April 9th, 2017
For a special performance at Counterflows Festival, I will be doing a live presentation of my most recent LP, ‘Lend an ear, leave a word’, released on Graham Lambkin’s KYE label. Composed from field recordings of contemporary Lisbon combined with reel-to-reel tapes and micro-cassettes found at the Feira de Ladra flea market, it is a portrait of time and place – an archaeology of sound. The result of the audio flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shores of low commerce in the flea markets of Lisbon.
Also on the bill for this event are Counterflows featured artist, Ashley Paul performing as a duo with Rashad Becker.
Sunday 9th April, 17.30
Queens Park Bowling Club, Glasgow
More details here
March 30th, 2017
In a last minute addition to the bill I will be performing a new set at the Glad Cafe supporting Helm tomorrow night.
Helm & Mark Vernon + Mark Maxwell (DJ)
19.30, Friday 31st March 2017.
Tickets £8 adv / £10 on the door – available from Music Glue
1006a Pollokshaws Road,
More details here
March 3rd, 2017
Two new performances coming up in London shortly.
Firstly, on the 9th March I will be playing at Cafe OTO as part of the 2-day Graham Lambkin residency.
Thursday 9th March, 2017
7.30pm, £12 Door / £10 Adv
18–22 Ashwin street
More details here:
– and then on the 12th March I will be playing at Apologies in Advance with Graham Dunning, Vicky Langan and Rebecca Wilcox. The third edition of a semi-regular platform for artists presenting live works in progress.
Apologies in Advance #3
Sunday March 12th, 2017
8pm, £5 on the door
IKLECTIK Arts Lab, London
Old Paradise Yard 20 Carlisle Lane / Royal St. corner
next to Archbishop’s park – SE1 7LG
More details here:
February 19th, 2017
St Columb Major – transmission received
A new piece created in response to ‘Short Waves / Long Distance’ – an open call for works exploring the sonics of the shortwave radio spectrum (2-30 mHz), and the experience of long distance listening. It is one of 15 works selected for inclusion in the Short Waves / Long Distance program in association with the North American Shortwave Association and Wave Farm. The piece will debut during David Goren’s Shortwave Shindig held at the Winter SWLFest on Friday March 3, 2017. This program will also be broadcast live worldwide on shortwave 11pm-1 am EDT/0300-0600 UTC on 6855 khz via WRMI, and on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM.
‘St Columb Major – transmission received’ is composed entirely from a 20-minute scan through the shortwave band of a 1970’s Grundig Yachtboy 210 radio recorded several years ago in the village of St. Columb Major in Cornwall, England.
January 24th, 2017
Free launch event for issue 57 of The Drouth, Scotland’s leading quarterly literary magazine. Pick up a copy of the magazine and enjoy presentations from some of our contributors and live music from Mark Vernon and Cucina Povera. The Communal Leisure crew will be on the decks. More details here
Tuesday, 31st January, 20:00–23:00
Glasgow School of Art, 20 Scott Street, G3 6PE Glasgow.
Guest edited by Elodie Roy and Stewart Smith, this issue, subtitled “Resonance”, has a musical theme, with a particular focus on underground sounds from Glasgow and Scotland.
Contributors include Frances Morgan, Jon Dale, Francis McKee, Claire Biddles, Laurence Estanove, Mark Vernon, Communal Leisure & Silja Strom.
Cucina Povera is the alter-ego of Fenno-karelian producer Maria Rossi. She makes songs about food, precarity and serendipitous ephemera. Beautiful and singular music from the vibrant Glasgow underground.
Mark Vernon is a sound artist and radio producer. His projects include the experimental radio platform Radiophrenia and 2016’s highly acclaimed Lend An Ear Leave A Word LP, released on Graham Lambkin’s Kye label.
October 27th, 2016
Jason Lescalleet with support from Mark Vernon + DJ’s
Sunday November 6th
Doors 8.30 pm, £5 entry
A rare opportunity to see master of tape composition Jason Lescalleet in Scotland. Not to be missed! We’ve even had commemorative plates made – it’s going to be that special.
October 20th, 2016
Dead Air Spaces – a new live radio performance for Radio Revolten’s EBU Tuesday
Tuesday, 25th October, 8pm (7pm GMT) – Free
Radio Revolten Club
Halle (Saale), 06108 Deutschland
Listen live on the FM frequency 99.3 MHz in Halle, reaching further afield on the MW frequency 1575 kHz, and for the online livestream visit radiorevolten.net
Dead Air Spaces is a new radio work that explores one of the most basic but vital of our bodily functions – breathing. It includes interviews with diving instructors, a singer, an organist and a yoga teacher and recordings of breathing exercises, snoring, pneumatic tube systems, purring cats, suction units and scuba-divers along with mechanical processes analogous to the human respiratory system such as church organs, bellows and hospital ventilators. The piece also incorporates the use of bi-nasal microphones, a balloon repurposed as an artificial lung and variety of pipes, tubes, whistles and other apparatus played live.
A ‘dead air space’ in diving terminology, refers to air that doesn’t play a part in the gas exchange with the lungs; air left over in the snorkel, regulator or even the throat containing greater levels of carbon dioxide.
More details on this event here.
September 21st, 2016
Mark Vernon – Lend An Ear, Leave A Word (Kye records – Kye 44)
Audio Archaeology series Vol.1: Lisbon
Available from: Kye (U.S.), Penultimate Press (UK), Infinite Limits (UK).
The pieces composed for this album combine field recordings of contemporary Lisbon with found tape recordings from the past; reel-to-reel tapes, micro-cassettes and Dictaphones collected from the Feira de Ladra market, a popular and lively flea market in the Alfama district.
Each tape recording is an audio snapshot of a specific time; a family album in sound, a musical performance, a compilation of treasured music or even just the fun of playing around with a tape recorder captured for posterity. Every thoughtless edit or push of the record button teleports us to a different time and place. The musical material extracted from the tapes is also an evocative signifier that locates it within a specific era. All of the pieces that make up the album explore one particular environment – the city of Lisbon. Field recordings by their very nature are time-based but the introduction of found tapes into the mix expands the timescale of these studies from just the short period spent in the city making recordings, backwards to possibly forty or more years in the past. It is a portrait in time and place, an archaeology of sound. The result of the audio flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shores of low commerce in the flea markets of Lisbon.
Artwork: A Sense of Someplace / www.asenseofsomeplace.org
‘Lend an ear, leave a word’ arrives in a full color matte stock sleeve with insert and download card that features additional pieces left off the LP due to time constraints.
Mastered by Jason Lescalleet in an edition of 400.