Video: William Boyd’s Book Club

Here’s the first film in a new series I’m making for the Southbank Centre called BOOK CLUB – inviting writers, artists and performers to share the books which matter to them.

First to take us on a tour of his extensive book shelves is the novelist and screenwriter William Boyd.

In William Boyd’s Book Club the author talks us through some of the ‘over 10,000’ books that occupy the shelves of his London home, from the miniscule Victorian Thumb Dictionary, to the more contemporary novels of David Szalay and Evie Wyld.

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Podcast for D&AD: Imagined Landscapes

Inspired by Audio

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Over the last year In The Dark has been digging into it’s library of audio shorts to pull together a series of curated podcasts for the D&AD Inspired by Audio website. The idea  behind this has been to introduce new audiences to some of our favourite audio shorts and give them an idea of what can be achieved through creative audio production. If you’ve never been to one of our events before, these podcasts will give you a good sense of the material we play.

So far we’ve  explored the ‘Sound of Music‘, what’s ‘Inside Your Head‘ and most recently I produced an episode exploring the use of sound and story telling to create ‘Imagined Landscapes‘.

Each episode is presented by Nina Garthwaite and produced by a different member of In the Dark, you can find the full collection featured at the bottom of the Inspired by Audio website.

Imagined Lanscapes

Creating a sense of place through sound can often help us connect with the human stories that are so strongly tied to our surroundings.

In this episode producers have used sound in different ways to provide colour and personality to the spaces that they’re exploring, from the dark soundscapes of an abandoned prison to the vibrant musicality of a Baltimore cityblock.

So close your eyes and take a trip across some sonic terrain…

Listen / download HERE

Playlist:

A Sense of Place – Tony Hill

Through a Door – Sarah Boothroyd

Out of the Blocks – Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick

The Dustbin Man Cometh – Ed Prosser

Voices In The Dark

In The Dark @ The Voice, Wellcome Collection

Friday 1 March 2013, 19.00-23.00

The Voice

In a week’s time In The Dark will be hosting a special listening event at the Wellcome Collection, as part of the larger Voice event. We will be curating an evening of listening that taps into our complex relationship with the voice, featuring a rich chorus of vocalisations, speech and other oral oddities. The listening event will run for approximately 20 minutes and will be repeated throughout the night (timings below) – I’ve just finished mixing the playlist and we’ve managed to squeeze in an interesting range of material, from strong narrative pieces to the more avant garde.

In addition to our own event, there’s a load of other great stuff going on under the same roof, including talks exploring the science of speech, live vocal demonstrations from yodellers and sports commentators, talking parrots and technology that will remix your voice in real time. It’s all FREE as well, so if you’re in London next Friday you may as well drop by and have a look / listen for yourself.

Listening times for our sessions are as follows:

19.30,

20.15,

21.00,

21.45,

22.30.

Hope to see you there.