TWMAIRL – AAA Radio: “Strange Day’s Journey / Joyful Noise” by Joel Tan
AAA Radio: “Strange Day’s Journey / Joyful Noise”
These two audio pieces explore the possibilities of digital intimacy through listening. Not quite audio drama, not quite podcasts, these are listening experiences that look at the bonds we can form across the figurative airwaves. Let a voice exhort you to move, to touch, to feel, and in this way, transform the space around you. Strange Day’s Journey is a piece that behaves like a play but isn’t one: it’s a deep dive into a headspace of confusion, grief, and loneliness that tries to reproduce the communal, shared intimacies of live theatre in a solo listening experience. Joyful Noise enters a much different headspace, drawing on the body’s pent up desire for dance, music, and communality, and experiments with ways of unlocking it all. These two companion pieces explore, in turn, the release of deep sadness and deep joy, through prompts, narrative, and confession, poured in through the ear.
Joel Tan is a playwright and performer based between London and Singapore. His work has received acclaim for its incisive and lyrical interrogation of life in Singapore and beyond, and for situating contemporary Asian stories in a global context. He also works in creative non-fiction, film, and audio. As a dramaturg, Joel has worked with visual artists, dancers, and exhibition-makers. He is one half of the podcast, T42, a chat-show about popular culture, science, the arts, and life in Singapore.