Susan Stone

Susan Stone discovered the possibilities of art in radio in 1979 while working the night shift at WBAI-FM in New York City. Having the recording studios virtually to herself in the pre-dawn hours resulted in some rather unconventional recording activity. The result was Radio Schizophonia, launched with co-producer and fellow audio cutup Gregory Whitehead: a late night NYC call-in show intercut with archival Dada poetry from the Cabaret Voltaire and performances of local sound poets. This delightful monkey business led Stone to more audioplay in tape looping, audio collage, and soundscape compositions for Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Germany) and the New Music America audio arts festivals. In the early 1980s, she joined performance artist Suzanne Lacy as sound designer for a nationwide series of Lacy's living tableaux of multigenerational performances honoring older women through their life stories. As Director of Arts and Humanities programming at Pacifica Radio KPFA-FM. 1988-2005, she created Act One Radio Theater as a showcase of hörspiel and ambient art, as well as The Radio Chronicles and Audio Salon workshop series, featuring the broadcast and creative exchange of audio artists working in all aspects of sound. Stone's audio features are often a mix of fact, fiction and fate, inspired by cataclysmic events in nature and a North Carolina childhood. - Excerpted from