"David has a remarkable knowledge of jazz chords. I don't think he quite knows what they're called. ... And you don't hear that in an average rock song. But they were well hidden in the recordings of the past. Or alluded to."
Editor's note: From time to time, we have all encountered powerful, well-produced radio works that leave us wondering: Am I grateful to have heard that program? Should that report have been broadcast? Even if the head says yes, the heart and gut may not. Are some pieces better left undone? These are a few of the questions asked by longtime producer Alex van Oss.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. After all, except for broadcasting certain coarse words, few things are forbidden to us as radio producers. Moreover, there are no Ten Commandments of feature-making, though the following might serve as a start:
“Thou shalt not make a piece just because you have hot tape.”
There’s perhaps no “hotter” tape than of a person’s final moments and that may be why there are so many stories documenting people in the final stages of life. [READ MORE]
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