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45 posts about Music on this blog

  1. Britain in a Box - The Old Grey Whistle Test

    Saturday 12 February 2011, 09:45

    Paul Jackson Paul Jackson

    I love television: I love watching it, I love working in it and I love talking about it. We produce hundreds of hours of TV in this country and inevitably much of it passes by largely unnoticed after its first airing. But when it's good it can be very good, it can catch the national imagination in an...

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  2. Ice music from Norway on Radio 4

    Monday 7 February 2011, 21:29

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Musical instruments carved from ice cut from a frozen fjorde, concerts by musicians from all over the world, held in snow flurries under the Northern lights. Not your typical music festival. These remarkable pictures, by photographer Emile Holba, were taken at the Norwegian Ice Music Festival, the...

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  3. Rhyme and Reason: helping the nation fall in love with poetry

    Wednesday 2 February 2011, 18:55

    Mike Hanson Mike Hanson

    The Rhyme and Reason series is the first programme BBC 6 Music has produced for Radio 4. As it's a series that explores the musical nature of words as found in poetry, it seems only right that the BBC's radio station that digs deeper into the intellectual psyche of music should produce work for the...

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  4. Rock Island Line

    Monday 31 January 2011, 13:04

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Rock Island Line label

    Editor's note: I'm republishing this post from last year now because the programme has just been repeated and that's a good enough excuse to revive this excellent new recording of Skiffle classic 'Rock Island Line' - SB

    The chorus goes like this:

    The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road The Rock Island...

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  5. Give us one of the old tunes

    Thursday 20 January 2011, 10:00

    Deborah Wain Deborah Wain

    Editor's note: Deborah Wain is the writer of today's Afternoon Play 'Notes To Self', a drama about Alzheimer's disease, based on real experiences and interwoven with recordings of music sessions carried out in care homes and day centres - SB.

    A heartfelt blast of a chorus or just a brief flickering of...

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  6. The funkiest documentary in Radio 4 history

    Friday 26 November 2010, 18:07

    James Hale James Hale Producer/Director

    In the first half of the 1970s Stevie Wonder released four landmark albums that changed the course of pop music. A combination of funk and synthesisers, this incredible collection of music includes many of Stevie's classic songs such as Superstition, Living for the City and You Are the Sunshine of My...

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  7. Welsh cakes with Jones the voice

    Sunday 26 September 2010, 10:29

    Leanne Buckle Leanne Buckle

    The chairs in our Desert Island studio have had some legendary bottoms sitting on them in their time, but few more legendary than that of Sir Tom Jones.

    Tom Jones eating a Welsh Cake in the Desert Island Discs studio.

    His recording was a joy - from the 'sexually voracious' image back in the days ("you're creating a monster," he says "without even realising it")...

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  8. Pilgrim, episode two: The Lost Hotel

    Tuesday 7 September 2010, 12:24

    Marc Beeby Marc Beeby Producer

    Editor's note: Marc Beeby is Co-Producer of Radio 4's dark, myth-inspired drama series Pilgrim. He's keeping a production diary. Here's part two - SB.

    We begin the recording of episode 2. This is a very different world from episode one - more urban, more obviously modern, touching on concerns like consumerism...

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  9. A day about innovation at BBC Audio & Music Interactive

    Tuesday 3 August 2010, 19:01

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Innovation sign

    BBC Audio & Music interactive is the department that looks after all the activity on the web, the red button and on the social networks for the BBC radio stations, music programmes on the TV and all the big annual events (The Proms, Glastonbury and so on).

    Four times a year the team meets to share ideas...

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  10. Ballads from the Old Bailey

    Thursday 22 July 2010, 14:34

    Elizabeth Burke Elizabeth Burke

    Workhouse cruelty 600

    If only we could hear voices from the past: the other couples whispering in our bedroom, the other children shouting up the stairs. As a radio producer I often think about what the past sounded like. That's why I was excited when I realised there is a way of hearing those voices: the records of criminal...

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  11. Roger Bolton on saving 6 Music

    Friday 9 July 2010, 14:45

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

    Western House 600

    Editor's note. Every week we're publishing one item from Radio 4's accountability programme Feedback. This week's item is of more general interest and concerns the campaign to save 6 Music - SB

    "What is the point of protesting to the BBC? No producer or manager ever admits that they are wrong."

    Judging...

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  12. Horror on the radio: We Outnumber You

    Friday 23 April 2010, 11:23

    Jessica Dromgoole Jessica Dromgoole Editor, Home Front

    Black Helicopter

    Could we do a horror on radio? Could we horrify people? Not an atmospheric, gothic spook with resonant chords and the whiff of damp tweed, but something actually scary. Something to make the audience squelch. That was the ambition.

    There's a mantra in Hollywood that to be effective, a screenplay has to...

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  13. George Martin on the moment he knew he was deaf

    Saturday 13 March 2010, 18:24

    Sally Flatman Sally Flatman

    George Martin

    Last year the Radio 4 Appeal raised over £1.5 million for 52 different charities. For over 80 years, charities have had the chance to make a direct appeal to the listeners every Sunday morning. If we had kept an autograph book of the presenters over those decades - it would be a great read!

    A couple...

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  14. Postcards from a Cataclysm - short drama for Radio 4

    Wednesday 10 February 2010, 10:43

    James Robinson James Robinson

    pencil

    I love short film festivals. They're a bit like a box of chocolates: You might get an incredible story, a fantastic animation or something totally abstract and experimental. And when you do get a dud, you're safe in the knowledge that there'll be another along soon.

    Radio 4 is uniquely privileged to have...

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  15. Six Suspects: assembling the party scene (and some audio extras)

    Wednesday 20 January 2010, 16:35

    John Dryden John Dryden

    Mumbai ferry

    Editor's note. Here is producer John Dryden's final Six Suspects blog post - this time about the process of recording the pivotal party scene - used throughout the adaptation. Fascinating. And after it (scroll down), something marvelous: eight deleted and extended scenes, nearly twenty minutes of audio...

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  16. More from Mumbai

    Wednesday 13 January 2010, 12:27

    John Dryden John Dryden

    Mumbai taxi

    John Dryden's second post about recording Six Suspects for Radio 4 - SB.

    The party sequence in week two - where Vicky Rai is murdered - presented a number of challenges as the sequence of events is repeated each day but each time from a different suspects point of view. The party itself was recorded in...

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  17. Recording Six Suspects

    Thursday 7 January 2010, 15:19

    John Dryden John Dryden

    Mumbai

    Editor's note. Have you been listening the current Woman's Hour serial? It's called Six Suspects, an adaptation of a story by Vikas Svarup, author of Q&A, the novel that was filmed as Slumdog Millionaire. One of the most distinctive things about Six Suspects is the amazing sound - it's unusually atmospheric...

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  18. Upshares - a new high

    Tuesday 22 December 2009, 10:40

    Joanna Carr Joanna Carr

    graph

    I like to think that every week on PM is a special week, but for regular listeners, this week will be... shall we say, extra special? For this is the week that the great Alexander Faris, composer of the Upstairs, Downstairs theme, will speak unto the nation.

    For new readers: over the last year, PM has...

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  19. Our Mutual Friend - sound design - Colin Guthrie

    Thursday 26 November 2009, 15:50

    Colin Guthrie Colin Guthrie

    Right from the start it was clear that the sound of water would feature heavily in the soundscape of the production - the river Thames could be considered the central character of the piece as so much of the story is woven in and around it. Drownings and near drownings, Lizzie Hexam and her father earning...

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  20. Capturing the everyday sounds of Ambridge

    Wednesday 25 November 2009, 16:14

    Sonja Cooper Sonja Cooper

    Archers straw

    Only last week I was fretting about my return to work, after having had time off to have my second baby. But why should I worry? Of course I would remember how to sound-edit the programme, and I would never go into a blind panic when I had to point that microphone for the latest sound effect needed in...

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