Framework Radio in Estonia has featured my piece in 3 movements Concrete Victoria in its current edition, which aired first on Resonance FM in London on Sunday 19th March at 11pm local time. It will now air on several other independent radio stations, and stream and podcast throughout the week from the framework website…
Enjoy the show!
Framework is produced and hosted by Patrick McKinley. Patrick (aka murmer) is an American-born sound, performance, and radio artist who has been based in Europe since 1996.
Framework began broadcasting in June 2002 on the newly reformed Resonance FM in London. The show now airs on twelve radio stations around the world, with regular new additions to its broadcast family, and streams and podcasts on its own website. Framework is consecrated to field recording and its use in composition, and hopes to ask this question: is ‘field recording’ a style, a genre, or as uncontrollable and undefinable an instrument or tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and an idea?
Composer Archer Endrich, head of CDP (Composer’s Desktop Project) describes my piece Look Down, which I made using CDP software:
Charlotte Adams Composer
Look Down – This composition is “Made with sound clips from NASA, ESA, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and LHC sound (Large Hadron Collider)”. On her Soundcloud page, Charlotte lists the many different processes available in the CDP software that she draws upon and the times at which they are used. She also provides additional information about the sources of the data and which aspects she has sought to make audible with her music. It is a very interesting example of the musicalisation of data and well worth a listen.
ESA (European Space Agency) added it to their favourite space-inspired tracks list on Soundcloud.
My field recordings made in Mongolia this summer were released on 24th of December on digital label Bivouac Recording, based in Shanghai.
One of the clips is available to listen to on Soundcloud. This is of performers at the Tumen Ekh Ensemble performing throat singing and a shaman ritual dance.
My photographs and words also feature in the album pdf. The front cover captures an incredible moment after a storm in Khustain National Park where I was staying with a nomadic family. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes as the rainbow appeared and the eagle flew by.
I am donating all my proceeds from the album to Lotus Children’s Centre in Ulaanbaatar.
After the sad death of electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, I wrote an obituary article for weareoca.com.
I am looking forward to learning more about her theories and practices on the RPI Deep Listening Certification course in 2017.
A Sagittariun and I took a visit to the anechoic chamber at UCL. I wrote a blog article about our experience and anechoic chambers in general for the Open College of the Arts on weareoca.com, with whom I am studying for my third degree.
The project “58 (+1) Indices On The Body” is a collaboration between the artistic collective AMAE and the artist Pier Giorgio De Pinto with the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. The topics come from the treatise 58 Indices sur le Corps (58 Indices on the Body), written in 2006 by Jean-Luc Nancy and related to his book Corpus.
AMAE released downloadable recordings featuring Jean-Luc Nancy’s voice reading his 58 Indices on the Body, in order to turn the text into music. In anticipation of the making of a documentary about the whole project, they opened a call for composers to create a background track for each statement – written and recorded by the philosopher.
Candidates could choose a statement, or more than one (up to a maximum of three), for which to develop a musical accompaniment. From all eligible applicants, a total of 63 tracks were chosen.
The applications were judged for the originality, creativity, artistic vision, and craft represented by the compositions submitted.
I submitted three tracks, accompanying Nancy’s voice recording for Indices 18, 46 and 54.
AMAE chose my tracks for Indices 18 and 46.
I discovered Jan Vormann’s art technique of using plastic construction pieces to repair and fill holes in broken walls at the fantastic Hidden Heroes exhibition at Fold in Riga in late 2014.
Lego was one of the 36 small but significant objects which have been ubiquitous in modern life featured in the exhibition.
I wanted to try a spot of dispatching myself, so found a corner of the Zolitūde district of Riga to brighten up with some Lego.
See more of my photos on Jan’s website.