mark a. thomas
p.o. box 181
new york, NY 10185-0002
phone: (212) 203-2970

e-mail: mark [at] sorabji.com

Read About Me In Other Places

Huffington Post. July 19, 2016. "The Sycophant of Syncopation."

June 4, 2016: Denver's ABC10 Talks to "the guy who runs the Payphone Project"

Reading Into The Future

"Seven years before Facebook, nine years before Twitter, there was Sorabji.com."

LA Times. November 24, 2014.
"The Payphone Project has ... been heralded by AT&T as the definitive site chronicling the phones' decline."

Featured Artist, The Artistic Blog. May 28, 2015
"Mark Thomas is a classical pianist and artist who lives and works in New York city. His web sites have been featured by the New York Times, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and numerous other media outlets."

Hebrew School

"Few destinations on the web are as dependably satisfying as Queens resident Mark Thomas’s sorabji.com."

New York Times. May 13, 2004
"It started as an art project." 

Transformations: Identity Construction In Contemporary Culture
"One of the oddest examples of expansionary individualism, the extreme version..." 

Random Brushes With Humanity. St. Pete Times.
"He has always been about communication, says his mother, Carole Thomas of Tampa. 'He was able to sing in his crib. Then I didn't know all babies didn't sing.'"

Listen To Me On The BBC
"Jumping down the line. Crashing into so many different lives, different stories."

 

Columbia News Service
"Thomas, a soft-spoken, 34-year-old classical pianist, is the self-appointed poet of the pay phone."

Lorain County Chronicle-Telegram
"Mark Thomas was building Web sites before most people even knew what a personal computer was."

A Ringing Endorsement. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Yet, every once and again, a brave soul steps into the gap of danger and endeavors to touch people at random. This is best done by telephone. Take it from Mark Thomas."

Missoulian: An Age Of Constant Cell Contact
"It began, in some ways, with Thomas watching talk show host David Letterman call a pay phone located outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York during his show and seeing which passer-by would pick up the receiver."

The Lede: A New York Times Blog.
"Inconvenience may make our blood boil, but it’s inspiration that stirs the heart and demands that fans pay respects before pay phones are relegated to pop culture history."

 New York Times. May 14, 1998.
"Somewhere there's a pay phone ringing, thanks to Mark Thomas."

Listen To Me On NPR's Marketplace
"I love the smell of a filthy payphone."

RSS Music and Sounds Heard Through Payphoness

  • Grupo Wayne. Music of the Andes Heard Through a Times Square Payphone
    Grupo Wayne. Music of the Andes Heard Through a Times Square Payphone by SorabjiNYC
  • Zong Li Lu. Single String Lute, Heard Through a Payphone
    It's getting harder and harder to find subway or street musicians who perform within shouting distance of a payphone. Yesterday I caught Zong Li Lu playing a single string lute at the Times Square station, which has maybe 5 or 6 working payphones.
  • Danny Stiles Aircheck With Songs July 2010
    Danny Stiles, the Vicar of Vintage, as heard on a cassette tape I found in a Ziploc bag. Danny Stiles' voice was among the first sounds I ever heard through a radio when I arrived in New York in 1990.
  • Dying Music Box - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
    I found a bag of old cassette tapes on which I had recorded, among other things, this sound of a music box slowly picking away at the the doleful, dying sound of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head". My mother and I shared a love for music boxes. She liked them for what she described […]
  • Piano Improv, September, 1998
    I found a bag of old cassette tapes on which I had recorded, among other things, myself improvising at a piano in approximately September, 1998. I don't know what tape recorder I used but it might have been a Radio Shack device I acquired when I worked at CNN/SI and thought I might be doing […]
  • Piano Improv, September, 1998
    I found a bag of old cassette tapes on which I had recorded, among other things, myself improvising at a piano in approximately September, 1998. I don't know what tape recorder I used but it might have been a Radio Shack device I acquired when I worked at CNN/SI and thought I might be doing […]
  • Piano Improv, September, 1998
    I found a bag of old cassette tapes on which I had recorded, among other things, myself improvising at a piano in approximately September, 1998. I don't know what tape recorder I used but it might have been a Radio Shack device I acquired when I worked at CNN/SI and thought I might be doing […]
  • Pan Flute Music, Heard Through a Payphone at the 42nd St. Port Authority Subway Station
    Of the payphones I have used in this project this one at the Port Authority subway station is probably closest to the performers. Ironically, the sound quality is the most severely warped. Early in this track it sounds like someone picked up the handset and smashed it against the phone. Through the crackle and the […]
  • Midtown Voices and Sounds, Barely Heard Through a LinkNYC Monolith
    Midtown Voices and Sounds, Barely Heard Through a LinkNYC Monolith by SorabjiNYC
  • Approach and Fade of a Midtown Siren, Heard Through a LinkNYC Device
    Approach and Fade of a Midtown Siren, Heard Through a LinkNYC Device by SorabjiNYC
  • Cemetery Cat.
  • Mercy
  • Three Women
  • Cloudy Sky Over Calvary Cemetery
  • Lights
  • Chair and Coffee Cup
  • Lifts
  • Rise Up
  • Vacant Billboard
  • Good Luck Pigeon

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