Ep 73: Sound Series 1 – James Woods and Nick Ascroft

This is the first of our ten-part Sound Series where I talk to writers and artists about their work in relation to sounds they have chosen.

In this episode I talk to James Woods and Nick Ascroft.

James chose Neon Cross by Drunk with Power, which he wrote and recorded. You can listen to here on Spotify

Nick chose Dunedin Spleen by The Verlaines and you can listen and buy this song on Bandcamp


We talk quite a lot about rhyme in this discussion.

So, the exercise is simply this – turn on your recorder, say the line:

‘I listened to a band called Flipper’

And see how long you can go rhyming words with ‘Flipper’. Don’t forget about half-rhymes and don’t be afraid to change the end sound completely if it feels right. The idea is to try and keep composing for 2 minutes.

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Ep 74: Sound Series 2 – Ruby Solly and Chris Tse Better off Read

In the Sound Series I’ll be talking to 18 writers, musicians and other artists about how sound features in their work. Today Ruby Solly and Chris Tse talk to Pip Adam about two sound objects.   Ruby chose 'Koukou' off her amazing album Pōneke which you can listen to and buy on Bandcamp   Chris chose the sound of washing rice, which he recorded and you can listen to on our webpage – or on the podcast.   Information about how to submit responses to exercises to our Showcase can be found on our website https://better-read.com  
  1. Ep 74: Sound Series 2 – Ruby Solly and Chris Tse
  2. Ep 73 Sound Series 1 James Woods and Nick Ascroft
  3. COMING SOON Better off Read: Sound Series
  4. Ep 71 Sinead Overbye talks to Pip Adam about Bernadine Evaristo's novel 'Girl, Woman, Other'
  5. Short Red: Exercise 26

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