I Can Hear You

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song name I Can Hear You
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Factory Showroom, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played February 2, 1997 (14 known performances)
run time 1:57
sung by John Flansburgh


This track was recorded at the Edison Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey on an Edison wax cylinder recorder. We performed this and other songs in front of a small audience, singing and playing acoustic instruments as loud as we could into a pair of enormous metal cones, the larger of which was perhaps twelve feet long, which fed the sound into a hundred year old non-electrical recording device created by Thomas Edison in the 1890s. The wax cylinder recorder carves a groove into a rotating tube of softened wax with a needle that is vibrating from the sound pressure collected at the small end of the cone. That is the best we can explain it. It looked very cool.

Song Themes

Food, Hearing, Onomatopoeia, Questions, Self-Reference, Size, Talking, Not Singing, Telecommunication, Trade Names, Transportation, Wax Cylinder Recordings


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