Elizabeth Hauke's documentary 'The Sound of Disease "examines the use of sound in the diagnosis of disease, and features the ground-breaking work of Prof Dan Lloyd, who converts the data in brain scans into music to identify otherwise 'invisible' diseases."
Elizabeth Hauke is an independent radio presenter and producer of Short Science (www.shortscience.co.uk), a weekly science radio show and podcast. She also makes freelance packages and documentaries.
Sound Tourism maps places worth a visit because they sound so good. In this example, curator Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, UK, introduces the great Stalacpipe Organ in Virgina, USA. By tapping stalactites with mallets, it claims to be the world's largest natural musical instrument.
– Audio Documentary London Bureau
Playtime: 15 seconds
The artist Marcus Coates recorded the dawn chorus in English woodlands; he then slowed down the recordings, and filmed human singers perform the newly approachable songs in everyday English settings. Then, he speeded the footage back up again. The sound is extraordianary – and in this case, so is the video.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 5 minutes 40 seconds
A man describes having a cochlear implant and hearing birdsong for the first time; another recalls the sounds of Britain during World War II. Two items in BBC Radio 4's take on citizen journalism, iPM.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 24 minutes
Date: September, 2010
PC Mag review's the NPR radio:
"With access to more than 800 NPR stations, 20,000 Internet radio stations, and Pandora, Livio's Radio isn't your dad's table-top radio"
Do you really need 800 NPR stations, though? 8... Hundred... If you are in an iron lung, this is the radio for you.
David Maxon AD - Hanoi
Thursday 3 March 2011 Noon GMT (more or less)
So, I caught-up with some of the Clocks and Clouds crowd yesterday. Julie Shapiro is indeed here and as lovely as everyone says. However if it's possible to kill with kindness, or by over-radio-ing, we might just find out by the end of Saturday's event.
Moving on to the other guests:
They include something rather rare: a sound artist who's been accepted into the radio establishment. John Wynne skips between Resonance FM (the radio-art community station in London), and BBC Radio 3, the highest-brow radio station around (whatever about the minging website).
It can be tough to gauge the BBC's documentaries as many of them disappear off-line after one week, for contractual reasons. So we have quite a rare opportunity when Laurence Grissell roots out some picks of the BBC archives for us. For me this is possibly the biggest deal of the event!
But as a boy, I do like a bit of a tech, so Peter Nash's session should satiate the geek-monster within. He's from SADiE, which is the audio editing system used by many of the finest radio makers outside North America. Looking forward to it, and if you're there, say hi!
Connor Walsh, AD, London
Tuesday March 1 2011
There's a one-day crafted radio event coming up in London, and I'll be bringing you updates from it, here on AudioDocumentary.org. The event, on Saturday, is called Clocks & Clouds, and is organised by In The Dark (disclosure: I volunteer for In The Dark as well as AudioDocumentary.org). Guests include Julie Shapiro, well known to radio listeners in the USA from The Third Coast Festival. It's linked there over there in the sidebar on the right, see? This tweet would suggest she's already in town:
@ThirdCoastFest Third Coast representing at the BBC tomorrow, noon. What should we wear?
There are three other guests providing opportunities that we can't really get online, however I will write about those for you on the day, assuming you can't make it there in person – I'm told there are some tickets still to be had. The day will close with Julie Shapiro and Francesca Panetta premiering "When an Angel Passes…" a radio feature, about the the radio feature, made by producers all around the world. If it goes online, I'll share it with you here, because it would take a miracle for those two to work together and produce something not worthy of listen by you lot. Keep checking back, and I'll update this post with good audio finds on Saturday.
Connor Walsh, AD, London.
You know sometimes they do radio stories about restaurants where you eat in complete darkness? This one actually gives you an idea of what it's like. Lyric FM's CultureFile visited this restaurant in Israel.
Playtime: 6 minutes 17 seconds
"These days, radio drama is as dead as disco, kept on life support mostly by the BBC. But it shouldn’t be this way. Sound has a way of slithering into our ears and burrowing deep down into the folds and wrinkles of our brains in ways that sight does not."
Wax Equations is a gem from Resonance FM in London. Aleks Kolkowski uses some of the oldest recording technology, wax cylinders, to make new recordings of speech and music and crazy stuff today. He presents programmes of them on Resonance FM in London. These aren't available to listen to on-demand, so you can dive into the livestream for a serendipituous earfull of the programme, or you can admire the individual recordings and photos of their production on his own website, phonographies.
SR c is an outlet for experimental and creative radio, nestled in the heart of Sweden's public radio broadcaster, which is called Swedish Radio. The main site has an enormous amount of content, but also a link in the top left that asks for "Less Swedish, please!", which opens this new page – other languages, including English, Non-verbal, and, of course, Sound Carpets. There's much to enjoy here. Dive in.