Our new smartphone app just launched.
We produced it for the O'Brien Farm Foundation in cooperation with Memorial University's Folklore Department. This interactive sound walk lets you stroll through a 200-year-old family farm in St. John's while listening to the voice of the late Aly O'Brien. Aly points out farm landmarks as you walk, and weaves stories about the sustainable traditional farming methods that he and his brothers practised all their lives.
CBC checks it out.
Ok so this is a quickie. I live on the side of a cliff in a harbour that's shaped like a big bowl. I was piddling about in the studio today when this unexpectedly started up outside. I grabbed my little Marantz flash recorder and ducked out onto my deck.
The harbour symphony began as an idea for the St. John's international Sound Symposium back in the 1980's, and every so often someone gets one together. Various players go to different ships in the harbour with a score. The scores are written fast, depending upon the pitches of horns that happen to be in port on a given day. You can never tell when someone decides to get one together (although I suspect today it was the lovely Delf Hohmann). This was today's.
Listen to the bass notes (cruise ship) and the way the wind plays dynamics. Only wish I could have had time to use a better microphone: Harbour Symphony
Thursday April 6th, 7.30pm - free
Crows Nest club, St. John's
In memory of the...
Zombie Radio Takeover!
68 years ago this week the Broadcasting Corporation of Nfld (BCN) was eaten & assimilated by the CBC.
To mark the occasion Battery Radio is hosting a listening event. We held a couple of these last year - everyone sits around and listens to the radio together. But not just any old radio, oh no. We'll tickle your ears with an eclectic mix of national & international audio pieces & podcasts, curated by Chris Brookes & Christina Harnett.
PLUS >>>> some rare & very tasty pre-1949 archival BCN audio too.
So bring your best ears...
Hot off the Press! We've just launched a new sound-rich smartphone app, commissioned by the Town of Arnolds Cove, NL. . Free on iTunes & GooglePlay, it lets you explore the remarkable story of houses that were floated from islands in Placentia Bay to Arnolds Cove, Newfoundland, in the 1960's. When you're in Arnolds Cove, GPS automatically triggers voices & images as you walk past resettled houses. When you're not there, you can tap the smartphone screen to hear the stories.
On World Radio Day you can now buy the second edition of Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.
Featuring Chris Brookes, Alan Hall, Ira Glass, The Kitchen Sisters, Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and more, plus new essays from Radio Ambulante's Daniel Alarcon, Starlee Kine, Dave Isay and Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington:
REALITY RADIO: TELLING TRUE STORIES IN SOUND, SECOND EDITION Edited by John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth
Serendipity describes itself as "radio drama for the 21st century. Presented by hosts Ann Heppermann and Martin Johnson who have their own story to tell."
Serendipity is the podcast of The Sarah Awards "celebrating and rewarding the best audio fiction from around the world."
Hear their take on our Quartet here or on iTunes.
Last night in Manhattan the international New York Festivals handed our interactive place-based fiction a Silver World Medal. Over 300 audio producers from 29 countries competed for recognition, so we're delighted that jurors gave the nod to this experiment in Bannerman Park, St. John's.
Congratulations to Sara, Megan, Joel, Michael, Jake and Chris.
Download the app and take a walk through the park this summer!
The international PRIX MARULIC festival awarded our Bannerman Quartet their Special Achievement Award for New Media on the weekend. The annual Prix Marulic is a week-long audio festival held on the island of Hvar, Croatia, sponsored by HRT Croatian Radio. The 2016 festival featured drama and documentary works from 21 countries including Australia, China, Russia, UK, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Croatia and Norway.
Congrats to writers Megan Coles, Joel Hynes, Sara Tilley and Michael Winter, performers Alan Hawco, Petrina Bromley, Joel Hynes & Lois Brown, composer Jake Nicoll and producer Chris Brookes.
If you're in St. John's go to the park and hear for yourself what all the fuss is about!
Well, not quite Adriatic, but nearby - it's going Balkan. The Bannerman Quartet has made the presentation shortlist for Romania's Grand Prix Nova festival, scheduled for May 31-June 4 in Bucharest.
Two years ago, CarolAnn Brenton took our _One day, One App workshop in St. John's. Today she's launching her first public app with the Corner Brook Stream Development Corp. On iTunes and GooglePlay Way to go CarolAnn!