Posted on April 26, 2004 at 10:43 AM
This piece has good natural sound and is paced well. It would have been good to hear from her bio-children (depending on their ages) and her husband, but it didn't necessarily detract from the piece and could have made it too long.
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 09:36 AM
I didn't like the intro - it didn't fit with the content - almost an imitation of "chicken man". Very funny - but it got old fairly quick. Very well produced. Why is it called 60 seconds when it lasts a lot longer?
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 09:24 AM
A great idea to help promote music education. I liked the idea that the announcer is a music education student, and/or known musician; it shows higher credibility.
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 08:56 AM
All of the Radio Netherlands pieces coming out of Zimbabwe courtesy of producer Eric Beauchemin are solid, down-to-earth reporting. There is so much godawfulness going on in Zimbabwe right now, but thanks to the governmental expulsion of all foreign reporters, Beauchemin's pieces are doubly startling. PDs could do far worse than drop a repeated hour and drop in a pair of these compelling stories.
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 08:55 AM
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Posted on April 26, 2004 at 07:05 AM
Listening to this diary is an odd experience. It provides intimate insight into Amanda's life and the conflict with her parents, but stops short of any type of conclusion, transitional moment, or resolution. It is as if a window into Amanda's life is randomly opened, then quickly closed. While the piece feels so real, a listener could be confused as to the purpose of the piece or what they should make of it.
In programming discussing gay rights, gay (or even straight) teen culture, or nontraditional relationships, this piece can put a human voice to issues that tend to get lost in loud rhetoric and heated debate. However, if a station wants to use this piece, they need to be prepared to provide the missing sense of closure and context.
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 06:03 AM
I loved this piece. The rhythms and cadences of the Naxi mountain song are absolutely hypnotic. Yes, there is no explanation and no narration, but I liked that. So often pieces are overexplained. This would be an easy choice for programming concerning cultural preservation.
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 05:40 AM
A intimate moment of inspiration, creativity and thought-provoking. An interesting insight, affecting and delicate. I love it!
Posted on April 26, 2004 at 04:18 AM
For 3:17, you won't hear a word of English, and even as I write this, I am torn by a sense that I should be aware of what Dapo is singing about, where the Naxi come from, and so on. But the sheer oomph of his singing is great.
Presenters might talk in and around the piece without doing too much harm if they were to get more info about Dapo, the Naxi, and the content of the song.
Posted on April 25, 2004 at 08:34 PM
A short piece that might be good for a show on sounds, drums, or strange jobs.
Posted on April 25, 2004 at 05:51 PM
I would most absolutley want to hear this on the radio. Just for the sheer joy of being able to hear Ani's thoughts, ideas, and process from Ani. Having an interveiew with Ani at home gives a very rare glimpse into the personal side of Ani that is normally only heard and felt through her songs, it is just absolutley great to be given a chance to relate on such a more intimate level.
Posted on April 25, 2004 at 05:43 PM
What does it mean to be creative? If that question is burning in your heart, explore it with Ani...
Posted on April 25, 2004 at 01:49 PM
Radio is so well suited to the neurotic interior monologue, and Matthew Cowley's words capture the inner ambivalence and rationalizing that leads to a particular kind of yearnful paralysis. All the while, he keeps things entertaining for the listener by being funny without trying too hard. A part of the fun of listening to this is recognizing yourself in The Man in the Odd Hotel Bar, while at the same time being thankful that you aren’t The Man in the Odd Hotel Bar. This could be dropped into a program dealing with dating, romance or into a Valentine’s Day show to cut through the treacle.
Posted on April 25, 2004 at 11:45 AM
This is piece a good example of how PRX can be used to not only distibute work but to aid in its creation and betterment. I first heard the 15-minute version of this piece and offered Ms. Dunn some suggestions to edit and remix it into a feature that could be used by most news magazines. She went through two more incarnations of the piece and offers this 5:55. Now the commentary, reportage, interviews and field ambience work together to create a newsy yet off-beat feature. There are still some levels that could be brought up and some of the background ambience doesn't work as well for my tastes but this is a solid piece. The info about China's one-child policy and the effect the porn industry is an unsual take on the challenges of family planning and sex education. Any Pacific Rim radio station would do well to air this piece. Certainly Pacific Time should air this piece...Let's hear hear more from this producer in the future...Dmae
Posted on April 25, 2004 at 07:55 AM
At first I was a little lost, it seemed to be rambling, but then it all came together about 60% through and I was inspired by the link.
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 04:11 PM
It’s pretty impressive how much ground Torturing Terrorists covers in so little time; it’s just that the time it takes for the conversation to leap to Hitler is also little. Hitler pops up so much in ethical conversations, doesn’t he? The metronome-like back-and-forth is an odd but interesting structural format. It’s so ripe for parody, too… if there are any would-be radio humorists out there. These would be fun to listen to in the morning… to stimulate office debates around the coffee machine.
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 03:31 PM
There is a nice mix of interviewing with Ani personally, reviewing her past works & projects, and playing selected songs. It's a really great introduction to Ani if you are unfamiliar. Die-hard fans might see it more of a mix tape than an interview. Althugh live performances of some newer songs should appease them.The tone is informal and very personal. This is a solid interview profiling a unique artist.
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 09:52 AM
Ani is amazing. In her music she says the things that a lot of us want to say but may be too afraid. I love this interview.