Sunday, 3 February 2013

Winners Announced

So, the winning documentary in the under 18s category is...
The World of Internet Radio, by Emma Norman


Here's what the judges had to say about her piece:

Brilliant piece well researched, clear engaging beautiful use of other audio/radio. Winner for me!
A lovely, warm, professional 'World Service' tone, clever use of audio captured online to give it pace and real, campaigning subject matter. You could play this one out practically anywhere right now. Loved it.
An interesting production brought to life by the incorporation of the snippets of radio from around the world. A well planned, well thought out and concise script with an upbeat and enthusiastic delivery that holds the listener's interest.

Emma produces a fortnightly show at Soundart Radio on Saturday mornings. She has also been involved with her school radio station, at Coombeshead College, Newton Abbot for several years.

And in the over 18s... we have a tie.
The World's Longest Score - Juan Villalba
The judges said:
Dreamy. Left me wanting to know more. Sound design is really lovely - different tones/qualities/levels separates sources nicely. Excellent production - dynamic, thought provoking, fantastic use of music and effects. I liked the background voices in foreign languages, it builds really nicely to the break in the middle. I really enjoyed this -simple idea but you really used the sounds and music to tell the story.


Juan Villalba is a journalist from Mendoza, Argentina.  He says:
Three years ago, the world knew the √Āngeles Duran story. A Spanish woman said she was the owner of the Sun.
I talked to her in a radio program. She told me she had another idea: a musical score with phone sounds. Actually, she never did. I talked to her again and she explained her idea.  She is the female voice in Spanish in the piece, recorded on the phone in my home studio. The female voice in French is a friend of mine, a French teacher, Lola. And the male voice is mine.
Starting from this idea, I thought of combining the sounds of cell phones with conventional instruments, as the piano or violin. I am fascinated by the sounds of new technologies.

Would we Survive? - Helmi Wolff

The judges said:

Ooh. Tantalising. Packs a lot in to 60". Gorgeous voice tells half the story on its own, before you even get to the events. Additional sounds just right - could easily have been overdone. Very emotional stuff.
It is great as piece of oral history and it is given atmosphere and brought to life through the understated use of sound effects.
Fantastic historical record. Very active piece
I was with her in the bunker-a script packed with detail, emotion and memory
Helmi Wolff is a Somerset based artist, who is part of the Ignite Somerset project at The Engine Room, Bridgwater.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

We're announcing the winners this evening...


...so here are the top 5. First the Under 18s category:

Rocking Robins - Bidwell Brook School, Dartington
Childhood Obesity; It's a Pet's Life; Life of a Snail - all by the Grove School, Totnes
The World of Internet Radio - Emma Norman

and the over 18s:

World's longest musical score - Juan Villalba
Would we survive - Helmi Wolff
1 to the power 21 - Di Cunningham
Fishing the seas dry -  We don't know who you are! Please get in touch!
Time Lapse Peepers - Rob Rosenthal

Ther were 68 entries overall, and lots of stunning, surprising and moving audio amongst them. Others we specially noted were:

A moth by any other name - Helen Swan
No Chinese Opera Today - Monica Ruud
Less a bolt of lightning than the lightning of Bolt - Paul Stones
Marcus and the Christmas snake - Janine Klara
Standing on a Moving Train - Kim Fox
Kosma Tales - Kosma Tales
Picachito- Bontxar

All pieces broadcast tomorrow, Sunday 3rd, from 4pm


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

How to enter

Those rules and guidelines in full:
  • The deadline is 5pm on Friday, 18th January
  • Your radio documentary can be on any theme and told in any format, so long as it is audio only. 
  • It should be within a hair's breadth of 1 minute (let's say between 55 and 65 seconds)
  • Give it a great title as no other information (eg pictures, explanatory text) will be taken into account by the judges.
  • It must be entirely your own work, though could be an edit of something you have made before. Don't use music unless it was composed for the piece and credited properly.
  • You can enter as a team or as an individual.
  • You can enter as many times as you like, but don't try to tell a story in a series of episodes! Each minute should stand alone.
  • Submit your work at http://soundcloud.com/firstspark/dropbox
  •  Just tell us the title, an email address and if you are over or under 18.  
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    Poems, songs, field recordings and surprises all welcome, so long as they convey a true story.
    Happy recording!