Julie Shapiro Talks Radio Art

Radio Art has its detractors, and they don’t hold back. Audio art enthusiast Julie Shapiro directs Radio National’s Creative Audio Unit and she contemplates the virulence of response to art on the air in her manifesto, Haters of Radio Art, Hear Me Out sent to us from Australia.

She shares communications from outraged listeners, examples of sound art and insightful exploration as to why such dramatic responses occur and why all of us might consider giving a listen to something that offers the unexpected.

“Sometimes it simply takes letting an audio work wash over you, and letting go of the need to know exactly what you are hearing, or why. Always this work invites you to take a closer listen. And that is never a bad thing. It might in fact be a beautiful thing — music to your ears, literally, figuratively, or somewhere in between.”