South Asia PhoNographic Mornings
Pleased to present the latest track from a digital album in progress – South Asia PhoNographic Mornings
from the Each Morning of the World
project produced by Stéphane Marin
. A new track is broadcast every Sunday until December when the final album will be released. You can listen to the current album so far or the previous six complete seasons here.
’Serendib Stirs’ is composed from recordings I made across Sri Lanka in 2013. The piece imagines different scenes in a variety of locations across the country as both the natural and manmade world slowly spring into life: from birds and insects to factories, markets, transport and the sounds of worship.
Recording locations include Udawalawe National Park, the rail crossing at Wewalgoda Road and the bus station in Hikkaduwa, the Handunugoda tea estate, The Pettah Market and Sri Subramaniam Kovil in Colombo, the Kandyan Arts Association in Kandy and train journeys from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa and Hikkaduwa to Colombo.
All proceeds will be donated to the WFAE (World Forum for Acoustic Ecology).
“Join me tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock (on your way to work) when my guest for “At Home With Tony Morris” is Glasgow artist Mark Vernon. These interviews are always an education for me, and this one is no exception. It is difficult to sum up Mark’s activities and achievements: musician, performer, curator, anthropologist, experimental thinker. For me, over the last 18 months, nobody has produced music of more beauty.”
Listen on Threads Radio.
Delve into Mark’s Bandcamp page here:
I’m very pleased to be this months guest on the infamous radio show hosted by the talented Tony Morris:
Here is the tracklist for the programme:
Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.
John Pilipenko – (a private home recording)
Mark Vernon – Cracked Shell
Mark Vernon – Magneto Mori – Kilfinane
Mark Vernon – The Lost Resort
Coil – Broccoli
Neil Norman and His Cosmic Orchestra – One Step Beyond
Johnny Hiway – Hoyry Klub Life
Joe Meek – Preliminary sketch for Telstar
Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You?
Toshiya Tsunoda – Inside of a Pipe
Ray King – Sink Symphony
Mark Vernon – Hot Water Tap
Felix Kubin – Hello
The Caretaker – Untitled (Selected Memories from the Haunted Ballroom)
Gregory Whitehead – The Problem With Bodies
New cassette tape out now on Flaming Pines. Limited edition of 100 pro printed and dubbed J-card tapes in rust orange. Buy now from Bandcamp
This album focuses on a derelict and abandoned holiday resort at Laem Thian bay on the east coast of the island of Koh Tao in Thailand. The resort is situated in a small cove that is only accessible on foot via an overgrown path and a walk of several miles. There are signs of vandalism; graffiti decorates the walls, the remains of campfires, broken glass and other detritus litter the floors – but traces of the previous occupants also remain. Children’s toys, kitchenware, hand written notes, menus, mattresses, a plastic telephone and four cassette tapes – rusty, caked in sand, weather damaged and corroded by the humid salty sea air. Back at home these tapes were prised apart and transplanted into new cassette shells to salvage the audio from them. This piece is composed from excerpts of the recordings found on the tapes along with field recordings taken on site, the journeys there and back and audio rips from video clips uploaded by other travellers who came across this same location.
The haunting quality of this place left a deep impression on me. The sense of isolation and abandonment it engendered was in stark contrast to the rest of the island, and indeed the rest of Thailand as I experienced it. This feeling stayed with me and in some way it permeated the rest of my stay in the country. It is that feeling that I wanted to convey through this work. The impetus behind this project has been less objective documentation and more a form of sonic time travel. A document of a place that no longer exists.
Made with support from the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund and Sound and Music’s Francis Chagrin Award. Developed during the Hospitalfield Summer Residency 2017.
I’m excited to have been asked to produce an exclusive ‘soundtrack’ for Ears Have Ears on FBI radio in Sydney. The show will air from 9-11pm AEST (12-2pm GMT) on Thursday 27th June on FBI radio 94.5FM in the Sydney area or you can listen live online here.
‘Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror’
is based around a found voice recording from a Dictaphone micro-cassette bought at a car boot sale in the east end of Glasgow. It continues a series of works that marry found recordings from the past with contemporary field recordings of the same location to accrue sedimentary layers of time and blur chronologies.
On one side, the tape documents the dissolution of a relationship and the aftermath of the separation in a series of text message exchanges read aloud into the Dictaphone for some purpose unknown. Equally puzzling, on the reverse side, the same voice lists a mundane catalogue of company vans and their contact details observed whilst driving down the motorway.
I will be performing a new live piece at the Old Hairdressers on the 29th May as part of a special event featuring AWOTT, Conspirators of Pleasure and Pavel V.
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow
8pm, Wednesday 29th May
Tickets £8 Advance or £10 on the door
Tickets and further details here.
Awott are an experimental postindustrial synth group form Moscow, “Awott – the Liberator, protects those who recognize it. AWOTT is ether, air, fire, water and earth. All the physical desires are satisfied through it. Knows 64 Rithms, AWOTT gifts joy to the Creator. It is pure transcendental Note and timeless. Universal for any age, shapes, size and heights. Everybody loves and respects.”
Conspirators of Pleasure were formed in 2012 by Poulomi Desai (ex Dead Jalebies) and Simon Underwood (founder member of post punk band The Pop Group). They are an improvising duo that seek to bend all the rules, question the sacred, create extraordinary soundscape performances and self-regulating sonic systems, using modified and prepared instruments. Part of their unusual musical armoury includes a prepared sitar, sonically twisted stylophones, prepared bass, modified toys, resurrected radios and visually scarred slide projections. Their compositions explore experimental terrains, twisting technology to transform organic sounds into eerie calls that flow from intense waves of abrasive, noisy, chaos invoking industrial nostalgia, to structured pulsating rhythms, to melancholic, microtonal drones.
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow-based artist whose work exists on the fringes of sound art, music and broadcasting. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with the intimacy of the radio voice, environmental sound, obsolete media and the re-appropriation of found recordings. He incorporates these diverse elements into radiophonic compositions for broadcast, fixed media and live performances.
Pavel V is plays guitar through enough FX to sink a battleship.
Disrupted loops and fuzz make his guitar sound like throbbing gristle.
Magneto Mori: Vienna
Produced by Mark Vernon.
Kunstradio, ORF Ö1, 92.0 FM, Sunday, 10th February 2019, 23:00 – 0:00 CET.
The debut of a new radio production commissioned by Kunstradio will be aired on Sunday 10th February at 11pm European time, 10pm GMT.
Magneto Mori: Vienna is a fragmented sound portrait of the city constructed from found sounds, buried tapes and field recordings. In this de-composition sounds from Vienna’s past and present are conjoined in a stew of semi-degraded audiotape.
Using a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder sounds from around the city were recorded direct to tape over a two-day period. This tape was then cut into fragments and buried in a hole in the ground with a number of tacky souvenir ‘Vienna’ fridge magnets that erase the portions of the tape that they come into contact with. After several days steeped in the muddy earth of a Viennese garden the remaining audio fragments were exhumed, washed, dried and spliced back together in random order. The deliberate distressing and erosion of these present-day recordings results in artificially degraded sounds that fast-forward the effects of time, disrupting the perceived chronology of this audio matter. During the tapes interment old cassette, Dictaphone and reel-to-reel tapes were gathered from local flea markets and additional field recordings were made around the city. The addition of these found sounds stretches the timescale from just the short period spent making location recordings to as far back as fifty years into the past. All of these elements provided the raw materials for a radiophonic composition that represents a portrait of Vienna in both place and time; an archaeological excavation of found sounds, lost fragments, buried memories and magnetic traces. Presented here are the sounds that endured…
This project has been supported through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding Programme.