Posted by: Stan Russell | May 28, 2014

HML: Big Sur Sound and Story, kicks off Sunday June 15th

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Henry Miller Memorial Library’s new outdoor audio listening series,
Big Sur Sound and Story, kicks off Sunday June 15th, runs through August

Programming will include selections from the most innovative audio producers in the English-speaking world, including Kitchen Sisters, The Truth, and the Moth.

May 29, 2014: The Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur is proud announce its new summer program: Big Sur Sound and Story, a unique outdoor audio listening series.

Beginning June 15th and for every Sunday until September 2014 (except July 13th) the Library will "turn off the lights and turn on the sound.” Visitors will lay out on our lawn beneath a canopy of towering redwood trees, under the stars, steps from the Pacific Ocean, and quietly listen to carefully-selected audio stories played through our world-class sound system.

Installments will be curated by the most innovative purveyors of audio in the English-speaking world, including The Truth, The Kitchen Sisters, Radiotopia, The Moth, Unfictional, and more!

Each installment will be held at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Highway 1, in Big Sur; ¼ mile south of Nepenthe restaurant and 25 miles south of Carmel. Admission is free, although donations are greatly appreciated. Doors open at 8 and the audio begins at sunset. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets to lay on the grass and jackets; it can get cold even in the summer months.
Live outdoor audio listening in the heart of Big Sur

"The idea had been kicking around for a while," said Magnus Toren, the Executive Director of the Henry Miller Library and Big Sur Sound and Story. "It’s kind of a golden age for audio and we at the Library are blessed with the world’s greatest location. It just seemed like the right time. So across the past winter we reached out to many of these producers, and every single one agreed. Not only that, most of them will be traveling to Big Sur to speak about their selections in-person."

Toren reminds readers that Big Sur Sound and Story is not in-person "story-telling." “There will not be a performer reciting stories on stage with a microphone. Instead, the story will speak for itself. We’ll simply play the audio file through our sound system and let listeners close their eyes and create their own visuals."

As for the stories themselves? Toren says to expect the unexpected. “Each curator has a carte blanche as to what they’ll submit. Anything goes, really. We’re expecting everything from human-interest stories to documentaries, to performance pieces. We’ll happily defer to their wisdom and expertise. No matter what, we’re sure the stories will resonate with listeners.”

At the end of the summer season, the Big Sur Sound and Story jury, which consists of, among others, Bob Edwards, of NPR, will select the "best of the best." These selections will be played at the series’ "Gala Finale" event, whose date is TBD (likely first week of September.)

Magnus Toren is available for interviews; to reach him, please contact Mike Scutari at or 831-667-2574.

Big Sound Sound and Story 2014 Schedule

Below is the upcoming Big Sound Sound and Story schedule along with each installment’s respective curators:

June 22nd Unfictional
June 29th — Third Coast Audio
July 6th — The Moth
July 20th — Dinner Party Download
July 27th — Radiotopia
August 3rd — Snap Judgment
August 10th — The Truth
August 17th — Wiretap
August 24th — 360 Documentaries


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