Radiophrenia Redux: Jeff Gburek, Félicia Atkinson
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Orpheus Street aka Dream of Orpheus Street by Jeff Gburek
Both a literal and imaginary sonic walk up and down a village path in Belovo, Bulgaria in the summer of 2018. The sounds were mainly recorded in this village, Plovdiv and Sofia and Rhodope Mountains, invariably finding the Thracian traces of the Orphic traditions written all over the walls, like a number I should call. It's a travelogue of phonographies with a psycho-babble voice-over from notebook entries about what ever took my eye on the page. You can hear the pages turning. There's nothing there that's not real or concrete. I played or recorded the sounds in the real-time flesh and blood meat-suit with colllage ideas cast ahead in time (some of the time at least). There are many details whose significance I am sure I have not caught up with yet. Composing means bringing everything back together and performing the same material rather differently. Playing one's own composition reveals the both the world one lives within and the world within the person and also that one performs always on the edge of an improvisation. This piece has been conceived of as an introduction to a longer audio-book concept about my life-long fascination with shortwave radio as reflected in my Radio Wide World project which led to the long from presentation at Radius (Chicago). http://soundcloud.com/jeff-gburek https://jeffgburekprojects.bandcamp.com/
Waking up in Arcosanti by Félicia Atkinson
Waking Up in Arcosanti is a new sound piece for voice, electronics and keyboards by Félicia Atkinson inspired by short stay in Arcosanti, Arizona, in 2017, the utopian city created by architect Paolo Soleri. Parisian-born artist Félicia Atkinson’s multifaceted work embraces improvisation, science-fiction, composition, chance, noise, abstraction and poetry. Her sound palette draws from the history of electronics, musique concrète, field recordings and improvisation through the use of synthesizers, guitar and piano, abstract distortions, text-sound and infra bass. Félicia’s album ‘Hand in Hand’ has generated a great deal of curiosity, excitement and intrigue, with Fact Magazine writing that Atkinson takes “the dying bleat of obsolete technology, the crack and stutter of her own voice, the atonal clatter of intuitively-played instruments – and sculpts them into flawless vignettes that lodge themselves deep in the psyche. Like the dystopian science fiction it references, Hand in Hand is bewitching, intense, meditative and at times, deeply unsettling.” feliciaatkinson.com
This monthly program features highlights and commissions from Glasgow art radio station Radiophrenia.
Presented on an annual basis, Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station – a two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting live from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, the station promoted radio as an art form, encouraging challenging and radical new approaches to the medium. Each year, the broadcast schedule includes a series of newly commissioned radio works, live shows, pre-recorded features and 12 Live-to-Air performances. The majority of the program is made up from selections submitted to an international open call for sound art and radio works. Radiophrenia is managed by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns and is funded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding with additional support from CCA Glasgow.