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PANDEMIC ZOOM CLASS PODCASTS

In ‘buffer zones’ at various times in the schedule.

During May 2020 Māpura Studios, a creative space for people living with disability & diversity, had to take its programs online due to the Covid 19 lockdown. These recordings of some of those classes capture the students & tutors adapting to the situation. Connecting through conversation and a mask making project, we shared artworks, ideas, poetry & music. Wrestling with technical issues, bad connections & scary times they stayed in touch & kept each other company.  

Recorded & Edited by Stefan Neville.

All sounds made by struggling internet connections & the people on the end of them.

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Faràn

Wednesday, 11th November:

At 9am today Una Lee presents Faràn

This work of audio storytelling depicts the fictional myth of an island (Faràn) in five monologues, conceived as an ode to the phenomenon of ‘tide’. The monologues are quasi accompanied by five pieces of music each of which takes inspiration from different seascapes created by varying states of the tide. Each composition is led by a specific imagery of sea alluded to in the respective monologue. For the storyline, Una has drawn from diverse folklores and traditions such as Breton, Korean, Torajan and Mexican, representing some of the ways in which these cultures deal with tide and/or death.

Image by Richard Davis

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Cobblestones and Kitchari

Tuesday, 10th November:

At 9pm tonight Paul Nataraj explores loss, grief, family and love in ‘Cobblestones and Kitchari’.

Paul began writing the piece in January 2013, the month before his father died and it was eventually completed in 2020. The work is presented as a continuous narrative exploring places and events from his life, through childhood, his father’s illness and unexpected death. Each of the works included are produced from sounds connected to his father and his immediate UK and extended Indian family. The individual sections are expressions of sonic memory, audio testimony and the shifts in the perceptions of those memories over time. . As well as being a portrait of a family, this work also explores transnationalism, and minority identity formation and is in many ways an ethnographic study through the prism of sound. This work is an exploration of the transitory points of listening and how they change and change us over time.  Acts of listening and creating memory are in constant flux, not fixed. Making memory and identity formation is dynamic, non-generic and a labile process especially through traumatic times. It is the merging of spaces, places and objects, it is skewed repetition, it is voices unremembered, fragile and moving, timbres rather than words, one sided conversation, echoes and the liminal intersections of dreams, perception, reality and emotion – it is not just one song.  These memories coalesce around words, move across worlds and drift as people, either absent or present, adding to the layers we accrue over time. They become the threads in the fabric of who we are and the practice of our everyday lives. Movements, re-tellings, gestures, and their concomitant sounds both recorded and transient, rest in these liminal spaces, and maybe that’s where this should be heard. 

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Second Hand Third Eye

Tuesday, 10th November:

At 4pm today:

Carlo Patrão presents ‘Second Hand Third Eye’ – a radio collage that mixes themes related to self-image, consciousness, perception, existentialism, media theory, and other dimensions. The creative process for this piece started with a survey of academic literature anchored on selfhood and a compilation of terms orbiting the construct of self. This list of keywords was the starting point for creating a dedicated archive of over one thousand voice samples from radio and tv shows from the 1950s to the present day. Often contradictory, non-sensical, or meta-referential, these samples come together in a collective search for meaning, both local and cosmic.

This radio piece was initially commissioned by People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) as part of her exhibition First Person, Fourth Wall at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY.

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Synthesizer and portastudio: their roles in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation struggle

Tuesday, 10th November:

At 10am today:

Cathy Lane presents ‘Synthesizer and portastudio: their roles in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation struggle.’

“In 1986 I was invited to set up a music development project with the cultural troupes of the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front or TPLF. Our brief was extremely vague….We spent six months in the remote Kaza valley in Northern Ethiopia, working with the cultural troupes working to notate their music; arrange traditional Tigrayan music for modern electric instruments and to record and produce their work. In 2019 we returned to Tigray and met up with some of pour former students to find out what had happened to both the liberation struggle and the legacy of the Gureza music school”.

Cathy Lane is a composer, sound artist and academic. Her work uses spoken word, field recordings and archive material to explore aspects of our listening relationship with each other and the multiverse. She is currently focused on how sound relates to the past, our histories, environment and our collective and individual memories from a feminist perspective.

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Brékkek Kékkek Kékkek Kékkek! Kóax Kóax Kóax! Ualu Ualu Ualu! Quaouauh!

Monday, 9th November:

At 4:30pm today Rainbowpeel 475.13 present “As we there are”

The long night of Finnegans Wake is back again. ‘As we there are’ is a musical narration of passages of chapter 2.2 in 4 voices, using instruments, objects, tape recorder and electroacoustic sounds to create a faithfully unfaithful re-narration of the story. In this chapter also known as “night studies”, the central text is constantly interrupted by sides and foot notes, making the reading a disorienting experience.

For the 2020 edition of Radiophrenia Rainbowpeel 475.13 made a re-mix of a recent performance that took place at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven on the birthday of James Joyce. Rainbowpeel 475.13 is a Dutch Belgian band devoted to reading and translating Finnegans Wake into music, consisting of Mariana Lanari and Sjoerd Leijten.

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Radiophrenia Re-Design

A big thank you to Oliver Pitt for the striking new design, posters and theme for this years broadcasts – and to David Fulford of Blackhill Creative for the entire new website re-design.

The posters will be popping up at various sites around the city over the next few weeks.

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Gegenströme

At the kind invitation of Counterflows and the Goethe Institute, Radiophrenia’s Mark Vernon and Barry Burns were invited to select a German artist to collaborate with on a new sound piece.

Having heard some of Berlin based sound and radio artist Antje Vowinckel’s exceptional works submitted to previous editions of Radiophrenia, they invited her to participate. All three artists share a passion for the possibilities of the medium of radio and a fascination for the rhythms and cadences of speech.

The resulting work should have been presented as part of Counterflows 2020 but unfortunately that was not to be. They are now working together on a longer term project for Counterflows 2021 but in the meantime Vernon & Burns in collaboration with Vowinckel have created an unorthodox sideways radiophonic portrait of the artist and her practice. The eccentric approach in the resultant audio collage is not intended as an accurate portrait of Vowinckel, more as an impressionistic overview with interventions and twists on the conventional form; thoughts and meditations on the act of purposeful listening and sound creation.

You can hear the piece and read more about the process on the Counterflows website here. It will also be broadcast on Radiophrenia at 10am on Friday, 20th November.