The Secret Life of an Australian Mother

ABC Radio National
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The Secret Life of an Australian Mother is a radio series that contributes to the research areas of media arts and radio studies specifically radio documentary formats. The work was broadcast on ABC Radio National and Irelands Documentary on One- described as the most successful radio documentary program in the world as well as on National Public Radio (U.S) along with an interview with Eurydice Aroney about her approach to the production. Chicago based Third Coast Audio festival an internationally respected site/festival for audio documentary producers features the series. It was selected by the True/False Film festival (U.S 2007) as one of several short audio works to be played to audiences in the dark prior to film/video documentary screenings. Eurydice Aroney the author and the producer of the series collaborated with Tom Morton and composer/percussionist Stuart Brown to create a series that uses audio samples of household noises and family feuds as the source for narrative based, short operatic arias. The work aimed to break generic conventions and experiment with documentary recording and editing conventions whilst revealing the conflicting emotions that women experience when caring for small children. It contributes to the field of radio documentary research by exploring and developing a popular genre in radio, that of the musical feature. Crossing the line between fact and fiction the work stands out as an example of short innovative radio production suitable for national and international audiences as demonstrated by the global recognition it received.
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