The Porn Show: Sound for Sex

 

 

In this special Valentine’s Day-proximate episode, hosts Helena Krobath and Brady Marks explored how sound intersects with pleasure-oriented media, such as pornography. We launched right in with a found-sound vignette by sex and digital culture researcher Margaret MacDonald, which really gets to the, erm, point of porn cliches.

Onions by Helena Krobath

Bracing ourselves, we explored the cliches and conventions of ‘front-page mainstream porn’. Conquering squeamishness, we listened to assistive audio describing a pornographic encounter between realtor and client, hitting pause too late to prevent the term “enormous jugs” from hitting the airwaves. Sorry.

We also learned about vocally performed erotica, including queer poetry and aural sexual performance, with active online fan communities of user-uploaded content.

As a special highlight, we talked to youth sexuality research Dr. Stuart Poyntz and sound artist and scholar Brett Ashleigh. Dr. Poyntz answered Helena’s questions about taboos and challenges with sex research, while Brett shared an inside-look at gooey Foley sound creation and industry norms within mainstream and more feminist-oriented erotica.

We rounded out the show with tracks by The Soft Pink Truth (porn samples in electronica) and mood music by Patrick Cowley (gay porn soundtrack creator).

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