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Curios About: Out of Order by La Cosa Preziosa

Out of Order Written and produced by La Cosa Preziosa Performed by Gavin Prior audio/mp3 file/2 minutes 40 seconds

1. This work is about … an ordinary Irish man in the grips of a TV-crime-drama-induced phobia.

2. I made this work because … I am a sound artist originally from Italy and based in Dublin, fascinated with the potential and restrictions of short form. In composition I use exclusively my own field-recorded material. My soundscape stories are sometimes abstract, sometimes narrated, possibly fictional, occasionally scripted and always polite: they will never take more than a few minutes of your time.

3. I hope when people hear this work they will … In a world of visual stimuli fighting for our attention, this work champions the potential and power of sound and imagination, freeing the listener to create the character’s world in their own minds. It also hopes to be a tiny reminder of all that’s both thrilling and fun about short form.

4. In terms of art history, this work … bows to the spirit of The Twilight Zone and blows a kiss to the short fiction of Raymond Carver.

5. You can hear my work …, where you can subscribe to the Secret Soundscape Club, and receive a free mini audio story at the end of every month.

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Sam Tranum

Sam Tranum is deputy editor of Dublin Inquirer. He's been a newspaper reporter, a newspaper editor, an assistant professor of journalism, an author and a book editor, among other things. You can follow him @samtranum.



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