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If you like podcasts, you have to listen to Miranda July’s audio art masterpiece from 1998

Take your ears on a strange and thrilling trip.

Mar 1, 2020, 1:22 am*



Nayomi Reghay

Long before the podcast explosion, writer, artist, and filmmaker Miranda July was putting together fascinating albums of audio art.

July, well known her experimental and collaborative art like Learning to Love You More and the Somebody App, retweeted a link to a particularly memorable track, “WSNO” on Monday.

The track features a fictional radio call-in show, The Secret Believers Walkie-Talkathon, where callers reveal secrets on the air. It sounds an awful lot like the premise of a This American Life episode, and it well could be. Except July cuts the track with distorted music, amplified noise, and a twisted sense of humor.

The entire album, The Benet-Simon Test, can be found on Spotify, along with July’s 10 Million Hours a Mile.

Or, if you’d rather listen to July’s podcast-like audio dreamscapes on YouTube, you can check out another captivating track below: “Medical Wonder.”

The track is a psychologically thrilling piece, retracing the testimony of a participant in a mysterious medical experiment. But, unlike Serial, this mystery has a satisfying conclusion.

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2015, 6:13 pm