Radiophrenia Redux: Alicia Mathews, Oliver Pitt, Barry Burns
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Produced by Radiophrenia.
This monthly program features highlights and commissions from Glasgow art radio station Radiophrenia.
Click Bait by Alicia Mathews
Clickbait is a 20-minute sound piece exploring the tensions experienced through extensive use of social media, hand held devices and digital dissemination of information. Mathews used screen captures of her online journeys whilst researching this composition as moving images to create scores from. The sonic narrative of these works echo the jarring imagery that was produced as a result of her low concentration span and complicity within the distractions of the web. Inspiration for the sounds featured within the composition include: monitor refresh rates, loading and buffering rates, the speed at which information is sent and received, malfunctions, scrolling rates, 140 character limitations and push notifications. These elements were reimagined sonically to form the tonal palette of the piece.
Line Clean 9 – 6 by Oliver Pitt
A piece composed around a series of abstract, rhythmic recordings made during reclaimed moments of time on shift at work (in the cellar of a pub) along with household objects including bins, bikes and a cooker and snippets of found sound recorded on a phone. Using a process of layering and splicing with additional augmentation from ‘traditional’ instruments, he draws out the beauty and musicality in everyday sound exploiting the harmonic and structural qualities inherent in everything we hear. The resulting collage combines, water pumps, beer kegs, bin lids, sound checks, bouzouki, clarinet, MS20, cowbells, choral polyphony, pipes and whistles.
Graham Dangerfield: Effects One to Nine by Barry Burns
A found sound piece made from tapes bought on e-bay – according to the listing, a “Job lot of reel to reel tapes from the estate of the late Grahame Dangerfield. who was a wildlife specialist from the 1960s up until his death. A very rare find hidden for 30 years behind a wall”.
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.