Between The Essays

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2013100920200902 (R3)Originally conceived as part of a game of audio Consequences, tonight's episode evokes a sense of place - Where They Met - a space for luck, risk and encounters with destiny...

The Canadian sound artist Sarah Boothroyd offers a portrait of a race course and characters who surrender themselves to chance.

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3

Audio producers from around the world bring a touch of Between the Ears to The Essay.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0101Listen20151130

Listen...

With faint dry sound,

Like steps of passing ghosts,

The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees

And fall

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to the five-line poem 'November Night'.

In tonight's edition, 'Listen', the Danish radio producer Rikke Houd explores how hearing radio for the first time transformed one Irishman's life.

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

0102With Faint Dry Sound20151201

Listen...

With faint dry sound,

Like steps of passing ghosts,

The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees

And fall

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to the five-line poem 'November Night'.

When we leave the here and now of perception and attempt to describe the world in words, something is lost, a space is opened up. Distance sounds faint and dry in the hiss behind a telephone call or the crackling voices of the recorded past, in the friction between the language we use and what we try to express. In tonight's edition, 'With Faint Dry Sound', the musician and radio producer Phil Smith offers a composed essay on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, who wrote that words are the ""destroyers of things."

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

0103Like Steps Of Passing Ghosts20151202

Listen...

With faint dry sound,

Like steps of passing ghosts,

The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees

And fall

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to the five-line poem 'November Night'.

In tonight's edition, the Prix Italia-winning radio producer Kaitlin Prest, the woman behind Radiotopia's intimate podcast 'The Heart', explores how we can remain haunted by past loves 'Like Steps of Passing Ghosts'.

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

0104The Leaves, Frost-crisp'd, Break From The Trees2015120320200831 (R3)

Listen...

With faint dry sound,

Like steps of passing ghosts,

The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees

And fall

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to the five-line poem 'November Night'.

In tonight's edition, Australian musician and radio producer Jaye Kranz delves into the therapeutic possibilities of poetry, using the line 'The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees' to tumble down the rabbit hole into a dreamlike space of memories.

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

Listen...
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
And fall

Featuring the voice of poetry therapist and clinical social worker, Sherry Reiter

Radio producers from around the world offer a series of Between the Ears in miniature.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

In tonight's edition, Australian musician and radio producer Jaye Kranz delves into the therapeutic possibilities of poetry, in response to a line from November Night by Adelaide Crapsey - 'The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees' - tumbling down the rabbit hole into a dreamlike space of memories.

Featuring the voice of poetry therapist and clinical social worker, Sherry Reiter.

Audio producers from around the world bring a touch of Between the Ears to The Essay.

0105 LASTAnd Fall20151204Listen...

With faint dry sound,

Like steps of passing ghosts,

The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees

And fall

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to the five-line poem 'November Night'.

In tonight's edition, 'And Fall', the British radio producer and sound artist Hana Walker-Brown offers a story of fear and flight, as Aleksandra Bilic describes being forced to leave her home.

It's funny trying to remember what's a memory and what's a feeling, I remember fear, and it doesn't matter what age you are or how aware you are of what's happening. As a child you don't understand what a war is - that's beyond you. But you can understand fear - and so my main memory and all the sounds and visuals are covered in a blanket of that."

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

0201Prelude20161121

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, each feature taking on the qualities of one piece within a musical suite.

In tonight's edition, 'Prelude', the Australian producer Sophie Townsend offers a tender exploration of what beginnings might be found when everything has ended.

Produced by Sophie Townsend

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

Sophie Townsend explores what beginnings might be found when everything has ended.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0202Fugue20161122Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, each feature taking on the qualities of one piece within a musical suite.

In tonight's edition, 'Fugue', the British producer Michael Umney offers a poetic exploration of the countryside, farming and false nostalgia.

Produced by Michael Umney

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

Michael Umney with a poetic exploration of the countryside, farming and false nostalgia.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0203Menuet20161123

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, each feature taking on the qualities of one piece within a musical suite.

In tonight's edition, 'Menuet', the Belgian producer Katharina Smets presents a musical piece about the empty space between people that were once very close, set in the harbour city of Antwerp. With sound and electronics by Inne Eysermans. A menuet is an old waltz that keeps a safe distance between the dancers. From across the room, the dancers glance at each other, briefly touching hands and letting go...

Produced by Katharina Smets

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

A musical radio piece about the empty space between people who were once very close.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0204Pavane20161124

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, each feature taking on the qualities of one piece within a musical suite.

In tonight's edition, 'Pavane', the Norwegian producer Sindre Leganger looks at those who live in the shadow of 'The Man' - the tip of a mountain in western Norway, which is always reported to be on the verge of falling down.

Produced by Sindre Leganger

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

Sindre Leganger discusses living near a Norwegian mountain said to be about to collapse.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0205 LASTToccata2016112520200903 (R3)

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, each feature taking on the qualities of one piece within a musical suite.

In tonight's edition, 'Toccata', the Canadian producers Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime blend reality and fiction to explore a parasitic relationship. Featuring the voice of Jane Lewis.

Produced by Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

Produced by Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

A musical suite of innovative radio features from around the world.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime explore a parasitic relationship.

Audio producers from around the world bring a touch of Between the Ears to The Essay.

0301Ghent20171204Duncan Speakman and Tineke De Meyer circumnavigate Ghent in Belgium.

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, on the theme of 'borderlands'.

1/5 Say When:
In this first episode, Duncan Speakman and Tineke De Meyer circumnavigate Ghent in Belgium, asking questions about the nature of thresholds, and how they manifest themselves in experience, language and sound.

Written and recorded by Tineke De Meyer and Duncan Speakman
Music by Duncan Speakman
Contributions from Frank De Winne, Tim De Meyer, and Leentje Vandenbussche.

Series producer, Alan Hall.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0302The West20171205Laura Barton criss-crosses the States to gaze at the moon.

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, on the theme of 'borderlands'.

In this second episode, Laura Barton criss-crosses the States, with the help of Tennessee Williams, President Kennedy and the Apollo 11 mission to contemplate the imagined frontier of 'the West' and to gaze at the moon..

Series producer, Alan Hall.

Stacia Brown crosses the borders between communities in her native Baltimore.

In this second episode, Stacia Brown crosses the borders between communities in her native Baltimore.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0303Russia20171206Radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay with innovative miniature features.

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, exploring the theme of 'borderlands'.

In this third episode, Vladimir Kryuchev investigates the spaces - literal and figurative - between stations on a radio dial.

Series producer, Alan Hall.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0304Das Kapital20171207Brit Pliestik Jensen and Martin Ozvold trace the borders crossed by a toy bought in Prague

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, exploring the theme of 'borderlands'.

In this fourth episode, Brit Plieštik Jensen and Martin Ožvold trace the borders crossed by a wooden toy bought in Hamleys, Prague.

Series producer, Alan Hall.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0305 LASTHalf Life20171208Tadhg O'Sullivan captures the re-population by nature of the area around Chernobyl.

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, exploring the theme of 'borderlands'.

In this final episode, Tadhg O'Sullivan captures the re-population by nature of the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.

Series producer, Alan Hall.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0401Hope Is The Thing With Feathers2020020320200901 (R3)"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all"

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers'.

In this edition Nanna Hauge Kristensen visits a Danish neonatal intensive care unit, where parents and their premature infants negotiate the precariousness of life.

Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3

Radio producers from around the world present miniature Between the Ears features.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

Audio producers from around the world bring a touch of Between the Ears to The Essay.

0402Paradise2020020420200904 (R3)"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all"

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers'.

In this edition Axel Kacoutié offers a story about a man's journey home, which interweaves with the discovery of a lesser-known truth about hope.

Produced by Axel Kacoutié
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3

Radio producers from around the world present miniature Between the Ears features.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

Audio producers from around the world bring a touch of Between the Ears to The Essay.

0403How To Get Stuck In Traffic20200205"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all"

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers'.

In this edition, we hear a documentary by Kenneth Berth (whose day job involves broadcasting traffic news on Belgian radio) about people waiting - and hoping - in traffic jams.

Produced by Kenneth Berth
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3

Radio producers from around the world present miniature Between the Ears features.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0404Perfect Love20200206"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all"

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers'.

What rests inside you, warm and singing? Guided by their grandfather's enduring love, artist Taehee Whang hopes to reconnect with him after his death. Taehee navigates time, distance, ancestry, and tradition to reach their grandfather's burial mound on their own terms in this feature by Ariana Martinez. A virtual journey from Brooklyn, New York to a burial site just outside of Seoul, South Korea reveals what's possible when we can still feel the love and strength given to us by someone long ago. This story was inspired by "Walking to My Grandfather's Mound," a video artwork and printed zine created by Taehee Whang.

Produced by Ariana Martinez
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3

Radio producers from around the world present miniature Between the Ears features.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

0405 LASTBaked Beans And Pigeon Feed20200207"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all"

Five radio producers from around the world hijack The Essay to offer a series of Radio 3's innovative Between the Ears features in miniature, in response to Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers'.

Starting out on a rooftop in Brooklyn looking skywards, producer Hannah Dean weaves together the experiences of three resilient men and their encounters with birds. Includes text from Sam Selvon's 1956 novel, The Lonely Londoners read by the poet and musician, Anthony Joseph.

Produced by Hannah Dean
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3

Radio producers from around the world present miniature Between the Ears features.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.