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I Wish

From: Samantha Broun
Length: 07:31

"I Wish" is an audio collage of people's aspirations and longings.
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I Wish
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Samantha Broun

I_wish_small I Wish. Last June I made a deal with myself – to stop talking about my interest in audio pieces and to start making them. “I Wish” is my first audio piece. “I Wish” is part audio, part mail art. It was inspired by a call for a mail art show a friend of mine put together, the theme of which was “Wishing Machine.” My idea was to collaborate with people - through the mail – by asking them to record responses to the question, “What do you wish for?” I started by making five pieces of mail art, each of which included a mini disc, an invitation to collect wishes and a small card with prompts on it. I sent these “I Wish” packets out to five people - who I knew to varying degrees - across the country. Three out of the five people sent their mini discs back to me filled with the wishes they had gathered. I used their wishes, along with those I had collected, to create “I Wish” - an audio collage of aspirations and longings. The music. I used three different pieces of music to accompany the wishes. The first piece, “Deep Purple,” is from an obscure album called “Travelin Light – Cookin’ with Frank and Sam.” It’s an album of tuba and guitar duets. Who would have known? I like the mood it sets. The second piece, called “A Wish,” is by Nubian artist Hamza El Din. The song is his wish for the return of his childhood village which was submerged - for political reasons - under water. The last piece of music is the great Aretha Franklin singing, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This recording is from her “First 12 Sides” album. She was barely eighteen years old when she recorded it.
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I Wish. Last June I made a deal with myself – to stop talking about my interest in audio pieces and to start making them. “I Wish” is my first audio piece. “I Wish” is part audio, part mail art. It was inspired by a call for a mail art show a friend of mine put together, the theme of which was “Wishing Machine.” My idea was to collaborate with people - through the mail – by asking them to record responses to the question, “What do you wish for?” I started by making five pieces of mail art, each of which included a mini disc, an invitation to collect wishes and a small card with prompts on it. I sent these “I Wish” packets out to five people - who I knew to varying degrees - across the country. Three out of the five people sent their mini discs back to me filled with the wishes they had gathered. I used their wishes, along with those I had collected, to create “I Wish” - an audio collage of aspirations and longings. The music. I used three different pieces of music to accompany the wishes. The first piece, “Deep Purple,” is from an obscure album called “Travelin Light – Cookin’ with Frank and Sam.” It’s an album of tuba and guitar duets. Who would have known? I like the mood it sets. The second piece, called “A Wish,” is by Nubian artist Hamza El Din. The song is his wish for the return of his childhood village which was submerged - for political reasons - under water. The last piece of music is the great Aretha Franklin singing, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This recording is from her “First 12 Sides” album. She was barely eighteen years old when she recorded it.
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Review of I Wish

I liked this piece a lot. Simple, effective and quite charming. I thought the music throughout was great, and very well used. Maybe a little overlong? Could be 2 minutes shorter and work just as well, I think. Very enjoyable.

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this is a good piece. it's rough and raw and real. it's got that realness that you don't often hear on the radio. also, a great diversity of voices that you don't often hear on public radio. great for the holidays.

two small crits: a few strong stroies would have helped. Also, it could cut really nicely into a shorter piece for other formats. right where the aretha cut comes in. but these are small points on a really good story.

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What a provocative word is wish. This collage of people's wishes, hopes and dreams is perfect for a starry summer's night when one is sitting outside watching the moon rise and waiting for that first falling star. Listeners will enjoy hearing what other people wish for. Put the piece in a quiet time.

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Musical Works

“Deep Purple”
Frank Vignola and Sam Pilafian
Travelin Light: Cookin with Frank and Sam
Concord Records
1995
1 min 38 sec
“A Wish”
Hamza El Din
"A Wish"
Sounds True
1999
2min 55 sec
"Over the Rainbow"
Aretha Franklin
The Great Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Sides
Columbia
1972
2min 37 sec

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