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Submitted by jenny on July 13, 2006 - 3:51pm
. I'll be making something for this within the month. If anyone else is interested, I'd love to hear the results:
The Third Coast Festival
, in collaboration with cartoonist Matt Madden (99 Ways to Tell a Story), announces 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story - an experiment in documentary radio style and execution inspired by the French literary group Oulipo.
The TCF invites producers of all artistic backgrounds and experience levels to submit a finished, short (2:30) audio piece for 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story. In the Oulipo tradition of imposing constraint on the creative process (read more), each submission must exhibit a distinct production style and include a specific first sentence and three particular sounds, which have been pre-selected by the Third Coast Festival and Madden.
Tapping into new veins of creativity is the whole point of 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story. To this end, each submission should exhibit a distinct style. Producers will be asked to include a description of this style along with a title and a one-sentence summary of their submission. Stories may be narrated or not, linear or abstract, true or false, documentary or fictional. They can even be reactions to or remixes of previously posted submissions.
Examples of styles beyond the traditional “narrated” / “non-narrated” divide:
- Talk Radio-ish
- Infant Perspective
> FIRST SENTENCE
Each submission must begin with the following opening sentence, either directly narrated or interpreted otherwise, for instance through sound, metaphor or dramatization:
"To begin with, they never got along."
Each submission must include the following sounds, interpreted literally, figuratively or however else a producer wishes. The sounds must appear in the order listed here, but may occur in the piece at any time, and for whatever length a producer wishes. The sounds may be recorded or found, or metaphorical, real or invented.
> a pre-recorded voice
Examples: answering machine messages / public transportation announcements / a found cassette from the thrift store / electronic doll voices / automatic check-out at the grocery
> a rhythmic noise
Examples: jackhammer / clock ticking / hoofbeats / windshield wipers / car alarm / applause
> an exclamation
Examples: Ouch! / Get off of my foot! / Put your hands up in the air! / Swing, batter!
Note: While expletives are not forbidden, keep in mind your story might air on the radio.