Category Archives: documentary

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special 2

Lord Litter’s second part of the special on Don Campau leads us from the years of punk to the years of, yes what..transition? Our LL has selected songs that point out the skills of Don as a guitar player, but also as a lyricist. Starting in the early 1980s the compositions still follow the different genre’s of that time, but once the cassettes started to fill the postbox, Don Campau gives way to more experiments. I especially like the “complex” compositions that bear traces of the American musical, that, in…

Polish Journal by Rinus Van Alebeek

Inspired by Adrian Shephard’s Tapes from Istanbul I decided to start recording my thoughts and observations as they came, when walking streets or looking at every day life situations. This first episode of Polish Journal is recorded in Wroclaw in April 2017. Courtyards, prisons, decay, world war II, Breslau vs Wroclaw, second hand clothes are among the topics discussed and described. Chance recordings, live concerts, poets in an anarchist bar and fragments of private life complete the journal. I used a Sony Cassette Walkman for the recordings. Your digitally refined ears might…

Savoldi/Cavallaro – Distorted Icons #2, Music Machines

Franci and Marghe read soviet magazines and start dreaming. In an old issue of Sputnik they find information about soviet music machines. In this episode of Distorted Icons they document the history of music in the Soviet Union. The show starts in the early years of the twentieth century and enters a strange universe of sounds, in which musicians become spies, and inventors built machines that bring all thoughts in one system… Take notes. And while you think of all you have heard, a mix of happy musics rounds of…

The Bookshop

‘Another Country’ In the documentary you hear voices. Normally it comes with images. The real image can only be seen and felt in the bookshop itself. As an alternative you might take a book, open it, listen and start dreaming.   The blurb and credits say A secondhand English bookshop in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district comes to life to tell it’s own story – the debates, the loves, the fights, the sex-changes. An alternative documentary about this shop’s vibrant community. Directed by Anna Byrne and David Gordon Sound Editing by Ali…

Tapes from Istanbul – Adrian Shephard (August 2015)

When I listened to Tapes from Istanbul, through my headphones, I was thrilled from the very first steps that Adrian described. I had to think about this, because my excitement went beyond those feelings, which normally make my senses wobble when listening to anything audio. It was very clear, that something else was going on. The Istanbul Tapes tell a story, that we thought to have lost, somewhere around the time when television became a medium for the masses. Before that time, places were still exotic. And the main reason…

Savoldi/Cavallaro – Distorted Icons #1 Kozmizm

The first episode of Distorted Icons deals with space travel. The whole idea of the program series is based on a found on the flea market in Lisbon, when one of the girls picked up a magazine dedicated to soviet propaganda. In Kozmizm stories about Yuri Gagarin are told, but you will hear also far more obscure information such as how to colonize the Milky Way, the legend of the lost cosmonauts, or a dwarf sent into space on a suicide mission. Neatly balancing between radiodrama and documentary the listener…

Don Campau’s No Pigeonholes – Wise Men and New Ways of Licking Seagulls

Every show by Don Campau is like a showcase. He has a vast archive of audio cassettes that arrived to him by post. Don has been a Radio DJ for almost forty years now, spinning records and playing tapes from a great variety of home-producing independent artists. One great feature of every No Pigeonholes show is the short information Don can provide. He tells little stories about the tapes and the artists. His shows thus document the cassette culture movement in a detailed way. This show is full of happy…

26. February: 12&12 – 24 Hours of Addis Ababa by Jeroen Visser, 2 A.M. – 6 A.M.

This is 12&12, an audible day in the life in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. 12 hours of day, and 12 hours of night, which coincide quite exact with the sunrise and sunset, the main reason why the Ethiopian time count starts at 6 in the morning, meaning at 7 there is 1 hour of sunshine, etc. Which procedure repeats in the evening, when sun sets at 6, so at 7 there is 1 hour of darkness, etc. 12&12 tells the story in audio-only of a day in the life by…

25/26. February: 12&12 – 24 Hours of Addis Ababa by Jeroen Visser, 10 P.M. – 2 A.M.

This is 12&12, a audible day in the life in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. 12 hours of day, and 12 hours of night, which coincide quite exact with the sunrise and sunset, the main reason why the Ethiopian time count starts at 6 in the morning, meaning at 7 there is 1 hour of sunshine, etc. Which procedure repeats in the evening, when sun sets at 6, so at 7 there is 1 hour of darkness, etc. 12&12 tells the story in audio-only of a day in the life by…