I made a short word and sound piece for Soundart Radio‘s annual First Spark Festival, happening this year from Sunday 31st January to Tuesday February 2nd. This piece, ‘thaw biddy and melt’ picks up on a text I wrote last year that drew on material in the Duchas.ie Schools Collection around the Irish traditions associated with St. Brigid’s Day (Feb 1st). I added some sound layers using treated and distorted water and ice recordings. You can hear it on Soundcloud, or listen out for the broadcast on Sunday 31st.
The Constrained Radio Show series I have made for Soundart Radio is now archived for future / later / repeat listening on my Mixcloud page. The shows have been broadcast weekly on Wednesdays since mid-May. They began as a response to restrictions, limits and confinement during COVID lockdown. The Mixcloud page includes tracklistings and other information.
From Wednesday 13th May at 12 noon Soundart Radio will broadcast a short weekly series of radio hours I have put together called ‘constrained radio show’. The shows feature poetry, text, voice, sound, music, and audio work in a variety of styles and genres loosely gathered under formal or thematic headings. The ideas that guided my choices for the first episode of ‘constrained radio’ were a sense of working within constraints or rules or limitations, or responding to those rules perhaps by resisting them. In the second show ideas of repetition and transposition run through the selection, with a mix of vocal, verbal, textual and sonic loopings, versions, layers, and reuse. Track listings will be posted here.
Rupert Loydell has just uploaded a new review of mine to the Stride blog. The review comments and reflects on my reading of David Toop’s Inflamed Invisible: Collected Writings on Art and Sound 1976 – 2018 recently published by Goldsmiths Press.
“This is a noisy capacious book, bringing together Toop’s writing, from reviews, occasional texts, magazine articles, liner notes, blog posts and exhibition texts across more than four decades. […]
Each one of this selection might be linked to distinct fields, of music, of poetry, of film making, but Toop draws sonic and aural threads from each and winds them together in this collection. ”
The accompanying links and Spotify playlist are really great, and reminded me of things I’d forgotten as well as introducing me to new work.
First Spark Saturday Feb 1st 2020
playlist and links
On air from 0930hrs
Toni Dimitrov, Backyard Rain – 10’
Sebastiane Hegarty, Photosynthesis: for water snails, diving beetle and pondweed. – 7’06”
Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, 0(nly) – 21’
Sebastiane Hegarty, on [is] off – 13’
Mark Leahy, biddys 1 – 2’30”
Sue Coulson, Under the Line at Starcross – 7’15”
Olchar E. Lindsann, three poems – 6’
Kate Donovan, Seed Dispersal II – 6’10”
People Like Us, No One is an Island – 28’
Mark Greenwood, The Seance – 10’
Kate Donovan, Seed Dispersal I – 2’
Mark Leahy, biddys 2 – 2’30”
Sue Coulson, Sound of Piers and Seas – 6’40”
Andy Cluer, THEN, NOW, THEN (Act iii) – 7’30”
Noise Laboratory, Feather – 4’
Mark Leahy, biddys 3 – 2’30”
Alice Kemp, fourteen twelve – 14’12”
Recording available on Soundcloud here.