Launch of new radio commission

130 in 1, a new radio composition, will be premiered at a special event taking place on 2nd May 2012, from 7.30pm at the Sugarhouse, a soon to be demolished warehouse-come-temporary-cinema and the latest project from Assemble Studio. This is the launch of the second round of audio works to be created through In the Dark’s Sound Bank scheme.

The venue is walkable from Stratford or Bow Church stations


Sugarhouse Studios
Unit A2, 107 High Street
Stratford, E15 2QQ

If you would like to attend please email

All of the commissions including 130 in 1 are now available to listen to online here

Live performance at the Old Hairdressers

Mark Vernon will present a live radiophonic mix of voice, amplified objects and field recordings, supporting downtown New York Cellist, Okkyung Lee – also with Nackt Insecton and WFMU’s Brian Turner DJ’ing.

The Old Hairdressers, Opposite Stereo, Renfield Lane
Saturday, 28th April, 2012, 8pm.
Tickets available from

There will also be a free lecture by WFMU founder, Brian Turner on ‘Free Form Concepts and Independent Radio’ at 6pm.

See here for more details

Found Sound Bulletin # 1

A synchronized sound composition to be played simultaneously on audio-cassette tape and compact disc. The Found Sound Bulletin is an archive of lost voices, audio letters, home sing-alongs and phone conversations created especially for the Art Lending Library as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012. Found Sound Bulletin is now available for loan from the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Friday 20 April – Monday 7 May

Opening Times
Monday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm

Glasgow Room
The Mitchell Library,
North Street
G3 7DN

For more details see here

New CD out now on Entr’acte

Static Cinema Mark Vernon’s debut release for UK label Entr’acte.

Static Cinema is the result of a series of musical improvisations using household objects combined with both treated and un-treated field recordings made in Scotland, Germany and Norway between 2008 and 2010. An audio drama missing its lead actors, Static Cinema explores several evocative spaces with the roaming ear of the microphone – capturing and interrogating them for meaning. Dramatic perspective shifts equate to different scenes or cuts with long shots, close-ups, pans and zooms. The different recording locations function as spontaneous mise-en-scène waiting in suspense for an event yet to occur, or an actor still to make their entrance.

Release date: 19th March, 2012.

The CD is available directly from Entr’acte at the cost of £9 incl. postage.

Buy Here.

To read reviews click here: 1, 2

Poulpe & Christmas Rewind at Storey Gallery, Lancaster


7.30pm Friday 18 November 2011

On Friday 18 November, Storey Gallery hosts an evening of live audio and installation. Barrow’s Sound Art and Music organisation, The Octopus Collective (with special guest Mark Vernon), will perform Poulpe, a live audio performance, drawing on found texts sourced from local charity shops.

In addition Mark Vernon will present the latest version of A Christmas Rewind. Originally commissioned by Octopus for Barrow Park Bandstand, this multi-channel audio installation piece draws on the archives of the Derby Tape Recording club and includes taped letters, party recordings, seasonal music and Mark’s own compositions.

The Octopus Collective comprises artists Glenn Boulter, Andrew Deakin. John Hall and Fern Oxley. Based in Barrow Park, Octopus delivers the acclaimed FON Festival of Sound Arts and Contemporary Music, along with a regular programme of residencies, commissions, performances and education projects involving artists from the UK, Europe and Japan.

Test Signal


A new sound work by Mark Vernon commissioned by Pixel Palace for – a radio station hosting Broadcast Art, Sound & Independent Culture as a series of monthly audio streams. This piece kicks off the launch of a series of monthly commissions that will be hosted for a month on continuous play. Each piece responds to the brief of work that acts in a similar way to hold music or radio and television test signals. Test Signal  consists of microphone tests collated from Mark’s personal archive of found recordings and interviews and can be heard throughout the month of November.

Radiophonic Creation Day

June 4th is Radiophonic Creation Day! – from midnight to midnight the 24-hour programme of radio art will be aired in an international broadcast on 24 radio stations around the world. It will also be streamed live on the festival website.

‘Histoires Contaminées’ – a radio piece originally produced for CKUT during a residency at PRIM in Montreal has been selected for broadcast and will be aired between 6am and 7pm GMT.

See the link below for the webstream and more details:

New LP ‘Lost Lake’ on Shadazz Records

Lost Lake sees the return of the collaborative project between radio art duo Vernon & Burns (Mark Vernon and Barry Burns) and Lied Music (Luke Fowler and John W Fail). It is a sequel to the long-sold out LP Lied Music vs.Boy-Band Tax Returns (released on Ultra Eczema, 2006). This LP merges musique concrète compositional approaches with absurdist improvisational strategies. The album showcases their tendencies towards primitive melodies with dissonant underbellies, carefully sculpted into liminal narratives. A series of sporadic improvised sessions using a diverse array of sound-making instruments (amplified toys and objects, guitar, analogue synths, percussion, squeeze box, field recordings and found tapes) were subsequently manipulated, tortured and caressed, both individually and collectively, into a series of highly idiosyncratic song-forms and sound collages.

Perpendicular to love by Mark Vernon