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Listen Closely

By Alec Cowan
Half mood board, half audio diary. From the days and life of Podcast Producer Alec Cowan.

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Trailer: Spoken Through
What do you know about Pentecostalism? Growing to 200 million people in the last 100 years, it's a spirited and feisty sect. But it's famous for more than its growth -- its fervent prayer, isolationism, and belief in the "gifts of the spirit" make it one of the most controversial -- and cultic -- Christian faiths. In this upcoming short-run documentary, I explore my upbringing in the Pentecostal church and speak with other ex-Pentecostals about why they left. And why they believe it's a cult.  Look for Spoken Through in your feeds this April. 
01:51
March 30, 2021
3.21.2021 | Audio Playground, Assignment #18: Roll of the Dice | San Jose, CA
Roll a pair of dice. Make a 1-minute doodle inspired by that number. Guest prompt from Rob Rosenthal and Gwen. Audio Playground is masterfully put together by Sarah Geis, "a radio and podcast maker, editor, and teacher working in Chicago and beyond." Find more information at https://www.audioplayground.xyz/hello -- How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 -- Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part?  Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com.
01:22
March 21, 2021
1.1.2021 | The Same Ocean Twice | Crescent City, CA
"No man ever steps in the same [ocean] twice, for it's not the same [ocean] and he's not the same man." A routine post-vacation phone call diverges into that tricky exercise of remembering. And as Rachel Carson reminds us, can anything remember more than the ocean? -- How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 -- Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part?  Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com. 
23:49
January 15, 2021
2020 Year in Sound
A compilation of the sounds that defined the tempestuous and exhilarating year, 2020.  -- How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 -- Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part?  Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com.
01:28:36
January 3, 2021
2.8.2018 | The Train Retrospect | Eugene, OR
I find a trove of tape for a project that never materialized. This is audio behind the scenes, before the cuts, in their context and without it. Choo choo. -- How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 -- Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part?  Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com.
23:41
December 13, 2020
12.6.2020 | Movin' Out (Michael's Song) | New York, NY
Moving in the middle of a pandemic is freeing, but it ain't easy.  -- How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 -- Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part?  Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com.
12:21
December 6, 2020
11.2.2020 | New Friends | Cape Town, South Africa
With some inspiration and help from YouTube Filmmaker Dan Mace, I reach out to a South African Musician in a shared Facebook group.  -- How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9  -- Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part?  Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com.
13:10
December 3, 2020
10.30.2020 | Circadian | San Jose, CA
7 months into a pandemic, and home is starting to spin. Enable the "Listen Closely" Alexa skill today to stay up to date on the latest log. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries. Want to take part? Reach out at podcastalec [at] gmail [dot] com.
06:06
October 31, 2020
10.2.2020 | On the Road | Route 66 at Kingman, AZ
What makes a Great American Roadtrip? A look at the life on the road now and back then. Enable the "Listen Closely" Alexa skill today to stay up to date on the latest log. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
16:07
October 8, 2020
8.15.2020 | The Pandemic Mantra | Marin Headlands, CA
"It doesn't matter how so slow you go so long as you do not stop."  Enable the "Listen Closely" Alexa skill today to stay up to date on the latest log. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
09:14
August 23, 2020
8.7.2020 | An Intricate Context of Things
An Intricate Context of Things is my new lo-fi hip-hop album based on the things getting me through quarantine.  Find the full album with instrumental tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/alec-cowan/sets/an-intricate-context-of-things How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
29:18
August 7, 2020
6.28-30.2020 | Mountain Sunset | Trinity Alps, CA
Painting legend Bob Ross walks us through a painting come to life: the Trinity Alps in northern California, where hijinks and sore muscles are to be found. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
05:43
July 13, 2020
7.4.2020 | July 4th: Fire | San Jose, CA
Don't buy fireworks, people. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
02:45
July 5, 2020
6.7.2020 | This place called San Jose | San Jose, CA
A trumpet ensemble, drive-in COVID test, and annoying midnight bird walk into a bar.  How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
06:42
June 17, 2020
2.24.19 - 5.27.20 | This was Home | Seattle, WA
To be heard is a blessing and some days a miracle. I'm so thankful for my name and voice to have been weaved into the sound of this city, to be played over radios and heard through ears. To Seattle, the Emerald City and my welcome home for the past year. Goodbye. Thank you for listening. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
06:50
June 4, 2020
5.31.20 | Summer '93, on tape | Grand Junction, CO and Mesquite, NV
The summer of '93 was a busy one. Fun times were to be had at the pool and on the golf course.  Videocameras grab everything you see, but today the goal is to grab everything you can hear.  How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
06:28
June 3, 2020
5.22.20 | No One But the Wind | Olympic National Park
Over the ferry, through the woods, to foamy shore and crystal lake we go. Recorded in Olympic National Park in Washington. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
05:25
May 24, 2020
12.18.19 | Moments of sound, moments of silence | Maui, HI
In order of appearance:  - Wailuku - The Iao Valley - Kihei - Haleakala National Park - Wailuku How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
02:58
May 24, 2020
11.10.19 | The old piano | The Mission, San Francisco
Memories of old saloon times over a cafe coffee and caprese. Just off Mission St. in San Francisco's Mission District. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
03:15
May 24, 2020
11.27.18 | A Vital Organ | Bells of Berlin
This combines two pieces of tape from two very different places in Berlin: the bells of a glass tower next to the Kaiser Wilhelm church in West Berlin, which was never reconstructed after WWII; and an organ from a church by Alexanderplatz, a main plaza in the former Soviet East Berlin. These two sounds mingle, compete, and twist -- they are two sounds of a cohesive but divided Berlin. Nevertheless, they are the musical undercurrent of the city. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
03:57
December 13, 2018
5.18.18 | Voices in the Waves | Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle was the seat of power for the British slave trade in Ghana. This story is a tour through the stone fortress and an attempt to translate what it means to walk the same steps that masters and slaves did only 400 years ago. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
15:46
September 22, 2018
12.28.17 | Music in the Tunnels | Montreal Metro
Sounds from street performers throughout the Montreal Metro. How did this episode make you feel? If you have a moment, please fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/SUcphdvFDRkN4eNa9 Your responses will not be used for anything without additional contact and will help shape the future sound of diary entries.
07:30
June 16, 2018