Comedic Contortions of Time and Space
Thursday 28th July, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 2nd August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Comedy science fiction, in all it’s forms, is todays subject. From the early, satirical novels of the hugely influential Robert Sheckley, to later masters of wit and wisdom like Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series of books, radio shows and tv/film adaptations, we will discuss the intersection of sci-fi ideas with comedy scenario’s, and how they can enhance each other to produce a strange hybrid. Plus a focus on the classic film and TV versions of this mini-genre, like Woody Allen’s Sleeper, John Carpenter’s Dark Star, Men in Black, Futurama, Red Dwarf, Lost in Space, and recent films like Attack the Block, amongst many others.
Hosted by film-maker Ben Slotover, with journalist/broadcaster James DC
Clip : Dark Star (John Carpenter, 1974)
Stop Motion Spectacular
Thursday 21st July, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 26th July, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
On today’s show we will take an overview of the fabulous Eastern European stop frame animations that have graced screens since the beginning of the last century. From Poland; the seminal, early insect/animal puppet animations of Vladislav Starevitch, and the later Gothic nightmares of Walerian Borowczyk, to Hungary and George Pal’s ‘Puppetoons’, to the spiritual home of stop frame animation; Czechoslovakia, with Jiri Trnka and his protoge’s Jan Svankmajer and Jiri Barta to name but a few. As well as exploring the various film-making techniques used, and the Soviet Bloc’s regime of interfering political cencorship, we will analyse the often bizarre symbolism and dreamlike imagery of these incredible, other-wordly films.
Hosted by James DC, with academic and writer John Riley.
Clip : ‘Labyrinth of Darkness’ Jiri Barta shorts dvd collection
Science Fiction Soundscapes
Thursday 7th July, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 12th July, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Tonight we explore the wonderful and bizarre sonic landscapes of science fiction soundtracks. Starting with the first truly ‘modernist’ pioneers, like Bernard Herrmann, and his theramin-based scores for classic films like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1952), through to the funky 60’s music of films like Barbarella (1968) and Ennio Morricone’s Diabolik (1968), to the more obscure and avant-garde soundtracks of Eduard Artemyev’s Solaris (1972) and Gil Melle’s The Andromeda Strain (1971). We will then bring the discussion up to date with more recent soundtracks by the likes of Daft Punk for Tron Legacy and Hanz Zimmer for Inception (both 2010), whilst analysing the wider social and cultural context of all of these iconic soundtracks.
Hosted by James DC, with sound artist Martin A Smith and music supervisor Julian Simon
Clip : The Andromeda Strain (Robert Wise, 1971, music by Gil Melle)