Flanders field, from Five sound objects / by Kaye Mortley. The covenant / by Merlinda Bobis. 5 man humanity / by Ernst Jandl and Friederike Mayröcker.
Duration: 64 min.
Acoustic artwork broadcast on ABC Radio National's Sunday Night program, 1 August 2004. CD also includes a reading of the short story of the week.
Non-commercial recording. For study purposes only.
Summary: 'Flanders field': Together with a short selection of Australian World War One poetry.
Summary: 'The covenant': From a poetic text by writer/performer Merlinda Bobis, the program is about the aftermath of a bombing seen through the eyes of a child, adolescent, adult and an old man. Here is a progession of wars linked by the language of aggression. Archival and field recordings are from the Pacific in World War 2 to Vietnam, the Middle East and East Timor. With Peter Carroll, Felix Gentle, Tom Ulman, Damon Herriman and Chris Winter. Produced by Jane Ulman.
Summary: '5 Man humanity': A tableau vivant of 13 poetic scenes in which a composite human being, a five-fold person, each member of which is pre-destined to play an identical role in the cycle of life. Fve babies are born in a labour ward, they grow up and are educated, conscripted, wounded, tried and imprisoned - finally five defendents lined up in the prisoner's dock are executed. This is a classic example of the new German radio drama from the sixties. This English language version was produced for KPFA California by Eric Bauersfeld of Bay Area Radio Drama in partnership with West German Radio.
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