs taken by Anna Lee-Fields, and video footage recorded by Carl Cimini and Caleb Foss.

A big part of the good karma that evening came from the audience–Locally Toned picked up three brand new “on the spot” ringtones from folks who dropped in to see the live show. How wonderful it was to open up the stage (and streaming webcast) to those simply moved in the moment to perform!

Since these tones were recorded “on the fly,” I didn’t have time to formally interview these contributors, but I was able to shoot photographs from my position in the HO(s)T seat. Here’s the short and sweet series I’m calling the Waffle Shop/Locally Toned TV Ringtones.

The first volunteer was local singer, songwriter and videographer, Ricardo Iamuuri. Here’s his beautiful Hand Harmonica Ringtone.

Next up was Christine “Scout” Smith–a “social worker, and fledgling [and brave, in my opinion!] concertina player.” This is her Fledgling Concertina Tone.

Our final ringtone contributor was Josephine Landback, a student and, if I read her handwriting correctly, also a cleaner in Pittsburgh. Josie performed a nice little Mouth Horn Ringtone for us. You’ll hear Waffle Shop ambience (the sound of clinking plates) in the background.

Thanks to Ricardo, Christine and Josephine for your inspired contributions to the project!


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