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visual poems in latest issue of Synapse periodical

Editor Olchar Lindsann has included 4 visual-textual pieces of mine in the latest periodical publication from monOcle-Lash Anti-Press. Synapse#5: Flashes of Language in Revolt is available now; 90 pages of varied and exciting work from 38 different contributors in a perfect-bound US-letter format.

You can order via the link on the monOcle-Lash website.

new radio project for radia.fm

I have made a new work for radio, Hello! This is a test. which will be broadcast on the radia.fm radio network in the week beginning 22nd March 2021. It will be Show No. 834, and is the Soundart Radio contribution to Season 46.

Questions of signal and noise, of message sent and message received, of the relationship of different voices to who and what is heard run through the piece. It calls out to the listener, there is a message here. Can you hear? Can you tell what it is?

Thanks for their vocal contributions to: Dante Lorenzo, Veronica Fazzio Welf, Sue Coulson, Shelley Hodgson. Thanks to Lucinda Guy and Chris Booth at Soundart Radio for inviting me to work on this.

After the first broadcast week, the piece will be archived at radia.fm.

http://radia.fm/2021/03/show-834-hello-this-is-a-test-by-mark-leahy-for-soundart-radio/

short audio piece for Spring

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.

seasonal poem sequence

For this year’s seasonal message, to cover Winter Solstice, Christmas, Yule, New Year and all other midwinter festivals, I made a composite image using old Irish Christmas stamps, a stepped paragraph to echo a postal address, and a ‘sticker’ referencing the Par Avion label. The initial letters of the greeting ‘as Gaeilge’ were used to generate the message text. This constraint was afterwards used to generate a further 8 poems, which were shared via Instagram.