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You Are There…

Sunday, 22nd November

At 11pm tonight:

Bringing our broadcasts to a close for this year’s edition of Radiophrenia, Media Petros (AKA Phoenix AZ-based multidisciplinary artist, Pete Petrisko) presents ‘You Are There: Twenty Twenty’ – a radio art program, blending sound art and storytelling, inspired by life in these pandemic times of 2020, rooted in improvisational shortwave radio frequency-sweep recordings.

Public domain-sourced material excerpts include “You Are There” (radio show, 1948); Librivox.org recordings of sci-fi short stories The Gray Plague by Lloyd Eshbach (1930) and The Street That Wasn’t There by Clifford D. Simak (1941), poems “Year That Trembled” by Walt Whitman and Sarojini Naidu’s “Past and Future”, essay Reflections on the Influenza Epidemic (1918) by Francis J. Grimké; radio news broadcasts, 1941; BLM rally (Kennebunk ME) freesound.org recording by KT Manahan. 

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On Chorus

Sunday, 22nd November

At 8am Sunday 22nd On Chorus by Christopher Steenson.

On Chorus is a public sound art project by Christopher Steenson. The project uses field recordings of the dawn chorus and broadcasts these sounds across Ireland by using Iarnród Éireann’s network of train station PA systems. Launching on Monday 16 November 2020, the sounds of birdsong will inhabit train station PA systems across Ireland, from 8:00am to 9:00am, every day, for two weeks, ending on Sunday 29 November 2020.

On Chorus aims to reflect on how we shape and effect the qualities of our sonic environments by highlighting the dramatic reduction in noise pollution experienced during the first Covid-19 lockdown. By taking these of recordings of lockdown and broadcasting them across the country, On Chorus invites us to listen to our recent past, as a way of reorienting ourselves to the present moment, questioning our entangled roles in shaping nature, as we progress beyond the ‘new normality’ of the current pandemic. For those essential workers hearing the sounds of birdsong on their early-morning commute, this project is intended as a gesture of thanks and solidarity.

At the same time that birdsong will be heard in Iarnród Éireann train stations, birdsong will also play on a website created specially for the project, called www.on-chorus.com. Birdsong will play each day on this site between 8:00am and 9:00am, for people who are still self-isolating or unable to travel. The On Chorus website also presents a series of 35mm photographs created by Christopher Steenson. Also featured on the website are a series of texts by a group of invited contributors, including Christopher Steenson, Jez riley French (sound artist), Mark Garry (visual artist) and Suzanne Walsh (writer/artist). The www.on-chorus.com website has been developed in collaboration with creative publishing platform Fallow Media, created by Ian Maleney.

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CADÁVER EXQUISITO

Saturday, 21st November

At 10pm tonight:

CADÁVER EXQUISITO by Hugo Esquinca and Russell Haswell. The Artists decided to employ the game of EXQUISITE CORPSE, using Audio rather than Image. The Artists took turns producing a 5 minute movement, but only supplied the last 30 seconds to the other.

Produced during a Virtual-Partner-Residency, GOETHE INSTITUT e.V/Music Division, October 2020.

Russell Haswell is an Artist, Curator and Record Producer.b. 1970, Coventry, UK. Lives & Works in Glasgow.

Hugo Esquinca is an instigator in Audio Electronics and Acoustic Interventions. b. 1990, Mexico City, MX. Lives & Works in Berlin.

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A Sonic Cradle

Saturday, 21st November

At 11pm tonight:

Duncan Chapman and Supriya Nagarajan with ‘Lullaby: Sonic Cradle’

In the last six years sound artist/composer Duncan Chapman and Carnatic singer Supriya Nagarajan have been developing and touring their Lullabies project. The original impetus came on a trip to India where Suprya noticed that women working in the fields were singing lullabies to their sleeping children while they worked.

“We have toured the project internationally for the last 5 years and it has included a wide variety of collaborating musicians and artists. Many of the performances have been at twilight or late night and audiences have frequently fallen asleep (the intention of the lullaby after all!) during the performance.” 

Duncan Chapman : Electronics & Field Recordings
Supriya Nagarajan : Voice 

This piece is complied from several performances and features some of their collaborators: Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinhold, Joana Margarida Machado Araújo, Rafael Karlen, Jack McNeil and Neil Valentine 

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Strange Strangers

Saturday, 21st November

At 2pm today, sound artist, Pablo Sanz presents his Phonurgia Nova Award winning soundscape work, ‘Strange Strangers’.

Based on environmental recordings along the territories of Amanã and Mamirauá, in central Amazônia, strange strangers focuses on unusual listening perspectives (above, underwater, and ultrasound), inviting us to listen to (within) a singular world of vitality and non-human otherness. Listening cultivates profound encounters with other beings (life-forms, abiotic terrestrial matters, sounds…), and with our being as an other. 

Commissioned by Czech Radio (Český rozhlas) for R{A}DIO{CUSTICA}, ČRo Vltava. Curator: Ladislav Zelený.

Pablo Sanz is an artist, composer and researcher currently based in Spain and Northern Ireland. His practice is an open-ended investigation of listening, more-than-human agencies and aural vitality, with a focus on the limits of perception and attention, encouraging sensory ecological awareness. His works —site-determined and public art projects, immersive multichannel installations and concerts in the dark, exhibitions, broadcasts and releases — have been experienced internationally in different contexts. 

 pablosanz.info

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater

Saturday, 20th November

At 10am today:

Childrens’ sci-fi radio-drama, Mary Farfisa returns to Radiophrenia.

In this episode:

OVERDUE! – Briscoe’s overdue library book unleashes the wrath of the Krone Brezheen – five fearsome knights who ride robot sharks, and punish those who abuse their library privileges! A children’s radio series written and produced by Jim Cheff. 

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Requiescat

Saturday, 21st November

At 9am today:

Orkney based artist Sheena Graham George presents ‘Requiescat for the Mothers in the Cillín.’

Requiescat goes in search of traces of the almost forgotten mothers who died in childbirth and were buried alongside other adults such as suicides, strangers, shipwrecked sailors, murderers and their unfortunate victims, criminals, famine victims andthose with learning disabilities in the cillíní, the un-baptised children’s burial grounds found throughout Ireland.      

This intimate sound-work weaves together voices from the local community in Dingle & Iveragh, County Kerry, field-recordings, the artists own memories and specially composed music by Anne Wood to explore memory, motherhood, birth, death and the cillín.    

 

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Days of Future Past

Friday, 20th November

At 9:30pm tonight ‘Days of Future Past’ by Leon Clowes.

First broadcast on Reel Rebels Radio on 20th April 2020, this nightmarish re-entry into creative practice is an audio sketchbook of lived trauma. There are three elements: bootleg recordings of artists that have inspired, visceral voice pieces recorded at the beginning of lockdown, and DIY four track demos of electro pop and cabaret songs written in the late 80s/early 90s. 

Leon Clowes is a queer disabled conceptual artist (www.leonclowes.com). His research-led creative practice combines sound, words, space, co-creation, autoethnography and Brechtian Verfremsdungeffekt. It is informed by research excavation of his lived trauma experiences, and exchange with other artists who also deal with trauma. Days of Future Past is broadcast with the kind permission of Queer Art Projects. The piece is currently part of the #WIPexhibition: https://qap.digital/wip/

 

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The Islands of the Strangers

Friday 20th November

At 2pm today:

Innse Gall ‘The Islands of the Strangers’ is a companion piece to the film An Dà Shealladh ‘The Two Sights’; a sound focused documentary that cinematically re-connects a disappearing oral tradition to its surroundings.

These two compositions were developed from studies made for the films soundtrack using the same elements: hydrophone and field recordings collected on the islands of Barra, Berneray, North Uist, Harris, & Lewis between 2017-19, collaged and assembled in Ithaca, New York 2017-20.

In the spirit of Glen Gould’s contrapuntal radio documentaries and Luc Ferrari’s Anecdotal Music thework explores the shifting acoustic ecology of the islands interwoven fragments of dialogue, song, and industry.

 Joshua Bonnetta (b.Canada 1979) is an artist and filmmaker working at the edges of documentary across installation, performance, and traditional cinema exhibition.

The companion film to this piece ‘The Two Sights’ is screening at the Alchemy Film Festival live with a Q & A on 17th December, and on demand between 18th and 20th December.

www.joshuabonnetta.com 

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Deep Throat

Thursday, 19th November

At 9:30pm tonight Erika Silverman presents ‘Deep Throat’.

A woman looking for a deeper connection beyond sex (bells ringing and bombs going off), which becomes a hollow search when she is repeatedly coerced into sex. A doctor’s visit sheds light on her anatomical blessing and curse. Eventually she is able to find love but still only as the object of male desire. This sound piece is a linear edit of Deep Throat without the visuals and explicit sex scenes. It is not intended to censor but to investigate the questionable storyline, the (false) autonomy of Linda Lovelace and the film’s background of rape in a ubiquitous pop culture relic.