Folded Wing Listening Post

672-600-1For an insight into my radio listening habits check out the Folded Wing Listening Post – a top-five list of radio selections from a different  guest producer each week. Past editions have included Felix Kubin, Anna Ramos, Michael Umney and Eleanor McDowall. My nomination for the following weeks post is Parisian sound and radio art duo Dinah Bird and Jean-Philippe Renoult.

Circular Thinking at Full of Noises

workshop cropA weekend of new music and sound art, 31st July – 2nd August, 2015.

Various venues around Barrow-in Furness.

As part of the FON festival 2015 Mark Vernon & Jenn Mattinson premiere a new multi-channel work created for The Hub – an open-air ambisonic sound system in Workington town centre. Over the past year they have collected interviews and field recordings pertaining to circular processes, circuits, loops and all manner of rotating things throughout the region of Cumbria. The material used in the composition of the piece includes recordings of a potters wheel, a launderette, wind turbines, speedway races, a water mill, bicycle wheels, a clock restorer and a tour of the Cranston’s sausage factory where they make the famous spiralled Cumberland ring sausages. This first incarnation of the piece will be diffused through the ‘Hear This Space’ sound system in a specially arranged quadrophonic mix.

Saturday, 1st August, 15:00, Art Gene main gallery space.

Domestic Weather on Kunstradio and WGXC

QSL Card Tornado 300dpiDomestic Weather is the latest programme in the ‘Climactic Climate’ series curated by Wave Farm and commissioned by ORF Kunstradio – Radiokunst. Produced by Mark Vernon, the programme features interviews with members of Glasgow’s West Of Scotland Amateur Radio Society (WOSARS) and will be aired on:

Sunday, 31st May, 2015, 11pm – 11.55pm (10pm – 10.55pm GMT) on ORF1, Kunstradio, Vienna.

Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 11am – 12pm (6am – 7am GMT) on WGXC 90.7 FM in the Greene and Columbia counties, USA.

To listen live to WGXC online follow the instructions here

“Can this cold weather possibly be caused by the wireless waves which, I understand, travel at 186,000 miles per second? You see, if the ether waves travel at such a prodigious speed through the air, they surely must create quite a stir and a draught, especially as I understand that they pass through, and not round the house.”

(from Technical Talks To ‘Listeners’, Popular Wireless, Jan 5th,1924)

Domestic Weather is a parallel exploration of radio transmissions as carriers of meteorological data and the effects of weather on the propagation of radio signals. Through a series of interviews ham radio operators describe the positive and negative effects that atmospheric conditions have on their broadcasts. Their voices are interwoven with examples of meteorological information conveyed through radio such as weather, shipping and aviation forecasts and transmissions intercepted from Radiosondes – small weather probes that are sent into the atmosphere by balloon. Also interspersed throughout the programme are a number of ‘Domestic Weather’ experiments. Using household appliances as analogies of various weather conditions, real audio recordings of weather are micro-broadcast to small radios inside or in the vicinity of these devices with the resulting duet recorded – for example, the sound of a tornado coming from inside a tumble dryer, heavy rain in the shower or howling winds alongside a hairdryer – thus drawing attention to the micro-climate of our own domestic environment.

Special thanks to Gavin Mitchell and all members of the West Of Scotland Amateur Radio Society.

Supported by Creative Scotland.

Radiophrenia 87.9FM – coming soon!

CCkDQfLW4AEMX6F cropRadiophrenia is a temporary art radio station exploring current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting from the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Radiophrenia aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging experimental approaches to the medium not catered for by mainstream stations.

The schedule features live shows and pre-recorded features, the majority of which are comprised of selections submitted to an international open call for sound and radio works including soundscapes, spoken word, documentary, drama, radio experiments, found sound and some radical new programme ideas. The broadcasts will also include a series of specially commissioned ‘live-to-air’ pieces from a mix of local and international artists.  Selected artists have been asked to respond to the unique circumstances of creating a work that is simultaneously a live performance and a radio broadcast, reflecting the fact that there will be an audience present in the theatre in addition to an unseen audience of listeners at home. Commissioned artists include; Felix Kubin, The Resonance Radio Orchestra, Shelly Nadashi, Peter Lanceley, Kathryn Elkin, Nichola Scrutton, Julia Scott, Elizabeth Veldon and Jim Colquhoun.

Performances will take place at 7pm daily in CCA 5. Each of these events is free and open to the public. Free but ticketed: Tickets available from CCA Box Office.

Radiophrenia will be broadcasting 24 hours a day, 13th – 19th April on 87.9 fm and streaming online

Supported by Creative Scotland.

New CD on 3LEAVES – now available

3L032 front cover proposalThings That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calm is a 54-minute composed soundscape created from field recordings made in Sri Lanka by Mark Vernon in 2013. The work was the result of a six-week residency at Sura Medura, Hiikaduwa on the South West coast of the country. The CD is released by the Hungarian label 3Leaves and includes a beautiful 12-page colour booklet in a black die-cut card sleeve designed by Ákos Garai.

The residency was supported by UZ Arts and Creative Scotland.

Things That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calm is available either from the 3Leaves webshop – or from BandCamp.

“…The effect on the listener is like watching a documentary film of Sri Lanka which suddenly changes, for example shifting into negative or over-exposed stock, multiple exposures, unusual lens filters, focus settings…disrupting the sense of temporal continuity we’ve enjoyed thus far, and demanding that we now appreciate this experience as pure sound. But it also passes on a very dream-like effect. It’s as though Vernon himself were hallucinating about Sri Lanka, and passing his strange visions into the sound. Hardly five minutes of Clamour for Calm passes by without one of these uncanny time-shifts taking over, transporting us into a bizarre, slightly menacing, impression, an impression of a country (or an entire world) that never existed.”

Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector.

A version of this work was also featured recently on framework:afield. Listen here:


Hideous Porta

HP14_02(1)HP14 | Saturday 17.01.15 | 17.00 – 23:00
Apiary Studios | 458 hackney road London E2 9EG

Lucio Capece
Mark Vernon
Luke Poot & Duncan Harrison
Ben Gwilliam
Daniel Kordik & Edward Lukas

Advance tickets

More details at Hideous Porta

No Line No Wave – exhibition

Scarf C3‘No Line No Wave’ is an exhibition of scarves designed by artists including: Mark Vernon, Tony Swain, Ian Balch, Fiona Jardine, Laurence Figgis, Briggs & Cole and more. The limited edition collection of scarves was commissioned by Briggs & Cole especially for this exhibition.

The pavement gallery is situated at Graven Images HQ, 175 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1RU. Please note that the exhibition is available to view from the street but private appointments and viewing times will resume from Monday 5th January until Friday 30th January 2015. Opening Times Mon-Fri 4-6pm or by appointment by calling +44 (0)7897474772 or via

More details can be found here here

image: Isarithmic tape edit by Mark Vernon

Broadcast from Wave Farm on WGXC

WGXCOn Saturday, 4th October from 4 – 6pm Mark Vernon will be presenting a 2-hour show on WGXC 90.7FM which will include the preview of  the his new broadcast work ‘Audiology for Beginners’. The programme is a playful look at the idea of an over the air hearing test and all that this might entail. This broadcast is the culmination of a short residency at the Wave Farm study centre which is situated in the Northern foothills of the Catskill Mountain Park, New York state.

Saturday, 4th October, 16.00 – 18.00 (21.00 – 23.00 GMT)

Tune in on: WGXC 90.7 FM in the Greene and Columbia counties.

To listen live online follow the instructions here

Supported by Creative Scotland.




The Dividing Line – film screening

river 11The Dividing Line (2014) – an outdoor film screening as part of the It’s All About the River film festival.

7.00pm, Thursday, 2nd October, 2014.
Free entry
(45 mins)

Commissioned in collaboration with socially engaged art programme Take A Part The Dividing Line is a portrait of a specific riverside community and their complex historical ties with the Navy. Barne Barton is a former MOD housing estate: a community suffering from high deprivation, isolated from the rest of Plymouth and cut off from the river by the naval base and MOD owned shoreline. In The Dividing Line, Glasgow based sound artist, Mark Vernon, uses the voices of those living in the area, archive film and spectacular aerial footage of the Tamar to explore these issues. The film celebrates the people, community spirit, green spaces and naval heritage of a remarkably situated housing estate.

Also screening as part of this event is Launch, by the Amber Collective, featuring classic archive material from the Newcastle docks.

The screening of The Dividing Line will be preceded by a debate exploring the issues raised by the film.

The Dividing Line (2014) – a film by Mark Vernon – is commissioned by the River Tamar Project and Take-A-Part. It was made from archive footage sourced from the South West Film and Television Archive with editing and additional footage shot by James Ellwood of Fotonow.



Remote Performances

tumblr_n8rd7uOIMM1teguc5o1_1280Remote Performances: radio art broadcasts from Outlandia

Remote Performances is a collaboration between artists London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm, the world’s first art radio station. For one week in August 2014, 20 specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents will be broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland – which provide a timely reflection on contemporary ideas of remoteness, capturing and transmitting creative interactions with the land, its history and people and the tensions between nature, industry, tourism and heritage.

Artists: Bram Thomas Arnold | Atlas Arts | Ruth Barker | Ed Baxter (with Resonance Radio Orchestra) | Johny Brown (with Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn) | Clair Chinnery | Adam Dant | Tam Dean Burn | Benedict Drew | Alec Finlay (with Ken Cockburn) | Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson | Kirsteen Davidson Kelly |Sarah Kenchington | Lisa O’Brien | Lee Patterson | Michael Pedersen (with Ziggy Campbell) | Geoff Sample | Mark Vernon | Parl Kristian Bjorn Vester (aka Goodiepal) | Tracey Warr | Tony White

Broadcasting on Resonance 104.4FM, August 4th-9th, 2014, 12-4pm.

The Sound of Lochaber is a six-part series on Resonance FM for Remote Performances produced by Mark Vernon and London Fieldworks. The series is broadcast daily at 12pm from the Outlandia studio in the foothills of Ben Nevis.

To catch up with previous episodes of The Sound of Lochaber you can listen here:

Episode 1: The Gathering

Episode 2: The Angel’s Share

Episode 3: Highland Games

Episode 4: Songlines

Episode 5: The Jacobite

Episode 6: Distillation


Supported by Creative Scotland.