The Family of Things Episode 7 – Linda Buckley

Helen Shaw’s guest in this episode is Cork born composer Linda Buckley who writes contemporary music drawing inspiration from the world around her, from the soundscape of her childhood growing up on a diary farm overlooking the Old Head of Kinsale to other places close to her heart including Iceland. Buckley’s work has been performed by Crash Ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the University of York Javanese Gamelan to name a few, and its mix of vocal, acoustic and electronic sounds is often termed spacial music. Buckley draws references from medieval music and sees her works not just as compositions but as live engagements defined by space and audiences. The podcasts draws from Buckley’s work including Torann, Eriu, Chiyo, Telephones and Gongs, Revelavit, Numarimur, Do you remember the planets, Fall Approaches Jump and O Iochtar Mara, and you can find out more on her website www.lindabuckley.org.

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Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks is an eight part science documentary series for RTE Radio 1 presented by physicist, Professor Shane Bergin from Trinity College Dublin. The series broadcasts, 7-8pm Sun May 24th – Sun July 12th 2015 on RTÉ Radio 1. You can catch up with podcasts of Bright Sparks via iTunes.


“Scientists are curious people who wish to explore the world around them. Their ideas are sparked by shared conversations. Bright Sparks invites you to listen in on those conversations and understand the root of ideas, discovery, invention and how science works”
– Shane Bergin

For more information on Bright Sparks you can visit the website and view the press release here. Bright Sparks is on Facebook and you can follow Dr. Shane Bergin on Twitter and join in the conversation with #brightsparksradio & #brightsparksRTE. Read about Dr. Shane Bergin and Bright Sparks in the Irish Times.

Vocal Chords

Vocal Chords is a five part music documentary series for The Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm presented by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed sean-nós singers Iarla Ó Lionáird.  In a global exploration Iarla explores the question whether singing is mankind’s primary means of communication and why we sing in both times of joy and sorrow.  In a vocal landscape from the sean nós tradition in Ireland, to the Zulu Mbube music of South Africa. Iarla talks to outstanding performers like Peter Gabriel, Sinéad Ó’Connor and Maria Pomianowska to uncover the story behind song, singing and the  unique vocal styles of the world.  This series takes listeners on a rich audio experience  while addressing the simple but vital question, ‘What happens when you sing and why do we sing?’

The series runs from May 1st to May 29th 2015 2015.

You can catch up with the series on iTunes or our RSS feed.

The Family of Things – Episode 6

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. Helen Shaw meets actor and writer Mark O’Halloran the creative force behind the darkly comic films Adam & Paul and Garage. Mark talks about growing up in a big family in Ennis and his journey to become a writer and performer. He describes how limiting Ireland was as a young gay man and how a year spent in Amsterdam liberated him. He found a creative soul-mate in director Lenny Abrahamson and the two made the acclaimed independent film Adam & Paul in 2004. Mark shares life, love and loss in an open and revealing conversation stretches from his recent time filming in Havana for his new film ‘Viva’ to his poignant experiences in Iran.
 

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The Family of Things – Episode 5

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. Sean nós singer and songwriter Iarla Ó’Lionáird is Helen Shaw’s guest in this edition of The Family of Things. Iarla is the voice of the acclaimed Irish ensemble The Gloaming whose album by the same name has received multiple award nominations. Iarla grew up in Cúil Aodha in Co Cork in an Irish speaking community in what he calls ‘ a hive of song’ and along with his ten brothers sang, as a child, in Seán Ó Riada’s choir. He talks about his relationship with his voice, his language and his creative journey from singing the cows back home to releasing his work through Peter Gabriel’s label Real World Records. Today he performs across the world not just with The Gloaming but also with operatic work by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.

 

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The Family of Things – Episode 4

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. In the fourth episode the guest is Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, a development network, and lead organisation on the European Year of Development in Ireland. Hans talks about being shaped by his Dutch presbyterian roots, his family’s experience of World War 2 and his childhood growing up in Cameroon. He speaks five languages but says he now feels Irish and dreams in English. 2015 is an action year for world development with two landmark UN events aiming to secure a new set of development goals and a global agreement on the environment and climate change. For Hans it is a challenge to all of us to ask and answer how can we make a positive difference in 2015?

The first three episodes of The Family of Things featured poet Nessa O’Mahony and author Denise Deegan and Dr.Shane Bergin.

All episodes are available for free online and you can subscribe to The Family of Things via RSS or on iTunes

The Family of Things – Episode 3

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. In the third episode of the series presenter Helen Shaw speaks with Trinity based physicist Dr. Shane Bergin. Shane says people often think science is ugly but necessary. Dr. Shane Bergin, while he thinks it is beautiful and essential. Shane talks of his passion to communicate science to the world and to inspire the next generation of scientists through his teaching work at TCD.


Shane is behind the award winning project ‘Dart of Physics’ and in this interview he describes nano-science and its future. As a scientist, researcher and teacher Shane is often in the public ear and eye through his work but he shares his love of music, his delight in cooking and baking (every weekend!) and talks about the people he admires including Irish President Michael D. Higgins and Nobel poet Seamas Heaney.
While Shane unpacks the world of science and education he also brought his favourite instrument along – the ukulele!

The first two episodes of The Family of Things featured poet Nessa O’Mahony and author Denise Deegan.

 All episodes are available for free online and you can subscribe to The Family of Things via RSS or on iTunes

The Family of Things new Podcast series from Athena Media

The Family of Things is a new audio transmedia project from Athena Media. It’s a podcast series about ideas, life and how we live it. In the series presenter and producer Helen Shaw talks to interesting people about what motivates them and their own passion for their work. In the first episode Irish poet and author Nessa O’Mahony shares her life and stories and reads from her poetry collections including her latest work ‘Her Father’s Daughter’.

Athena Media has also just released Nessa O’Mahony’s first collection Bar Talk as a kindle e-book and we’re about the release an audiobook of that first collection.
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It’s Your Right wins Silver award at the Appys

The transmedia project Athena Media have been working on throughout 2014 included an iPad app which won the silver award in the “best children’s app” category at the Appys. The Application which is free to download on iTunes includes many of the stories which are featured on our audio and video channels. You can also follow the project at www.itsyourright.ie.

Leon from Athena Media & Karen from the OCO at the Appys event

It’s Your Right iPad app shortlisted for an Appy

Throughout 2014 Athena Media have been working on the It’s Your Right project for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office with the culmination of the transmedia campaign an iPad app encompassing the stories and characters we were lucky to meet through the project. The iPad application which is free to download on iTunes aims to teach and help children understand their rights.

The application has been shortlisted for an Appy, one of Ireland’s premier digital events and it rounds off a wonderful year of critical acclaim for Athena Media’s work which included an impressive haul at the New York Radio Festival. The winners are announced on the 20th of November which is serendipitously Universal Children’s Day.