The Oberlin Review

On the Record: Joel Ginn, Sound Tech Engineer for The Dead Hear Footsteps

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor

February 14, 2014

Joel Ginn, a College senior, is the sound tech engineer for The Dead Hear Footsteps, a weekly noir-comedy radio show created in 2000. Having worked on the show for five semesters, Joel knows the ins and outs of creating a serial radio drama. The show will air this semester on WOBC 91.5 FM at 5 p.m. every Sunday, and a live finale will be performed at the Cat in the Cream at the end of the semester.   From what I've heard, The Dead Hear Footsteps is now something of an institution. Can you tell me about its history?   We are in season 25 right now. The Dead Hear Footsteps was started as a Winter Term project by [Ben Rubin OC ‘94]. … Each season is a semester, so there’s some math there. I jo...

On the Record: Nolan Boomer, Editor of New Literary Magazine Juvenilia

On the Record: Nolan Boomer, Editor of New Literary Magazine Juvenilia

February 7, 2014

College sophomore Nolan Boomer worked this Winter Term on a literary and art magazine called The Juvenilia, to be published this week. The Juvenalia started as a blog at when Nolan was in high school, and this issue will be the first in print. I sat down with him in Azariah’s Café to discuss the relationship between the printed word, collaboration from afar, the internet, and visual art.      Can you tell me a little bit about how your literary magazine got sta...

Digging in The Garden: Shondes Bassist Talks Politics, Heartbreak and Hope

Nora Kipnis, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

How did your band form? What drew the four of you together? Elijah [Oberman] and I formed the Shondes with two other friends back in 2006. At the time, we were feeling an urgent need to get back to music – our previous band had just broken up – and both really wanted to get serious about it, and give it a real go, shooting for a sustainable career. We wanted to focus on songwriting, infusing honest emotion in it and finding ways to engage politically as a band. Who and what are your musical influences? We have a ton of influences that manifest in all different ways in our work, some much more obvious than others. For me personally, the biggest influences are ’80s pop rock, Riot Grrrl and soul. We are...

On the Record with Fredara Hadley, Visiting Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

On the Record with Fredara Hadley, Visiting Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

November 8, 2013

“I learned how to read music and read words almost at the same time,” Fredara Hadley says without a hint of irony. An upbringing like that seems almost a prerequisite for the ethnomusicologist-entrepreneur’s multifaceted career (her LinkedIn page lists her as, among other things, “Chief Music Evangelist” at her New York-based startup). When Hadley isn’t flying to Oberlin to teach her full-year course on African-American music, she’s exploring the soundtrack of the Big Apple and chronicling...

On the Record: eighth blackbird Pianist Lisa Kaplan, OC ’96

Daniel Hautzinger, Staff Writer

October 4, 2013

How did this project come about? We have a residency at the University of Richmond, which is where Ben Broening teaches, and Ben and Tim Weiss [the director of Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, and a mentor to eighth blackbird] know each other from a while back, from [the University of] Michigan maybe. So they’ve been friends for a long time. Ben has a festival at the University of Richmond called Third Practice, and he has some money each year to commission new works for the festival specifically. So for last fall, he said, “I’d love to have the Oberlin CME [Contemporary Music Ensemble] come to Third Practice and I want to commission these pieces. What do you think about having the composers Tom [Lopez...

On The Record: Kuh-Lida Chats on the Creative Process, Opening for a Hero

Julia Hubay, Arts Editor

September 20, 2013

Can you begin by talking about your new mixtape and the process you went through creating it? Yeah, it started on a track-by-track basis; this was a collection of things I was working on last year and through the beginning of the summer. A lot of the early stuff came around the same time that Stereocure was doing the fall tour last year. But the material I was working on at the time really did not seem like the type of stuff I would like to be playing out live, so I had it just sitting on the backburners as I was generating all this more party [appropriate] material, [which] culminated in the last thing I put out before this tape [High Top Blazers]. After I got back from [the tour and] put this last thing out, al...

On the Record: College senior Llewie Nuñez, starring as Joyce’s daughter in Lucia

Robert Salazar

February 8, 2013

Tell me about the first day of working on Lucia Mad. What did you see as the challenge? When [Moser] was talking to me specifically at the very beginning of the process, a lot of our conversations centered around making this character relatable to the audience because she’s kind of a larger-than- life type of person. She was like that in real life; I mean, this is a real person. I’ve read a lot of biographical stuff on her and seen a lot of pictures, and she was a card. Do people still say that, “a card?” [Laughs.] In the play, [her peculiarities] are even more exaggerated for theater. So how do we make sure that audiences connect with her and root for her? That sort of emotional empathy is important for ...

On the Record with Lisa Abend OC ’86

Monica Klein, Opinions Editor

May 13, 2011

In March, B.R. Myers wrote a piece in The Atlantic (“The Moral Crusade Against Foodies”), criticizing both chefs’ and food critics’ gluttonous tendencies and reverential treatment of their subject. In your reporting, did you ever share any of Myers’s feelings while researching Ferran Adrià’s and his co-chefs’ nearly religious treatment of dinner meals? (Or, do you disagree entirely with Myers?) First of all, I wouldn’t say that the approach of Adrià and his chefs is religious or near-religious — to me, the word implies a kind of awe that I don’t think applies here (the meal may inspire awe in the diner, but that’s a different question). At elBulli, they take a very workman-like approach not...

On the Record: Author Sara Marcus OC ’99

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

April 22, 2011

Can you tell me a little about what inspired you to write Girls To The Front? I was inspired to write it because riot grrrl had been this incredibly formative thing for me in my life, and I felt like the story was getting lost and only certain parts of it were surviving and other parts of it were totally falling by the wayside. At a certain point when I realized that riot grrrl was worth having a book about, I knew that I wanted to write it before some rock critic who was going to miss the [movement’s] grassroots aspect and miss the parts about what it is to be an adolescent female trying to make your way in the world and articulate your identity. I knew I wanted to get there first. Why do you think it’s important for...

On the Record: The Mysterious Daniel Johnston

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

April 15, 2011

There are a lot of compilations of your work, like the Story of An Artist box set that was released last year. Are you still fond of your earlier recordings? I don’t really listen to it that much, but when I’m with friends sometimes and they put it on, it’s not bad to hear it. Then I think, ‘Wow, I write pretty good, I wonder if I can still do it.’ Then when I’m writing, I think, ‘This is a bit more advanced. And it’s gonna be better than that on real records with good production.’ So, for the most part it’s still the same, except I’m recording in a real studio. You have a new comic book coming out— Yeah, Space Ducks. Can you tell me a little about it? It’s about the adventures ...

On The Record: The Vivian Girls

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2011

Perhaps the most significant lo-fi act to emerge from the Brooklyn scene in the last few years, the Vivian Girls followed their 2008 self-titled debut with Everything Goes Wrong in 2009. The trio’s songs tend to consist of two or three chords apiece, the vocals are often off-key and the lyrics are repetitive and simplistic. While this may be a typical punk rock formula, the Vivian Girls take that rudimentary noise blueprint and twist it into a storm of passion and anguish. The band inspires fierce dedication and just-as-fierce disdain because that’s how rock music should be — edgy and exciting and evocative on a gut level. For a seeming straightforward punk band, the Vivian Girls’ influence is visible in a gro...

On the Record: Roni Horn

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

March 11, 2011

You’re going to be doing a critique this afternoon. As art students, we do critiques all the time. Do you have any advice for students on how to critique their peers? I’m not really good with advice but the way I like to run critiques focuses on the experience of the audience. I like to encourage the audience to speak about what their experience of the work is. I like to restrict the author of the work so that it’s not a [situation] where the creative individual is basically standing up and saying what they did. It’s really more about letting the work speak for itself. … In a setting like a college, it’s a really great opportunity for an artist to have an audience with no agenda other than to develop ...

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