Framework: Afield – A World Behind This World

An expanded version of my recent album ‘A World Behind This World’ was featured as a full episode of Framework: Afield earlier this month (Eden Jolly at the furnace of SSW pictured).

Framework began broadcasting in June, 2002 on the newly reformed Resonance 104.4fm in London. The show now airs on twelve radio stations around the world, with regular new additions to its broadcast family, and streams and podcasts here on its own website.

Framework broadcasts two distinct alternating formats, a regular edition, constructed from contributions submitted by listeners and members of the field recording community, and framework:afield, a guest-curated series produced by artists from all corners of the globe and based on their own themes, concepts or recordings. Framework sees radio and the ability to broadcast as an important tool for any self-sustaining community, a way for it to communicate with its own members and with the world at large, a simultaneous staking of territory and invitation in. To quote the text that opens every edition of framework, open your ears and listen!

A World Behind This World is a composed soundscape created from sounds recorded on location at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas. Depending on how you look at it – this is either an expanded version of the album released on Persistence of Sound earlier this year – or a condensed version of the original two-and-a-half-hour longform broadcast produced for Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s radio station, Lumsden Live in 2021.

In addition to sounds of the rural environment – recordings of various machines, equipment and processes from the workshop feature heavily. ‘Performed’ by technician, Eden Jolly, sound sources include the copper guillotine, extractor fans, electrical saws, drills, the furnace, welding torches, anvils, hydraulic jacks, sanding machines, grinders and electric hoists. The piece also features a recurring refrain made from the eerie sounds of the wood pellet burner that kept me awake for most of the night when I was staying on site.

The programme is now archived for online listening here.