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Fossilised Frequencies

Thursday, 19th November

At 7pm this evening Urban Feral presents ‘Fossilised Frequencies’ – a radio voyage into the hearts and hertz of people and land. Morphing, sculpting and warping sound to create an acoustic poem to a motherland. The content is a combination of field recordings, archival sounds and music all collected from Iraq.

Urban Feral is an Iraqi British sound artist based in Glasgow. Their work is heavily informed by Sufi theory of frequency as healing vibrations. The artist manipulates and sculpts sound as a medium into trance and mediative practice, as well as using the creative process as a diasporic exercise to reconnect with their Iraqi lineage.

 

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Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth

Thursday, 19th November

At 4pm today Nastassja Simensky & Rebecca Lee present ‘SHERDS: Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth.’

SHERDS is an experimental audiowork based on a six-week archaeological dig which took place at Malkin Tower Farm in Pendle, during the hot summer of 2018. Performed by an ensemble of musicians, archaeologists and vocalists, SHERDS brings together spoken word, improvisation, vibrating rocks, field recordings, live audio and new compositions to form a shifting soundscape.The programme draws on the specialisms of each of the ensemble to collapse, unearth and reassemble the rhythms and processes of archaeological excavation, changing land use, topography and her story.

Written and Produced by Rebecca Lee and Nastassja SimenskyPerformed by Alison Cooper, Bobby Cotterill, Caroline Trutz, Kelly Jayne Jones, Nastassja Simensky, Rebecca Lee, Sophie Cooper, Rebecca Atherton and Bernie Velvick. Spoken Word from Danielle Knights, Katy Soar, John Claydon, Catherine Reardon, Rick Peterson and Aidan Parker. 

http://www.rebeccalee.info/

http://www.nastassja-simensky.com

 

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Stewardship to Obsolescence

Wednesday, 18th November

At 9pm tonight Coppice present ‘Stewardship to Obsolescence and Preservation: Listening to Specimen Music through Yerkes Observatory’s Refractor and Reflector Telescopes’. 

Founded in 1892 and known as the birthplace of astrophysics, the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin ceased operations in 2018. That year, its obsolete technologies were captured by Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer), to draw parallels between its acoustic signatures and functions and those of Coppice’s glossary of study since 2009. Highlighting the intermediary influence of recording and reproduction technologies on perception and perspective – both in limiting and enhancing ways – open-ended questions of actuality and fiction are posed for the listener, to stir the imagination of music, places, and time in flux…

 

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A Gong Chime Through Dainava Pines

Wednesday, 18th November

At 5pm today:

Chris Biddlecombe & David Trouton present ‘a gong chime through Dainava pines’

“Inheriting a collection of objects is very different from curating a collection for ourselves. The criteria for selection may not be fully known – the choices for inclusion, exclusion, similarity or difference may elude. Our perceptions of the relationships between the chosen objects may become distorted or  coloured by our own associations, experience and understanding.

When we place one such collection alongside another, relationships can occur that have the possibility of creating a new alternative curated family, or a series of cross-referencing cousins. The placing and pairing of things has its own momentum – an internal logic that is partly calculated and partly accidental.

Some years ago we inherited one half of a diverse percussion stick collection. We started by placing a set of mallets alongside another group of beaters, punctuating each with an unknown stick or head fragment. In this way we could understand how each object might work as a “hitter”, but we had to imagine what sort of resonant object could then be struck. What did these incomplete instruments really sound like?”

‘A gong chime through Dainava pines’ takes us to the beginning of this story and the first of six segments of the collection from different locations.

“Box No. 1” is a functional set of homemade instruments that bears testimony to a besieged composer’s desire to continue creating music alone, amidst a time of terrible upheaval and conflict.

The recreated sounds of these instruments take us from a solitary apartment in a Baltic town to the warm seas of Indonesia.

‘A gong chime through Dainava pines’ is a 25-minute broadcast conversation that takes a leap of imagination, picking apart the fragments of this original collector’s story and poetically restoring the artefacts to a former life through a curated combination of tape archives, contemporary field recordings and environmental simulations.

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Dyed in the Grain

Tuesday, 17th November

At 2pm today Italian sound artist Renato Rinaldi presents an audio diptych of field recording based works – ‘Dyed in the Grain’ and ‘Planta’ .

In Dyed in the Grain, all sounds are processed from recordings made during the manufacture of ceramic tiles at Florim plant in Sassuolo, Italy. Sounds come from a wide range of operations: from prime material collection to the hammering of the tile for the final test , passing through various types of presses, moulds, printers and ovens.Planta is a stereo reduction of a multichannel audio installation made to be listened in complete darkness.The piece is realised exclusively with sounds derived from the various activities and work flows that take place at the Planta quarry in Menarguens, Spain.

In Planta, the composition is based on the sounds of grains. Generally ‘grains’ are coarse particles such as sand, salt or seeds; food grains, the small, hard, fruits or the crops bearing those seeds. In Planta all the materials, as a result of a process, are in grains: stones, corn, olives, and even gold. The word ‘grain’ has a plethora of meanings and most of those, in one way or another, to me are connected with the flow of time.

https://soundcloud.com/renato-rinaldi

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Conversations

Tuesday, 17th November

At 10pm tonight US artist, Brandon Locher presents an epic 3-hour longform radio work – ‘Conversations’.

‘Conversations’ is a collection of telephone recordings consisting of one single serial chain of phone calls from each of the 50 United States. On hearing no-one at the other end of the line the initial confused answerer is recorded and then used to playback in a new call to another randomized receiver. That person’s response is then taped and played back for another confused recipient, over and over, State to State… This generative process of calling and recording residential telephone numbers began in Minnesota in 2016. Four years later it is halfway to completion with all 50 States. 

If you missed this show you can also find it on Ubuweb

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Stain

Tuesday, 17th November

At 9pm tonight:

Stain is a solo radio play written, composed and performed by artist Conor Baird. The piece explores an acutely personal relationship to various fluids and viscosities (biological and inanimate) by recalling real fragmented memoirs that travel through time, addressing the specific environments and experiences surrounding such fluids.  

These confrontations of uneasiness, intimacies and violence hope to release and purify a new lived body from shame and contamination. Initially staged as a visual piece of theatre throughout 2019, Stain has now been reformed into sound and radio.

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Electronic Drone Choir

Tuesday, 17th November

At 7pm today:

NYX EDC is a collaborative drone choir and otherworldly electric chorus, re-embodying live electronics and extended vocal techniques. 

Tonight they present an hour long mixtape made specifically for Radiophrenia from the outtakes and unused materials from a new collaborative work ‘Mutualism’. The full version of this project is a 360 video and music piece to be released in early 2021. 

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Navel Gazing

Tuesday, 17th November

At 6:30pm this evening Kirsty Hendry presents ‘Navel Gazing’.

Ruminating on ‘gut feelings’ Navel Gazing considers how the body is simultaneously thought to communicate essential truths but that this communication is inherently suspect and not to be trusted. Developed through research into the history of ventriloquism at the Harry Price Archives, Navel Gazing uses the idea of belly speaking—which was not originally an entertainer’s trick but rather a rumbling sort of prophetic internal speech—to explore the ways we understand and articulate our bodies. Workshopped through performance exercises with Aby Watson and Joe Howe, Navel Gazing explores science’s predilection for fiction—weaving together personal narrative, archival materials, and contemporary research linking the gut to mental health.

You can visit Kirsty’s current exhibition of the same name at Collective Gallery’s Hillside space in Edinburgh by appointment up until the 22nd November.

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A Day in the Life

Tuesday, 17th November:

At 4pm today – ‘A Day in the Life’ with Paragon Music. Artists from Paragon’s Horizons programme invite you to experience their audio worlds and explore the spaces and places that make up a day. This work for radio brings together music, poetry, found sounds and conversations recorded from various locations in Scotland. Paragon Music is an inclusive arts company inspiring people to create and perform their own music and dance. Two important principles within music – equality and inclusion – guide our work, creating inclusive music, dance and performance opportunities that inspire and empower. Paragon creates environments where people from all walks of life and with a wide range of additional support needs, can come together, develop new skills, meet new friends and discover their true potential through dance and music. Paragon’s work is facilitated by highly trained inclusive arts professionals, and has been delivered online since March 2020.

https://www.paragon-music.org/