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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 147 (3-43)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 celebrates another great Fort Davis Cyclefest with more of the very best from the world of independent radio production. Every Sunday at midnight on Austin's KUT 90.5 and also at 4pm on digital KUT2 we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 147 (3-43) includes Las Vegas...The Plan - Elvis...#8 - Kohn...Buck, Naked...The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 58 - Gone...Sounds Familiar #1: The Drums From "Be My Baby" and the Life of a Meme...99% Invisible #56 - Frozen Music...Brian's Story...22nd of July

Las Vegas

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 06:58

The Night of the Living Gamblers.

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Scott150_small Up all night, in and out of the casinos, talking to the folk trying their luck. NOTE: this piece is part of The Plan- Gamble http://prx.org/pieces/7594 Aired: NPR All Things Considered 1989.

The Plan- Elvis

From Hearing Voices | Part of the The Plan series | 29:01

Elvis Presley Jan 8 1935 - Aug 16 1977

0601planelvis_small The week The Plan celebrates Elvis Presley's Birthday: Born January 8 1935 - Died August 16 1977. PLAYLIST: ARTIST | AUDIO | ALBUM (*=PRX piece) 1. Tosca | Ladies & Gentleman | Opera 2. The Residents | The Baby King-1 | The King and Eye 3. Adam Allington | Elviscop* | SALT 4. The Residents | The Baby King-2 | The King and Eye 5. Elvis Presley | Are You Lonesome Tonight (Laughing) | [CD - Single] 6. Gillian Welch (WUNC David Schulman) | On "Elvis Presley Blues"* | Musicians in their own words 7. The Residents | The Baby King-3 | The King and Eye 8. Tosca | Chocolate Elvis | Opera 9. The Residents | The Baby King-4 | The King and Eye 10. Kronos Quartet & Michael Daugherty | Elvis Everywhere | Released 1985-1995 11. The Residents | The Baby King-5 | The King and Eye 12. Go Home Productions (Elvis & The Farm) | Strung Out King | XFM Superchunk AUDIO INFO: Chocolate Elvis- Opera is the first album of Richard Dorfmeister & Rupert Huber's Tosca project. The famous Chocolate Elvis guides you through the different Tosca tracks -- shake it don't break it. The Baby King- The Residents tackle the music of Elvis, framed with a narrative about "the baby who wanted to be king", as told by the singing Resident to a group of children. Eliviscop- Officer Chuck Denault explains what it means to be a respectful "Elvis" impersonator Are You Lonesome Tonight (Laughing Version)- Live recordings for RCA at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, August 1969, Gillian Welch; In her own words- Gillian Welch reconsiders the fate of a fallen American hero, Elvis Presley. Elvis Everywhere- Elvis Everywhere (1993) for three Elvis impersonators and string quartet. A work that looks at three stages of Elvis' life, the Elvis of Memphis and the '50s, Hollywood Elvis of the '60s, and the Las Vegas Elvis of the '70s, as imitated by three different Elvis impersonators. "What intrigues me," Daugherty says, "is the paradox of an audience knowing that the Elvis impersonator on stage is simultaneously real and unreal. This ambiguity inspired me to bring Kronos and Elvis together in a composition that plays with the endless potential of Elvis repetition, replication, recapitulation and recomposition." Strung Out King- My manager threw me a live Presley bootleg CD sometime last year with this incredible rant by the king. The Farm track is 'Stepping Stone' from around 1990. The 12" sleeve depicts a sheep in Kickers, Beanie Hat and a pair of Joe Bloggs flares. Taken from the GHP XFM Remix Superchunk (Oct '05).

#8 - Kohn

From HowSound | Part of the HowSound series | 14:13

There seems to be a trend afoot in documentary radio — working directly with musicians to compose music for a story. In fact, some producers are using music to tell the story, not just score it. That’s one hundred eighty degrees in opposition to standard journalistic practice of not using music at all. And, it’s pretty damn interesting.

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There seems to be a trend afoot in documentary radio — working directly with musicians to compose music for a story. In fact, some producers are using music to tell the story, not just score it. That’s one hundred eighty degrees in opposition to standard journalistic practice of not using music at all. And, it’s pretty damn interesting.

“Kohn” by Andy Mills is a compelling example of this trend. (So, is Long Haul Productions’ “The Natural State” which we featured on HowSound a few episodes back.) Andy worked with Hudson Branch, a band from Chicago. They composed music to accompany and become part of the story about Andy’s friend, Kohn. Other people working in this vein are Charles Spearin and The Books.

Andy received the “Best New Artist” award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2011 for his production. Well deserved, I’d say. And, RadioLab picked up the story and produced their own version. Andy’s version and RadioLab’s version make for an interesting comparison.

Speaking of comparisons, Kohn is accompanied by Hudson Branch as he sings a unique version of Grey Room by Damien Rice. Check out the original.

Have a listen and post your thoughts about music and documentary storytelling.

Cheers,
Robdr

Buck, Naked

From Andrew Norton | 04:45

Buck Dietz is a figure model. That means he has to stand naked and completely still for long sessions while artists sketch him. But for Buck, it's more than just standing there. He shares his surprising techniques that make his artform... sing.

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Bucksml_small Buck Dietz is a figure model. That means he has to stand naked and completely still for long sessions while artists sketch him. But for Buck, it's more than just standing there. He shares his surprising techniques that make his artform... sing.

Sounds Familiar #1: The Drums From "Be My Baby" and the Life of a Meme

From Blake Cooper | Part of the Sounds Familiar series | 13:07

The debut episode! We're looking at the famous BUM. ba-BUM CH! and why it's been so influential, and so imitated, over the years.

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One of the most viral memes in popular culture came way before the invention of the internet. Ever since the iconic opening bars of the Ronettes’ hit “Be My Baby” first blasted from a hi-fi back in 1963, the same drum beat has been used in songs by everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga.

Join me for the inaugural episode of Sounds Familiar as I trace the beat, and its influences, through the decades, and find out what happens when a somewhat obsessive person like myself attempts to ask the most difficult question of all… why?

99% Invisible #56- Frozen Music (Standard 4:30 version)

From Roman Mars | Part of the 99% Invisible (Standard Length) series | 04:29

Composer Jon Brion reminds us the difference between a performance and a song.

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Brian's Story

From Jake Warga | 22:52

My friend Brian and I sat on a bench one night and talked about why he tried to kill himself. He eventually succeeded.
(My first Radio story, 2001)

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Brian2_small My friend Brian and I sat on a bench one night and talked about why he tried to kill himself. He eventually succeeded. (My first Radio story, 2001)

22nd of July

From George Drake, Jr. | 16:58

The day that changed Norway forever.

Artworks-000020185075-doaj7s-original_small On the 22nd of July, 2011, terror struck Oslo, the capital of Norway in the form of a car bomb followed by a shooting massacre on the nearby island of Utøya, the site for a youth camp consisting of members for the ruling labour party . On average, Norway has only 30 fatal gun killings each year, but the man behind the twin attacks, Anders Behring Breivik managed to nearly triple that number in 3 hours time. Breivik's intention was to not kill anyone under the age of 18, but misjudged his ability to tell the difference and killed campers as young as 14. Eight young Norwegians retell the events and discuss their feelings from a spectator's point of view about the the day that changed Norway forever.