Composing the radio: musical collaborations and border crossings in drama and features at the Australian public service broadcaster

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Abstract

This chapter charts the role of music and ‘composition’ in radio ‘plays’, ‘features’ and associated forms made for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from inception to the early 2000s. Evolving ‘radio-labs’ for radiophonic creation at the ABC, BBC and beyond (often in both formal and informal dialogue), allowed expressive forms of audio literature and performance to flourish and develop to a sophisticated level. Historically and formally, ‘features’ were highly conducive sites for creative exploration, from auteur documentaries to ‘reality-fictions’ and provocative performance works involving writers, producers, performers, and composers. These nourished future imaginaries for radio and its listeners, inspiring an ongoing adventure in sound.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWord, sound and music in radio drama
Editors Pim Verhulst, Jarmila Mildorf
Place of PublicationLeiden ; Boston
PublisherBrill
Chapter5
Pages130-163
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789004549609
ISBN (Print)9789004549593
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

Name Word and Music Studies
PublisherBrill
Volume21
ISSN (Print)1566-0958
ISSN (Electronic)1875-8134

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Keywords

  • radio drama and performance programs
  • Radio Drama
  • Radio and audio feature forms
  • music and radio drama
  • public service media and cultural broadcasting
  • Radio broadcasting--Australia--History
  • radio studies
  • radio and audio creation
  • composition and radio
  • radio and audio literature and performance

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