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Between The Ears20131006

How can art be invisible? When it's made of sound.

As BBC Radio 3 marks 20 years of 'Between the Ears', the network's series of sonically adventurous features, Dan Jones commemorates the centenary of 'The Art of Noise Manifesto', by Luigi Russolo, with an exploration of that mysterious, invisible and vigorous form - Sound Art.

Luigi Russolo believed that the music of the future should reflect the noises of modern life. Rejecting the classical orchestra (along with pizza and pasta which he believed sapped the moral fibre of his nation) he invented 'noise- makers' to replicate the sounds of traffic, industry and even modern warfare.

Russolo may be a disputed godfather of sound art, but it would be almost a hundred years till a sound artist would be shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Susan Philipsz won in 2010 and the Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York, would open its first sound art show.

In 'Sonic Art Boom', Dan Jones considers why it has taken so long for Sound Art to get a hearing.

He talks to Janet Cardiff - whose sound installation "The Forty-Part Motet" has been presented by prestigious galleries all over the globe; speaks with Barbara London, MOMA's legendary curator, about the difficulties of displaying sound; meet's his hero - Stan Shaff - creator of 'Audium', the world's first sound sculpture theatre in San Francisco; and goes underground with Bill Fontana, world renown sound artist, as he places a giant loudspeaker in front of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The art world, it seems, has pulled out its earplugs.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

Presenter: Dan Jones is a BAFTA award-winning composer and sound designer working in film and theatre - Sound and Fury, is a theatre company of which is a founder, and his performance piece , created with Luke Jerram, 'Sky Orchestra' has toured the globe for ten years.

Between The Ears20131006

How can art be invisible? When it's made of sound.

As BBC Radio 3 marks 20 years of 'Between the Ears', the network's series of sonically adventurous features, Dan Jones commemorates the centenary of 'The Art of Noise Manifesto', by Luigi Russolo, with an exploration of that mysterious, invisible and vigorous form - Sound Art.

Luigi Russolo believed that the music of the future should reflect the noises of modern life. Rejecting the classical orchestra (along with pizza and pasta which he believed sapped the moral fibre of his nation) he invented 'noise- makers' to replicate the sounds of traffic, industry and even modern warfare.

Russolo may be a disputed godfather of sound art, but it would be almost a hundred years till a sound artist would be shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Susan Philipsz won in 2010 and the Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York, would open its first sound art show.

In 'Sonic Art Boom', Dan Jones considers why it has taken so long for Sound Art to get a hearing.

He talks to Janet Cardiff - whose sound installation "The Forty-Part Motet" has been presented by prestigious galleries all over the globe; speaks with Barbara London, MOMA's legendary curator, about the difficulties of displaying sound; meet's his hero - Stan Shaff - creator of 'Audium', the world's first sound sculpture theatre in San Francisco; and goes underground with Bill Fontana, world renown sound artist, as he places a giant loudspeaker in front of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The art world, it seems, has pulled out its earplugs.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

Presenter: Dan Jones is a BAFTA award-winning composer and sound designer working in film and theatre - Sound and Fury, is a theatre company of which is a founder, and his performance piece , created with Luke Jerram, 'Sky Orchestra' has toured the globe for ten years.

Between The Ears20131222

Five radio producers from around the world play a game of audio 'consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play an audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Each producer tackles one of the five elements of the narrative game - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and what the consequence was... The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

In this special compilation programme, we'll hear all five editions of the series woven together to make a single story.

Produced by Natalie Kestecher, Tim Hinman, Sarah Boothroyd, Bob Carlson and Steve Urquhart

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

Between The Ears20131222

Five radio producers from around the world play a game of audio 'consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play an audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Each producer tackles one of the five elements of the narrative game - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and what the consequence was... The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

In this special compilation programme, we'll hear all five editions of the series woven together to make a single story.

Produced by Natalie Kestecher, Tim Hinman, Sarah Boothroyd, Bob Carlson and Steve Urquhart

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

01Between The Ears20131005

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the shadow.

The words of TS Eliot provide a cue for this playful, challenging and touching anniversary series celebrating 20 years of Between the Ears.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio', by the composer Ian Gardiner. 'Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony, received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Shadowplay offers a new four-part 'symphony of voices', exploring the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

In the first movement 'Theme and Variations', ideas about what we value - wealth, health, liberty and happiness - are revealed through the experiences and insights of the economists Ha-Joon Chang and Felix Martin, the life-model Sue Tilley and the poet Jazzman John Clarke, and also with reference to Ian Gardiner's 'Monument', Ritalin and Mary Poppins.

Produced by Alan Hall and Hana Walker-Brown.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' that explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

01Between The Ears20131005

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the shadow.

The words of TS Eliot provide a cue for this playful, challenging and touching anniversary series celebrating 20 years of Between the Ears.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio', by the composer Ian Gardiner. 'Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony, received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Shadowplay offers a new four-part 'symphony of voices', exploring the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

In the first movement 'Theme and Variations', ideas about what we value - wealth, health, liberty and happiness - are revealed through the experiences and insights of the economists Ha-Joon Chang and Felix Martin, the life-model Sue Tilley and the poet Jazzman John Clarke, and also with reference to Ian Gardiner's 'Monument', Ritalin and Mary Poppins.

Produced by Alan Hall and Hana Walker-Brown.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' that explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

01Between The Ears20131007

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

The Woman

A portrait of a woman looking for a lover who may only exist in her imagination...

Australian radio producer Natalie Kestecher offers us a documentary fantasy about her unrealistic romantic demands.

Producer: Natalie Kestecher

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

01Between The Ears20131007

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

The Woman

A portrait of a woman looking for a lover who may only exist in her imagination...

Australian radio producer Natalie Kestecher offers us a documentary fantasy about her unrealistic romantic demands.

Producer: Natalie Kestecher

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

02Between The Ears20131008

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

The Man

In this monolgue, we hear from a man who wants to regain control over the soundworld he inhabits. Desperate to isolate himself from a world filled with pointless noise he builds a soundproof box in which to contain his ideal environment.

Produced and narrated by Tim Hinman, founder of the Danish radio magazine 'Third Ear'.

Producer: Tim Hinman

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

02Between The Ears20131008

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

The Man

In this monolgue, we hear from a man who wants to regain control over the soundworld he inhabits. Desperate to isolate himself from a world filled with pointless noise he builds a soundproof box in which to contain his ideal environment.

Produced and narrated by Tim Hinman, founder of the Danish radio magazine 'Third Ear'.

Producer: Tim Hinman

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

02Between The Ears20131012

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' to celebrate 20 years of Between the Ears. It explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

2. Slow Movement:

Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel

In the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world, the city of lights and dreams and distractions, a man sits down and tries to meditate. Learning to meditate is hard. Emptying one's mind, focusing entirely on one's breath is hard. And it gets even harder for the man with the realisation that he's sitting next to the famous actor Harvey Keitel.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio', by the composer Ian Gardiner. 'Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony, received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Produced by Pejk Malinovski.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

02Between The Ears20131012

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' to celebrate 20 years of Between the Ears. It explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

2. Slow Movement:

Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel

In the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world, the city of lights and dreams and distractions, a man sits down and tries to meditate. Learning to meditate is hard. Emptying one's mind, focusing entirely on one's breath is hard. And it gets even harder for the man with the realisation that he's sitting next to the famous actor Harvey Keitel.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio', by the composer Ian Gardiner. 'Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony, received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Produced by Pejk Malinovski.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

03Between The Ears20131009

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

Where They Met

A space for luck, risk and encounters with destiny...

The Canadian sound artist Sarah Boothroyd offers a portrait of a race course and characters who surrender themselves to chance.

Producer: Sarah Boothroyd

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

03Between The Ears20131009

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

Where They Met

A space for luck, risk and encounters with destiny...

The Canadian sound artist Sarah Boothroyd offers a portrait of a race course and characters who surrender themselves to chance.

Producer: Sarah Boothroyd

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

03Between The Ears20131019

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' to celebrate 20 years of Between the Ears, Radio 3's home for adventurous and innovative radio. It explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

3. Romantic Scherzo

Between the romantic fantasies of a young girl's imagination and the realities of a mature woman's experiences of love falls a shadow that allows for a playful exploration of expectations, illusions and (self-)delusions.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio called Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony and received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

An exploration of romantic expectations, illusions and delusions.

03Between The Ears20131019

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' to celebrate 20 years of Between the Ears, Radio 3's home for adventurous and innovative radio. It explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

3. Romantic Scherzo

Between the romantic fantasies of a young girl's imagination and the realities of a mature woman's experiences of love falls a shadow that allows for a playful exploration of expectations, illusions and (self-)delusions.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio called Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony and received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

An exploration of romantic expectations, illusions and delusions.

04Between The Ears20131010

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

She Said / He Said

A dialogue between a couple about a third person who stumbled into their lives leaving an indelible impression.

Produced by Bob Carlson, host of the American documentary series 'Unfictional'.

Producer: Bob Carlson

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

04Between The Ears20131010

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears, the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

She Said / He Said

A dialogue between a couple about a third person who stumbled into their lives leaving an indelible impression.

Produced by Bob Carlson, host of the American documentary series 'Unfictional'.

Producer: Bob Carlson

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

04Between The Ears20131026

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' to celebrate 20 years of Between the Ears. It explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

4. Final Movement: Art Values

One of the 'variations' in the first movement of Shadowplay, broadcast earlier this month, introduced the life-model Sue Tilley. A nude portrait of her by Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, became the most expensive painting by a living artist when it was bought by Roman Abramovich in 2008. In this 'finale', Sue shares more of her life and work (as a life-model, benefits officer and '80s club-scene icon) at the centre of an exploration of the value of art - aesthetics, price-tags, high-life and the everyday.

With a cast of voices from the art world, including Tracey Emin, Ai Wei Wei, Jeff Koons, Robert Hughes, Roy Lichtenstein and Gilbert and George.

Shadowplay has been inspired by the words of TS Eliot:

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the shadow.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio', by the composer Ian Gardiner. 'Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony, received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Produced by Alan Hall.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

Life model Sue Tilley features in an exploration of the value of art.

04Between The Ears20131026

Shadowplay offers a four-part 'symphony of voices' to celebrate 20 years of Between the Ears. It explores the shadows that may fall between the appearance of things and their reality. Making use of the full palette available to the radio producer - documentary, fiction, music, pure sound - four feature-makers address our values, our identities, our romantic inclinations and our sense of worth.

4. Final Movement: Art Values

One of the 'variations' in the first movement of Shadowplay, broadcast earlier this month, introduced the life-model Sue Tilley. A nude portrait of her by Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, became the most expensive painting by a living artist when it was bought by Roman Abramovich in 2008. In this 'finale', Sue shares more of her life and work (as a life-model, benefits officer and '80s club-scene icon) at the centre of an exploration of the value of art - aesthetics, price-tags, high-life and the everyday.

With a cast of voices from the art world, including Tracey Emin, Ai Wei Wei, Jeff Koons, Robert Hughes, Roy Lichtenstein and Gilbert and George.

Shadowplay has been inspired by the words of TS Eliot:

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the shadow.

Radio 3's showcase for adventurous feature-making was launched in October 1993 with a 'piece for radio', by the composer Ian Gardiner. 'Monument', which was conceived as a kind of London symphony, received the prestigious Prix Italia the following year.

Produced by Alan Hall.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

Life model Sue Tilley features in an exploration of the value of art.

05Between The Ears20131011

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears', the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

5. And the Consequence Was...

Mirroring the structure of the game itself, three stories are interwoven about the marks left on the body by love, accident and design, inspired by the words "nobody can see what we can see" which appeared at the end of the first ever edition of Between the Ears in 1993.

Producer: Steve Urquhart

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.

05Between The Ears20131011

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay for a week to play a game of audio 'Consequences'.

As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of twenty years of Between The Ears', the BBC's home for adventurous feature-making, five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Five radio producers from different corners of the world play a week-long audio version of the popular childhood game Consequences.

Over the course of the week, the five elements of the narrative game are introduced - the woman, the man, where they met, what they said and the consequence...

The series explores the many playful ways a story for the ear can be told - from documentary to drama, sound art to fantastical storytelling - with each player unaware of what has preceded them.

5. And the Consequence Was...

Mirroring the structure of the game itself, three stories are interwoven about the marks left on the body by love, accident and design, inspired by the words "nobody can see what we can see" which appeared at the end of the first ever edition of Between the Ears in 1993.

Producer: Steve Urquhart

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3.