29 December 2015

Sound and the Sea + Ode to the Salish Sea - Airs Dec. 30

Sound and the Sea is a documentary exploring the name and place that is the body of water that runs from south of Seattle to north of Vancouver and out to the Pacific Ocean, currently known by a number of names depending on where you are (including Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait). Its companion piece, Ode to the Salish Sea, is a composed documentary honoring that same body of water. In the past few years a new name, the Salish Sea, has gained increasingly common usage, used in publications by area residents, marine biologists, First Nations/Native Americans, and even Parks Canada, the Government of Canada's national park department. This informal use of a name that honours the area’s original inhabitants, the Coast Salish nations, has developed into a movement to officially add the name to the waters (without doing away with their current names). A note from producer Paolo Pietropaolo: "I gathered materials for the documentary by making field recordings of voices and sounds of the region. "There are three voices heard in two languages (Hul’qumi’num and English): George Harris of the Chemainus First Nation, a native Hul’qumi’num speaker and a proponent of the new name; Keith Roy, spokesman for the Monarchist League of Canada, who opposes the name; and Briony Penn, a geographer and environmental activist whose family has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC, since the mid-nineteeth century. The sounds are those of the waters: creeks, waves, boats, ferries and ambient sound, and the sounds of wildlife that depend on the Salish Sea for survival. In addition, I have used a snippet of “God Save the King” to honour the origins of the name Strait of Georgia. "I have layered, twisted, shaped, cut, processed and weaved these recordings into a composed documentary, musical in structure and ambient in aesthetic: an Ode to the Salish Sea. The end result creates a dream-state balancing the reality of what the Strait of Georgia & Puget Sound sound like today with imagined past and future sounds of the Salish Sea. "Place names are often spoken, and these audible sounds carry with them memory and culture – and thus, great meaning. Native languages are disappearing at an alarming rate as elders die out. In addition, every day, tonnes of earth from Seattle and Vancouver construction pits are dumped into the Salish Sea; every year, the salmon fishery is further threatened. By capturing the sounds carried by the air and waters of the Sea, the Ode seeks to draw attention to the inter-connectedness of the area and its peoples and cultures." Ode to the Salish Sea was commissioned by CBC Radio's Outfront and the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio Arts on the theme of Ecology: Water, Air, Sound, and premiered on CBC Radio across Canada on May 15, 2009 and in octophonic surround sound at the Deep Wireless Festival in Toronto, Ontario on May 29 & 30, 2009.

21 December 2015

Shortcut to the North Pole - Airs Dec 23rd

Shortcut to the North Pole by Peter Bochan 
Shortcuts is a theme-oriented audio extravaganza with no narration that has been airing on numerous public radio stations for over forty years. It's a splice-of-life montage which mixes music, film dialogue, press conferences, news, commercials, sound effects, and other sources. This holiday installment was produced in 1975 and features Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, The Chipmunks, Howdy Doody, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Laurel and Hardy, Martin Mull, The Firesign Theatre, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, The Who, The Boss, George Bernard Shaw, among many more.

04 December 2015

The Story of Star Wars - Airs Dec 9th + 16th

The Story of Star Wars from Superscope
Roscoe Lee Browne brilliantly narrates an abridged, tighter version of the events depicted within A New Hope. Many listeners feel this condensed retelling rivals (and may even best) the silver screen's theatrical release -- including me. The script was faithfully adapted by E. Jack Kaplan with Cheryl Gard and uses dialog, music, and sound effects from the original film. George Lucas himself is said to have overseen the project with the aid of Alan Livingston (the children's record pioneer who created Bozo the Clown, Rusty in Orchestraville, and signed both the Beatles and Sinatra to Capitol.) We will be playing the 1977 album in it's entirety over two weeks. Side A, which takes us up to the Millennium Falcon's arrival at the Death Star, will air on December 9th.
"A dark presence enters the ship. The ominous commander of the Imperial forces, Darth Vader, tall, and threatening in his black helmet, flowing black cape, and a face forever masked by a foreboding metal breath screen. Darth Vader, a figure who moves forever in a cloud of awesome evil.”- Roscoe Lee Browne narrating The Story of Star Wars

01 December 2015

Stranded Nisei - Airs Dec 2nd

Trapped on the Wrong Side of History by Richard Paul 
In 1939, Mary Kimoto Tomita, an independent-minded farm girl from outside Modesto, CA took a long trip to Japan to learn the language and culture of her ancestors. However, on December 5th, 1941, during her seemingly routine voyage back home, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and her ship reversed course. She was now stranded in the middle of a bloody war between the country of her birth and the country of her heritage. Trapped in Japan for the duration of World War II, Mary would experience deprivation, danger, and cultural collision. This story -- told through Mary’s personal reminiscences and letters from the time -- is a rare account of an unexplored side of WWII history.