Musica per la Radio – Recollections on Rotation

A series of concerts conceived for the radio and transmitted exclusively on the radio…

Mark Vernon – Call Back Carousel: Voyages en Grèce

Tuesday 18th August, 2020
8pm (berlin time)
Broadcasting on Freie Radio Berlin
Berlin Brandenburg / Colaboradio
88,4 MHz in Berlin or
https://fr-bb.org

An audio time-travelogue. A found sound road trip. A vicarious vacation.

The basis of this piece is a found reel-to-reel tape labeled ‘Voyage Grèce en 1972’ bought from a flea market in Brussels 15 years ago. As might be expected it is a document of a Belgian family camping holiday to Greece. One side of the tape is an audio diary of sorts documenting the trip moment by moment, much of the time recorded in the car in between destinations it seems. This side runs to an epic 3 hours on long play. The other side is a recorded slide show commentary over a backdrop of traditional Greek music at a more modest 2 hours. Although it becomes apparent that there is a wife (referred to only as ‘bobonne’) and child in tow we only ever hear the voice of the father. They don’t even appear in the background. Maybe they were mic shy or maybe they were just never given a look-in. Either way their absence on the tape is perplexing.

I had been invited to Brussels this summer to make a new radio piece for Radio Picnic’s ‘Musica per la radio’ series. I was also supposed to be going on a family holiday to Greece but because of obvious circumstances neither trip has happened. Out of necessity the production of this radiophonic excursion has been my way of taking a holiday without travelling anywhere – a sonic souvenir from a vicarious vacation.

In the composition of the piece excerpts from the tape have been combined with my own field recordings from holidays in Greece decades later in 2005 and 2015. Holiday memories of Greece from different times have been transposed on top of one another, intermingle and become confused. In addition, improvisations with a collection of objects selected for their sound making properties that were bought from the flea market at the same time as the tape have also been incorporated.

Special thanks to everyone who helped me with translations: Elina Bry, Selene Mauvis, Jonathan Frigeri, Dinah Nuttall, Anne-Louise Kieran, Sonia Dermience, Inès Guffroy and Meryll Hardt.

Extra thanks to Elina Bry for additional Athens field recordings.

A project by Radio Picnic with the kind support of the Swiss Foundation for Radio and Culture and Pro Helvetia.

ETCS Records – Guest Mix

 
At the invitation of Alvaro Daguer of Chile’s Cosmovisión Registros Andinos and ETCS Records (and the band Glorias Navales) I was asked to take part in an interview and put together an hour-long mix of some of my favourite Glasgow artist and musicians. Alvaro has conducted interviews with a number of artists from Chile and further afield who are part of the ETCS / Yellow Moon / Cosmovision Andinos roster that will be brought together in a fanzine. The focus is on different perspectives of the affects of the COVID-19 crisis in different parts of the world. Copies of the fanzine will be given away with all tape purchases and all of the artists mixes are available on Mixcloud.

Full track list below:

ETCS Guest Mix – Mark Vernon

01) Klaysstarr – reek (More No Place / ucorridor Recs)
02) Apostille – It’s Not Right (Alert / Alter)
03) Rob Churm & Joe Howe – The Great God Pan (unreleased)
04) Comfort – Better Need Assumptions (Not Passing)
05) Kübler Ross – Go On Your Way (Kübler Ross / Akashic)
06) Soft Tissue – Gesine 2 (Soft Tissue / Penultimate Press)
07) Hanna Tuulikki – Spinning-in-Stereo (Spinning-in-Stereo)
08) Luke Fowler & Richard McMaster – Twilight of the Rock Gods (excerpt / unreleased)
09) Klaysstarr – music (More No Place / ucorridor Recs)
10) Trouble Tracer – Clean Flow Morrow (unreleased)
11) Toi-So – Baby (unreleased)
12) Bell Lungs – Phosphodenderophobia (Phosphodenderophobia / Bandcamp)
13) The Modern Institute – Arabic Eight (The Modern Institute / Night School)
14) Sarah Kenchington & Daniel Padden – Tapered Things (The Bellow Switch / Shadazz)
15) Nichola Scrutton – Lateral (Bandcamp)
16) Cucina Povera – ZOOM0015 (Zoom / Night School)
17) Ellen Huynh & Mark Vernon – Stirring into the Awakening (unreleased)
18) Mark Vernon – Ill Fitting Rooms (unreleased)
19) Lucy Duncombe with Kenneth Wilson – And If I Was A Word… (excerpt / unreleased)
20) Sue Zuki – Every Conversation (We Are All Very Anxious / Domestic Exile)
21) Klaysstarr – ubiety (More No Place / ucorridor Recs)
22) Total Leatherette – Metro Boomer (For the Climax of the Night / MILK Records)
23) Vernon & Burns – The State Dismantling Corps (From the Cable to the Grave / Akashic)
24) Ela Orleans – Homily (Low Sun / High Moon / Setola Di Maiale)
25) Soft Tissue – Feedback (Soft Tissue / Penultimate Press)
26) Cyril Lamar – Kata (unreleased)
27) Streets of Glasgow – field recording

Radio LOOS – Glasgow Connection

 
Radio LOOS – Glasgow Connection is the second programme in a new series by radio artist and regular Lights Out Listening Group and Radiophrenia contributor, Leonie Roessler. Radio LOOS is the radio branch of Studio LOOS, a workspace, laboratory and performance venue for experimental music and sound art in Den Haag, the Netherlands. The programmes feature radio artists from around the world who have been important to Leonie’s work or who have inspired her. This edition features myself along with Lights Out Listening Group’s Monica Brown and Radiophrenia’s Barry Burns.

A Studio LOOS Production by Leonie Roessler.

Amplify 2020: Quarantine Festival – The Dominion of Din

 
A new radio piece created especially for the Amplify 2020: Quarantine Festival – As the world has increasingly been forced into isolation, Amplify and Erstwhile Records boss, Jon Abbey, began planning an online festival of newly recorded pieces from sound artists around the world. At the invitation of Penultimate Press’s Mark Harwood my contribution is number 156 in the series.

The Dominion of Din is a radio play made out of recordings from a single fixed perspective over an eighteen-year period. It is created entirely from field recordings made out of the rear window of my flat in the West End of Glasgow. In essence, it’s a catalogue of exterior sounds that have annoyed, disturbed or angered me over the years living at this residence – and sounds that have largely disappeared during lockdown. My go-to method of dealing with nuisance noise is to record it. A sort of recording banishing ritual. The hope being that one day I would be able to utilise these sounds in some way, converting these sources of irritation into something positive.

The piece includes now familiar soundmarks such as the daily delivery of beer barrels to the local pub, the shattering of glass bottles as they are emptied into recycle bins at night and the weekly maintenance of neighbours gardens that always seems to require extensive use of a leaf blower no matter what the season. More irregular sources of nuisance noise appear in the form of workmen erecting scaffolding, magpies nesting on the side of the house, drunken outdoor singalongs, overflowing guttering and a faulty burglar alarm that didn’t stop for three days solid over one memorably torturous bank holiday weekend. The irony is that on the only occasion that these sounds have ceased for any length of time I’ve spent several weeks doing nothing but listen to them over and over again.

The pub has made use of this time to create a beer garden at the back of our flat now so at least I have fresh impingements on my peace to look forward to as things begin to return to normal.

Source sounds recorded in Glasgow between 2002 and 2020.

Composed between May 20th and June 20th, 2020.

Revue & Corrigée feature – Audio-Archéologie

 

I’m very proud to have been featured in this month’s issue of French experimental music magazine Revue & Corrigée. Bouncing questions and answers back and forth over the course of a few weeks Jérôme Noetinger conducted an in depth interview with me focussing on the medium of tape, radio, tape recording clubs and ideas around audio archaeology and nostalgia. The results are a glossy 6-page spread illustrated with documentation from some of my past projects.
 
The article is all in French so this one is only for the Francophones I’m afraid.
 
Available to buy here.

Revue & Corrigée issue 124, June 2020.

Choses Contraires

As some opportunities disappear others present themselves. I am very pleased to have been invited to take part in a new radio show collaboration with French sound artist Elen Huynh this month. The first 15 minutes of the show was collaged together by Elen from my archives – the remaining 45 minutes is all new collaborative material created by passing recordings back and forth online over the past month or so.

You can hear the show live on LYL Radio this Tuesday, 16th June. More details below:

Choses Contraires
LYL Radio – 16/06/2020 • 9PM – 10PM (CET)
WITH ELEN HUYNH & MARK VERNON

Elen Huynh nous propose d’écouter 1 heure de composition sonore et vocale faite avec son invité Mark Vernon, artiste radio et producteur basé à Glasgow, pour sa dernière Choses Contraires de la saison.

The show has since been archived so you can now listen using the player above.

Un-augmented Humans with Renato Grieco

 
New radio documentary series ‘Un-augmented Humans’ kicks off with a first episode devoted entirely to me. The show is produced by Italian sound artist Renato Grieco (AKA kNN) who I first came across through his collaborative project Double Goocher Shop with Matthew W Hopkins that was aired on Radiophrenia last year. Renato is a thoughtful and insightful host and focuses on our shared passion for the medium of tape, sound effects records, radio art and several recent projects along with audio excepts and exclusive tracks. The programme will be broadcast on Fango Radio on the 1st June at 7pm CET. Listen live on Fango Radio.

This show has since been archived on Mixcloud. Listen again using the player above.

Separated by Glass

 

A special guest mix created for Lullabies for Insomniacs. See below for full playlist.
01) Bryan Lewis Saunders – The Glass Window (‘87 Dreams of a Sociopath’ DL / Surrism Phonoethics)
02) Luc Ferrari – Il etait une fois (‘Photophonie’ LP / Transversales Disques)
03) Bryan Lewis Saunders – The Photograph (‘87 Dreams of a Sociopath’ DL / Surrism Phonoethics)
04) Kate Carr – Your Summer Can Now Grow My Plants (‘Heat’ Cassette / Hasana Editions)
05) Toshiya Tsunoda – Wind Whistling (‘Scenery of Decalomania’ CD / Nature Strip)
06) Leland W. Sprinkle – Performs on the Great Stalacpipe Organ at Luray Caverns (‘Site of Sound: Of Architecture & The Ear’ CD / Errant Bodies Press)
07) Christoph Heemann – Untitled (track 4) (‘Rings of Saturn’ / Dom Bartwuchs)
08) Blue Chemise – Violet (‘Daughters of Time’ LP / Students of Decay)
09) Janek Schaefer – Minneapolis Office Max Messages (‘Location Stories’ CD / Stichting Mixer)
10) Tom White – José Garcia Martin’s Garden (‘Run Amok’ CD / Glistening Examples)
11) Drew Mulholland – Delian Stone (‘Three Antennas in a Quarry’ 10” / Finders Keepers
12) Ezio Piermattei – Untitled (‘Gran Totto’ DL – Chocolate Monk)
13) Maria W Horn – Ave (‘Kontrapoetik’ DL / Xkatedral)
14) Benedict Drew – Notes on the Anxiety of a Record Running Out (‘Notes on the Anxiety of a Record Running Out’ 7” / Foam)
15) Mattias Gustafsson – Måndag Morgon kl. 05.30 (‘Frusen Musik’ CD / Careful Catalog)
16) Theodor Koch-Grünberg – Witchdoctor’s Song During A Night Sickness, Brazil, Northern Amazon 1912 (‘Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007’ CD / Supposé)
17) Scanner – While His Piano Gently Weeps (‘Conversations With The Anthony Burgess Cassette Archive (1964-1993)’ LP / Sub Rosa)
18) Chris Watson – El Divisadero (‘El Tren Fantasma’ CD / Touch)
19) Soft Tissue – Glass (‘Soft Tissue’ Cassette / Penultimate Press)
20) Drew Mulholland – Return to the Desolate Shore (‘Three Antennas in a Quarry’ 10” / Finders Keepers)
21) Jack Sutton – Jack Sutton Contacts Dead Airmen (‘Okkulte Stimmen – Mediale Musik: Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007’ CD / Supposé)
22) Arne Juul Jacobsen – Rejse Til Abstraktionernes Land / Journey To The Land Of Abstractions
(‘Danske Båndamatører / Danish Tape Amateurs 1959 – 1976’ / Institut for Dansk Lydarkæologi)
23) Roy Claire Potter & Kieron Piercy – Adjrust (‘Conversations With The Anthony Burgess Cassette Archive (1964-1993)’ LP / Sub Rosa)
24) Aphex Twin – Matchsticks (‘Selected Ambient Works Volume 2’ CD / Warp)
25) Gregory Whitehead – The Respirator (‘The Pleasure of Ruins and Other Castaways’ CD / Staalplaat)
26) Andrew Chalk – The Arkay Stream (‘The Cable House’ CD / Faraway Press)
27) V/Vm – Grandmum and Dad’s 50th (‘Family Audio’ CDR / Lucky Kitchen)

Strange Air on Clyde Built Radio

A riveting new mix welded together for Glasgow’s latest radio station Clyde Built Radio.
 
Listen live at 11am this Sunday here.
 
Full playlist below.
 
This show has since been archived and can now be heard using the player above.
Strange Air Jingle
Marja Ahti – Coastal Inversion (‘Vegetal Negatives’ LP / Hallow Ground)
Henry Jacobs – Ocean (‘Around The World With Henry Jacobs’ CD / Important Records)
Nurse With Wound & James Worse – The Creptile Lickbug (‘Au-Delà’ LP / Meakusma)
Bryan Lewis Saunders – Different Ways of Talking (‘87 Dreams of a Sociopath’ DL / Surrism Phonoethics)
Fog – Conversation With Angles (‘Undersound’ CDR / Self Released)
Christian Mirande – Leaving Mildenhall (‘Trying to Remember a House’ CD / Glistening Examples)
Vito Acconci – Track 3 (‘For Your Ears Only’)
Melanie Clifford – Ceiling Fans (Unreleased)
Henry Jacobs – Playground (‘Around The World With Henry Jacobs’ CD / Important Records)
Chris Watson – Rue Grimaldi Remixed (‘Conversations With The Anthony Burgess Cassette Archive (1964-1993)’ LP / Sub Rosa)
Jérôme Noetinger – Rappel / Le Cabestan Orphelin (‘dR’ CD / Éditions Piednu’)
Mark Vernon – Ill Fitting Rooms (Unreleased)
Open Corner – Styrofoam Plate Still Life (‘Empty Pool To No One’ CD / Recital)
Negativland – True False (‘True False’ CD / Seeland)
Ernst Karel – Stanserhorn—Kälti (‘Swiss Mountain Transport Systems’ CD / Gruenrekorder)
Timothy Shortell – Ville D’Aulnay (‘Windows’ CD / Überkatze Studio)
Drew Daniel – Phonecall (‘Family Audio’ CDR / Lucky Kitchen)
Christof Migone – SevenSixOne-FourEightFourOne (‘Sound Voice Perform’ CD / Errant Bodies Press)
Henry Jacobs – Get a Tape Recorder (‘Around The World With Henry Jacobs’ CD / Important Records)
Hanna Hartman – Fracture (‘Gattet’ CD / Firework Edition Records)
Mathieu Serruys – Glove (‘Skin / Glove’ LP / B.A.A.D.M.)
Melanie Clifford – Ceiling Fans (Unreleased)
Strange Air Jingle / Credits

Paper Gestures – CD release and 8-channel night at Cafe Oto

New CD/download out now on Jason Lescalleet’s Glistening Examples.

 

Paper Gestures was originally created as an 8-channel sound work at EMS, Stockholm in 2019. This is a stereo version created especially for limited edition CD release and download on Glistening Examples. The piece is based upon field recordings made across Norway over a 13-year period including sounds of military exercises with tank fire, a road surface stripping machine, breaking panes of glass, high speed trains, ultrasound recordings of stomach noises, wind whistling through vents on the Oslo underground, sliding wardrobe doors, microwaved popcorn, soap suds, bee hives, hand bells and bicycle races.

Composed from field recordings made in Oslo, Lillestrøm, Deset, Eidsvoll, Risør, Øysang, Røros and Trondheim, Norway between 2006 and 2018. Created with the support of EMS and Creative Scotland.

Exterior artwork by Barbara Breitenfellner. Interior artwork by Tian Miller.

To order or for more details visit here.

8-Channel Night at Cafe Oto

Featuring the debut presentation of Paper Gestures in 8-channels as part of a surround night at Cafe Oto also including performances by Kate Carr and Tom White.

Cafe Oto, Tuesday, 3rd March, 7.30pm. £10 / £8 Advance / Members free

More details here.