The Eternal Moment is a radiophonic drama by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, commissioned by ABC Australia for Radiotonic. Scheduled for broadcast on October 12th, the piece stars John Ramm as He/Cody and Emma Powell as She/Zoe.
Zoe experiences delusions. She believes her cartographic drawings can occasion the Eternal Moment, where time ceases to flow. Zoe’s artwork deeply inspires Cody, her art therapist. He deciphers Zoe’s language, which uses past, present and future simultaneously.
Their characters move closer together as Zoe tries to freeze time itself, leaving the listener unclear whether the Eternal Moment exists only in Zoe’s head.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 4th October at 9.30pm, ‘More Than A Desert’ features poet and playwright Kate Tempest crunching across the shingle of Britain’s only desert. This is Dungeness. Home to two lighthouses, two nuclear power stations, abundant wildlife, and to Prospect Cottage.
Here iconic British filmmaker Derek Jarman spent the last years of his life building his garden, writing diaries, inscribing the words of John Donne on the wall of his cottage.
Recorded entirely on location in Dungeness, both at Jarman’s desk and out in the elements, Kate Tempest weaves the words and thoughts of local families and fishermen with rich soundscapes, both natural and man made. Amidst the quietest sounds of the sanctuary that is Prospect Cottage, to the roaring innards of the power station, Tempest crafts vivid new verse, at once intimate and elemental, mapping Dungeness anew.
On Saturday 20th September at 9.30pm BST, Langham Research Centre and Peter Blegvad present a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 from Broadcasting House. Eschatology is a radiophonic drama about the end of the world, witnessed from a liner adrift on a deserted ocean.
Written and narrated by Peter Blegvad, the last survivors are played by Harriet Walters and Guy Paul. Susan Rae delivers updates on the apocalypse as it spreads around the planet.
Music and sound effects are composed and performed by Langham Research Centre, using vintage electronic instruments and tape machines.
Eschatology is a poetic exploration of the end of everything: of land where we take to ships, of radio contact when white noise fills the receiver; of individual sounds as they echo into space.
Chinoiserie, by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, follows their multi-award winning experimental drama, Use It Or Lose It.
This radiophonic feature for BBC Radio 3’s Between The Ears strand takes 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.
Starring Guy Paul, Liz Sutherland, David Tse
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3: 25th January, 2014: 2100-2130
An Open Audio production for BBC Radio 3, produced by Iain Chambers
Executive Producer: Jeremy Mortimer
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