Including Steve Carr on Seeded

by Diana Balham / 23 April, 2011


Seeded (95bFM, 11.00am; Radio Control, 2.00pm; Radio Active, 9.30am; RDU, 2.00pm; Radio One, 10.00am). The colourful career path of Gore-born multimedia artist and self-confessed South Island bogan Steve Carr is traced in Seeded this week. His works are mainly film, photos and sculptures: the last made from blown glass, porcelain, wood, 18ct gold plate, spun-cast alloy, popcorn, old pizza boxes – whatever comes to hand. There is some learning behind the seemingly casual approach, however, as he co-founded Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Gallery in 1999 and has a Masters degree from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. Carr’s choice of music reflects some of the quirkier aspects of his life so far: Judas Priest’s Breaking the Law is the song his heavy metal covers band usually opened with; the King’s Where Could I Go But to the Lord? harks back to his glory days as an Elvis impersonator; and Grandmaster Flash’s The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel is a song he performed as DJ Clock, an out-of-shape 90s rapper.
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Frequencies: 95bFM, Auckland 95FM * Radio Control, Palmerston North 99.4FM * Radio Active, Wellington 89FM * RDU, Christchurch 98.5FM * Radio One, Dunedin 91FM

The Seven Last Words of Christ (Radio New Zealand Concert, 3.00pm).
Old blends with new in this semi-dramatised performance by the New Zealand String Quartet of Joseph Haydn’s 1785 composition, recorded in Wellington’s Opera House at Easter in 2009. Dinah Hawken reads her specially commissioned poems between movements, incorporating such New Zealand images as her pohutukawa tree into the sequence. Haydn’s work, which was first performed in Cádiz Cathedral in 1786, is made up of a prologue followed by seven slow movements and a final movement that represents the devastating earthquake that struck the Spanish city in 1755. A tsunami followed. Art imitates life, you might say.

The Secret Life of Lyricists (Radio New Zealand National, 4.10pm).
During Music 101 today, Julie Hill looks at this mysterious art and asks what makes a great song lyric. She talks to musicians and music lovers about their favourite wordsmiths; finds out what glossolalia means (it’s speaking in tongues, apparently); asks whether Yesterday might not have been such a hit if Paul McCartney had stuck with his original title, Scrambled Eggs, and checks out the best misheard lyrics of all time. I wonder if she’ll include Alison Moyet singing “I go wees in the presence of beauty” …


The Sunday Feature (Radio New Zealand National, 4.07pm). Today it’s the 2011 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture and features our much-loved writer of children’s books, Joy Cowley. She will look at whether children’s books and children’s writers are now considered the equals of “grown-up” literature. Probably the answer will be “yes”, given that New Zealand books for young people dominate our publishing industry these days and are in demand overseas. This lecture was recorded at Te Papa in Wellington last month during New Zealand Book Month.


Anzac Day Dawn Service of Remembrance (Radio New Zealand National, 5.45am). Unusually, Easter Monday and Anzac Day are one and the same this year, and this time of quiet reflection is ushered in by the traditional dawn service from the Cenotaph in Wellington, presented by Warwick Burke. Then Bryan Crump’s body clock is dropped on the ground and jumped on as he stumbles from Nights to Eight to Noon (8.10am) this holiday morning. We’re sure he’ll cope, and that Phil O’Brien and Simon Morris will bring him strong coffee as they prepare for another unhinged edition of Matinee Idle (12.15pm). Well, “prepare” is the wrong word, really. “Stream-of-consciousness”, “off the cuff”, “a very tenuous theme” – these work better, I think. And what might be the theme, one wonders. Songs about religion? Songs about war? Songs about religious wars …? Things get back on track later in the day with Piccole Story (6.06pm), a play by Craig Thaine about the return of our soldiers after World War II, which explores the memories they held onto, both good and bad.


Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Classical music from a far continent is what you’ll hear in Arab Influences, part one in a five-part series about traditional and orchestral music from, or inspired by, North Africa. It features the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pascal Rophé, and the Arab-Andalusian Orchestra of Fes, conducted by Mohamed Briouel. Tonight’s programme includes music from Morocco, Bushra El-Turk’s Mosaic, Tarik O’Regan’s Raï, Saint-Saëns’s Suite Algérienne, Bartók’s Dance Suite and Egyptian composer Amr Okba’s Charon-Pluto I.


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