Jim Metzner, The Magic of Sound: An ArtsFusion Lecture
Jim Metzner, a producer who has traveled the world capturing sound for nearly 40 years, will explore the world of sound through remarkable audio and investigation into the mysteries of listening, demonstrating how people are informed and enriched by the varied pulses of the planet. Metzner is best known as the producer of "Pulse of the Planet," a daily short-format series featuring distinctive on-location ambient sounds to illustrate its subjects. "Pulse of the Planet," which has been on the air since 1988, is heard each day by one million people on 300 public and commercial stations in the U.S., and around the world over Armed Forces Radio and the Voice of America. Metzner has also produced features for National Public Radio's "Marketplace," "All Things Considered," and "Morning Edition" and has produced audio and multi-media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the American Museum of Natural History, and many others. His work has been featured in Wired magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on "CBS Evening News," and NBC's "Today." Metzner's visit is presented by Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the College of Science.