Keeping Time – Radio Art Zone

July sees the debut broadcast of a new 22-hour long radio work I have been working on over the past 6 months.

Keeping Time was commissioned by Radio Art Zone for Esch 2022.

The piece will air from 14:00 CEST on Sunday 10th July until 12:00 noon on Monday 11th July.

Listen live to the full 100 day broadcast on Radio ARA 87.8FM in the South Luxembourg area or listen online to the stream at Radio ARA or Resonance Extra from the 18th June – 25th September, 2022.

Keeping Time is a meditative radio work that focuses on our perception of the passage of time and how time is measured. The piece combines durational recordings of clock workshops around the UK and beyond with a specially constructed ‘radio clock’ painstakingly created from 3,600 individual percussive sounds – 1 for each second of the hour – plus excerpts from interviews with some of the horologists who generously gave up their time for this project.

You can find more details on the piece here.

A radio art project by Radio ARA and Mobile Radio for the European Capital of Culture Esch2022

Imagine a radio station that sounds different every day…

Radio Art Zone is a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022, which will be broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM. It will also be live-streamed for a worldwide audience and transmitted by a network of international partners including Resonance Extra.

The Radio Art Zone schedule consists of two daily programmes: newly-commissioned 22-hour radio productions created by more than 100 international and local artists, and 2-hour live shows from kitchens in the community.

Additionally Radio Art Zone offers artist residencies, workshops, youth productions plus interventions in public space, opening up participatory opportunities for residents and visitors to the Capital of Culture region.

New performance at the Old Hairdressers

This is the postponed concert from January (for reasons no one need ask) with a slight lineup change. Looking forward to playing on a bill with the brilliant Cucina Povera (AKA Maria Rossi) and the amazing Other World (AKA Kay Logan).

When: Saturday, 25th June, 7.30pm
Where: The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow.
Tickets: £10 ADV / £13 on the door.

Tickets available from theoldhairdressers.com

RadioPhonie Festival – Toulouse

The radio work ‘Magneto Mori: Vienna’ (originally commissioned by Kunstradio) will be presented as part of the RadioPhonie Festival in Toulouse, France in June.

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.

The piece can be heard at 4.30pm on Saturday, 11th June.

The RadioPhonie festival is an event organized by Campus FM and the Center Culturel Bellegarde.

“For this edition, we have imagined an open program that questions the limits of fiction and documentary, which makes room for first works, more well-known radio signatures, and authors from different geographies. Listening sessions are scheduled in the spaces of the Center Culturel Bellegarde, on loudspeakers inside the building, with headphones comfortably seated in deckchairs in the garden. The youngest will find something to brighten their ears with a program dedicated to them. RadioPhonie is also a live proposal with two sound performances to discover in the auditorium and a sound walk on Sunday.”

When: 10th-12th June, 2022
Where: Centre Cutlturel Bellegarde, 17, Rue Bellegarde (métro Jeanne d’Arc), Toulouse, France.
Tickets: Free entry

For further details and the full programme see here.

Live soundtrack to ‘Tape Letters…’ at the Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Live at the Old Hairdressers, Glasgow – 8pm, 23rd April, 2022.
Tickets £10

Also on the bill – all the way from Hamburg, Musician, artist and DJ Nika Son – plus Barry Burns and Ollie Pitt duo.

Mark Vernon Will Be Performing A Live Soundtrack To An Extended Cut Of The Film ‘Tape Letters From The Waiting Room’ Directed By Steven McInerney, And Released As An LP On The Psyché Tropes Label At The End Of Last Year.

An Existential Drama Exploring The Universal Themes Of Death And Rebirth ‘Tape Letters From The Waiting Room’ Is An Experiment In Film Archaeology And Magnetic Memory As It Navigates Past Life Experiences. Shifting In Succession From The Mundane To The Metaphysical, The Film Is Composed Of Extant 16mm Found Footage From The Past Century And Features An Original Soundtrack By Mark Vernon Culled From His Collection Of Domestic Tape Recordings, Audio Letters, Found Sounds And Other Lost Voices.

Musician, Artist, Film Composer, Dj After Graduating In Fine Arts At The Art Academy In Hamburg In 2012.

Influenced By Musique Concrète And The Outer Space Of Electronic Music, Her Compositions Are Built From Deformed And Fragmented Fieldrecordings, Interweaving With Analogue Synthesis, Broken Rhythms, Rare Voice Scraps And Modulated Tape.

As A Sound Artist And Film Composer She Became A Dedicated Hunter Of Extraordinary Sounds, While Experimenting With New And Old Technologies In Music. Sounds Of Various Origin Are Translated Into A Very Unusual Musical Language, As If One Watches The Audible.

She Has Played At International Festivals Such As Intonal, Meakusma, IFFR, Klub Katarakt, Nuits Sonores Etc. And Released On Various Labels, Such As Mmodemm, First Terrace Records, Sky Walking, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray And Her Own Imprint Noctui.

In March 2020 Her Debut Album To Eeyore Was Released On The Belgian Label Entr’acte.

Time Deferred – New LP on Gagarin Records – Out now

Mark Vernon’s solo noir album – out now on Felix Kubin’s Gagarin records comes in an edition of 300 copies. Cover art by Dennis “Ultra” Tyfus. Design by Meeuw.

Available to buy here.

Caution: this record can cause dreamless nights…

Followers of the artist Mark Vernon will note a subdued and pensive mood on this new record. Monochrome and sepulchral, these tracks are in a minor key, a key which opens the door to a damp cellar of the imagination. Too-many legged spiders crawl over dusty violins. Time lurches, loops and echoes like excursions on slow motion railways in reverse. Concrète noir sombre séances for non-believers. Tauntological voices from the past provoke us. Half guessed ghosts, magnetic phantoms from funereal-to-reel tape recordings. The sibilant persistence of the deceased evokes the exhausted dread of waiting for a medical test result. Enigmatic messages thrown to the werewolves with nothing but cheap medication and some breathing exercises for support.

“Psychedelic visions, blackouts and blinding lights reveal an unusual, sick, and feverish musicality… here the gods come back from the dead only to ensure us an existence nurtured by the freezing rays of a black sun.”

Massimiliano Busti, Blow Up (Feb 2022)

Tape Letters from the Waiting Room – album launch at IKLECTIK

I’m excited to share details of an upcoming concert at Iklectik in London next Friday. The event is a launch for my new album on Psyché Tropes, ‘Tape Letters from the Waiting Room’ – as well as a charity fundraising event for homeless people. I’ll be performing a live soundtrack to an extended version of the film by Steve McInerney. There is also a fantastic line up of performances and screenings by some other great artists (full details below).

Records will be on sale on the night – or you can purchase copies either through Bandcamp or direct from me by dropping me an email.

IKLECTIK and Psyché Tropes present, ‘Tape Letters From the Waiting Room‘ HOMELESS FUNDRAISING CONCERT

Friday 21 January 2022 | 7:30pm – 12am

Tickets: £12 or more.

All the ticket sales will be donated to Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.
You can buy a ticket here as well as donate on our JustGiving Page.

PROGRAMME:

Hems (DJ set when doors open, in between performances and until midnight)
Howlround
IOME
Mark Vernon
Pascal Savy & Hanzo Schwarz

Join us for an evening of wonder and excitement at IKLECTIK for a programme of audiovisual delights, premiering new collaborations and sonic experiments in abstract motion and storytelling with all ticket sales donated to a local homeless charity.

We are very pleased to welcome Glasow-based artist Mark Vernon for the official launch of his new LP soundtrack for the award-winning ‘Tape Letters from the Waiting Room’ directed by Steven McInerney, released on Psyché Tropes.

In sharp contrast to his more recent output, Howlround, who produce work entirely by manipulating naturally occurring sounds on magnetic tape, with all digital or artificial effects strictly forbidden, will unveil a new ambient work in progress using voice and tape only.

Electronic composer Pascal Savy and visual artist Hanzo Schwarz will present for the first time their new collaborative live film Signals inspired by the cosmic horror of H.P Lovecraft and the speculative hypotheses of the black hole era.

Premiering for the first time will be a new expanded audiovisual performance by multimedia artists Ben Kreukniet and Steven McInerney‘s collaborative project IOME. Their piece will use 16mm, digital projection and live electronics to explore the emergent phenomenon of trichromatic perception.

Astral Industries resident DJ Hems will offer a deep dive into fields of experimental, avant garde, far-out jazz and electronics throughout the evening.

The event will be streamed live from IKLECTIK on:
YouTube ch: https://youtu.be/XFmsbbHGHPI
IKLECTIK FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/IKLECTIK
IKLECTIK TWITCH channel: https://www.twitch.tv/iklectik

Tape Letters from the Waiting Room – New LP Out Now

 

The expanded soundtrack to Steve McInerney’s award-winning Tape Letters from the Waiting Room is now available on vinyl. Mastered by Rashad Becker and pressed to heavyweight, this release comes with a 12-inch 16mm film strip of found footage.

You can purchase a copy of the record or download it here.

You can view the full film here.

I have a limited number of artist copies too so if you’d rather buy direct from me just drop me an email.

All tracks composed and recorded by Mark Vernon
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Lacquer cut by Ruy Mariné at Dubplates & Mastering
Artwork taken from the film by Steven McInerney

An existential drama exploring the universal themes of death and rebirth. Tape Letters from the Waiting Room is an experiment in film archaeology and magnetic memory as it navigates past life experiences. Shifting in succession from the mundane to the metaphysical, the film is composed of extant 16mm found footage from the past century. The original soundtrack by Mark Vernon encompasses a rich collection of domestic tape recordings; audio letters, dictated notes, found sounds and other lost voices.

Public and Domestic Plumbing and Sanitation – launch event

 

CALLING CARDS PUBLISHING PRESENTS:
MARK VERNON & LAURA PHILLIPS + MARY HURRELL + JOHN MACEDO
Cafe Oto, FRIDAY 27th AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM – Tickets £12, £10 (ADV), £6 members.

To mark the launch of the new LP on Calling Cards Publishing “Sonograph Sound Series Volume 2: Public & Domestic Plumbing & Sanitation” – Mark Vernon and Laura Phillips will plumb the depths to present an experiment in sound and image exploring the structures of sanitation systems, boilers, pumps, plumbing networks, drainage and water supplies.

The evening also welcomes Mary Hurrell, an interdisciplinary artist working across sound, performance, sculpture and text to explore choreography of the body. And John Macedo, whose work explores connections and relationships and revealing the hidden potential in all sounds, environments and technologies, often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways.

More details here.

The next day Mark & Laura perform at the Bristol Exchange on a bill with Agathe Max, Ocean Floor and Wendy Miasma.

Early show, 10pm curfew – Tickets £6.
Exchange, 72 – 73 Old Market, Bristol.

More details here.

Tickets available here.

Sheet Erosion on Kunstradio

 

A newly commissioned programme for Radiokunst – Kunstradio, Sunday 29th August, 23:00 – 0:00 (CET), Ö1, Austria.

Sheet Erosion is the third episode in a series of works based around ideas of audio archaeology and found sounds. The setting this time is the city of Brest in France. The piece is created from field recordings made in early 2020 during the storms Ciara and Desmond and a batch of found open reel tape recordings from the 70s and 80s. The tapes include domestic home recordings but mostly document the recordist, Michel’s tastes in music and radio programmes of the time. In listening to the tapes it occurred to me that what we choose to record is actually a record of ourselves – our tastes, interests, emotional state or personality even. Each recording in isolation provides little in terms of clues but en masse a clearer picture begins to emerge and certain character traits start to become identifiable. Recorded with a mic in front of a speaker rather than directly cabled, daily life bleeds into these lo-fi recordings of radio and TV programmes – ambiguous activities in the background, babies crying, feedback, chairs scraping, chatter, etc. In the composed work family histories and musical tastes are transposed over a more contemporary soundscape of Brest. Over-saturated tape distorts time as well as sounds. Speeds change. Chronologies become confused. Different instances in time are blended and fused. What seeps through these chronological crevices are events and incidents unmoored from linear time taking place in a chimerical non-space. Although the location remains the same would it be in any way recognisable to the inhabitants chronicled within it?

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