An introduction to audio art and 5 podcasts created by Singaporean artists to tune into

An introduction to audio art and 5 podcasts created by Singaporean artists to tune into

What is audio art?

Definitively, it’s an art form that uses sound as its main medium. If you dive into the details, you’ll find that anything that produces sound can be part of an artwork – the rustling of leaves, waves crashing against the shore, and even speech.

Audio arts may be commonly associated with musicals and orchestras, but the discipline is not limited to live performance. Audio arts are increasingly recognised in connection with non-traditional media formats, such as guided sound-walks, spoken word, and podcasts.

As one of the most accessible and widely-available types of audio art, podcasts have grown to become a popular channel to share content with people on the move. The A List looks into three arts-centric podcasts made by Singaporeans.

1. People, Places

The People, Places podcast is available for streaming until March 2023.
The People, Places podcast is available for streaming until March 2023.

Lend your ears to three Singaporean renowned actors as they perform excerpts from works of literature by Singaporean writers Claire Tham, Inez Tan, and Philip Jeyaratnam, and reflect on their connections to each of these stories.

The three-part podcast series is directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall, the Programme Director at Gateway Theatre.

Immerse yourself in the insightful audio experience from People, Places here.

2. The Padang Sessions

The Padang Sessions feature handpicked talks and lectures on Southeast Asian art.
The Padang Sessions feature handpicked talks and lectures on Southeast Asian art.

Join National Gallery Singapore as they journey through the arts of Southeast Asia in their podcast The Padang Sessions. Listeners will be taken through an audio archive featuring lectures, panels, and insights that have been recorded live at the Gallery.

Each episode is carefully curated to include in-depth discussions that centre around art history, allowing listeners to tap into the minds of artists, curators, and experts of the arts while on the go.

Tune in to The Padang Sessions here.

3. PopLore Podcast

PopLore celebrates the love of music across generations and cultures.
PopLore celebrates the love of music across generations and cultures.

How much do you know about Singapore’s music scene? What if we told you that Singapore has a diverse and vibrant music scene that has been active for over half a century?

The PopLore podcast is a seven-part documentary audio experience that uncovers the ins and outs of our most popular homegrown music. Listen in on discussions with radio, television, and music figures like Brian Richmond, Rahimah Rahim, and Joe Ng, and discover industry secrets, insights, and influences across cultures, subcultures, and periods.

The podcast is developed for PopLore – A Year of Singapore Popular Music, a series of live events running until 31 Dec celebrating Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s 20th anniversary.

Stream the PopLore podcast here.

4. No Flash

What stories do galleries hide, behind brushstrokes and between sight lines?
What stories do galleries hide, behind brushstrokes and between sight lines?

Lend your ears to National Gallery Singapore’s official unofficial podcast No Flash, and experience a gallery like you’ve never heard before.

With seven episodes that feature the art behind the art and the stories behind each story, learn about the strangest secrets and immerse yourself in audible adventures of the lost tales and untold history of the Gallery.

Tune in to the No Flash podcast here.

5. Intermission

The Intermission podcast offers occasional deep-dive and fun facts about our Chinese Singaporean culture.
The Intermission podcast offers occasional deep-dive and fun facts about our Chinese Singaporean culture.

Hosted by Shaun and Justin, two young, passionate Singaporeans, Intermission explores the unique aspects of Chinese Singaporean culture. This light-hearted and insightful podcast series offers their views and experiences on food, language, cultural practices, and values –  topics that many may find relatable.

Tune in to Shaun and Justin’s engaging conversations on the Intermission podcast here.

(Photos: The Arts House, National Gallery Singapore, Esplanade, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre)

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