Radio and the documentary imagination: thirty years of experiment, innovation, and revelation

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Abstract

A renaissance occurred from the late 1960s in the art of documentary and ‘feature’ production in radio, especially from within the major public broadcasters of Europe. Surprisingly, the pioneering work of this little commented-upon group of accomplished artisans finds its most immediate parallels not in radio but film culture, particularly in the auteur, nouvelle vague and cinéma-vérité movements of the time. The new acoustic documentary-feature ‘project’ suggests a radio ‘new wave’: a new art of ‘wild sound’ recording freed from script and studio, and made possible by the advent of portable recorders, microphones and a strong infusion of 1968 zeitgeist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalRadio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • radio features and documentary radio programmes (forms and history)
  • radio history
  • public service broadcasting (European, BBC, Australia)
  • European state and public service radio
  • cultural radio (history and development)
  • recording (history and forms)
  • European Broadcasting Union
  • broadcasting (radio) prizes

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