Steph Kretowicz is dropping audio narrative I hate it here—co-released by CURL x AQNB on tape and via download—on November 19, with a preview excerpt premiering on AQNB today. The writer, author and editor has been experimenting with interdisciplinary and audio-visual pieces around new media and distributed storytelling, producing a series of cross-media texts that have been performed and presented at 3hd, Opening Times, NTS Radio, and elsewhere.
Created in collaboration with producers and composers Ben Babbitt and felicita, the 42-minute sound and spoken word piece follows a narrative crossing locations in London, Poland and Los Angeles. The voices of CURL collective members Coby Sey, Mica Levi, and Tirzah make an appearance, as well producer Ewa Poniatowska and other artist peers like Margaret Haines, Ulijona Odišarija, Cristine Brache, among others.
I hate it here is an unusual take on the radio play format, which follows an auto-fictional script through characters, locations and interaction that are guided and accompanied by sound design and composition from its two primary collaborators. Touching on folk traditions throughout eras, and religious and spiritual practices across regions, the sound production references everything from the simple chord progressions of Polish disco polo to the swelling atmospherics of contemporary New Age.**