The Night Air Ė listening for pleasure: an audio adventure in which ideas, sounds and music are remixed around a new theme each week.
TNA is a listening experience animated by dub versions of ABC Radio Nationalís distinctive programming. Obliquely connected material is re-assembled with sonic glue - letting the listenerís imagination build a new story.
Itís a space to find the music in speech and the poetry in ideas, a show that invites you to take time to unravel the usual media tangle.
Recorded live in an off-Broadway theatre in New York City, Darian Dauchanís award-winning work chronicles the period of Barack Obamaís candidacy, to presidency, to the present day Ė at the time of his second inauguration. The piece is a rhetorical conversation between African-American performance poet, Darian Dauchan, and Barack Obama, now the 45th President of the United States. This solo show consists of live-looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites.
Sun Ra's visionary Afro Futurist project, begun in the 1940s, provided fuel for many strands of musical culture: he stood with one foot in rhythm and blues, one foot in free jazz and two hands stretched out into space.
These days it's like products, and even humans have their own 'refresh' buttons. The latest model is always on offer. Happy, shiny people everywhere. But permanent 'nowness' can't last - the cracks start to show, eventually nature subsumes culture and everything falls to bits. The Night Air searches for the 'melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things', what the Japanese might call 'wabi sabi'. It's the pleasure of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete. It's when the new gets, if not worn out, then thoroughly worn in...