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Something new for your listening pleasure

A digitally animated drawing of a blind Japanese woman walking in an open landscape in close up. She is in side profile, wearing a purple and light blue kimono patterned with orange flowers. The background is shaded in muted browns, and a pale-yellow sun looms in the horizon.

At Access2Arts we are always keeping our ear to the ground listening for the tastiest morsels to delight even the most discerning audiophile. So when we received these hot-picks from our UK friends at VocalEyes we just had to share them.

Enjoy immersing yourself in these audio treats. And be sure to tell us what you think. We love hearing your thoughts.


Talk Description to Me

Innovative audio describer and a natural-born storyteller J.J. Hunt joins Christine Malec, a perpetually inquisitive member of the blind and partially sighted community who’s always wondering about something.  Together their discussions plunge into current events and topical issues to explore the content of important images, and help place vivid descriptions in their cultural context. Lively, hard-hitting, witty, vibrant, and fun, this is a podcast conversation with a view!

Talk Description to Me is a new podcast hosted by Christine Malec and J.J. Hunt. Get an earful.


Flight Paths by Extant

Flight Paths, a by UK theatre-makers Extant  is brought to life on screen for the first time in a new digital retelling of the 2019 production, co-commissioned by The Space, premieres on 15 August.

Combining animation, aerial movement and creative audio description, Flight Paths is inspired by the Goze, blind female storytellers and musicians who travelled the length and breadth of medieval Japan making a living from performing epic tales. Through interactive navigation by the Goze, viewers will journey through a unique, multi-sensory experience of Japanese cultural history and storytelling.

Learn more about the Goze on the Extant website, and read the interview with blind anthropologist Professor Kojiro Hirose from the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, who has a particular interest in the history of blind people in Japan.

In Extant’s 2019 production, two blind women took centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts. Read about the making of the production, with articles by the co-directors of Flight Paths, Maria Oshodi, Artistic Director of Extant, and Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre.

Art and museums

De Young Museum, San Francisco

Jim Kohn will lead a live audio-descriptive Zoom tour taking in at least 10 pieces from the De Young’s permanent collection. This ‘Connections’ tour highlights objects connecting traditional native cultures with contemporary times.

Duration: 1 hour. Join the Zoom call from 6:00AM ACST, Adelaide time on Friday 14 August (Thursday, 13 August 13, 1:30PM PST, San Francisco Time) (Meeting ID: 941 1640 2560, Password: 948041)

On the box

Audio-described introduction to Hamilton on Disney+

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hopera, musical “Hamilton” is taking the world by storm. Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

The production of Hamilton now available on Disney+ was filmed at a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in 2016 and features the original cast.  It runs for 

If you want to hear what the buzz is all about, listen to the Audio Introduction, available in mp3, that has been specially written for the Disney+ production.

If you want to get more audio description in your life check out what audio described offerings await you in Adelaide, presented by Access2Arts.