Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Changing Sound Of Radio

THE CHANGING SOUND OF RADIO (320kbs-m4a/409mb/2hrs58mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 13th October 2018

Since he was first given a tape recorder in 1967, Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson has been fascinated by the possibilities of sound. In this programme he revisits that first tape recorder, demonstrates cutting edge recording & editing equipment, and tells the story of the technological advances in radio from the first outside broadcast, through the Radiophonic Workshop and to the current explosion in podcasting.

We hear from some of Chris' favourite broadcasters, dip into his collection of sound recordings, and hear programmes from the world of podcasting & Sound Art Radio as well as classics from the BBC Archive.

Programmes include:

* Orchestra Under The Waves
A unique musical compilation made of sounds recorded under water, presented by Evelyn Glennie.

* The Ditch
Afternoon drama by Paul Evans about a Wildlife sound recordist who goes missing, leaving some intriguing recordings behind...

* Fifteen Inches Per Second
Documentary about the use of quarter inch tape.

* The Iron Speaks - When The Far Becomes Near
Creative documentary about radio broadcasting in the United Arab Emirates, produced by Christopher John Weaver and Fari Bradley. Contributors include Dr Zaki Nussaibeh, Salim Obaid Al Alelee, Dr Yousef Aydabi and Dr. Arif Al Sheikh. Voiceovers were by Frank Key, William English & Bijan Daneshmand.

The programme originally aired as part of Six Pillars, on Resonance FM

* Six House Parties
An episode of the podcast 'Imaginary Advice', created by the poet and performer Ross Sutherland.

Presenter: Chris Watson
Producer: Jessica Treen

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2018.

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