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The Coney Island Pier

From: Seth Lind
Length: 13:37

A hypnotic tour of the boardwalk and pier at Coney Island Read the full description.

Coneyislandpier_small A surreal exploration of place in three acts: ACT I: LIDO Lido invites us to the pier through his disturbing but warm schizophrenic meanderings, leaving us wondering where his millons went and how he could have been sunburnt on exactly half of his body. ACT II: THE FISHERMEN "Very good hunting," a Russian fisherman tells a neighbor who has just caught a rock crab. "All meat, man!" says its captor. Then Coney Island history takes over the conversation. "They should tear this whole place down. I mean, this is a couple a hundred years old!" ACT III: JOHN DENNY Old Man Denny points to his window in the projects, high up, and admits he never had the courage to ride the Cyclone. Winter, which approached during these recordings, is Denny's favorite time because of the quiet and solitude it brings, and we go away feelin that he his life likely has plenty of both. Mixed with great music. Not for those who need narrative or signposts, but for those who are OK going away with a "huh." When Transom rejected this piece, they said "Producer should be encouraged to continue." I have.

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Piece Description

A surreal exploration of place in three acts: ACT I: LIDO Lido invites us to the pier through his disturbing but warm schizophrenic meanderings, leaving us wondering where his millons went and how he could have been sunburnt on exactly half of his body. ACT II: THE FISHERMEN "Very good hunting," a Russian fisherman tells a neighbor who has just caught a rock crab. "All meat, man!" says its captor. Then Coney Island history takes over the conversation. "They should tear this whole place down. I mean, this is a couple a hundred years old!" ACT III: JOHN DENNY Old Man Denny points to his window in the projects, high up, and admits he never had the courage to ride the Cyclone. Winter, which approached during these recordings, is Denny's favorite time because of the quiet and solitude it brings, and we go away feelin that he his life likely has plenty of both. Mixed with great music. Not for those who need narrative or signposts, but for those who are OK going away with a "huh." When Transom rejected this piece, they said "Producer should be encouraged to continue." I have.

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Review of The Coney Island Pier

I would agree with Paul that, in terms of story, there's not much there, there. But this is a fantastic use of panning stereo and echoing voices that provides an intriguing cascade of aural snapshots.

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Review of The Coney Island Pier

You're either gonna love or hate this piece. You'll either make room on the radio for it or not know what to make of it. Producers such as Seth Lind are good for us to hear. His film background urges him to play with sound differently than we do as radio producers. To the casual listener this piece makes no sense. It's full of rich evocative underscoring and stream of consciousness narrative that doesn't have a beginning, middle or end. It's more of a rich layered soundtrack for a film that we need to visualize in our minds. We're not told what we're supposed to be thinking or hearing - it just is. And because of that, I don't hear this having much airplay for most radio stations. Perhaps a college station. Perhaps a late nite drop-in between Echoes and Hearts of Space. This is the kind of piece you used to like to get drunk or (dare I say it?) do drugs to listen to like Dark Side of the Moon to make up your head movies. Are we past all that on good "old" public radio? I wonder...

Broadcast History

Premiered January 2002 WORT, Madison WI

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