In Lost Sound, Jeff Porter examines the vital interplay between acoustic techniques and modernist practices in the growth of radio. Concentrating on the 1930s through the 1970s, but also speaking to the rising popularity of today's narrative broadcasts, Porter's close readings of key radio programs show how writers adapted literary techniques to an acoustic medium with great effect. Addressing avant-garde sound poetry and experimental literature on the air, alongside industry policy and network economics, Porter identifies the ways radio challenged the conventional distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow cultural content to produce a dynamic popular culture.
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by Tracey Porter
by Jeff Kinney
by Jeff Long
""War of the Worlds" (1938) by Orson Welles, "On A Note of Triumph" (1945) by Norman Corwin, and "Under Milk Wood" (1954) by Dylan Thomas--these are just a few classic programs that stretched the boundaries of how poetic language was first employed in radio, changing how an entire generation heard the world around them. With an air of authority and sophistication, Arthur Morey reads the author's illuminating deconstructions of seminal works like "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1943), starring Agnes Moorehead, and "The Fall of the City" (1937) by Archibald MacLeish. There's almost a sense of mourning in Morey's voice when discussing the cultural highpoints of yesteryear, but as Porter points out, the tradition of producing audio stories hasn't disappeared. It's simply moved from radio to podcasts and audiobooks. B.P. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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