found 86 audio documents tagged with Sound Rich

Transom Multimedia

Transom offers up a new work, about a man struggling with obesity, which perhaps stretches the definition of what is an "audio" production.  I mean that only for the purposes of this site.  They actually call it multimedia but the sound rich production and de-emphasized and choppy (but brilliant) animation and the piece's aurally innovative, sound-driven nature does make this piece an audio doc to me.  Maybe.  At any rate, that's really neither here nor there.  It is really cool and it comes from Transom so, it gets posted.

 

The Alchemists of Sound

2003 BBC documentary about the Radiophonic Workshop.

Part one here. Part two is here.  Part 3Part 4.  Part 5.  Part 6.

 

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Auto Tune News



Studio 360 brings the Barret Golding Story about the YouTube sensation "Auto Tune the News." Awesome!

UPDATE:  Producer Barrett Golding posted the full piece on Hearing Voices -- longer than what aired on Studio 360.  Click on "Auto Tune News" above for a link.

 

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National Geographic Doc: African Punk

From the site: "explores a forgotten chapter in the history of South African music-the role of punk rock. Originally broadcast in the Czech Republic, the audio documentary Waking The Nation sketches out the fascinating and often overlooked story of punk rock, ska and post-punk music as it played out against the background of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa in the late '70s and 1980s."

 

Lots of music in this one.

 

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Studio 360 goes to Theremin School

 

Numba 9... Backwards

In honor of 09/09/9 -- The longest Beatles song.  Rumored to reveal John saying "turn me on dead man" when played backward.  Here is a link to the backward track and some background from a website called beatlesnumber9.com.  You be the judge.

 

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The Gods of Time Square

A vintage doc about New York at the tail end of a now bygone era.  The doc's sounds were recorded in time square in the early nineties - before Disney and Giuliani got to it, before 9-11, before the precipitous drop in crime, before the lawn chairs...  An amazing, sound-rich doc about the religious zealots in the square.

 

Swingers!

Saltcast (the audio blog of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies) features a story about a producer doing a story about swingers - yep, those swingers.  To use or not to use "graphic" audio...

 

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Sound Rich, Gender, Sex

Peter Bochan's Shortcuts

Hearing Voices recently featured a piece from this series:


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      Mixing music, dialogue from soundtracks, press conferences, sound effects and other sources, shortcuts has presented a wide variety of themes over the past thirty years, including programs on growing up, growing old, going crazy, being afraid, alone, in love; shows on music, space, race and politics from Watergate to Whitewater, plus retrospectives featuring the major events of each passing year. Recorded and mixed digitally, shortcuts features no narration, it's message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of the various elements.


 

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Sound Rich, History, Music

Under Stands

Producer Ronan Kelly leaves the bleachers during a match, to find who else has paid to go in, but isn't watching the big game…

– Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 15 minutes 29 seconds

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The Waterford Hunt

Fox hunting on horseback, with hounds, is alive in cold, wet Ireland. The Irish Times have produced this engaging audio slideshow on the Waterford Hunt. 

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau.

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Playtime: 2 minutes 59 seconds

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The Drill Sergeant's Karma

A Radio New Zealand tale of motorcycles, romance, and reflexology. Plus ghosts. 

The weekly documentary Spectrum profiles a woman who moved from a trailer in Australia and and her corporate job, to New Zealand and a life in alternative therapies. 

This story goes many places – all via one woman.

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 23 minutes 30 seconds

Mighty Mac

An old sofa, and an upholsterer who is a powerlifting world champion. Mighty Mac won a Special Award at the Prix Europa in 2009. An engaging, endearing and vivid documentary, with strong accents.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 42 minutes 15 seconds

Visit the South Pole

Britain's most renowned natural sound recordist, Chris Watson, has been to Antarctica. In this enhanced podcast, he provides just enough details to set the scene – and then lets the sounds bring you there. Some of the most engrossing audio you'll hear.

– Audio Documentary London Bureau 

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Playtime: 50 minutes 21 seconds

Buses

Anecdotes, character, a sense of the buses in East London's Hackney. Mixed speech, music and sound from the Hackney Podcast.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 14 minutes 18 seconds

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A Good Place to Hide

A rich feature in the European tradition, blending vérité, drama, and music. A lake in the Norwegian mountains. Fish, family, friends, strangers. If the audio link above doesn't play for you, try here.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

 

(Photo: Martin Williams)

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Producer: Martin Williams
Playtime: 54 minutes 32 seconds

Music on the Brain

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.

 

No comment necessary

Enjoy.

 

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Sound Rich, Technology, Weird

St Patrick was a Mayoman

Local traditions about St Patrick abound in Ireland, and this RTÉ documentary looked at one, in 1981, with the first visit to a rocky island by humans for hundreds of years.

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Producer: Dick Warner
Program: Documentary On One
Playtime: 39 minutes 29 seconds

A Simpler Time

An American artist goes to Ireland to fight time. From the classic Radiolab Beyond Time, starting 10 minutes in.

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 10 minutes 10 seconds

Buzzing With Beans

Who knew Vietnam is suddenly a player in the world coffee market? And who knew the coffee beans they grow are some of the most potent available? Roz Bluett from Australia's Radio National knew, and you will too as Roz takes us on this eye-opening java journey.

 

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Ritual of War in Taiwan

In the humid, rainy mountains of Taiwan, the Tsou people celebrate Mayasvi, dedicated to the god of war. This from the local Chiayi sound project.

 

– Audio Documentary London Bureau. 

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Playtime: 5 minutes 24 seconds
Date: February, 2010

Inside The Glore

Michael Paul Mason is an author and radio producer. So he knew a good story when he pulled into St. Joseph, Mo. "I don't often see the word 'psychiatric' paired with 'museum,'" says Mason. But there it was: The Glore Psychiatric Museum. Michael takes us inside in this offbeat and deliciously creepy piece.

 

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The Sculptress of Sound

A rich profile of Delia Derbyshire, the 1970s electronic musician at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who created the Dr Who theme. 

 

– Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 58 minutes

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Sound Rich, Radio, History, Art

Stalacpipe Organ – Sound Tourism

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

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Playtime: 15 seconds

The Great Textbook War

Long before the Tea Party movement, the hills of West Virginia were echoing with a cultural clash over textbook content. This 2010 Peabody Award Winner comes from American Radio Works and was produced by Terry Kay and edited by Deborah George.

 

The First Earth Day

From the Pacific Radio From the Vault series.  Audio from the very first Earth Day in New York 1970.

 

From the site:

 

"We’ll begin with Pete Seeger from the Main stage at Union Square in Manhattan, singing with Reverend Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick. Then, a WBAI reporter with a portable recorder will happen upon Allen Ginsberg sitting in a lotus position holding a daisy amongst the thousands of Earth Day participants… later, Ginsberg would address the masses from the stage, as would Margaret Meade and Odetta."

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Playtime: 28 minutes 11 seconds

Shortwaveology

"Shortwaveology is an occasional rumination on the crackly sonics, history and cultural influence of shortwave radio."

 

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The Sound of Noise

Pédilüv is a radio art programme, produced at Campus Radio in Paris. This episode, The Sound of Noise, has more English language content than usual, from a range of sources: The Global Theatre of the Air, Adam Boham, The Poo Lord,  John Cage, and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It's curious, and curiously engaging.

 

– Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 30 minutes

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Sound Rich, Radio, poetry, Weird, Art

A Different Kind of Jew

Join Australian author Antony Lowenstein as an ear witness to the Gaza Freedom March and his internal struggle of identity.

 

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All Things Considered

NPR's All Things Considered just turned 39.  Hard to imagine but it's first day it featured a 24 minute documentary of a war protest.  Click the link to listen.

 

Every man for himself

Chicago writer Bill Hillman puts you in the middle of the every-man-for-himself chaos of Pamplona's running of the bulls. A recent winner in the Edward R. Murrow Awards for electronic journalism.

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Playtime: 8 minutes 17 seconds

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AD Exclusive! Up The Cally audio and interview

Francesca Panetta talks to AudioDocumentary.Org

A sound rich journey down one of London's arterial roads, Caledonian Road, from The Guardian. Up The Cally is an engaging mix of local characters, narrator, music and sound. Plus it's available as a clickable map and audio slideshow

In an exclusive interview with AudioDocumentary.org, the producer, Francesca Panetta tells how making the piece has affected her.

Since this interview was recorded, Francesca has won Britain's highest award for audio, the Sony Gold Award, for Best Internet Programme

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Playtime: 40 minutes 29 seconds

Armchair Traveller

Sound Transit brings you wherever you wish to go – in sound. Click the aircraft, select the cities you'd like to visit, and the website gives you a choice of itineraries. They all cost the same (a few minutes of your time) but give you a choice of stopovers. Chose your route and the website will prepare a unique mp3 of field recordings from each place. 

Air travel without any of the grief!

 

Audio Documentary Europe

 

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Vegetable Violence

Vegetable Violence from tim prebble on Vimeo.

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Playtime: 1 minute 45 seconds

Wrestling With The Immigration Issue

The Mexican sports drama of Lucha Libre wrestling becomes the stage where the good guys in masks struggle against symbols of badge-wearing authority.

 

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Playtime: 4 minutes 20 seconds

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Third Ear International

Danish features go North American – the Third Coast International Festival's Julie Shapiro guides a listening event in Denmark, with a selection of engaging radio from the USA and Canada. 

Third Ear is a Danish features project, and this is their first instalment entirely in English, under the banner of Third Ear International

 

Audio Documentary Europe.

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Playtime: 57 minutes 49 seconds
Date: May, 2010

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Flower War

A World War II veteran, Gerald Flower, recalls candidly and vividly his time as a tail-gunner. The facts and emotions of bombing raids, and of falling behind the German lines.

From RTÉ's The Curious Ear.

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 15 minutes 4 seconds

Summer cooler: A frozen treat for the ears

An atmospheric immersion in the land of the midnight sun with the locals who learn to love the darkness.

 

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The Lough's Breath

An enveloping tour of the largest inland body of water in the British Isles, Lough Neagh. Tom Lawrence guides you on his adventures around the lake, with a modest manner that allows the richness of the environment reach out and grab you by the ears. From Touch Radio.

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 29 minutes 5 seconds

In the Middle of Spain's World Cup Euphoria

Count down the final seconds as Spain clinches the World Cup. Madrid goes mad and the nationwide party begins. An A/D exclusive.

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Producer: Rich
Playtime: 1 minute 50 seconds
Date: July, 2010

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Trucker Alex: North of Nowhere

A simple, surprising and vivid account of driving a truck to the oil outposts in Canada's far north. 

From the CBC's ever-fruitful And The Winner Is podcast. 

 

Audio Documentary Europe

 

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Playtime: 27 minutes 29 seconds

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Sound Rich, Environment

Rock-bots in Disguise

Power Tools and Guitar Amps! from Mike Niederquell on Vimeo.

A little insight into creating the sounds of transformers – those trucks and planes and whatnot that become robots. Close your eyes and it's like they're changing in front of you.

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Playtime: 1 minute 30 seconds

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Technology, Sound Rich, Design

How they saw the radio

Frequencies is a four part series that celebrates the power of sound, as represented by radio, in the arts. 

 

Audio Documentary Europe.

 

The Birdie Song

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

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Playtime: 5 minutes 40 seconds

Heard long ago, and never heard

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

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Playtime: 24 minutes
Date: September, 2010

Life as a crime scene cleaner-upper

After detectives pick up clues, who picks up all the, uh...other stuff? It's not a job for the faint of heart.

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Playtime: 16 minutes 55 seconds

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My Father Takes a Vacation

A young man tells the story of another, his father, who upped and left his kids in Sweden while he travelled to Ireland. This documentary features two physical and emotional journeys, that will move probably anyone who's been a young man. The video is an English transcript of the bi-lingual original, while this longer all-English version was also produced. 

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 29 minutes 51 seconds

Lost In The Mail

The first in a series from “Hearing is Believing II,” the advanced summer workshop at The Duke Center for Documentary Studies. During the intensive course, budding audio artists receive personal guidance from seasoned radio documentary producers to craft and polish their piece. "Lost in the Mail" is by Samara Freemark, whose day job is at Radio Diaries.

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Playtime: 11 minutes 40 seconds

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Colour Matters

 

Colour Matters is a series of seven programmes about… colours. It was broadcast in 2005 on RTÉ, in Ireland, and the colours are at times seen through the filters of domestic sports – along with many other European and universal views: artistic, psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual. And with some catchy songs chucked in for good value.

 

Connor Walsh, for AD, Brussels. 

 

Listen by colour:

Red White Yellow Green

Blue  Orange  Black

 

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Playtime: 27 minutes

Canopy Beat

An edited, non-narrated journey though the Amazon rain forests, from Silence Radio.

 

Connor Walsh for AD, Brussels

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Playtime: 27 minutes 53 seconds

Why Music Matters


Seven snappy and catchy items that do what it says on the tin – why music matters, to the musical, the medical, the military, and the extraterrestrial. 

 

Why Music Matters is produced by radio KEXP in Seattle, and the Association of Independents in Radio.

 

Connor Walsh, AD, London. 

 

Fading away

The people of Ireland's capital, Dublin, are mourning the loss of a sound. Broadcaster Olivia O'Leary doesn't say quite outright what it is, while author Joseph O'Connor paints a time-picture. And for context, this contributor discovers the same, mysterious, sound, 18 months before.

 

Connor Walsh, AD, London.

 

Music Planet

Music Planet is an eight hour series recorded in the field, hearing the music that ties people to their local traditions. Designed to accompany a landmark BBC TV series, episode one of Music Planet includes much recording in canoes, including a shark hunt. The musicians are interviewed and perform in context, rather than a studio or off CD. The result is engaging and vivid.

 

Two more episodes are due to be broadcast. 

 

Connor Walsh, AD, London

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Playtime: 59 minutes

Grasshopper

A road trip with no agenda leads to discovery and a peaceful ending. The last in a series from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies 2010 Summer Workshop.

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Playtime: 12 minutes 1 second

Egypt

Audio from Cairo, charting how the authorities have clamped down on the hundreds of thousands of people calling for political change. Linked in the title, a vivid Audioboo from a woman watching molotov cocktails being thrown at Tahrir Square (via Jan25Voices on Twitter); and here, recordings made over a few days by Heba Morayef, a local expert with Human Right's Watch.

Image: Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository 

Connor Walsh, AD, London.

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Date: February, 2011

Cyclone Yasi hits Australia

Tropical Cyclone Yasi has hit Australia. The build-up was nerve-wracking, as could be heard on local radio ABC Brisbane – listen to them recovering in real-time here. Not long after it had passed, ABC News Radio interviewed this man in his home. It's a picture of Australia weathering the storm.  

Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

Connor Walsh, AD, London.

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Date: February, 2011

The Origins of Rhythm

A short item that encompasses its message though all the sound, not just the speech. The text, here, likewise talks about audio (the production) and audio (the rhythm). The story is from a master tabla player.

Connor Walsh, AD, London. 

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Playtime: 5 minutes 52 seconds

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Doctors Without Walls

Doctors in one Southern California town are making house calls on the homeless. Diane Bock joins healthcare pros who make the streets a little less mean for their patients.

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Playtime: 5 minutes 22 seconds

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When An Angel Passes

An update on AudioDocumentary.Org's exclusive blogging of London's radio features shindig last week. Clocks & Clouds was great. The speakers were delightful, and so were their selections of audio. I came away with lots of good new places to look for interesting documentaries, and will be sharing those with you here over the next few weeks. To start us off, When An Angel Passes, a delicious montage of the passion for great radio, by some of its greatest practitioners, which premiered at the conference. Outside the scheduled sessions, producers paid and unpaid, students formal and informal mingled and learned from one another. It was also good to see staff from the BBC World Service, where hundreds of redundancies have been announced, escaping that worry for a day of positivity and encouragement. 

Connor Walsh, AD, London

 

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Playtime: 10 minutes 23 seconds

All About Sound

Week in week out, Definitely Not the Opera on CBC Radio 1 engages with two hours of stories and music. This episode is particularly strong. It's all about… sound. Sound sound sound. And no music! You'll hear some familiar voices and names from AudioDocumentary.org entries too. The stories told vary from funny though to quite upsetting. 

Connor Walsh, AD, London

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Playtime: 1 hour 11 minutes 16 seconds

Jules Verne's Volcano

A living volcano, the edge of the American tectonic plate, a glacier, boiling mud, Sigur Ros, writers, painters, and Britain's finest natural sound recordist. Jules Verne's Volcano goes to Iceland with Chris Watson, a man who loves the sound of the place. 

There's drama, humour, and bucket loads of awe, in the finest BBC radio feature of 2011 so far. Must-listen.

Connor Walsh, AD, London

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Playtime: 30 minutes

Angry Birds 3D

James Aldred is on a mission, in the jungles of Brazil, with a catapult. It's him, a tree, and a very big, very strong, very protective eagle. The result is an almost real-time adventure to install a TV camera in the eagle's nest. James and the Giant Eagle is a sound-rich, vivid and engaging BBC Radio 4 programme. 

Photo: Michael Schamis on Flickr.

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Playtime: 28 minutes

Yamamoto's Waves

East London + former local power station = arts space, inevitably. The artistic creation on display in this particular one is breathtaking, in a gentle, philosophical way as captured in this piece. The space is dark and engrossing, as you'll hear. Adding to the paradoxes is the knowledge that the designer of the physical artwork is fashion designer Yohi Yamamoto. More information on the producer's page, here.

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Playtime: 9 minutes 29 seconds

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Forest to Desert

Forest to Desert by Sarah Boothroyd

Forest to Desert is described best by the producer Sarah Boothroyd: 'An audio doodle about this phrase: "Humankind is preceded by forest, and followed by desert."' Great use of natural, found and sampled sound, composed together to clearly follow that brief. Produced for and featured in the Third Coast Festival's Short Docs Radio Ephemera Challenge in 2008.

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Playtime: 2 minutes 35 seconds

Blues for Checkpoint Charlie

On the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall dividing East from West, a human account of the cold war's symbolic "line drawn in the sand."

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Playtime: 54 minutes

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Sound Rich, History

Generous Mountain

GenerousMountain by Soundrich

Join the climb all the way up and back down Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Beyond the scenery, the human story is the porters: paid servants' wages for a priceless job, they remained cheerful and tireless throughout. This piece, by producer Will Rogers, is the first in a series of featured work from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies 2011 summer workshop, with thanks to program director John Biewen.

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Playtime: 11 minutes 13 seconds

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Surreal Sound

Can an audio experience be akin to a Dali painting? You be the judge, as New York conceptualist Vito Acconci takes you on a dreamy journey.

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Playtime: 44 minutes 55 seconds

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The Sound of Fear

From the shower scene in "Psycho" to dead silence, what we hear can be as scary as what we see. Just in time for Halloween from BBC Radio 4.

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Playtime: 29 minutes

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Sound Rich, Film

Occupy London Stock Exchange (Updated)

The Occupy movement has spread to London, where the nearest open lcoation to the stock exchange is in front of St Paul's Cathedral. Two clergymen have resigned over how the tents and protestors have been dealt with. It's being reported outside the mainstream media by the likes of student radio station SOAS Radio (Part 2 is here) and citizen journalists including The Shout (in multiple Audioboos).

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Playtime: 6 minutes 24 seconds
Date: October, 2011

What Phish Sounds Like To People Who Don't Like Phish

I am going to go ahead and say this qualifies as audio documentary. Hilarious and also brilliant in the vein of Revolution #9 or Zappa.

 

Contemporary Wax Cylinder Recordings

Phonographies Archive by phonographies

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

 

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Sound Rich, Radio, History, Hearing, Art

Less Swedish, Please!

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. 

 

Don't Go Far, Dinner's Ready

Two pre-teens in Dublin take off on a lark that ends up in a trans-Atlantic adventure.

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Playtime: 38 minutes 46 seconds

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Life and Death of Arissat-1 by Reni Hofmüller

Ham radio operators can build satellites, that can get thrown into orbit from the International Space Station. This item from Radia is more than a factual narration from NASA, it's a building of tension and wonder, a tie between humans on the ground and somehere out there.

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Playtime: 28 minutes 30 seconds

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London, heard from above.

Sending a radio producer out with the cops for a night may be a trope, but with good reason. In Night Visions, BBC Radio 4 sent a poet out with London's police helicopter for a night. Police, helicopters, London – the result is a delicious contrast with the TV broadcasts of the London riots last summer. 

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Playtime: 29 minutes

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Romantic Red Love, But Not in Sweden

This 3-minute audio hors d'oeuvre is an entry in the Third Coast Festival's 2012 Short Docs Challenge.

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Playtime: 3 minutes

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Sound Rich, Radio, Interesting

If a tree falls on the BBC…

Britain's finest radio features production House, Falling Tree Productions, has started posting what audio they legally can, to their website. Falling Tree is frequently the source of beautiful, moving montages on the BBC. Dive into their player in a quiet moment. Listen to the current universal lead item, without knowing that the speaker is known as a musical poet from Wales. 

 

 

 

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Earth is a solar-powered juke box

People talk about silence on the radio – and it's surprisingly effective. Gordon Hempton is a nature sound recordist, behind the "One Square Inch of Silence" project. The spiritual aspect to Gordon's view of the great forests is very present, and adds to the reflective sense of the programme. There are also some more standalone field recordings on the programme webpage.

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Playtime: 59 minutes

This was London – Night Night, Bush House

The BBC World Service has left its famous home, Bush House. For 70 odd years tourists would turn to snap photos of the imposing art deco builing that overseas was known as the home of the BBC. All the while, the the lease was ticking down… 

The staff who work there hold the buildiong in great affection, as suggested by this short feature made oduring night shifts by a sound engineer there.

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Playtime: 8 minutes 7 seconds

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Radio, History, Sound Rich

Splash! AD Contributor Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

Audiodocumentary.org curator, contributor, co-editor Rich Halten has won an Edward R. Murrow award for his haunting documentary Splash (renamed for broadcast). This proves that Rich is just as talented at producing radio as he is at finding great stuff to share on AD. Congrats Rich!

 

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Seven Things I Learned While Sound Mapping a City

Field report from the Quiet Streets installation in Bath, part of the Cities and Memories Project.

 

Writers and Radio

We hear from writers who grew up listening to the BBC in the "last radio-age."

 

The Gold Tape Competition

Finally! A place to submit those "tiny, standalone golden audio moments."

 

Contribute Ambient Sounds for New Composition "Soundwalk 9:09"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (in collaboration with composer John Luther Adams) is seeking sounds collected between their historic location at 5th Avenue and 82nd Street and their new wing at 75th and Madison for a commemorative composition.