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Playlist: Sarah Boothroyd's Portfolio

 Credit: Roberto Pecora
Image by: Roberto Pecora 

Work is listed from most recent to least recent below.

To listen to and license more recent work, please visit http://www.sarahboothroyd.com

Chance

From Sarah Boothroyd | 13:30

: : 2013 : :
: : An exploration of randomness, chance, and luck through the microcosm of the racetrack : :

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Chance_-_credit_renata_domagalska_small Turn right and you meet the man or woman of your dreams. Turn left and you get hit by a car. Much of life is a matter of being in the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time. This impressionistic audio work explores randomness, chance, and luck through the microcosm of the racetrack.

Voices: Aaron Gryder, Chad Hoverson, Glen Todd, David Wilson, Frank Fuentes, and Max Teichman.

Musical Contributions: Steven O'Brien, Roberto Pecora, and Brilliant Orange Object.

Thanks: North Shore Equestrian Centre, Hastings Racecourse, Paul Ewart, and Nicolas Rescher.

Gleeful Barbarians

From Sarah Boothroyd | 05:42

: : 2012 : :
: : An audio postcard from the often joyful, sometimes exasperating, and always busy world of early parenthood : :

Gleeful_barbarians_1_small Gleeful Barbarians is an audio postcard from the often joyful, sometimes exasperating, and always busy world of early parenthood.

Featuring very silly noises, nearly-indecipherable toddler chitchat, and 27 different ways a two-year-old can say 'no.' 

Creative Commons music provided by Travis Morgan and Mortisville.

Recipient of a Gold Medal for Best Editing at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards.

Rabble Rousers

From Sarah Boothroyd | 28:00

: : 2012 : :
: : Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised 'music' in public space : :

Rabble_rousers_-_credit_stan_jourdan_small "Protest, evasion, merry distrust, and a delight in mockery are symptoms of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology."

- Friedrich Nietzsche


A crowd of dissenters claps, chants, cheers, and shouts into the open air. Their chance choral creations are at once jubilant and angry, orderly and chaotic, rhythmic and random, melodious and cacophonous. Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised 'music' in public space.


Rabble Rousers features field recordings of protests from around the globe – including many culled from the Occupy Movement – as well as Creative Commons contributions from Random Coil, Pleq, Papercutz, Carlos Lemosh, Marcus Fischer, Upsteria, Erstlaub, Aurastore, Aos Crowley (Matt Dean), Pocka (Brad Mitchell), Matthias Kispert, and the Prelinger Archives.

 

Recipient of a Silver Medal for Best Sound at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards.

 

VERSIONS AND EXCERPTS:

 

The original version of Rabble Rousers, featured on the first tab above, contains strong language at 1:38, 1:43, 6:03, 10:38 (muffled), and 16:17 (muffled).

 

A profanity-free version of Rabble Rousers is available on the second tab above.

 

The third tab above contains a 6-minute 45-second excerpt of the work, which could be broadcast as a standalone work or as a promo to the 28-minute piece. This excerpt contains strong language at 6:03. A profanity-free version of this excerpt is available at http://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/excerpt-of-rabble-rousers-6-45-censored

 

In addition, a 3-minute 38-second excerpt/promo is available for broadcast. You can preview the original version at http://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/excerpt-of-rabble-rousers There is also a profanity-free version of this short excerpt available here: http://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/excerpt-of-rabble-rousers-censored

 

SUGGESTED DATE PEGS:

 

February 20th - World Day of Social Justice

June 5 - World Environment Day

September 15 - International Day of Democracy

 

Please direct any requests or questions to me via my website: http://sarahboothroyd.com/contact.html

Now

From Sarah Boothroyd | 01:00

: : 2011 : :
: : A one-minute exploration of the elusive nature of nowness : :

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All_in_time_-_credit_tomerlin_photography_small Now is a one-minute exploration of the elusive nature of nowness.

All In Time

From Sarah Boothroyd | 25:01

: : 2011 : :
: : Guided by science and science fiction, All In Time traverses the timeless mystery of time itself : :

All_in_time_-_credit_paulo_martel_small NOTE: you can listen to the stereo .wav version of this piece at: http://sarahboothroyd.com/artwork/2053112_ALL_IN_TIME.html

 

The clock ticks; the moon waxes; the autumn leaves turn crimson. Time is as ubiquitous as it is elusive. Guided by science and science fiction, All In Time traverses the timeless mystery of time itself.

This 25-minute work won the 2011 Luc Ferrari International Broadcast Arts Competition, won a 2011 Gold World Medal for Best Sound at the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Phonurgia Nova Prize.

All In Time was commissioned by La Muse En Circuit in Paris (Centre National de Création Musicale), with the support of Radio Suisse Romande, Deutschlandradio Kultur, RTBF Musiq 3, Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and Radio-France.

In 2011 All In Time was broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland; on Deutschlandradio Kultur in Germany; on Swedish Radio Channel 2; on TIK ArtRadio Days in Slovakia; on The Radius (New York), WKXR (New York), WMUA (Massachusetts), KUT (Texas), and KFAI (Minnesota) in the U.S.A.; and on over 40 radio stations around the world, thanks to the Radiophonic Creation Day Festival and the Future Places Festival.

This independent production was also published on two CDs – Deep Wireless VIII and Concours d'art radiophonique Luc Ferrari: Composer Le Réel – and was featured in several online publications; including Transom.org, Public Radio Remix Blog, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Syntone, InStereoPress, Girrlsound, and Infinity's Kitchen.

In 2011, All In Time was also presented in spatialized, octophonic format at the Archipel Contemporary Music Festival in Switzerland; at Festival Extension XI and the Prix Phonurgia Nova Concert in France; at Netaudio London in the U.K.; at the Ohrenhoch Sound Art Gallery in Germany; at the Deep Wireless Festival (Toronto) and Canadian Electroacoustic Community Anniversary Concert (Vancouver) in Canada; and at the PNEM Festival in The Netherlands.

Written, recorded, edited and mixed by Sarah Boothroyd, special thanks are extended to physics maven Peter Watson; to antique clock collector Georges Royer; to Travis Morgan and Dokashiteru for providing Creative Commons samples; and to Himan and Melina Brown for permitting the use of CBS Radio Mystery Theatre clips.



To read more about this production please visit
http://transom.org/?p=16802,
http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1009-all-in-time?closed=true, and
http://publicradioremix.org/2011/09/pressing-play-may-stop-time

Copyright: All Rights Reserved

Power and Freedom

From Sarah Boothroyd | 05:40

: : 2010 : :
: : A round-the-world tour of protests in Canada, England, France, Spain, Ukraine, the United States, and beyond : :

Power_and_freedom_-_credit_nathan_pask_small A round-the-world tour of protests in Canada, England, France, Spain, Ukraine, the United States, and beyond. This radiophonic work was inspired by contemporary composer Luigi Nono's use of fragmented and layered political texts, as well as his method of treating 'real world' artifacts as potential music.

Sex and Death

From Sarah Boothroyd | 03:00

: : 2010 : :
: : A three-minute spin on time-lapse phonography. Fragments, questions, and the banal. Life stories and other accidents : :

Sex_and_death_3_-_credit_dan_anderson_small Sex and Death is a three-minute spin on time-lapse phonography. Fragments, questions, and the banal. Life stories and other accidents.

Plato's Cave

From Sarah Boothroyd | 03:00

: : 2010 : :
: : A riff on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, in which humans are presented as prisoners who spend their entire lives staring at a cave wall, mistaking the shadows they see there for the totality of existence : :

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A riff on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, in which humans are presented as prisoners who spend their entire lives staring at a cave wall, mistaking the shadows they see there for the totality of existence.

 

Shadows on Sparks Street

From Sarah Boothroyd | 53:42

: : 2009 : :
: : A nineteenth century world of spies, lies, secrets and murder : :

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140 years ago one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation was gunned down just a few blocks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Thomas D’Arcy McGee remains the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated. He has been called “Canada’s JFK” – a charismatic politician, poet, and journalist, shot on the doorstep to his rooming house on Sparks Street. He was killed six days before his 43rd birthday, and left behind a wife, a brother, and a 10-year-old daughter.

This is the story of Canada’s first political assassination – one that happened less than a year after the new Dominion of Canada was formed – and one that many think led to the wrongful conviction and execution of Patrick James Whelan, an Irish tailor. Shadows on Sparks Street by Sarah Boothroyd explores this mystery, drawing on various archival materials as well as the expertise of historians David Wilson and David Shanahan, as well as lawyer Lawrence Greenspon.

View related images and archival materials online at http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/features/2009/12/18/shadows-on-sparks-street-cd/ and view the short video trailer for this story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aADI7iTszYA

Forest to Desert

From Sarah Boothroyd | 02:35

: : 2008 : :
: : An audio doodle about this phrase: "Humankind is preceded by forest, and followed by desert" : :

Forest_to_desert_-_image_2_small This short sound artwork was inspired by the Third Coast Festival's 2008 audio challenge.

Ad Absurdum

From Sarah Boothroyd | 02:58

: : 2008 : :
: : A herd of marketing hits, clichés and platitudes, featuring a chorus of cats and two pounds of Velveeta : :

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Produced for the 2008 Third Coast International Audio Festival Short Docs competition.

Retro Rhetoric: Becoming More Becoming

From Sarah Boothroyd | 03:00

: : 2008 : :
: : How to make your dreams of happiness come true : :

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Retro Rhetoric: Becoming More Becoming was produced for the 2008 TCF ShortDocs Challenge: Radio Ephemera.

Lack of Proper Words

From Sarah Boothroyd | 01:00

: : 2008 : :
: : A study of the sounds people make to fill silence : :

Lack_of_proper_words_-_ninaraurusrex_-_contrast_small This one-minute piece incorporates reiterations, hesitations, and various verbal crutches.

Worry Worry Worry

From Sarah Boothroyd | 01:00

: : 2008 : :
: : A meditation on anxiety and machines in modern life : :

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This is a meditation on anxiety and machines in modern life. It includes narration from the 1957 public domain infomercial, The Relaxed Wife.

Through a Door

From Sarah Boothroyd | 07:48

: : 2007 : :
: : A haunted and historical soundscape : :

Through_a_door_-_jason_barbieri_-_greyscale_crop_small The Nicholas Street Jail in Ottawa was built in 1862, shut down in the 1970s, and described by a jail inspector in 1946 as "a monstrous relic of an imperfect civilization where cells are medieval, incredibly cramped, with conditions far below the limits of human decency." How could a place like this not have a story to tell?

This work was commissioned in 2007 by CBC Radio's Outfront and the Deep Wireless Festival, a festival produced in Toronto by New Adventures in Sound Art.

Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain

From Sarah Boothroyd | 05:55

: : 2006 : :
: : A behind-the-scenes view of journalism : :

Pay_no_attention_-_status_frustration_-_crop_small This collage mixes printing press rhythms and spoken word with interview scraps that would usually be edited out of a journalistic radio segment, including material that draws attention to the technical and interpersonal machinations of reporting. It's a behind-the-scenes view of journalism, which is a process of editing and selecting, rather than transmitting a complete record to the public. Special thanks to Cedric Peyronnet for providing the original printing press audio clips.

Do What You Fear and Fear Disappears

From Sarah Boothroyd | 02:30

: : 2006 : :
: : Screams, thoughts on fear, screams, spooky music, more screams : :

Do_what_you_fear_-_ia7mad_-_crop_small Screams, thoughts on fear, screams, spooky music, more screams. 

Produced for the 2006 Third Coast International Audio Festival Short Docs competition.