Essential Blends

Back in December I was pleased to have been interviewed by Adriana Minu for the Essential Blends podcast. The interview covers many different areas of my arts practice including how I got involved with radio, working with found tapes and the origins of how I first began working with sound.

The podcast episode is now available online here.

Essential Blends is a podcast created by University of Glasgow music researchers Adriana Minu and Kevin Leomo. The podcast aims to bring forward other artist practitioners from various disciplines, both within and outwith academia, in order to uncover some possibilities of practice that others might find inspiring in a conversational and informal format.

Sitting in a Room (Because of Covid 19)

In April 2020, Yanik Miossec et Jérôme Noetinger invited 20 artists, among the twenty countries most affected by the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (in terms of number of contaminations as of March 31, 2020) to participate in an interpretation of the Alvin Lucier composition, ‘I am sitting in a room’. Sitting in 20 different rooms in 20 different countries, 20 artists recorded their own voices and then re-re-recorded the voices of each of the other so that by the end of the process everyone’s voice had passed through the rooms of each other. Under lockdown conditions it was proposed as a means of contaminating speech without risking our health.

After almost two years this lockdown interpretation of the classic Alvin Lucier piece is now available online.

Sitting In a Room (Because of Covid 19) is a “pay as you wish” Bandcamp release with all proceeds going to French charity ‘Secours Populaire’ – an organisation helping people in need of food, clothes and education.

Nicolas Collins, Maria Auriemma, Yan Jun, Marta Sainz, Andrea Neumann, Anne-Julie Rollet, Bani Khoshnoudi, Mark Vernon, Delphine Reist, Hankil Ryu, Frans de Waard, Angelica Castello, Floris Wanhoof, Eda Er, Eric Normand, David Maranha, Guroe Moe, Miyuki Jokiranta, Claudia Mader, Eran Sachs.

You can listen or download the individual pieces or the whole project here.

Recomposing the World

Last month saw the publication of the longest interview I’ve ever given courtesy of the good folks at ‘Fifteen Questions’. The format for each guest is a series of 15 set questions.

You can read this epic in depth interview online here.

Fifteen Questions is an online music magazine about music itself. By talking to some of the leading artists of our time about their perspectives, processes and approaches, we aim at building an extensive archive documenting one of music’s most turbulent and exciting eras.

Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media Festival

A bit short notice this but for anyone in Glasgow or the vicinity there is a free concert tonight at the University of Glasgow concert hall. The event is organised by GLEAM and starts at 7pm. It features performances and work by Helena Celle, Mark Vernon, Sebastian Lexer, Iain Findlay Walsh and Ruth Campbell, Steven David Myles, Stevie Jones, Sleeper Self and Bowen Wu.

Creative Practice Research in Music presents:
GLEAM – Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media Festival – Winter 2022
7pm, Wednesday 23rd November
Free – all welcome!

GLEAM is back for an event focussing on creative audio practice and sound design.

Live performances and fixed media work from:
+HELENA CELLE (Otherworld, Anxiety, Herbert Powell, Night School, Kit Records)
+MARK VERNON (Glistening Examples, Kye, Meagre Resource, Radiophrenia)
+SEBASTIAN LEXER (Another Timbre, Matchless)

For this event we’re delighted to present performances by the amazing Helena Celle and Mark Vernon, alongside work by postgraduate students and staff at the University of Glasgow. We think Helena Celle and Mark Vernon are exemplars in a broad and expansive field of transformative, inquiring creative audio practice, and we are privileged to be able to invite them here.

More details here.

Sound Postcards from the Centre of the Periphery

I’m proud to announce the release of a brand new collaborative project with Manja Ristić – ‘Sound Postcards from the Centre of the Periphery’.

We made this 13-track journey around the sounds and sonic histories of the island of Korčula in Croatia. In addition to our own field recordings, we were given access to the audio archives of the local radio station, including recordings of folk customs, traditional songs, dances and music.

The self released album is available as a download through Bandcamp here.

The album has been receiving a lot of radio airplay including plays on Late Junction, the Fog Cast on Resonance 104.4 FM and Cashmere radio in Berlin.

Noise Extra

Following a live appearance at the LUFF festival in Switzerland in October I was asked to give an interview for an ‘on location’ edition of the Noise Extra podcast by Greh Holger who was also performing at the festival as Hive Mind.

This episode also includes interviews with festival organisers Francisco Meirino and Thibault Walter and extreme sonic experimentalist Dave Phillips.

You can listen to the episode ‘On Location at LUFF 2022’ here.

Archéologie Sonore

The radio work, ‘Sheet Erosion: Archéologie Sonore Volume 3: Brest’ originally produced for Kunstradio will be broadcast on the show ‘Histoires d’Ondes’ on Jet FM on the 17th November.

The programme will be aired at 17.00 (CET) on Jet 91.2 FM in Nantes / DAB and online here.

Partituras de Escucha

The 8-channel work ‘Permea’ (created during a residency at EMS in Stockholm) will be presented at the event ‘Partituras de Escucha’ in the Recoleta district of Santiago, Chile on the 17th November at 10pm.

It is part of a programme of works that will be diffused across a multi-channel sound system in an underground water reservoir as part of the wider ‘Espacios Resonantes’ festival.

More details here.

Phonurgia Nova

Phonurgia Nova, IRCAM / The Pompidou Centre, Paris, 4th November, 3:15pm – 7pm.

I’m very excited to have been shortlisted for the sound art category of this year’s Phonurgia Nova Prize.

The public listening event is free and takes place at IRCAM / The Pompidou Centre in Paris on the 4th November from 3:15pm.

It’s an amazing selection of works so if you happen to be in Paris please do go along and listen.

More details here.

Framework: Afield – A World Behind This World

An expanded version of my recent album ‘A World Behind This World’ was featured as a full episode of Framework: Afield earlier this month (Eden Jolly at the furnace of SSW pictured).

Framework began broadcasting in June, 2002 on the newly reformed Resonance 104.4fm in London. The show now airs on twelve radio stations around the world, with regular new additions to its broadcast family, and streams and podcasts here on its own website.

Framework broadcasts two distinct alternating formats, a regular edition, constructed from contributions submitted by listeners and members of the field recording community, and framework:afield, a guest-curated series produced by artists from all corners of the globe and based on their own themes, concepts or recordings. Framework sees radio and the ability to broadcast as an important tool for any self-sustaining community, a way for it to communicate with its own members and with the world at large, a simultaneous staking of territory and invitation in. To quote the text that opens every edition of framework, open your ears and listen!

A World Behind This World is a composed soundscape created from sounds recorded on location at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas. Depending on how you look at it – this is either an expanded version of the album released on Persistence of Sound earlier this year – or a condensed version of the original two-and-a-half-hour longform broadcast produced for Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s radio station, Lumsden Live in 2021.

In addition to sounds of the rural environment – recordings of various machines, equipment and processes from the workshop feature heavily. ‘Performed’ by technician, Eden Jolly, sound sources include the copper guillotine, extractor fans, electrical saws, drills, the furnace, welding torches, anvils, hydraulic jacks, sanding machines, grinders and electric hoists. The piece also features a recurring refrain made from the eerie sounds of the wood pellet burner that kept me awake for most of the night when I was staying on site.

The programme is now archived for online listening here.