2022 Radio Music Shortlist

10 settembre 2022 ore 18:05

Australia    ABC

Who's Going to Make the Gravy?

It might be the most famous recipe (in the most famous song) in Australia: flour, salt, a little red wine, and don't forget a dollop of tomato sauce. Singer Paul Kelly's (Australia's folk laureate) song How to Make Gravy – written as a letter from prison at Christmas time – has grown in popularity since it was first recorded 25 years ago. Using this extraordinarily popular and resonant song as a starting point, Earshot speaks with five previously incarcerated people about their experience of being in prison on Christmas Day.


Czech Rep.    ČRO

Once Enea Stuck an Apple Seed to my Ear

Radiophonic composition which reflects many topics related to the act of listening. Radio has a black box character which includes voices, sounds and noises, and even we don't have any visual impression of the source of the sounds, paradoxically radio is an extremely visual medium. Because it cannot be captured by the eye, it can exceed the boundaries by which our visible world is marked out for us, sound can redraw the spaces, people and environment around us. Radio, exclusively acousmatic medium, might represent actively the act of listening and contain the listening in several modalities. Radio is able to create intimacy without proximity, it shares particularity. Where a simultaneity of personalities are coexisting, each experience requires negotiation: listening becomes agency.


Germany    ARD

Tender Buttons, verknüpft (Tender Buttons, Intertwined)

In their radio composition, Milliken/Wiesner transform contemporary music through poetry into an enthralling sound experience, and make the poetry shine musically. Where words must remain silent, music speaks – where the music remains silent, the word resounds. Gertrude Stein's multilayered (including the erotic) volume of poetry Tender Buttons is connected with poems by William Carlos Williams and e. e. cummings. The piece ponders on the complexity of objects and procedures that seemingly give structure to our everyday lifes: water, an apple, having breakfast together, etc… The montage "deconstructs"/intertwines the musical and textual material to uncover its magic beyond mere function. Using non–European instruments, the piece also tells of the complex discourses on the "simple things in life"


Ireland    RTÉ

Digging for Fire

Composer Daragh Dukes and Radio Producers Eoin O Kelly and Kevin Brew explore the nature of youthful creativity as they remember their participation in the Limerick band scene of the early 1990s. Daragh and Kevin (formerly of the band They Do It With Mirrors) re–visit the tragicomedy of their London band years, while their friend Eoin (formerly of the band The Hitchers) shares in trying to understand the obsessive quest of youthful creativity. With archive recordings from the time and a soundtrack that flits between indie guitar and electronica, Digging for Fire celebrates creative potential, especially that fiery, untutored, childlike creativity we need to protect as the adult world encroaches.


Italy    RAI

Voci in Barcaccia. Largo ai giovani!
(Voices in Barcaccia. Make Way for the Young!)

Voices in Barcaccia. Make Way for the Young! is the first international competition for young opera singers organised by Radio 3 Rai and led by Enrico Stinchelli and Michele Suozzo, Hosts of La Barcaccia, a cult programme that for over 30 years has spread the opera with the right mix of seriousness and irony. Since December 2021, we have decided to give voice to the best students of our Italian music conservatories, young talents who for almost 2 years have not had any opportunity to perform due to restrictions related to Covid–19. We have created a contest in which the world of opera and classical music meet and play with other musical genres such as the rap of the theme song made by KD–One and the pop of musical guests like Malika Ayane. Our motto: And who says that opera is for old people? And who says opera can't be fun?


Poland    PR

Nasza kołysanka (Our Lullaby)

Ondinata (Songs for Ondine) is an extraordinary music project intended to raise public awareness about a very rare genetic disease called the Ondine's Curse (CCHS). Its major symptom is the respiratory failure, mainly during sleep. One of twelve hundred persons in the world diagnosed with the disease is Leo – the son of Artists Magda Hueckel and Tomek Sliwinski. One day they came up with an idea to release a record with lullabies. The reporter visits the family to recall the moments when a double bass player and composer – Sebastian Wypych – worked on a very special song opening and closing the double album. In his works, the composer incorporates the rhythm of the machines helping the patients breathe every night. The structure of the story is at the same time an "audio anatomy" of the Lullaby for Ondine.


United Kingdom    BBC

Add to Playlist

Add to Playlist is a new music series that spans continents, genres and eras, finding surprising links between different types of music and analysing each piece along the way. In this episode, Cerys Matthews and Jeffrey Boakye are joined by Organist Anna Lapwood and South African Cellist and Vocalist Abel Selaocoe and they all take it in turns to choose the next five tracks for the evolving series playlist. Each track is chosen for its musical, biographical or historical connections with the previous one. The links are explained and everyone reveals the thought process in making their choice. In order to try and understand exactly how the music works, we also hear from experts on particular tracks. This week the writer of Torn, Producer Phil Thornalley, explains how he created the hit song.


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