Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Together Sounding

The word Symphony derives from the greek words 'Sym' meaning together and 'phony' meaning sounding....

And I'm thinking about form both symphonic and sonata:

Can this be used as a structure for a radio feature?

Lost in the supermarket

When I told my friend Matt I was doing a piece on the musicality of supermarkets he recommended this song by The Clash - later echoed by Geoff as we meandered around the aisles searching for inspiration. Probably not part of the symphony, but food for thought "I came in here for a special offer, guaranteed personality"

On Beauty

I spotted this poem on the tube as I was on the way to carry out a spot of research in a supermarket last week. Got me thinking about beauty.. hidden or otherwise.

Lines from Endymion by John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
It's loveliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health
and quiet breathing

Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days
Of all the unhealthy and o'er darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

About Supermarket Symphony

Supermarket Symphony is a composed feature - produced by me (Nina Perry) On this project I am being superbly assisted by Geoff McQueen, Josef Hare-Brown and Hilary Robinson. It is a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Love them or hate them, supermarkets are social hives, in part, driven by us and our shopping habits. As we desert the high streets in favour of supermarkets, are we merely opting for convenience or the cheapest price? Or falling prey to marketing ploys? Or is there something more to this attraction? Do supermarkets fulfil a deeper social or personal need?