Hello Lightning Tamers!
Taming Lightning Podcast Episode 4 is finally out!
In today’s podcast, I’d like to introduce a new segment called Speakable. Think of speakable as Audiobook for content be it articles or blog posts that relate to the Art, Science, or History of Neon and Plasma. This was largely inspired by my love for audio books, and the podcast Optimal Living Daily Podcast that is centered around narration of articles and blog posts, with given permissions. So I thought I’d give it a shot to help fill in the gaps when interviews and discussions are being scheduled. To be able to give life to content that I can bring to you. Let me know in the comments or by email your thoughts on continuing this, suggested material are welcome.
In our first Speakable I’ll be reading “A Blaze of Crimson Light: The Story of Neon” by Jane E. Boyd and Joseph Rucker. An article relating to a brief history and science of neon in terms of it’s discovery, uses, and its associations with Sign making and advertising.
Before I begin I want to talk about the organization behind the source material, The Chemical Heritage Foundation, which is a library, a center for scholars, a museum, and archive. They focus on matter and materials and their effects on our modern world. They collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts; engage communities of scientists and engineers; and tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations.
Distillations is a blog, podcast, and magazine, centered around Science, Culture, and History, where you’ll find a diverse range of subjects such as science, Business, Technology, and Pop Culture.
The Intro is boost by Joakim Karud. Joakim is a swedish artist who loves to produce chill and happy music, and does so for copyright free use. Be sure to support his music by giving credit when used, subscribing, and or by donation. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Soundcloud, and Spotify.
The Outro is Re-entry by LAPSE. Lapse is a Chicago based artist, whose work can only be described as a remedy for time consisting of motion and sound. If you give you music listen you’ll understand exactly what that means. Check out his music on facebook, soundcloud, youtube, and bandcamp.
Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I hope you enjoyed the first segment of Speakable. If you find something interesting that you would like to have narrated, please send me an email or fb message at Taming Lightning. I’d like to thank Michal Meyer, the Editor in Chief of Distillations at Chemical Heritage Foundation for permission to narrate their article from their Magazine. Also, I’d like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as well as encouraging me to pursue this project, as well as the Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge, and connects to some amazing people.
Keep an eye out for next summer’s classes at Pittsburgh Glass Center as we work to provide a space for learning neon and plasma.
For those with more glass experience, you may contact me to help you get started, but also keep a lookout for our 5-day summer intensive with Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn plasma neon in the Flame Studio.
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See you next time,
Percy Echols II
Sorcerer Apprentice ⚡
Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.