The Tonic Garden on Framework radio

A special two-part edition of ‘The Tonic Garden – A Sonic Survey of Soothing Sounds’ will be featured on the Framework radio show on the 3rd and 17th November. The programme is part of the ‘Bedside Radio’ series originally produced as part of an 18-month digital arts residency at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. It was designed as an ambient radio piece with patients suffering from insomnia or tinnitus in mind. The programme was produced by Mark Vernon and features original music and field recordings created by Mark Vernon and Ian Middleton.

Framework began broadcasting in June, 2002 on  resonance 104.4fm in London. Framework is consecrated to field recording and it’s use in composition, the show now airs on nine radio stations around the world.

Sunday, 3rd November, 11pm on Resonance 104.4fm

Sunday, 17th November, 11pm on Resonance 104.4fm

The shows are archived online here


Derry Denatured

Derry Denatured – a new radiophonic soundscape work I have produced for Resonance FM’s Derry broadcasts will be aired for the first time tomorrow at 11am. For the City Of Culture 2013 celebrations Resonance FM in conjunction with VOID are presenting a programme of new radio, music and workshops. Tune in if you can on 106.4 FM in Derry, on 104.4 FM in London or online at


Framework Seasonal CD

The latest CD in the Framework Seasonal CD series is a compilation of location recordings from East Midlands tape recording clubs. The collection was edited and compiled for Framework by Mark Vernon and drawn from his personal archives. Framework is a radio show consecrated to the art of field recording that is syndicated across a network of stations around the world. The CD is available for a €20 donation and all proceeds go towards the running and upkeep of Framework. For more details or to order a copy please visit this link:

To celebrate the launch of the CD, Framework have dedicated a special edition of its Framework:Afield show to a radio documentary that follows the activities of the Leicester Tape Recording Club from its inception in 1959 to its demise in the early 1980s. The programme is archived here:


A Sense of Someplace

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, 6pm – 8pm Thursday June 13th, 2013

Please join us for the launch of  A Sense of Someplace – a publication of photomontages created during artist and photographer Lindsay Perth’s residency with NHS Forth Valley from 2011 until 2013. 

For the launch Mark Vernon will perform a live sound piece made from recordings of dreams he has collected from staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Themes and recurring motifs will be teased from the interview material, entwining voices with electronic sounds and processed field recordings to create a series of evocative dreamscapes.

Lights Out Listening Group

Wednesday, 5th June, 7.30pm, Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Rd, London, Greater London NW3 6DG

Wednesday, 12th June, 7.30pm, The Old Hairdressers, Opposite Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH

For a special one-off event Lights Out Listening Group has been invited to the Camden Arts Centre in London. That means there will be two events in the month of June including the regular Glasgow date at the Old Hairdressers.

Lights Out Listening Group is a unique listening event that takes place in almost complete darkness. The group was initiated by radio producer Monica Brown and sound artist Mark Vernon and has been running regular events in Glasgow since 2011. LOLG is looking for audio and radio work of all kinds for inclusion in their upcoming events. For more information on upcoming activities and details on how to submit work please visit the LOLG blog for more details.


Data for the Doubtful – new series on Resonance FM

A series of new radio programmes titled Data for the Doubtful  began on Resonance 104.4FM last week. The series continues throughout May and into June on Friday nights at 7pm. Listen to Resonance FM online here  – or click on individual programmes below for archived audio.

Friday 3rd May 7pm – 130 in 1 – More adventures with electronic circuits

Friday 10th May 7pm – Found Sound Bulletin Vol.1

Friday 17th May 7pm – Test Signal

Friday 24th May 7pm – Immediate Recall

Friday 31st May 7pm – Paper Cone Music

Friday 7th June7pm – The Empty Orchestra Machine

‘The Tonic Garden’ will also be aired on Resonance FM shortly – more details soon.

The Tonic Garden – a sonic survey of soothing sounds

The first programme in the ‘Bedside Radio’ series produced for the launch of Channel 604 (Radio Royal’s new arts channel). ‘The Tonic Garden’ was designed as an ambient radio station with patients suffering from insomnia or tinnitus in mind. The voice interviews were originally intended just as research in this survey of soothing sounds but the descriptions and reasoning behind the choices ended up becoming an intrinsic part of the piece itself. Field recordings and bespoke music are combined with voices to create a kind of aural survey polling the sounds that were found to be the most relaxing. The Tonic Garden reflects the range of sounds suggested by staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Radio Royal volunteers, the FDAMH media group and the public at large. This programme features original music and field recordings created by Mark Vernon and Ian Middleton and was created as part of an 18-month art residency at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert.

Channel 604  goes live on the 27th April.

Data for the Doubtful Part 7: The Children of Toasted Cheese

A studio version of a live radiophonic work produced by Vernon & Burns, commissioned by Tramway, Glasgow and originally performed in October 2012. The piece explores the internal space of the subconscious and the logic of dreams, featuring readings from Barry Burns’ dream diary and interviews with other people about their dreams and sleeping habits.

I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams… Man… is above all the plaything of his memory”.

André Breton

Now available to listen or download here

Paper Cone Music

Octopus Collective micro-radio commission

Saturday 1st December, 13:00 – 17:00, Piel View House, Barrow-in-Furness.

Broadcasting 16:00-17:00

Sound artist Mark Vernon returns to Barrow park in December for a live performance workshop and broadcast from Piel View House:

‘A group performance for paper cones, turntables and sound effects records. Ideally up to four performers with four turntables and up to 12 microphones with stands. Using rolled up paper cones and sewing needles or scalpel blades as a stylus the performers ‘play’ the records – attempting to play each record simultaneously from as many different points as they can. The mechanism of the turntables is also miked up using contact mics. Each performer is in control of their own mix. Gradually they build up a live soundscape from dead recordings of locations and events that were captured and imprinted on vinyl decades ago.‘

Paper Cone Music is the first of the new FON Air micro-commissions to air. See the Octopus Collective website for future broadcasts:

An edit combining rehearsals and initial experiments together with the live performance of the piece by the Piel View Hackers is now available to listen or download from here