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Why Are There No New Christmas Songs?


As of Recording, Wham’s “Last Christmas” was predicted to be the UK #1 Christmas single, but the honor officially went to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” (not a year end song, despite what the music video would have you believe) as of publish.







“DID U KNOOOOOOW?” used w/ permission from Mikey Neumann of Movies w/ Mikey. Check out his awesome work here: bit.ly/2C47L3a

Kmart In-Store Music: Christmas 1974 – http://bit.ly/2BWVIof
Christmas Medley, 1953 – http://bit.ly/2BYPG6n
Emotions (Acapella) – Mariah Carey
Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”
Ennio Morricone – Story of a Soldier


Sleigh Bells by Richard Wheeler – http://bit.ly/2C2fmyW
CC-BY-SA licensed Ep Image Located Here: https://imgur.com/Vp6nvB8


Thanks to all the show’s current patrons and supporters, with an extra special double thanks to:

Oscar Acton, Kathy Ahfid, Jack Britton, Keith Broni, Andrew Carlos, Jana Deppe, Cassandra Durnford, Talia F E, Scott Fassett, Jesse Gamble, Nick Goertzen, Camilla Greer, Clayton Grey, Ethan Hermer, Dale Jakes, Coral Kennelty-Cohen, Anthony Kirkpatrick, Joe Krushinsky, Tod Kurt, Andrew MacLarty, J.S. Majer, Mahlen Morris, Dylan Neal, Adam Neely, Rachaul Paul, Royce Rackham, Clarissa Redwine, Susan Rugnetta, Cole Sarar, Tom Vickers, Chelsea Whyte, Johnny C, Tim, Hans, Benjamin, HectorSuzanne, Joachim, and Elliott <3

Reasonably Sounds Theme and Act Break music are by Will Stratton (http://willstratton.bandcamp.com), and visual design by Tida Tep (http://tidatep.com)

Put ‘Em Together

“The custom of showing one’s pleasure at music by immediately following it with a noise, usually by clapping but sometimes also by the drumming of feet, is perhaps as old as the art of music itself.” – The Oxford Companion to Music, Alison Latham




Arhythmia by neekoh.fi on flickr – http://bit.ly/2gUgGII

Reasonably Sound’s theme and act break music are by Will Stratton (http://willstratton.bandcamp.com) and its visual design is by Tida Tep (http://tidatep.com)


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Thanks to all the show’s current patrons, with an extra special double thanks to: Brandon, Joe Krushinsky, Jonny C, Camilla Greer, Keith Broni, Coral Kennelty-Cohen, J.S. Majer, Jack Britton, Andrew MacLarty, Mahlen Morris, Jesse Gamble, Tim, Hans Buetow, Clayton Grey, Nick Goertzen, Benjamin, Kathy Ahfid, Hector Suzanne, Adam Neely, Oscar Acton, Dale Jakes, Cole Sarar, Andrew Carlos, Dylan Neal, Chelsea Whyte, Royce Rackham, Anthony Kirkpatrick, Rachaul Paul, Ethan Hermer, Scott Fassett, Joachim, Tod Kurt, Elliott, John Cifuentes, Xander C, and Susan Rugnetta


Bits and Chips

Cover image by ChrisGampat on flickr

It’s all about nostalgia and limitation as Mike chips away (ahhh?!?!?) at the world of chiptunes music. If you played video games years and years ago, you’ll hear a set of sounds that will be completely familiar, even when used in unfamiliar compositional genres. Mike explores the anatomy of chiptunes sounds and composition, and looks into chiptunes’ relationship to hacking and the counterculture.

PLUS: lots of clips of music from the video games of bygone times. And Mike pronouncing more European names. And the line “making bonk-bonk noises.”


Intro and Outro – Square and Enjoy by Goto80
Break #1: Can’t Stop Us by Chipzel
Break #2: Chango Island by Kupa
Break #3: mushroom giggles by minusbaby


  • Endless Loop: A Brief History of Chiptunes by Kevin Driscoll and Joshua Diaz
  • Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design  by Karen Collins
  • Playing with Sound by Karen Collins
  • Music in Video Games, ed. Donnelly, et al
  • The Sound of Playing: A Study into the Music and Culture of Chiptunes by A. Yabsley

And a special thanks to these Reasonably Sound Patrons: Brandon Bennes, Hans Buetow, Xander C, Talia F E, Camilla Greer, Parker Higgins, Joe Krushinsky, Tod Kurt, Ethan Rose, and Susan Rugnetta.


Cover image by Kimberly Vardeman on flickr with some alterations by yt.

It’s the birthday episode for Reasonably Sound! Celebrating 1 year, Mike dives into why he can’t lead us all in a rousing chorus of that famous Happy Birthday song that we all know and … love (?). But the copyright clampdown might be loosening in light of dramatic new evidence found (as evidence usually is) in a basement.

PLUS … an exciting new birthday announcement: We are launching a Patreon! Now you can support the show you love with more than just cheering at your phone whenever a new episode comes out. The Patreon will help Reasonably Sound grow to new and exciting places. You can see the full details at the Reasonably Sound Patreon page.

You can also find Reasonably Sound’s very own Birthday Song at Mike’s bandcamp here.

FMA’S License Free Birthday Songs, Entries
Happy Birthday Song Contest Winners
The twisted history of the Happy Birthday song—and the copyright shenanigans that keep it profitable
Copyright and The World’s Most Popular Song by Robert Brauneis [PDF]
Original 1890s Manuscript of “Happy Birthday” Found In a Filing Cabinet
Birthday Song’s Copyright Leads to a Lawsuit for the Ages
“Happy Birthday” Lawsuit: “Smoking Gun” Emerges in Bid to Free World’s Most Popular Song
Happy Birthday song and its strange past

Intro and Outro:  Happy Birthday Song by Andrew Brid from andrew bird and the mysterious production of eggs
Break 1 – Smiley Monroe
Break 2 – My Birth by Swans from My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to The sky

Little Night Muzak

Cover image by David Dawson on flickr

It’s convention season and Mike is on the road for three weeks straight, spending a LOT of time in centers and major hotel chains. And he’s noticed how much of his life has become underscored by Muzak and the purposefully designed feelings that it is meant to evoke.

The Real Song of the Summer

Cover image by altiemae on flickr

It’s the ice cream truck jingle.  Even Mike’s hated Mr. Softee one.  Mike provides the secret origin of the jingle, touching on the Great Depression, the growth of the American middle class, the Good Humor Man, refrigeration, and bobsled bells.

Ice Cream: A Global History by Laura B. Weiss
Ding, Ding!: The Commodity Aesthetic of Ice Cream Truck Music by Daniel T Neely
The real song of the summer: a brief history of ice cream truck music
A Brief History of the Ice Cream Truck
Nichols Electronics Co
Putting the ‘Mr.’ in Soft Ice Cream

Racist History of “Turkey in the Straw”:
Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You
That Viral Story About the Racist Ice Cream Song Is Wrong

Intro: Ice Cream Man by Tom Waits from Closing Time
Break #1: Shut Up And Drive (Far Away) by the Deftons from Around the Fur
Break #2: Star Spangled Banner, Rock Version

The Drop

That part in dance music, where the music builds and builds and builds and BUILDS before the tension finally, FINALLY, gets relieved?  That’s “the drop.”  Mike talks about its origin, construction, and application, and tells you what P.L.U.R. means.

(Note: This is almost definitely the first mention of “foam parties” on Infinite Guest.)

Intro: Rhythm Variation 02 by Aoki Takamasa RV8
Break #1: Not Butter byDillon Francis
Break #2: Boss Mode by Knife party
Break #2: Summertime Sadness by LDR, Cedric Gervais Remix

Stefan Sagmeister on Storytellers (VIDEO)
Waiting for the Bass to Drop” by Ragnhild Torvanger Solberg
Detecting Drops in Electronic Dance Music” by Yadati, et al
The Year in Black Erasure on Pitchfork
Metaphors We Live By on UChicago.edu

Episode Image: Lansing Iconic Speaker


Play It For All It’s Worth

How much is a song worth?  How do you even calculate it?  And what do DJ Shadow, Tom Waits, and the Wu-Tang Clan have to do with it?  Mike Rugnetta answers these and other questions.


Intro: Talking about Money by Wye Oak. From The Knot.
Break #1 – Building Steam… by DJ Shadow. From Endtroducing.
Break #2 – C.R.E.A.M. by The Wu-Tang Clan. From Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).


The Spotify Calculator
That Chevy Ad with the DJ Shadow track
Tom Waits on musicians allowing their work to be used in commercials
Tom Waits: Not a Jingle Writer
NYT CD Cost Breakdown
Wal•Mart Wants $10 CDs
How Much Do Artists Earn Online – 2012
The New Economy of the Music Industry
Zoë Keatings 2013 Earnings
The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

PD Episode Image: Cash Money by Andy Thrasher http://bit.ly/2E9nETl