Smithereens – Silence

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About Silence SEQUENCE 5.1 (2016)

Smithereens is the work of Liz Green an academic and sound practitioner whose main research interests are in the theory, history and practice of film sound. She is Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at the Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University and teaches film and sound studies at DCU. Dublin.

I grew up in Dublin, the youngest of six children in a house full of noise. My mother says I did not speak until I was three years old as I was able (through various gestures) to convince my siblings to do my bidding. I learnt to get my needs met and was fortunate to navigate a boisterous family that taught me many of life’s enduring lessons. Eking out a space of my own in which to play was one such early requirement. I often hid under the bed with the blankets pulled down so I could escape the chaos and shut out the world, but never completely. There was always the background sound of my family.

Enjoy the Silence – Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
Whatever You Say Say Nothing – Seamus Heaney
Hunger – Steve McQueen
The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan – No Artist
Mulholland Drive – David Lynch
Federico Garcia Lorca’s songs : El Silencio – Maria de los Angeles cuca Esteves
Our Lips are Sealed – The Go Go’s
Cartographies of Silence – Adrienne Rich (read by Niamh Thornton)
Silence – Pat Collins
No Surprises – Radiohead
A Moment of Silence – Emmanuel Ortiz
When I am Deaf – Low
4’33” – John Cage