Options The Blind Tourist with Adriene: Playlist from April 23, 2020 Options

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Options April 23, 2020: Isolation
Visiting the remote LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel at Esperanza base in Argentinian Antarctica. Plus sounds of solitude and isolation from around the world.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
  Visiting the remote LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel at Esperanza base in Argentinian Antarctica. Plus sounds of solitude and isolation from around the world.
Katie Wood  DRIPPING, CREAKING, FLOWING   Options       para-fictional sound map of the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica  0:00:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
  radio aporee ::: maps - Neumayer-Station           0:01:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
  antarctic blue whale           0:03:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Red Garland Quintet with John Coltrane  Solitude   Options         0:03:46 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Katie Wood  DRIPPING, CREAKING, FLOWING   Options         0:10:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Miguel Garcia  Applainessads   Options Ekkert Nafn    2019    0:10:37 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
X Minus One  Knock (X Minus One adaptation)   Options     1955    0:10:52 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Billie Holiday  Solitude   Options     1952    0:11:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Gil J. Wolman  La Memoire (3:17)   Options         0:12:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
X Minus One  Knock (X Minus One adaptation)   Options     1955    0:14:24 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Billie Holiday  Solitude   Options     1952    0:17:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Felipe Guerrero, Sebastian Escofet  Solitude at the End of the World   Options         0:19:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
X Minus One  Knock   Options     1955    0:20:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Solitude  Jadu Jadu   Options magic  Jadu Jadu  2019    0:21:07 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
PBS  Alaska, Silence & Solitude   Options PBS        0:23:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Glenn Gould  Solitude Trilogy (part 3)   Options CBC  CBC  1992    0:27:59 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tumi Magnússon  Voyage There and Back   Options         0:31:05 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
NASA  Astronaut Anne McClain’s Tips for Living in Close Quarters   Options         0:35:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
  The world's most remote radio station       2012  Radio KOLD at Wilkes Base  0:36:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Paper Radio  The Isolation-Solitude-Confinement-Happiness-Freedom Domain   Options         0:37:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tumi Magnússon  Voyage There and Back   Options         0:37:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Mandolin  Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers   Options >>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<<    2020    0:38:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ryuichi Sakamoto  Solitude   Options Tony Takitani    2007    0:38:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tumi Magnússon  Voyage There and Back   Options         0:43:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
  Pamela D's Isolation Sounds           0:44:33 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Heiner Goebbels  Part One: Did It Really Happen?   Options Goebbels: Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten    2007    0:45:39 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
sprengiko  Argentina's Esperanza Base, Antarctica   Options         0:47:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Katie Wood  DRIPPING, CREAKING, FLOWING   Options         0:48:32 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Hoosier Tim's Travel Videos  Antarctica: Hope Bay & Esperanza Station   Options         0:49:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Barbara  La solitude   Options N°2    1965    0:52:59 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Australian Antarctic Division  Antarctic Animals   Options         0:55:22 (MP3 | Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm ultradamno:

Adrienne! Sightless visitors!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm Crudbringer:

where are we I can't see anything
  6:03pm hoeg:

rushing to bed (uk time) to listen to the Blind Tourist in splendid isolation
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm mariano:

Snowblind! Hi Adriene, crew, everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm Carmichael:

Heya Adriene and cane tappers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Be careful going outside these days. You could wind up dead due to exposure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Handy Haversack:

Hi, Adriene. Greetings, Seekers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Handy Haversack:

Anyone read Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica? One of his good ones, I think. He was the guest artist there one year.
Avatar 6:10pm mb:

Hey DJ. Nice selection here.
  6:10pm Dave in Vermont on the phone:

Your mix is impeccable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm ParUbi:

What will Antarctica be like in 1,000 years?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Handy Haversack:

All shoggoths, maybe, ParUbi.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm mcginniwa:

Being in lockdown here in Wellington, New Zealand, my memories have occasionally taken me back to 24 years ago when I wintered over at McMurdo Station. That was my first time "living" with my girlfriend (we met the summer before on the Ice, but didn't get together) and we are pretty comfy still in lockdown.

Things are very different now from then of course, but has caused me to stop and remember it. So kind of cool to play around with it in this show. Thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm ultradamno:

BILLIE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm mcginniwa:

Here's me jumping through a hole in the sea ice midwinter `96: without.net...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm common:

solitude hi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Handy Haversack:

Holy crap, @mcginniwa! That's amazing. Are you a scientist? Mechanic? What brought you down there?

I took a spill into ~40F water this winter, which was enough to turn my brain off for a few moments until I could shock myself back into action.
  6:18pm JB:

Burgess Meredith..well done
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm ultradamno:

A contribution to the theme twitter.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm mcginniwa:

Went after I finished school. Worked for the company that did the logistic support for the science program down there. Start with the entry level janitor gig for a summer season, then went back for a 13 month contract as fuels operator and then waste management over the winter. My schtick to describe it is, "I was a janitor, gas station attendant, and garbage man in Antarctica." Heh. McMurdo gets compared to mining town... as such has all kinds to things it needs to run.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Handy Haversack:

Very (literally) cool, @mcginniwa. There's a character with basically that job in the KSR book I mention earlier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm dreamyandseedy:

i really enjoyed this book about being the last person on earth. The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
  6:25pm Cindy:

Love the music and then wham its sci fi time. Always entertaining.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Devin B.:

Love this PBS doc!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm mrdonutsu:

en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks, mrdonutsu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm mcginniwa:

I remember there being a radio station at McMurdo run by MWR (morale, welfare, and recreation). Looks like there still is: antarcticsun.usap.gov...
  6:32pm ?:

I was listening to WFMU in the background while making dinner, then sat down in the livingroom and decided to see what was on the YouTubes while the station was still playing.. across the top of my 'Smart TV' screen were thumbnails for 'recommended' videos, and the third one in the sequence was a 1964 film called "The Last Man On Earth". So now it's time to start looking for the hidden microphones...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm ultradamno:

That heartbeat sound is unnerving
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm ParUbi:

it's getting faster!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Handy Haversack:

It's coming from under the floorboards, @ultradamno!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I read an account of the Shackleton Expediation. They existed on tea and penguins for months.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:35pm ultradamno:

Aaaaaah!! images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm ParUbi:

are those eyes or ear-horns?
Avatar 6:36pm βrian:

@KfHP: Not very expedient, that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Handy Haversack:

Eyehorns, I'm afraid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm ParUbi:

Always wondered what penguins tasted like
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm mcginniwa:

@Handy yeah, it was a common entry level job at McMurdo when I started. Either janitor, general assistant, or dining assistant.

If you made it through your first season and actually wanted to go back, you knew all the managers and they knew you. So it was easy to get a job that was a big step up the next season. Often people got trained up down there. Had the nickname "antarctic vo-tech" as a result.

That's what happened for my fuelie contract. They sent me for oil spill response training in Galveston, TX before my season as a fuelie.

One of things I did was re-fuel the remote Pegasus airfield with a fuel truck. Here's Scharen the fuel truck I drove (chevron tires were neck high): without.net...
Avatar 6:37pm βrian:

This is making me a bit disorientitillated.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Crudbringer:

Dem tires! She thicc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@βrian - Good thing my spell check is, anyway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm ultradamno:

He's developing Tachycardia.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm ParUbi:

those months of darkness must have been a challenge
  6:39pm ignatatus666:

I had to take the headphones off
I thought I had a flat tire
Avatar 6:41pm Creature Boy:

Late to this party
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Handy Haversack:

That's wild, @mcginniwa. I am jealous!

I have read a good bit of American north country naturalist stuff -- Aldo Leopold, Calvin Rutstrum, Sigurd Olson. Also some Labrador exploration stuff. I like canoes. Lots of meditations on solitude in those.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm Ken From Hyde Park:

On the Apollo missions, the guy orbiting the moon was pretty well isolated.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm ParUbi:

Esperanza Base
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Handy Haversack:

Loved this episode, Adriene. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm mcginniwa:

Funnily winter over at McMurdo was actually less isolated in some ways than lockdown. You ate together most meals, etc. 250 people that year.

One freaky event was when the power plant manager turned up mid-winter at breakfast. He hadn't been to a meal since the beginning of the summer season. His job was pretty limited contact with rest of McMurdo workers. No one knew he was on base during the winter. He had made all his meals on a hot plate in his dorm room the whole time. Super funny to see the entire mess hall do a double take.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm Megaroni:

What a beautiful show, thank you for comforting us all as we go through this together and apart
  6:55pm adriene:

@mcginniwa these are great stories! thank you for sharing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm mcginniwa:

You are welcome and thanks for such a cool show that I have enjoyed week after week. Good trip down memory lane, too.
  6:57pm jeanli:

so dreamy......
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I heard a story that some person at McMurdo flipped out. His sleep chamber abutted the bathroom and he grew irritated by people tapping their toothbrushes on the sink at all hours.
  6:58pm adriene:

Thanks for listening everyone! Next week is about flowers if you'd like to record yourself reflecting on Flowers (or record your flowers) for the show you can email me: tourism@wfmu.org
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm mcginniwa:

Ken, at the end of my winter, a cook who had wintered flipped out and took a claw hammer to another cook a few days after I left. Thankfully another cook stopped him pretty quickly. He was in a kind of trance like state.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@mcginniwa - Wow!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm mcginniwa:

en.wikipedia.org... - October 9th, 1996
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm mcginniwa:

Glen, the cook that attacked Tony was an alcoholic who had worked Antarctica winter then Alaskan winter, then another Antarctica winter when that happened. He was actually sort of a charming guy (funny loudmouth type that grows on you), but clearly nuts.
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