Jul 2, 2012

Radiolab Remixed

Turning ideas into radio is one of the most exciting, frustrating, rewarding, and insanely fun things there is. Which got us thinking--why not ask you to join in on the fun? So we teamed up with Indaba for our first-ever remix competition. And now we get to play the winners.


A few weeks ago, we put the raw materials from a few favorite pieces up on Indaba, and asked listeners to have at it in a no-holds-barred audio throwdown. 136 brave contenders jumped into the mix, and made some really exciting, really impressive, new stuff. (You might notice that our sonic ID--the voices and noises at the beginning of every show--was tweaked a little bit. That's the work of one of our remixers, aleatorictelevision.)

In this podcast, Jad and Robert share a couple of their favorites. First up: grand prize winner David Minnick zeroes in on the pitch patterns of Jeffrey Tambor's reading of "Sum" (from our short 15: Sum) to create a musical reckoning of what life after death could look like. Then Jad admits his love of techno and annoys Robert with a remix by Sonic Emblem.

Then, one of our favorite runners up--Jeff Barr, editor of a podcast called Risk--mines the show for unexpected moments...like coins flipping and voices falling...that morph into a melody of their own.

And finally, we end with a director's choice, from sketch lightly & daimyo, that completely re-imagines a story we did on vertigo--by turning our telling of a real-life medical mystery into a deeply personal meditation on love.


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