I am delighted to have been invited by Dominique Balaÿ to curate a programme for broadcast on WebSYNradio from 16th – 30th June 2016. Alongside a selection of my own works are compositions by Alistair MacDonald, Bethan Parkes, Luca Nasciuti and Mark Vernon – big thanks to them for contributing.
Sonnets was a series of live, interactive, largely improvised sound poems, and was created for a Radiophrenia live-to-air commission in 2015. The work drew on the root meanings of the title word – from ‘son’ (song) and ‘sonus’ (sound) – rather than the traditional poetic form. I used minimal processing, and focused instead on weaving together a palette of breathy sounds, phonemic fragments and vocal gestures into a series of self-contained but interlinked sound worlds, sometimes with field recordings, to invoke or reference a fictional place or state.
Post-Industrial Broadcast #1 has been selected for Framework Radio’s seasonal CD release (winter 2014) to be issued on 21st December 2014 (the solstice!). Meanwhile it is available for listening through Framework and on various other broadcasts. The CD was first aired on Resonance fm on Sunday 7th Dec 2014. More info, with an option to purchase through donation, at Framework Radio. Here’s the track listing and details Issue #7. Well worth a listen – it’s a lovely thing…
Lateral has been selected for here. now. where? – a project in which a collection of soundscapes from different ‘sensibilities, languages and formats’ will be diffused inside local taxis through the sound and radio art platform Saout Radio. The project is curated by Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo and seeks to explore a notion of ‘delocalisation in the present moment through the experience of listening in the urban space’.
Lateral has been selected for the first Framework radio show of 2014. which will have a series of broadcasts during the week 12th – 18th Jan 2014 starting with Resonance fm on Sunday 12th. Broadcast details are here.
Post Industrial Broadcast #1 (9’39) portrays a fictional place or state in a process of transformation. The piece draws from a range of source materials including hydrophone and contact microphone recordings, a radio, the human voice, two-way radios, and an oil radiator and synthesized sounds. Compositionally, the piece unfolds in a wave-like structure. Subtle sounds of water emerge and recede giving a sense of constant flow, while sheets of sound – long, loosely articulated sound gestures – are agitated and interrupted by unpredictable micro-collisions and interference. A sense of forbidding is subtly teased apart by hints of human presence and moments of iridescence.
Post-Industrial Broadcast #1 was awarded the 2013 IAWM Pauline Oliveros Prize for electroacoustic media, US.
Re-release of Framework Seasonal Issue #7 on Bandcamp
2016 Undae! Electroacoustic Music I + II, Thrmnphone netlabel (Spain)
Curated show Glasgow Soundscapes: WebSynRadio (France)
KcEMA Modern Soundscapes concert (Missouri, US)
‘The Stranger’, AKSC, World Radio Day (Macedonia)
2014 Framework Seasonal Issue #7 CD – featured artist (Estonia)
Undae Radio no.64, Radio Circulo (Spain)
‘The Stranger that is next to me’, Errant Bodies (Berlin)
‘Nuit blanche’, Festival Futura (France)
‘Interzone’, The Whisky Bond (Glasgow)
Fretwork (fixed medium, 4’48) was inspired by two distinct concepts of its title: instrumental – using fretted guitar as sound source; and architectural – the ornamental carved or inlaid wood decoration traditionally associated with eaves and balustrades, a decorative detail also applied, on a much smaller scale, to the guitar.
Fretwork draws its compositional language from the intimate physical gestures associated with playing the guitar – the act of plucking becomes transformed metaphorically into a range of percussive attacks, pops and clicks. While the piece unfolds as an abstract sound collage, fragments of recognisable guitar sounds emerge and recede amidst more decorative falsely extended vibrations and resonances.
Acoustic Frontiers, CKCU 93.1, Canada
Last Friday Listening Room, Enter the Octagon, UC San Diego, US
Sweet Thunder Festival of EA Music, Listening Room, San Francisco
Radio Circulo FM100.4 Madrid
NoiseFloor Festival, Stafford, UK
Featured on Thrmnphone Netlabel Album, Spain
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, US
Undae Project, Madrid, Spain
Lights Out Listening, The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow