Deep Sleep Trawler


The third programme in the 'Bedside Radio' series produced for Radio Royal (NHS Forth Valley’s hospital radio network) as part of a two-year period as digital artist in residence at the hospital.

Interview recordings of recollected dreams by patients and staff were gathered with the intention of creating a database or ‘dream bank’ to provide sleep deprived hospital patients with the opportunity of sharing someone else’s dreams. In the end this collection of dreams was plundered to create a series of composed radio dreamscapes connecting the various themes identified within the interview material. Combined with atmospheric soundbeds created from processed electronic sounds and field recordings the effect is a sort of non-narrative radio play where dream logic rules. The piece is, in part, an homage to Barry Bermange and Delia Derbyshire's 1964 radio work, 'Inventions for Radio: Dreams'.

Also included are readings of extracts from the dream diaries of artist, shamen and dream interpreter, Kate Walters, interviews made by Radio Royal volunteers and interviews with members of the FDAMH arts and media group.



Following the initial broadcast on the hospital’s patient monitor system this piece has also aired on Resonance 104.4FM and Soundart Radio.

This project was supported by Creative Scotland and NHS Forth Valley.

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