Tellus #11 The Sound of Radio (1985)
Contributing editors: Karen Frillman and Karen Pearlman
A gathering of independent radio recordings, this Tellus release presents extracts from radio plays by professionnal actors (like Steve Jones and Helen Thorington) and contemporary radio artists alike (see Susan Stone or Gregory Whitehead). 'The Sound of Radio' is by turns a paean to the disc-jockey turned storyteller, an ode to radiophonic schizo-politics, an over-the-top throwback to the golden era of 40s radio plays, and an exploration of documentary and narratological modes of radio production. Stand out tracks are Susan Stone's lecture on cutting; M'lou Oliswang's bugged-out collage of mosquito interviews; Steve Jones' deranged rendition of Artaud's 'Le Cenci'; the language-oriented radio art of Gregory Whitehead and the pop-infused soundscape gem 'Cityphony' by Barrett Golding. WIth a narrative radio play more or less emblematic of the collection, the cassette concludes with editor Karen Frillman's 'Long Journey of Poppie Non Gena' -- ostensibly playing around African wedding customs, this work engages the radio network in a profound dialog with ancestral oral culture.
- Laurent Fairon & Danny Snelson
s Engineered by G. Lindahl at Studio PASS. NYC, 1985. Publishers/Editors: Claudia Gould, Joseph Nechvatal, Carol Parkinson. Contributing Editors for this issue: Karen Frillman and Karen Pearlman.
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