Sounds Out Loud becomes Sounds Alive

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Truth tellers & Truth seekers

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Last Sunday, as a blanket of wet soggy clouds made it a miserable night to be outdoors, we were entertaining an audience of radio lovers indoors as Sounds Alive took over the Odessa Club for the first time. We were here for a night of audio, storytelling and insight from the producer of one of my favorite podcast series, Jonathan Mitchell from The Truth, a series which has helped to reinvent radio drama much in the same way as HBO has helped re-invent TV drama. Continue reading

May 18th – Sounds Alive presents The Truth

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Sounds Alive is delighted to present an evening with the multiple award winning Jonathan Mitchell, creator of The Truth radio drama series, on Sunday the 18th upstairs in the gorgeous Odessa. Doors open at 7.30 and at 8pm we’ll begin with a personal selection of Jonathan’s own radio work over the years that has been broadcast across the US, on everything from Radiolab to This American Life. In the second half we’ll introduce listeners to the world of The Truth which in 2012 was named as iTunes Best New Arts Podcast. It’s radio drama but with an incredibly ambitious and compelling new voice. Whether it’s stories about faking your own funeral, a catastrophic take on the Moon landing or simply the voices in your head, come hear how The Truth is helping not only reinvigorate the art of radio drama, but also re-invent it. We kick off at 8pm upstairs in the swanky surroundings of Odessa and tickets are available here.

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When Radio Drama is done bad, it can sound like a staged performance by two dimensional characters droning into a mic. When it’s done right however, radio drama can bring you literally anywhere inside your imagination. The Truth definitely fits into the latter category, so much so in fact that its creator and producer, Jonathan Mitchell, refers to the shows as movies for your ears. The piece below was one of the first I ever heard and is a must listen if you’ve never experienced one of Mitchell’s pieces before.

This event is possible with the kind support of the Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland who are hosting a special 1 day drama workshop with Jonathan in the Peacock Theatre on Saturday May 17th. Details can be found here:

Sounds Alive presents An evening with The Moth


Sounds Alive is thrilled to present an evening with the people behind the Peabody Award winning storytelling group, The Moth, in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Lodge of Dublin’s Freemason’s Hall. The Moth began in 1997 as an intimate evening of real life stories told by real people but has since evolved into a storytelling movement that’s swept across America featuring everyone from Salman Rushdie to film Director Martin Scorsese. Since 2008, these storytelling events have been captured for American radio and The Moth Radio Hour is now currently syndicated across 260 radio stations in the US, with the podcast attracting over one million downloads per month. Catherine Burns, the Artistic Director of The Moth along with some special guests will be in conversation with Sounds Alive host, Julien Clancy. Audiences will hear a selection of recorded stories in glorious surround sound which capture the spirit, magic and intimacy of real people telling real stories with one of America’s most beloved storytelling institutions, The Moth.   Tickets are available here.

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Sounds Alive presents an evening with Chris Watson

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Please note that this event is now fully booked.

I first got into listening to wildlife sound recordings when I came across the amazing recordings of Tom Lawrence, a DCU lecturer whose remarkable sounds of Temple Bar, opened up a world that I suppose I’ve totally taken for granted – the sound of the natural world around us. While Tom’s work was sadly cut short by his passing in 2011, it in turn led me to discovering the wonderful recordings of Chris Watson. Chris’s work is as broad as it is deep, whether it’s his award winning sound work for BBC’s “The Life of..” Continue reading

Sounds Alive presents Love + Radio



Love + Radio returns to Dublin again for what’s hopefully going to become an annual way to start off the New Year. Around this time last year, producer Nick Van Der Kolk previewed a brand new episode of the series in the cosy surroundings of the Haicenda bar with those gorgeous folk from Young Hearts Run Free.  Audiences were the first to hear an episode called Jack & Ellen which introduced us first hand to the online world of pedobaiting – the act of pretending to be a sexually active minor online in order to lure pedophiles and blackmail or humiliate them. What followed was an unnerving, uncomfortable but utterly compelling listen which actually deserved a lot more debate, discussion and dissection afterwards than we had time for. The episode went on to receive an honorable mention under Best Doc at this year’s Third Coast competition and a year after first hearing it, it still unnerves, raising more questions than it answers.

It’s this ambiguity however that makes Love + Radio such a unique  & groundbreaking series.  Each episodes takes the difficult path to bring you a story from the fringes of society, introducing you to characters you’d normally cross the street to avoid. Whether it’s the tequila fueled philosophy of a strip club owner or the inhabitants of the bizarre world of balloon pornography, you’re not really sure if you’d like to meet these characters but you’re sure as hell want to hear their stories.  However it’s the spellbinding sound design from Brendan Baker that also elevates these stories into something else, something that’s more cinematic and musical than just a simple radio story. Sounds that would normally end up on the cutting floor end up forming the basis for a musical interlude which helps makes for such an immersive listen.  This Saturday Nick will introduce us to a brand new episode of Love + Radio, this time based on Daryl Davis, a black musician who not only infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan but who also helped convert some of its senior members too. This will also be accompanied by a Q&A afterwards so it’s sure to be an insightful and revealing evening. The show starts at 7pm sharp downstairs in the Generator Hostel and tickets are available here.