021: PEAR


The first work in the ad hoc Young Love Trilogy, a repackaging of old work for the stopGOstop podcast.

Pear is an experimental sound piece for radio that consists of a series of narrative and sonic vignettes. The piece is concerned in general with how despair and desire effect the creation of a self that is mediated by personal and cultural experience. The text material for the project was produced by answers to fill-in-the-blank workbooks, as well as writings influenced by sections of St. Augustine’s Confession, Soren Kierkegaard’s A Sickness unto Death, and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, in light of genetic engineering, a psychobiography, along with language and computer systems. Written and directed by John Wanzel featuring the voices of Anna Benavides, Brian Taylor, and John Wanzel, Produced by John Wanzel. It was engineered by Pete Wenger at Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago, IL) This piece was made possible through the 2001 Experimental Sound Studio Residency Program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. This project was supported by a Community Arts Assistant Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council Access Program (2002). Pear was also selected to participate in the 2002 Outer Ear Festival of Sound, Chicago, IL.