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High-wire artist Philippe Petit says that discovering our hidden creativity is essential for making a wondrous life. The Utah Arts Festival and KUER's RadioWest are hosting the Creative Utah Project, a series of art challenges to help Utahns young and old discover their hidden creativity and unleash their artistic powers. YOU are the artist. Check back here for the weekly challenges or subscribe to the RadioWest podcast. Then, send us your works of art by tagging #creativeutah on social media or by emailing radiowest@kuer.orgUtah Arts Festival runs June 25 - 28th. Get more information.If you're looking for inspiration, you can also listen to this collection of RadioWest conversations on the creative process.

#CreativeUtah: Found Sound

Photo by Mikael Altemark, CC via Flickr

This week for our #CreativeUtah challenge, we're asking you to listen, really listen to the sounds around you. The idea is to put a sort of frame around a moment of audio - something commonplace or rare - and record it. Since the industrial revolution, mechanical and technical sounds have become part of our world and part of the art of experimental music composers. We asked musicologist Jeremy Grimshaw how modern composers have used found sound and what to listen for when you're recording your own.

Capture your sound and share it across social media with #CreativeUtah.

Jeremy Grimshaw is Associate professor of music at Brigham Young University and an Associate Dean in their College of Fine Arts and Communication. He's the author of Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young [Indiebound|Amazon]

From the podcast:

  • Reich: Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint / Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny [Amazon]
  • John Cage: 4'33" / Julie Steinberg [Amazon]
  • Alvin Lucier: I am Sitting in a Room [Amazon]
  • Watch the film NOTES ON BLINDNESS in our favorites section at VideoWest.

This weeks challenge reminded of us of an audio postcard that former KUER reporter Maria Titze (now O'Mara) made back in March of 1998. She captured the sound of spring's arrival here in Salt Lake City, and wondered if every season has its own sound.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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