Video still for Soft Message Out of focus photo of a womans face

Visitors to the Radio 3 website agreed to be rung at any time of the day or night. Over the course of a week Matt and Ju tried to get to know them.

The calls catch people drunk at parties, in art galleries and out on the street. We hear them arguing, shouting at their cats or as their friends grab the handset. They open their lives to the listener, they reveal secrets and declarations of love. From the first call to a Mancunian goth pretending to be Romanian we follow these four people through a week in their lives as they open up to us.

The conversations use the intermittent, slow motion nature of the interview to explore the things that are rarely said and rarely heard. Most importantly, we hear the voices of people alone, confessing, contemplating, opening up to the absent interviewer.

The programme explores the ways in which radio and telephones lend themselves to a certain kind of intimacy. The programme asks how is the rise of the mobile phone affecting how we talk to each one another and what does it mean to talk to strangers?

The programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10pm on Thursday 7th December 2006.

Tagged with
Comments (0)
What do you think?
- Hide Comments
Related Projects