Sounds Alive presents Nina Perry, Crash Ensemble & Adrian Crowley.

Melting Point

“…….like snowflakes dropping gently in your ears.”  –  The Radio Times

 I first heard the work of the British Radio Producer, Nina Perry, on a BBC 3 Documentary called Supermarket Symphony. It was a simple enough idea, the producer spent a few days in a number of supermarkets documenting the lives of the workers and customers and capturing the ordinary interactions between both. The thing however that really brought the programme to life, that transformed an everyday space into an extraordinary one, was the beautifully intimate portrayal of these characters and a stunning classical score, that Nina composed and recorded especially for the programme. The opening two minutes of it alone, are an irresistible listening experience that is more radio concert than radio programme, with it’s lush dramatic strings and playful plucking that act as a signature motif throughout. This is Radio at it’s most mesmerizing & alluring and I was hooked. Straight away I delved deeper into Nina’s work and discovered that this is her unique voice as a Radio Producer, Singer & Composer. It’s a voice that not only introduces us to diverse characters from Icelandic singers to inner city beekeepers but allows us to imagine these lives being played out on a bigger stage in front of us with specially composed scores that are a pleasure to experience even on their own. Take a listen to this clip which Nina likes to call the Aisle Tango clip from the amazing Supermarket Symphony which was broadcast on BBC3.

On September 9th, as part of the Tiger Dublin Fringe audiences will hear  scenes from Multi-Award Winning Radio Producer & Composer, Nina Perry’s stunning collection of documentaries for the BBC that will be recreated with a live score from members of Crash Ensemble. Opening the night for us will also be a new storytelling project from Dublin singer Adrian Crowley, who together with members of Ireland’s foremost contemporary ensembles, will create a spellbinding & mysterious soundscape to accompany these stories. This is probably our most ambitious and adventurous Sounds Alive event to date and is not to be missed. Tickets priced at 18euros are available at the Tiger Dublin Fringe box office from the 26th or by clicking this link now.

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Ever wanted to make Radio?

If you’ve ever been to a Sounds Alive event you’ll know how much we value not just good Radio but amazing, compelling, thrilling Radio that challenges, provokes and connects with the listener. That’s the kind of Radio you’ll learn how to make during our new course in feature making at Block T starting on Thursday 25th. Combining practical industry experience with the realities of getting your stories heard, this 6 week course will give you all the basic tools to get out there, get recording and get busy making your own mini-masterpiece – an audio story that you can stand over, share with others & proudly say; I made this. It will be up to you to bring in an idea or even the spark of one for your story but we can help you with this too.  We’ll also teach you the rest of how to create audio stories that stick,  including how to structure your story, how to talk to a complete stranger and get great tape, how to take out all the boring bits and craft the rest into a radio story that you’ll want to share whether on the Radio or with your family & friends. This course is aimed at complete beginners as we hope to start more advanced classes later this Autumn so no experience necessary, just a healthy appetite for great Radio. So for now if you find yourself listening to lots of really bad or really great st and feel inspired to take a stab at it, then click the link below to find out more.Julien Clancy - Poster (3)

The Collectors on RTE Lyric FM

Sam Lee singer

My radio documentary about the British Folk singer and song collector Sam Lee is available to listen now over at Lyric FM. This one hour programme traces the journey of Sam Lee as he arrives over to Dublin to collect songs from Irish Travellers as part of his Song Collector’s Collective. Featuring interviews with Sam himself and the Traveler Historian & Singer, Tomas MacCarthy, and the Irish Travelers he meets along the way, The Collectors tells the story of not only the song collector himself but the deep connection he feels with Travelers in general as well as their own rich heritage of songs that have passed down from generation to generation but are now in danger of disappearing forever unless these songs are collected. You can find out more information about the work Sam does on This programme was made with the support of the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme.

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