Medium Rotation presents conversations and sonic experiences that probe the conditions (and counter the received ideas) of our time, among other times. Each season of the podcast is animated by the concerns of an issue of the magazine, which are addressed by artists, writers, and scholars. The first season, Omniaudience, asks how we understand ourselves and others through listening—and what the obstacles to listening reveal about our society. Omniaudience also testifies to the power we exercise as listeners to act in concert with each other, and to amplify voices that might not otherwise be heard.
The first season of Medium Rotation is hosted by Alexander Provan, Triple Canopy’s editor, and Nikita Gale, an artist and longtime collaborator. They speak with—and present compositions, monologues, and oral histories by—Harmony Holiday, Derica Shields, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, and Tashi Wada. The six episodes ask: How do musical genres reinforce segregation? How is freedom conflated with speech? How are performers silenced or raised from the dead (and turned into intellectual property)? How does the demand to be heard manifest in song and protest, supercharged subwoofers and property violence?