Event Details

Wednesday, December 9, 5:00 p.m. PST | 8:00 p.m. EST

This holiday season, hear the roar of Ithaca Falls, the music of the Chimes resonating across campus, and the clatter of a Big Red Hockey game, all while cozy at home. Public radio sound producers Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett spent time recording sounds on and around campus, digging through archives, and listening to research. Now, they’re going to share everything they’ve discovered and created with you. Join us for Cornell According to Sound, an immersive live sound experience designed for you to plug in your headphones, tune in, and chill out. Close your eyes and enjoy this unique audio sensory ride: it’s Cornell like you’ve never heard it before.

Cornell According to Sound Trailer

Format: 60 minutes immersive live sound experience, 15 minutes of Q&A with the producers Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett. 

Sponsored by: This program is co-sponsored by Cornell Regional Clubs, Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO), and International Alumni Relations.

Cornell According to Sound and accessibility:
While captioning would fall short describing the experience of Cornell According to Sound, we invite all alumni to read more about the project and participate in the pre-show and Q&A.

About the World According to Sound:
In 2015, Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett launched the World According to Sound, a podcast and live show that has been featured for its radical approach on WBEZ, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and more at over 50 venues including Cornell and UVA.. The pair were on campus in 2019 as artists in residence for the College of Arts & Sciences’ Arts Unplugged series. This series brings artistic and creative works into the public sphere for discussion and inspiration. 

About the co-creators:

Chris Hoff ’02: Chris is the co-founder of The World According to Sound, a 90 second podcast all about sound. Before that he was the senior audio engineer with KALW News’ Crosscurrents. It was in the early 2000’s in Berlin, that Chris uncovered his enthusiasm for the ten-burgeoning internet radio phenomenon known as podcasting. So after getting his feet wet in broadcast journalism at CNN Berlin in 2006, Chris moved back to San Francisco and settled into his work mixing and making news stories at KALW public radio.

Sam Harnett: Sam reports on technocapitalism for KQED public radio in San Francisco. For over a decade, he has contributed regularly to national programs like Morning Edition, The World and Marketplace. Sam has reported over 200 feature stories, including series on California’s marijuana “green rush” and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Sam released his first podcast in 2014, a one-season show called Driving with Strangers, which featured stories told to a cab driver. 

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