St Columb Major – transmission received
A new piece created in response to ‘Short Waves / Long Distance’ – an open call for works exploring the sonics of the shortwave radio spectrum (2-30 mHz), and the experience of long distance listening. It is one of 15 works selected for inclusion in the Short Waves / Long Distance program in association with the North American Shortwave Association and Wave Farm. The piece will debut during David Goren’s Shortwave Shindig held at the Winter SWLFest on Friday March 3, 2017. This program will also be broadcast live worldwide on shortwave 11pm-1 am EDT/0300-0600 UTC on 6855 khz via WRMI, and on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM.
‘St Columb Major – transmission received’ is composed entirely from a 20-minute scan through the shortwave band of a 1970’s Grundig Yachtboy 210 radio recorded several years ago in the village of St. Columb Major in Cornwall, England.
Free launch event for issue 57 of The Drouth, Scotland’s leading quarterly literary magazine. Pick up a copy of the magazine and enjoy presentations from some of our contributors and live music from Mark Vernon and Cucina Povera. The Communal Leisure crew will be on the decks. More details here
Tuesday, 31st January, 20:00–23:00
Glasgow School of Art, 20 Scott Street, G3 6PE Glasgow.
Guest edited by Elodie Roy and Stewart Smith, this issue, subtitled “Resonance”, has a musical theme, with a particular focus on underground sounds from Glasgow and Scotland.
Contributors include Frances Morgan, Jon Dale, Francis McKee, Claire Biddles, Laurence Estanove, Mark Vernon, Communal Leisure & Silja Strom.
Cucina Povera is the alter-ego of Fenno-karelian producer Maria Rossi. She makes songs about food, precarity and serendipitous ephemera. Beautiful and singular music from the vibrant Glasgow underground.
Mark Vernon is a sound artist and radio producer. His projects include the experimental radio platform Radiophrenia and 2016’s highly acclaimed Lend An Ear Leave A Word LP, released on Graham Lambkin’s Kye label.
Jason Lescalleet with support from Mark Vernon + DJ’s
Sunday November 6th
Doors 8.30 pm, £5 entry
A rare opportunity to see master of tape composition Jason Lescalleet in Scotland. Not to be missed! We’ve even had commemorative plates made – it’s going to be that special.
Dead Air Spaces – a new live radio performance for Radio Revolten’s EBU Tuesday
Tuesday, 25th October, 8pm (7pm GMT) – Free
Radio Revolten Club
Halle (Saale), 06108 Deutschland
Listen live on the FM frequency 99.3 MHz in Halle, reaching further afield on the MW frequency 1575 kHz, and for the online livestream visit radiorevolten.net
Dead Air Spaces is a new radio work that explores one of the most basic but vital of our bodily functions – breathing. It includes interviews with diving instructors, a singer, an organist and a yoga teacher and recordings of breathing exercises, snoring, pneumatic tube systems, purring cats, suction units and scuba-divers along with mechanical processes analogous to the human respiratory system such as church organs, bellows and hospital ventilators. The piece also incorporates the use of bi-nasal microphones, a balloon repurposed as an artificial lung and variety of pipes, tubes, whistles and other apparatus played live.
A ‘dead air space’ in diving terminology, refers to air that doesn’t play a part in the gas exchange with the lungs; air left over in the snorkel, regulator or even the throat containing greater levels of carbon dioxide.
More details on this event here.
Mark Vernon – Lend An Ear, Leave A Word (Kye records – Kye 44)
Audio Archaeology series Vol.1: Lisbon
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.
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.
BBC Radio 3 presents Exposure Glasgow with Verity Sharp.
The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, Friday 23 September, 8pm (doors at 7.30)
Verity Sharp hosts a night of live performances showcasing local new music, with performances from:
Daniel Padden & the Low Ensemble
Free tickets available from bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/
You can hear the full programme on BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on Thursday, 29th September. Listen on 90.2 – 92.4 FM in the UK or on BBC Radio 3 online here.
The programme will also be archived on the Radio 3 site for 28 days here.
Nichola Scrutton has curated an online radio programme of Glasgow soundscapes for WebSYNradio in France. The programme plays on repeat 24-hours a day for the duration of the broadcast and includes one of the very first soundscape pieces I ever made ‘Non-Members Night Out’. You can tune in between 16th – 30th June here: http://synradio.fr/
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.
I will be appearing as a guest on Resonance FM’s Making Conversations show on Tuesday, 13th October at 4pm.
“Through this radio series Professor Andrew Prescott of the University of Glasgow and writer and curator Bronac Ferran explore with leading artists, makers, scholars and craftsmen how digital methods are transforming the intersection between making, materiality and practice in different media and art forms. Sound is increasingly emerging as a material for use by makers. How does sound compare to the other media in which artists and makers work? In this conversation, Professor Andrew Prescott explores these issues with the sound artist and radio producer Mark Vernon”.
The series is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Digital Transformations’ theme.