Long before the podcast explosion, writer, artist, and filmmaker Miranda July was putting together fascinating albums of audio art.
What I was up to when I was 23. Kind of like a podcast? https://t.co/WdnSVtJmcL— Miranda July (@Miranda_July) June 15, 2015
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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