Piece Comment

Review of The Whale Plan

A whole lot of people have gone whale watching. But not many folks have gone whale listening. In this half-hour "Plan," Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices does just that. With the help of radio veteran Jay Allison, performance artist Laurie Anderson, Mr. Scruff and independent producer Molly Menschel, Golding has put together an impressive lineup of sounds, music, essays and experimental radio. My favorite contribution is Molly Menschel's "Just Another Story About a Fish," about a dead whale that washed up on a Maine beach. It's a complex piece that bobs and weaves, collapses in on itself and ultimately, shines. I wasn't crazy about the National Lampoon piece that's included here, but that's a minor complaint. Menschel and Allison make it worth licensing.