Eavesdrop: a wealth of found sound

by Jacob Smigel

supported by
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    ***COMPLETE ALBUM*** 40 tracks of uncompromisingly strange found sound spread over ~80 minutes. Ink-stamped CD-R housed in a full-color 6-panel digi-pak. Also includes 28 page booklet, and three unique found scraps tucked inside as well. ***INCLUDES LIMITED DIGITAL DOWNLOAD/STREAMING ONLY***

    Includes unlimited streaming of Eavesdrop: a wealth of found sound via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $10 USD or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $3 USD  or more




***TO BE CLEAR*** The digital download above only represents 15% of this uncompromisingly strange album!! "Eavesdrop" is an experience that I cannot adequately reproduce as a download. Like the antiquated media from which this collection is drawn, "Eavesdrop" is meant to be handled, flipped through, and felt-- in addition to listened to. For this reason it is only available in its entirety as a physical release. That's a full 40 tracks (almost 80 minutes) of found sound madness for only $12(US) shipping included!!!

“Eavesdrop: a wealth of found sound” is a collection of anonymous recordings found at thrift stores, yard sales, and in trash bins over a four year period. These largely-unaltered tracks come from audio or micro-cassettes, 8-Tracks and home-recorded records. Many of the clips are segments from audio diaries, tape-letters, the sound of road trips, fights, crying, family moments, telephone conversations/messages, or the amusements of children or the mentally handicapped. I play the role of curator, or preservationist, as a minimum of editing or manipulation was used, in order to present the listener with the most powerful recordings in their natural state. Some are funny, some are ridiculous, others make no sense. A few are so perfect I cant believe I actually found them. 

"Eavesdrop" is also a scattered documentation of what I call "the golden age of personal recording (1965-1986),” and is ultimately about the wonder that is putting our experiences, feelings, and "lives" down on tape. The 40 tracks spread out over 80 minutes. In addition, the album version includes 28 pages of track notes with transcripts, background information, and additional resources. The album art is a full-color collage of found photos collected over a two year period, laid out on a 6-panel digi-pak, which houses an ink-stamped CD-R. Each album also comes stuffed with three unique found scraps tucked inside… in other words, an experience that I cannot adequately reproduce as a download.


released July 1, 2006

This album was made possible with help from: Las Vegas thrift stores including (but not limited to): Opportunity Village (Main St.), New Vista Thrift Store, Alpha Thrift Store (where it all started), Salvation Army, Hank's Emporium, and the Nathan Adelson Hospice Thrift Store. Thank you also to: yard sales, the Pasadena City College Flea Market, Spencer Olson, the audio and found photo contributions of Nathan Fairbanks and Deanna Reynolds (respectively), and the mastering wizardry of Michael "Lazer" Lavin. Thank you also for the support of Beverly Brian, Balcony Lights (Music and Books), Not Not Fun Records, boingboing.net, Justin Waters of Sounds From The Pocket, Zia Records, Hollow Earth Radio, Wes Juhl, Davy Rothbart, and Found Magazine.




Jacob Smigel Austin, Texas

Born in Las Vegas, Nevada. It screwed me up.

contact / help

Contact Jacob Smigel

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns