This past weekend, REMIX Radio from PRX and the Third Coast International Audio Festival presented a REMIX/ShortDoc extreme challenge. For this year’s ShortDoc, the band The Books have selected eight sample sounds from their library of musical bits for anyone and everyone to use in their own radio story. That contest is going on right now and the winner will present their ShortDoc at the opening session of the Third Coast Conference in October. Check here for full details. You should definitely check it out, create a story and enter. But at Megapolis this past weekend, we wanted to try something a little more extreme. Unlike the general Third Coast challenge (in which producers are required to select only two sounds to work with) the Megapolis Book Odds REMIXers used ALL EIGHT sounds, plus the patented “PRX chime” (and any other sound they wish) and pulled it all together into a one-minute composition in 30 minutes! Cool sounds + super talented audio artists + 30 minutes + flop sweat = awesome. I’m posting them all this week (both here and on the satellite), but here’s a preview of one of the entries by Kara Oehler and Benjamen Walker:
On Friday we began running about 30 stories from one of the greatest ongoing radio series of all time: Radio Diaries. Joe Richman, and his crew of Anayansi Diaz-Cortez and Samara Freemark, work with people to document their own lives for public radio. The diarists become public radio reporters like you’ve never heard before, and along with keeping their own audio journal, they record interviews and collect sound from their daily life. All along the way the Radio Diaries crew works with them and ultimately turns the 30+ hours of raw tape into the best documentary you could ever hope to hear on the radio. In true public radio tradition, you will be moved and learn something new, no doubt, but the greatness the Radio Diaries approach is that they are also poignant, charming, funny, joyful, and amazing entertainment. If you keep it tuned to XM 136 you’ll hear them playing around the clock, but you can also listen, find, rate all the Radio Diaries stories on demand at PRX.
Here are some of my favs:
FYI, Radio Diaries is currently seeking donations to support their new “The Human News Desk: Finding the News in Everyday Life” series. If you want public radio to continue to be amazing, supporting Radio Diaries is how you make that happen. Your donation is tax deductible and will make you feel awesome.