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Announcement of Czech Radio
Zdenek Boucek on 30 January at age 64.
Czech Radio is deeply saddened at the loss ofÂ aÂ very active editor, producer and very good man and friend.
Mr Boucek worked for the radio more then 40 years in Â Drama and Literary, Entertainment, Documentary and last timeÂ in the Drama and Feature department.
He received several prices (Prix Bohemia, REPORT, PRIX FUTURA), participated as a jury member at Prix Italia,Â Prix Futura, PrixÂ Europe.
He was also a vicepresident of RadiomakerÂ´s Union.
do you know…? @ Sharon Davis
If so, can you tell me who by and how to contact them.Kind Regards,Sharon Davis
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Funeral Zdenek Boucek @ Leo Braun
Already one week before he died he had broken his leg, when walking his little and beloved pekinese dog in front of his house on icy surface.
The embolism which killed him was not caused by bad health,Â so I was told, but rather accidental.
So our fallen friend became a fallen angel.I knew Zdenek for about 15 years and from the very beginning was not only impressed but touched by his inner presence.
He radiated honesty, purety, noble motivation and a very strong and understanding humour when, in spite of all intentions, something failed.
At dinners, he was the one I always begged to sit next to, because of his aura of goodness.
He was somebody with the finest inner beauty.
On last Thursday, 2 February, I travelled to Prague to bring my affection, to pay my respect and to be close to him on his last walk the following day.
In the hotel restaurant where I had dinner, I asked the waiter to lay the table for two, I would be expecting an old friend.
Zdenek came with all his good aura, was sitting next to me as he had done so often and we had an outstanding evening together.
We discussed our work, failure and success, we cheered to all these great members of our family and I explained to him that tomorrow after his funeral he would be collected by all those who happened to die before him.
How do they know? he asked, I had such a sudden death, there was no time to let anybody know.
I informed them, I said, all of them will be there, and are really looking ahead, you will be in splendid company.
I paid the bill, and Zdenek embraced me, laughing.
He loved the idea to have been dying so fast that he took everybody by surprise, even those at the other side of the Gate.
To be too fast is not very professional, he said, but very personal indeed. He pushed off and waved to me, see you tomorrow.
Friday, 3 February, 12 o’clock.
The Mala Krematory in Prague had seats for about 80 persons, but double as much had come in. Family, friends, colleagues, young and old.
People were standing at the walls, in the background, actually pressed together all over the place.
Including the Director of the Channel Zdenek used to work for and the General Manager of Czech Radio.
The coffin that dominated the little stage was surrounded by an expensive sea of flowers.
Many tears and profound emotion, our Zdenek was a great personality and much loved.
No priest preaching, Zdenek did not believe in god, butÂ heartbreaking music andÂ two speakers for Zdenek’s professional and personal merits.
30 minutes all in all, then the curtain of the little stage began to close and I gave Zdenek the salute in the name of all of us.
And in the name of all of usÂ I offered my condolence toÂ his wife, doc.Ing. Jana BouÄkovÃ¡, a lady so small and in black looking desperately at the closed curtain and a broken life.
The world of feature is a long history of talent, motivation, craft and togetherness.
A gallery of character and brain.
Zdenek belonged into its center, he was a deep part of its soul.
Think of him and you will feel it.Â
Tell them, he said to me, it would be great to see all of them again, but they should take more time.
P.S. Those among you who have not done so already should write to:
doc.Ing Jana BouÄkovÃ¡
CZ – 106 00 Praha 10
It would help her to know that she was not the only who loved Zdenek.
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Third Coast Festival Update @ org
By Thelon Oeming and Steve Wadhams.When producer Thelon Oeming meets Vern Nash, they
strike up a surprising friendship. Thelon is a young
theater school graduate with recording equipment; Vern
is an elderly man tormented by demons, constantly guarding
the perimeter of their shared neighborhood to exorcise the
evil forces. But Vern is also an accomplished musician
brought down into Vernâ€™s life.
What’s up with Podcasting?
Good question, and the exact one we intend to get to the
bottom of at the first 2006 Listening Room happening in
Chicago on March 8. Join us to hear a variety of podcasts
and engage in a lively debate about this new audio format
that folks can’t seem to stop talking about.
Stay tuned for the weekly Re:sound podcast and
Third Coast FeatureCast, coming soon to your nearest
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Lajos LorÃ¡nd left us behind in this world @ Tibor SoltÃ©nszky
He had more and more problems with his health but remained optimistic throughouth these months and years, hoping he could once come and work again.
Please, let all those know about his death who knew and liked him.
P. s.: His widow is Mrs. Bori KÅ‘mÃves, her address: 1022 Budapest, TulipÃ¡n u. 15. III.
Lajos LorÃ¡nd and the IFC?…
The genesis of the International Feature Conference
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DEEP WIRELESS, May 2006, A Festival of Radio Art
May 2006, Toronto, Ontario, DEEP WIRELESS, A Festival of Radio Art’New Adventures in Sound Art’ is pleased to launch the 5 th annual Deep Wireless festival , a month long celebration of radio art including new commissions, special radio broadcasts, artist residencies, performances and sound installations, as well as the Radio Without Boundaries conference and workshops for radio and sound artists and enthusiasts.website
New Adventures in Sound Art
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Lajos LorÃ¡nd @ Richard Goll
â€ 15 February 2006(photo ‘Lajos LorÃ¡nd’, 25 years ago ->Another friend left the family!
Lajos was a committed member of the IFC from its very first years until his retirement.
And one should understand that in these early years it was not easy, sometimes even risky for somebody working for radio in a socialistic country to build up contacts and to cooperate with colleagues from the â€šWestâ€™.
To speak up internationally, honestly and in open, to expose Hungarian documentary productions to foreign criticism and to criticise himself the work of foreign stations meant trespassing borders, trespassing rules in order to meet professional friends.
This was the magic of the conference from the very beginning.
Trust and togetherness in spite of iron curtains.
We experienced Lajos never as a feature maker himself, he was rather the man behind feature making in Hungary, the â€šRedactorâ€™ or the head of features within Magyar Radio.
The top Hungarian features in these years were thrilling social reportages, dark and bloody â€“ striptease of the soul – almost merciless in their penetration of privacy and their confrontation of people with sin and atonement.
And no idea of a glorification of the political system – mismanagement, catastrophe and suicide – sometimes close to social pornography but stunning and breathtaking when we listened to it.
â€œWhy I did itâ€œ the document of a suicide produced by Magyar Radio was awarded the PRIX ITALIA.
What a piece – the wild arguments of a ferociously battling family going directly into the open microphones are still in my mind.
Lajos could not speak English (but German) and so I did translation for him at some of our conferences and doing this I got to know him closer.
His philosophy of radio feature was the idea of acoustic snapshots of reality; not a sophisticated, intellectual approach like in some of the French productions of these days but rather a straight forward story.
Maybe a small story but one with social relevance.
In one of the conferences Lajos presented a document about a coal mine accident.
To be honest, it was not a really good programme, the report was too accidental, simply following the time line of that alarm combined with too many uninteresting comments of officials â€“ and so there was quite a lot of criticism in the discussion.
Lajos listened carefully to the arguments, took a lot of notes and then with a kind of despair and a certain unwillingness to expect more from a montage than life was ready to give he finished the debate by shrugging his shoulders and saying the unforgettable words:
(hard to translate at least for me but something like)
â€œand just so it happened!â€œ
And all of us laughed and loved him.
Lajos has passed away.
We have lost him.
He finished the debate.
And if there should be a â€šFeature Heavenâ€™â€¦ Lajos, who could look as innocent as a teddy (as long as you didnâ€™t recognize behind his glasses the twinkle in the eyes), Lajos would appreciate to meet all the other feature angels, especially the female ones.
Farewell and â€šhuszd!â€™ old friend.
richard goll 2006-02-17, Austria
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if you ever heard about? On the edge? help needed for a student.
—1. Search and find! Immediate result!
Use our site!Amazing how promptly I got an answer to my question about “On the Edge” , a radiodoc produced by the BBC in 1962.
From Canada (Chris Brookes), Ireland (Pat Hannon), Steve Erickson (USA and Germany), and even from the daughter of one of the authors, the famous BBC producer Charles Parker.
(photo ‘Charles Parker’, lived 1919-1980 ->
Sara Parker is now working at the BBC. (more in next message)
Thanks to Pat -the CD is on its way now to the student t I’m coaching.
We all together are a rich source.
Merci to all, Edwin
2. Sara Parker (BBC) is too modest!
Charles Parker introduced the “radio ballad”.
His daughter Sara had the delicacy and modesty not to mention that she was at the source of a new type of radio feature. ( I’ll do it here in here place) The Radio Ballad anno 2006.
Based upon the big social issues in British society today, and annotated, commented and vitalized by original work of singer/songwriters.
The format might inspire us! READ THIS
One of the students I’m coaching for her final work at the Radio and Television Institute in Brussels, is looking for a copy of a radiodoc produced at the end of the sixties,( seems to be 1962) Â made by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger en Charles ParkerÂ about being a teenager at these times.
It was called ‘On the edge’
More info, scroll down. Does anyone has a copy of this programme?
Only for training use. …….just discovered writing this mail, it was a BBC production.
The Radio Ballads
Originally produced for the BBC, each one-hour radio-ballad consisted of recorded actuality from members of the public, a script and songs made by Ewan MacColl, musical arrangments and direction by Peggy Seeger, production and editing by Charles Parker, musical participation by singers and instrumentalists and ingenious procedures innovated by BBC technicians. The final programs were tapestries of speech, sound and song and were considered revolutionary for their time. They opened up new vistas and techniques for radio documentaries and many of Ewan MacColl’s most popular songs were made for them.
For a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the production of the radio ballads read Ewan Mac Coll’s story of The Radio Ballads: How they were made, when and by whom“.
Six of the radio-ballads were put on disc by Argo Records. The whole series has recently been issued on Topic Records“.
1957 The Ballad of John Axon
A true Casey Jones story about a Stockport railwayman. BBC’s entry for the 1958 Italia Prize.(TSCD 801)
1958 Song of a Road
About the building of the Britain’s first motor highway, the M-1. (TSCD 802)
1959 Singing the Fishing
Dealing with the herring fishing industry. Winner of the Italia Prize (documentary category) for 1959. (TSCD 803)
1960 The Big Hewer
Dealing with Britain’s coal miners. (TSCD 804)
1961 The Body Blow
Dealing with five people paralysed by polio. The first of the radio-ballads to deal with a non-industrial subject. (TSCD 805)
1962 On the Edge
About Britain’s teenagers. (TSCD 806)
1963 The Fight Game
Dealing with professional boxing. (TSCD 807)
1964 The Travelling People
About Britain’s nomadic peoples. (TSCD 808)
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