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We wander realms of promise, flight, loss, and the desire for a new way of life—as subconscious fragments form paths to unknown places. 2015 marks a time of great human migration and displacement worldwide. Experts advise we are in the midst of the worst migration crisis since World War II and The New York Times reports that 11 million people were uprooted by conflict and extreme poverty last year: approximately 30 thousand people per day. The Nepali children heard here were recorded just hours before the April 25th earthquake in Kathmandu, which displaced tens of thousands, killing nearly nine thousand. Please consider making a donation to provide assistance for the rebuilding efforts in Nepal.
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Bubbling from the universal subconscious of children are dreams of luck: good, bad and otherwise. Karma swings wildly by night, an unpredictable force, prone to reversals as a dream unfolds. We are challenged to consider that “good luck” or “bad luck,” may be subject to the changing winds of personal circumstance and outlook. Armed with powerfully optimistic spirits, some dreamers interpret the darkest turns of fate as an omen of good to come.
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Conflict, triumph, benevolent caretakers: these dreams reveal a world of guardians and demons that inhabit the nighttime world. Dreamers explore the dichotomy of good versus evil, karma, and the possibility of duality and ambiguity in intent. Dreamers show an incredible willingness to intervene on someone else's behalf, to act in the face of dangerous repercussions, to be the vanquishing hero.

RadioEight lives at the intersection of audio documentary and interactive to offer an alternate measure of our condition on the planet: the subconscious dreams of the world’s children. Inspired by the concept of an 8th continent to which all children belong, RadioEight is an interactive soundscape dedicated to the hidden world of dreams.

By exploring the world of subconscious childhood dreams, RadioEight unlocks deep human connections that eliminate the barriers of geography, culture, language, politics, and economic status.

Our project is centered on the dreams of children 7–13 as a developmental time when children begin to turn their focus away from their family, to the world beyond.

The visions of earth’s youngest global citizens provide raw, moving answers toward creating a more emotionally connected humanity.

RadioEight was conceived and created by Katrina Crawford & Mark Bashore of Yonder, and made in collaboration with Belle & Wissell, Co. Original music by Jesse Solomon Clark.

The Nepali children’s voices heard here were recorded just hours before the April 25th earthquake in Kathmandu, which displaced tens of thousands, killing nearly nine thousand. Please consider making a donation to provide assistance for rebuilding efforts.

RadioEight visited schools and orphanages in Nepal, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Seattle. Though we edited them for brevity, the accounts are entirely unscripted and unprompted.

To submit your dream, email: submissions@radioeight.net

Please remember: This experience is intended for all ages. All content must be appropriate for children.

Download our submissions guide (pdf).

If you are affiliated with a school or other children's organization and would like to participate in the project, please contact us and we can assist you with recording needs.

RadioEight was conceived and created by Katrina Crawford & Mark Bashore of Yonder, and made in collaboration with Belle & Wissell, Co. Original music and sound design by Jesse Solomon Clark.

Support for this project was provided by:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
gatesfoundation.org

Download our submissions guide (pdf).

If you are affiliated with a school or other children's organization and would like to participate in the project, please contact us and we can assist you with recording needs.

Team Credits:

Original Concept & Creative Direction:
Katrina Crawford & Mark Bashore
Designers: Gabe Kean, Edrea Lita, Eric Harvey
Original Music Composition: Jesse Solomon Clark
Sound Design: Jesse Solomon Clark & Mark Bashore
Ambient World Field Recordings:
Jesse Solomon Clark, Katrina Crawford, Mark Bashore, Colman Bashore
Dream Recordings: Katrina Crawford, Koji Minami, Frehiwot Belete, Nasser Ferej, Ayatam Simenh, Prakash Sharma, Ritesh Hada, Nikita Baiju, and Sujan K.C.
Developers: Scott Thiessen, Ed Tang, Alex Maurouard
Studio Coordinator: Natalie Karbelnig

A very special thank you to the following team members who were instrumental in recording children across the globe.

Splash:
Eric Stowe and Stephen Jones

Splash (Ethiopia):
Frehiwot Belete, Nasser Ferej, and Ayatam Simenh

Splash (Nepal):
Prakash Sharma, Ritesh Hada, Nikita Baiju, and Sujan K.C.

Antipodes Collective (Cambodia):
Lauren Iida and Koji Minami

Thank you Alex Schill for your conceptual support and Lisa for your enthusiasm.