Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ich Liebe Wurfsendung

I ran a meeting at the HQ of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) in Geneva last week, to kick of a creative audio project involving 6 member countries (UK, France, Germany, Croatia, Russia and Hungary) and thought I should share the latest on the form in Germany. Deutsche Kultur make these fantastic shorts called Wurfsendung, which play out as commercial breaks without the commercials. To be honest, ahem, the Wurfsendung were my main inspiration for getting involved in short-form drama, showing me just what you can achieve in with short duration (maximum 45 seconds!) content. They started by using radio commercials producers but now it's done mostly in-house.

For those of you who are, like me, linguistically challenged there is now a section with English translations. Well worth a look.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

2nd Newsletter

A few things have been going on behind the scenes since the last newsletter, but I'll keep them under wraps for now. All quite exciting though and I hope to be able to give out details soon. Until then, here's the text of the latest newsletter.


Welcome to the 2nd Audiotheque newsletter. If you haven’t received the first one, you can read it at: http://audiodrama.blogspot.com/2007/04/1st-newsletter.html

First of all, thanks to everyone who’s offered feedback and comments since the last newsletter, sent out last month. I’ve heard back from quite a few of you since then, and have received an impressive amount of audio. Hopefully I’ve been in touch with you but if you’ve sent something in and haven’t heard back from me, do send another email to Audiotheque@bbc.co.uk.

This month I’m pleased to say that I’ve got 3 excellent pieces of creative audio to share, all of which have been brought to my attention as a result of the last newsletter. They are all from people who aren’t professional broadcasters, and who are at an early stage of their careers in audio.

The first piece is Dark, by Kevin Cadwallender. Kevin is an established writer of poetry and prose (http://kevcad.blogspot.com/) who wrote Dark, and created it at the University of Sunderland along with Becky Stefani and Francesca Sardone. It stars his daughter Charlie, who was 5 at the time. Dark is a haunting, sonically inventive work with great performances…


On My Mind
In contrast, here’s a very funny piece written and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko and starring Mike Holt. Flipping between flash-backs, flash-forwards and stream of consciousness, it’s nevertheless easy to follow entertaining. There’ll be more from this team in the next newsletter.


The third piece if different again. Clinic’s narrative depicts a real situation, and intrigues the listener by withholding key pieces of information, leaving us wanting more without becoming frustrating. It was created and realised by Wana Udobang, a student at the University College for The Creative Arts in Farnham.


That’s it for this month, except to say that I hope to have more details of the first Audiotheque competition, planned for later this year, and am still on the lookout for more creative audio. Keep sending it in!