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Quirky sound composition inspired by the songs of crickets.

Quirky sound composition inspired by the songs of crickets, created from field recordings of the insects, electronically-treated calls and songs, as well as music and human voices.

In Japan, there is a long tradition of listening to the sounds produced by crickets which stretches back to the 18th century, and in China, this culture began in the Tang Dynasty. Crickets were traditionally kept in small cages made of bamboo hung from a ceiling or a tree or carried around in the pocket.The tradition still continues today, although the finely crafted bamboo cages are generally replaced with clear plastic terrariums with ventilated lids.

The name 'cricket' comes from the French, 'criquer', which means 'little creaker'. The most famous 'little creaker' is the Japanese Suzumushi bell cricket which, as its name suggests, produces bell-like sounds. In Tokyo, huge numbers of these bell crickets are raised in Bell Cricket Temple. People visit the temple to meditate whilst listening to the sounds of the crickets, which are believed to signify the voice of the Buddha.

Crickets produce sounds by rubbing together structures on their wings in a process called stridulation. Generally it's only the male crickets which sing or stridulate, to attract a mate, and different species produce different songs. To help radiate his song, the Mole Cricket sings from a burrow in the soil, with an entrance shaped like a horn to amplify the sound.

Cricket Cabaret is a celebration of the songs of crickets; a creative sound-rich composition using field recordings of crickets, as well as electronically treated recordings (by sound recordist Chris Watson), music and human voices to create a musical homage to an ancient tradition; a celebration of the sounds of crickets.

Sound recordist; Chris Watson. Contributors; Henry Bennet- Clark, Fernando Montealegre, Bob Pemberton, Sophie Anton and Paul Evans. Producer: Sarah Blunt.

Richard Sisson compares recordings of Kander and Ebb's 1966 musical 'Cabaret'

Witness History

The Musical Cabaret

Director Hal Prince remembers the hit musical opening on Broadway in November 1966

In November 1966 the hit musical opened on Broadway. Its director, Hal Prince, recalls the award-winning show, set in Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power.

In November 1966 the hit musical opened on Broadway. Set in 1930s Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, the show chronicles the love story between a cabaret singer Sally Bowles and an American writer amid the city's decadent cafe society. The Broadway production was a huge hit, inspiring numerous subsequent productions as well as the Oscar winning 1972 film. Farhana Haider has been speaking to Cabaret's legendary director, Hal Prince.

(Photo: Jill Haworth, playing Sally Bowles from Cabaret, New York, 1966. Credit: Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Genre

Composer: Benjamin Britten.

Performer: Jennifer Johnston (Mezzo).

Composer: Benjamin Britten

Performer: Jennifer Johnston (Mezzo)

Performer: Alisdair Hogarth (Piano)

Recording date: 09 March 2013

Date of broadcast: 15 October 2013

Fosse/Verdon

Series 1 Life is a Cabaret

In 1966, Bob Fosse directs Sweet Charity, with Shirley MacLaine in the title role.

Exploring the partnership of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, beginning in 1966 with Fosse directing the film Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacLaine in the role made famous by Bob's wife Gwen on Broadway.

Credits

Bob Fosse
Sam Rockwell
Gwen Verdon
Michelle Williams
Paddy Chayefsky
Norbert Leo Butz
Joan Simon
Aya Cash
Hal Prince
Evan Handler
Neil Simon
Nate Corddry
Liza Minnelli
Kelli Barrett
Fred Weaver
Rick Holmes
Chita Rivera
Bianca Marroquin
Hannah
Christiane Seidel
Director
Thomas Kail
Writer
Steven Levenson
Writer
Sam Wasson

Arts & Ideas

Weimar and the Subversion of Cabaret Culture

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome... Cabaret and club culture, recorded at the Barbican.

Matthew Sweet, performers Lucy McCormick and Le Gateau Chocolat, curator Florence Ostende, New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen and Gaylene Gould at the Barbican in London.

Matthew Sweet, performers Lucy McCormick and Gateau Chocolat, curator Florence Ostende, New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen and Gaylene Gould with an audience at London's Barbican Centre

From 1919 when the Weimar constitution said all were equal and had the right to freedom of expression, through to the Mbari Writers and Artists club in Nigeria, to the UK today, clubs and cabarets have always been spaces of creativity. The panel consider a series of moments in history to ask when and how club culture started to influence our wider society.

Florence Ostende is the curator of Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art which runs at the Barbican Art Gallery until January 19th 2020 curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with the Belvedere, Vienna.

Le Gateau Chocolat and Lucy McCormick both performed in Effigies of Wickedness – a show from ENO and the Gate Theatre which was based on songs banned by the Nazis.

Le Gateau Chocolat is a drag artist and contemporary opera performer who has performed internationally from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the Beyreuth Festival opera house.

Lucy McCormick's hit shows include Triple Threat and Post Popular. She’s been an Artist in Residence for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s DUCKIE nights, and a Research Fellow at Queen Mary University London.

Gaylene Gould is a cultural director and curator who has spearheaded a series of projects involving film, writing and art for Tate, the V&A and h club.

Dr Lisa Mullen teaches film and literature at the University of Cambridge and is the author of Mid Century Gothic. She is a New Generation Thinker on the scheme run by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to put research on the radio.

Producer: Caitlin Benedict.

Series

Arts & Ideas

Front Row

John Kander on Cabaret, The Scottsboro Boys and Chicago

Kirsty Lang talks to John Kander, composer of Cabaret, New York New York and Chicago.

Kirsty Lang talks to John Kander, composer of Cabaret, New York New York and Chicago and one half of the hugely successful Broadway partnership Kander and Ebb.

Kirsty Lang talks to John Kander, composer of Cabaret, New York New York and Chicago and one half of Broadway partnership Kander and Ebb.

87 year old John Kander discusses The Scottsboro Boys, his final work with lyricist Fred Ebb, which is currently a hit in London's West End.

How he and Ebb discovered Liza Minnelli, and why Judi Dench remains his favourite Sally Bowles (Cabaret) on stage.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
John Kander

Brand

Front Row

Free Thinking

Weimar and the Subversion of Cabaret Culture

Le Gateau Chocolat, Lucy McCormick and Gaylene Gould with Matthew Sweet at the Barbican.

Matthew Sweet, performers Lucy McCormick and Le Gateau Chocolat, curator Florence Ostende, New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen and Gaylene Gould at the Barbican in London.

Matthew Sweet, performers Lucy McCormick and Gateau Chocolat, curator Florence Ostende, New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen and Gaylene Gould with an audience at London's Barbican Centre

From 1919 when the Weimar constitution said all were equal and had the right to freedom of expression, through to the Mbari Writers and Artists club in Nigeria, to the UK today, clubs and cabarets have always been spaces of creativity. The panel consider a series of moments in history to ask when and how club culture started to influence our wider society.

Florence Ostende is the curator of Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art which runs at the Barbican Art Gallery until January 19th 2020 curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with the Belvedere, Vienna.

Le Gateau Chocolat and Lucy McCormick both performed in Effigies of Wickedness – a show from ENO and the Gate Theatre which was based on songs banned by the Nazis.

Le Gateau Chocolat is a drag artist and contemporary opera performer who has performed internationally from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the Beyreuth Festival opera house.

Lucy McCormick's hit shows include Triple Threat and Post Popular. She’s been an Artist in Residence for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s DUCKIE nights, and a Research Fellow at Queen Mary University London.

Gaylene Gould is a cultural director and curator who has spearheaded a series of projects involving film, writing and art for Tate, the V&A and h club.

Dr Lisa Mullen teaches film and literature at the University of Cambridge and is the author of Mid Century Gothic. She is a New Generation Thinker on the scheme run by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to put research on the radio.

Producer: Caitlin Benedict.

Woman's Hour

Michelle Ryan in Cabaret, Judy Finnigan, International Day of the Girl

Michelle Ryan as Sally Bowles; Judy Finnigan's first novel; presented by Jenni Murray.

Michelle Ryan takes on the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret, while Judy Finnigan talks about her first novel. Plus The UN's International Day of The Girl. With Jenni Murray.

Michelle Ryan has been an Eastender and the Bionic Woman - her next iconic role is the legendary Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Judy Finnigan joins Jenni to talk about her first novel, Eloise. On the first ever UN International Day of The Girl we ask whether foreign aid should be targeted at the education of girls, with Marie Staunton Chief Executive of Plan UK. Presented by Jenni Murray.

Genre

Brand

Woman's Hour

The Listening Project

Ben and Rufus - I Never Say I'm a Cabaret Performer

The two halves of a cabaret act on whether or not theirs is a proper job.

Fi Glover with a conversation about how those who choose to tread the boards are perceived, between friends who know all about the hard work and dedication that choice requires.

Fi Glover with a conversation about how those who choose to tread the boards are perceived, between friends who know all about the hard work and dedication that choice requires. Another in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Marya Burgess.

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