Listen: Blues & Beyond#21 – The Origins of Some Hit Songs

November 30, 2006

from PRX

Blues & Beyond#21 – The Origins of Some Hit Songs

Producer: Jonny Meister

PRX program description:

“This program looks at the origins of some well-known popular songs. Canned Heat’s “Going Up The Country” came from a Henry Thomas record from the 1920s, though Canned Heat gave no information about their source. Cream did give credit to Blind Joe Reynolds for “Outside Woman Blues” but the original 1929 record is almost unknown. We’ll hear it on this show. British folkies have come up with distinctive arrangements of traditional songs that later became pop hits, without any mention of the musicians who gave these songs their popular form. This program offers selections from Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy that were hits by Paul Simon and Led Zeppelin. Elvis Presley learned the song he recorded on his first single, “That’s All Right” from a 1946 Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup record; we’ll trace that song back as far as 1926, from the great Blind Lemon Jefferson. Also included, the original “Iko Iko”– “Jock-a-Mo” from Sugarboy Crawford– and more. ”

Listen to the program here

Film Sound Cliches – Pt. 1 of 3

November 30, 2006


by Steve Lee for Hollywood Lost and Found

“One sound effect that has found a following with many sound editors and observant movie fans is a distinctive scream named Wilhelm.

In 1951, the Warner Bros. film “Distant Drums” directed by Raoul Walsh starred Gary Cooper as Captain Quincy Wyatt, who leads a group of soldiers to stop some Seminole Indians from threatening settlers in early 19th Century Florida. During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades, one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.”

Read full article here


Read Steve’s Blog.


Film Sound Cliches – Part 2

Film Sound Cliches – Part 3 (The Greatest Hits)


Listen: Sharpen Your Memory – Pt. 2 of 6

November 30, 2006

Part 2: Memorialism
from BBC 4 Radio

“In a new series Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.

Why do we have such a clear picture of what we were doing when we heard that John F Kennedy had been shot, or that Princess Diana had died?”

Listen to MEMORIALISM here.

PRX Reviews: The One-Room School In The Twenty-First Century

November 29, 2006

The One-Room School in the Twenty-First Century

review by Emily Hanford for PRX (Nov. 17, 2006)

” This is an extraordinary program! I enjoyed it at every level. The program took me places I’d never been, introduced me to circumstances I’d never much considered, introduced me to people who made me think (and feel) about ideas and education in new ways. And I smiled and laughed and just thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

This is really just a gorgeous piece that is full of ideas yet moves so gracefully scene to scene, building a larger story from so many small ones, so many lovely details and sounds and characters. And it’s an important story. Don’t be fooled that the focus on one room schools makes this something quirky and small and on the sidelines of the big questions about education. This piece is all about some of the biggest questions facing education today – small schools versus large ones, the importance of relationships and mentoring, how schools reflect and connect their communities, how the daily details and little moments are often more significant than the large movements in education reform can capture or appreciate.

I recommend this program highly. I say… play this in your one hour special slot if you have one, play it/ repeat it over the holidays when you need GOOD programming to fill up your air while your staff takes a break from the daily grind.”

Listen to the program here

PRX Reviews: Durga’s Court

November 29, 2006

Durga’s Court

by Traci Tong for PRX (Nov. 15, 2006)

“Engaging 30-min. documentary that keeps you wanting to hear more. It’s the stories of Shabnam Ramaswamy that keep you listening and have you laughing from one minute to outraged the next. Ramaswamy was chosen to run an informal court in her small Indian village. She may not have the proper legal training but she commands respect from her villagers as well as listeners to this piece. There is no host cue and there is an interruption in the middle for station ident. But this is definitely worth airing during a weekend or evening news magazine programme.”

 Listen to the program here

PRX Reviews: New Orleans Christmas

November 29, 2006

New Orleans Christmas

by Michael Johnson for PRX (Nov. 17, 2006)

“A great hour of great Christmas muisc from New Orleans: bluesy, jazzy, and always uplifting, this hour is an absolute must for your holiday programming. Hosts Dan Storper & Rosaliw Howarth are a bit stiff at times, but they present a great hour of tunes all drawn from the PuTumayo CD compilation, “NEW ORLEANS CHRISTMAS”. Do your listeners a favor by airing this holiday treat a few times in the weeks before Xmas.”

 Listen to the program here

Interview: Patching Up LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

November 28, 2006

Patching Up Lawrence of Arabia

by David E. Stone for Movesound Newsletter (March & April 1989)

“When “Lawrence of Arabia” was released in 1962, Richard Anderson was 11 years old. Since being impressed by the first run of “Lawrence,” Richard grew up to become Supervising Sound Editor on many top films, including “The Color Purple,” “Beetlejuice,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” and “2010.” We can’t list his whole resume, but he worked on “Poltergeist,” “48 Hrs,” “Gremlins,” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” He has an Oscar for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and other awards including Golden Reels (the Sound Editor’s Guild Award) for “Predator” and the B-17 episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” called “The Mission.”

In 1989 he completed work restoring the soundtrack for missing pieces Sir David Lean has replaced in a re-release of “Lawrence.” Following are excerpts from an informal conversation with Richard for Moviesound Newsletter when he had concluded work on that restoration.

Read full interview at Hollywood Lost and Found.

Listen: Sharpen Your Memory – Pt 1 of 6

November 28, 2006

Part 1: Memory and Identity
from BBC 4 Radio

“In a new series Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.
In the first programme Mariella looks at how your memory defines who you are.”

Listen to MEMORY and IDENTITY here


Listen: First Episode of INFIDEL by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre

November 27, 2006

The Sound Palette exclusive

Announcing The Sound Palette Chapter One series. The idea of it is to present the first chapter, episode, or minutes of a radio drama, audiobook, or any other audio presentations exclusively for this blog’s visitors with kind support from the authors, producers, and publishers.

So, I am proud to begin this series with Crazy Dog Audio Theatre‘s Infidel. This first episode is being streamed from this blog with the kind permission of Roger Gregg, founder/director of Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.

Infidel is a 4-part radio drama series, first broadcast by RTE 1 in March 2006, that ‘takes place during the Fifth Crusade which the historians date between 1217 and 1271. ” Full details of the play, cast and crew, and technical details can be found here.

Listen to A Knight’s Advance (26:55 minutes).

To buy the full series as mp3 downloads, please visit ZBS Foundation.


Infidel is also available as a 2-CD set. Please write

Article: Writing for Audio Theatre – The Basics

November 27, 2006

Writing for Audio Theatre: The Basics

by Roger Gregg for an NATF 2003 Panel

“Invariably when stalking an ineffable subject like ‘Writing for Audio Theatre’, one frequently must resort to what are at best equivocal over-simplified ‘How To’ constructs and dodgy reductionist schematics. Sometimes, for some individuals these figurative abstractions prove helpful in refining their approach to the craft, at others these constructs merely confuse.

What follows is not meant to be a comprehensive discourse in logical sequence. I certainly make no claims to having a monopoly on ‘the answer’, ‘the formula’, ‘the secret’, ‘the key’ or ‘the font’.

Fact is there isn’t any answer, formula, secret, key or font. ”

Read full article here