Article: ‘Perfume’ Director Tom Tykwer Talks Sound

January 12, 2007

by Peter Cowie for POST (Jan. 1, 2007)

Tom Tykwer made his first feature, Deadly Maria, in 1993, but his breakthrough on the international scene came with Run Lola Run in 1998, which stunned audiences with its roller-coaster pace and its perceptive characterizations. The Princess and the Warrior followed two years later, and Heaven (starring Cate Blanchett) was based on a screenplay by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) has taken almost 20 years to bring to the screen, ever since Patrick Süskind’s novel became an international bestseller in the 1980s, and it marks Tykwer’s most expensive and ambitious project to date.”

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PRX Review: Crossing Over With Ruben Martinez

January 5, 2007

Producer: Ben Adair (10:30)

Review by John Hingsbergen for PRX(Dec. 17, 2006)

An enjoyable, somewhat off-beat, feature segment. Based on one long interview with author Ruben Martinez, this piece starts strong with some great natural sound that will draw the listener in. 

Interviewer/producer Benjamin Adair narrates the story in a relaxed, natural style. He’s “chatting” with the listener rather than “announcing” or “narrating.” A very comfortable, non-self-conscious delivery. 

I especially like the way the opening narrative fades to make way for Martinez. A clever device that, to be honest, reminded me of the National Lampoon Radio Hour of the 1970’s. Kept me hanging on, wondering, “What’s next?” 

Adair has used a number of off-beat techniques to keep it interesting, including natural sound frequently woven in behind the interview clips 

I’d use this as a discussion-starter for a talk show on immigration issues. Would also work well in a magazine with an immigration theme. 

There’s a reference to “it’s Spring” in the opening narration so users might want to consider whether or not to use it in other seasons.”

Listen to: Crossing Over with Ruben Martinez


Listen: Shades of Gray

January 4, 2007

from PRX

producer: Jonathan Mitchell

PRX Description: “Pro-choice. Pro-life. Most people have already chosen sides in the ongoing debate, so why revisit the issue? Shades of Gray shares a range of stories told by people young and old who have been directly affected by abortion, instead of the polemics of irreconcilable extremes. It’s a carefully crafted audio mosaic and a stark portrayal of the intensely personal nature of our relationship with abortion. ”

Listen to the full program here


Listen: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home

December 28, 2006

from PRX

producer:Paul Chuffo of Joyride Media 

PRX Description: The “official bootleg” radio companion to the PBS special “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home”

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Listen: Guardian Talks with Lynne Truss

December 23, 2006

Guardian Book Club event with Eats, Shoots & Leaves author Lynne Truss.


Listen: Nobel Laureate and Economist Amartya Sen

December 22, 2006

from PRX

producer: Jenny Attiyeh

PRX Description: ‘Amartya Sen, the distinguished economist, philosopher, Nobel laureate and Harvard professor, talks with ThoughtCast about “Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny.”
This new book examines the unfortunate connection between violence and our tendency to identify with one key trait — our ethnicity, or religion, for example — to the exclusion of all others. Sen argues that we can combat this tendency by rejecting this narrowly defined, limited sense of identity, and embracing a broader, richer and more complex understanding of ourselves.
Amartya Sen was born in West Bengal, India (now Bangladesh) and teaches economics at Harvard University. He is known in the wider world for his work on the causes of famines. ‘

Listen to the program here


Listen: Ani DiFranco Live from Joe’s Pub

December 14, 2006

from PRX

Ani DiFranco Live from Joe’s Pub

Producers: Rita Houston and Sarah Wardrop (WFUV)

PRX Description:

“It’s been over a decade since singer, songwriter, and activist Ani DiFranco toured the coffeehouse circuit, but at Joe’s Pub in New York City, she took to the small stage once again. Hear songs from “Reprieve” and more as host Rita Houston joins one hundred lucky fans for Ani DiFranco, recorded live at Joe’s Pub. ”

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