Mark Vernon – Lend An Ear, Leave A Word (Kye records – Kye 44)
Audio Archaeology series Vol.1: Lisbon
Available from: Kye (U.S.), Penultimate Press (UK), Infinite Limits (UK).
The pieces composed for this album combine field recordings of contemporary Lisbon with found tape recordings from the past; reel-to-reel tapes, micro-cassettes and Dictaphones collected from the Feira de Ladra market, a popular and lively flea market in the Alfama district.
Each tape recording is an audio snapshot of a specific time; a family album in sound, a musical performance, a compilation of treasured music or even just the fun of playing around with a tape recorder captured for posterity. Every thoughtless edit or push of the record button teleports us to a different time and place. The musical material extracted from the tapes is also an evocative signifier that locates it within a specific era. All of the pieces that make up the album explore one particular environment – the city of Lisbon. Field recordings by their very nature are time-based but the introduction of found tapes into the mix expands the timescale of these studies from just the short period spent in the city making recordings, backwards to possibly forty or more years in the past. It is a portrait in time and
place, an archaeology of sound. The result of the audio flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shores of low commerce in the flea markets of Lisbon.
Artwork: A Sense of Someplace / www.asenseofsomeplace.org
‘Lend an ear, leave a word’ arrives in a full color matte stock sleeve with insert and download card that features additional pieces left off the record due to time constraints of the LP format.
Mastered by Jason Lescalleet in an edition of 400.
Thursday, 14th April from 8pm. Tickets £7 available in advance or on the door.
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow
Mondo Vernon & Burns – A history of Mondo films viewed through the distorting lens of Vernon & Burns: a queasy combination of visual savagery with audio sweetness. A special one-off screening event as part of the Old Hairdressers Fantom Cinema. The film was edited by Vilte Vaitkute and features a narrated essay by Anna McLauchlan.
“A film so debased should not only be restricted to people over 18 years of age, it should also be rejected by anyone with a modicum of self-respect and by all nations that refuse contaminated and rotten merchandise.” – review of Mondo Cane by the Catholic Film Office of France
“I fear you will never persuade the Americans to like Jacopetti – they hate moral ambiguity and their black and white Protestantism clashes head on into the catholic relativism built into every frame of the Mondo Cane films.” – JG Ballard
“A catalogue of horrors…..a hymn to death and mutilation, embellished with a shrug and a giggle.” – Monthly Film Bulletin
Plus Joe Howe will present ‘Era Burp Mesh / Rumba Sphere / Re: Bum Phrase / Mr Rebus Heap’, which is an algorythmically sequenced re-edit of Kon Ichikawa’s 1956 anti-war film, The Burmese Harp made using Max MSP – and the human-machine music of Anneke Kampman.
Advance tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526484
For a special 6-hour long Resonance Extra Residency I have raided the radio archives of my hard drives to put together a selection of works old and new. There are some seasonal pieces as well as some things that had been gathering dust that I thought needed to see the light of day again. Works include: Christmas Rewind, Audiology for Beginners, The Vernon & Burns Hour, The Tonic Garden, plus more.
Broadcast: Friday, 18th December, 6pm – midnight.
Listen on DAB in the Brighton area or listen online here: https://extra.resonance.fm/
Resonance Extra is a pioneering new digital radio platform launched in December 2015, available on DAB to listeners in Central Brighton and online to the rest of the world. Dedicated foremost to the global artistic community and with a focus on long–form international music programming and sonic experimentation, Resonance Extra exists to mobilise diverse and emergent communities of sound artists, musicians, broadcasters, academics and expert curators.
Friday 9th October, 8.00pm.
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane.
As part of a night featuring music by Jewel of the Ear and Torsten Lauschmann, Vernon & Burns present a live musical with dead dummies that delves into the seedy underworld of East End gangsters in Vernon & Burns meet The Kray Twins.
For more details see here