Open Audio’s new commission for BBC Radio 3’s Between The Ears strand is Chinoiserie, by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, following their multi-award winning experimental drama, Use It Or Lose It.
This radiophonic feature explores the price of our commitment to truth, taking us to an unexpected new world in which the lines between reality and fiction are blurred.
The lead characters are Peter, a Western author writing a work of fiction set in China, and John, a Chinese novelist whose non-fiction writings have driven him into exile.
We travel inside the minds of the characters, hearing their thoughts as well as their words, revealing the gap between fantasy and reality. Their dialogue is interrupted by the cultural memories and personal flashbacks triggered by their thoughts, along with the music and news stories they hear.
Coming up on BBC Radio 3: 25th January, 2014: 2200-2230
Nina Perry’s Between the ears composed feature “A Song of Bricks and Mortar” explores composition, the creative process and the art of making. It takes its inspiration from this quote by Benjamin Britten:
"Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house - the colour of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house."
Via a compositional road trip, artists in the process of creating and making give insight into their own personal creative process, and what drives them to create. Like a play within a play or a documentary that documents itself - this feature dips its toe into the infinite and timeless nature of artistic creativity as an integral part of being human.
The fear of new beginnings, the pleasure of being in flow, moments of illumination, and of being lost; the artists’ relationship with the environment and their own interior landscapes are revealed by Sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, Art Student Imran Perretta, Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company, Mark Baldwin; and a group of people with Dementia and memory problems at a Creative Arts Session run by the Arts development company Verd de gris.
Their insights are woven together with a metaphorical motorbike journey performed by violinist Oli Langford and a soundscape of specially composed music.
Producer: Nina Perry
Executive Producer: Simon Jacobs
A Unique Production for BBC Radio 3: tx 6th July 2013
In the 1960s and early 1970s, a number of U.S. prisons allowed inmates to form bands and produce commercially available LPs. Today, many of those records are collectors’ items.
Gary Younge tracks down some of the men who were in these groups, finding out how the music shaped their lives and hearing from those who supported this progressive initiative in the face of the old punitive regime.
Gary travels to Huntsville, Texas, where a bespoke studio was built within the prison. Visiting the maximum security Wynne Unit, Gary is joined by the scheme’s former music director, Harley Rex. This is the first time Harley has returned to the unit in over thirty years and he details the scale and impact of the project. Outside the prison’s high walls, Gary and Harley meet ex-inmate John Indo who explains how the music affected the 17 years he served inside.
Over on the East Coast, in New Jersey’s Rahway prison, Reginald Haynes was another inmate with a similar initiative. Reginald was spotted at a convict talent show by established music producer George Kerr and a group now known as The Legendary Escorts was formed. Reginald tells the extraordinary story of how the group’s first album was produced, and of the changes the scheme would bring to his later life on the outside.
Back in Texas Gary meets the local people who live near the prison and finds out what impact commercially releasing the music had on people’s perceptions of the prisoners. He’ll hear how inmates performed locally, including at the always popular prison rodeo.
Presenter - Gary Younge
Producer - Vivienne Perry
Executive Producer - Andrea Rose
A Like It Is Production tx 13th April 2013
Gary’s article here
Radio Times Critic’s choice, The Telegraph
Nina Perry’s new musical composition supported by the PRSF Women make Music award. The piece explores the relationship between music and textiles and was first performed at ‘The Big Weave’ at Spitalfields Market in London on April 13th 2013.
You can read more about it here
With support from PRS for Music Foundation
Composer - Nina Perry
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