Its still Thursday and we've got two great mixes. The first is from Verity Sharp who most will know from BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. Verity is by all accounts an accomplished cellist and fiddle player and from this mix it's clear she has a deep passion for drones. This mix includes tracks from Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Alvin Curran, Pauline Oliveros, as well as East African Ceremonial Music, Wildebeast field recordings, traditional music from the Balkans and more. Its an apsolute cracker and an great pleasure to have Verity curate this mixtape for us here at soundart Radio.
We also have a 2 hour mix of material produced by sound artists Annie Morrad and Ian McArthur.
Annie is based in the UK - in Lincoln and London. She is an artist and academic and plays alto, tenor and soprano saxophones. Ian lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia, although he spends a lot of time on China - hence the Chinese sonic elements you’ll hear interspersed throughout the mix. He manipulates sound through software, code and processed guitars and piano. Both use field recordings in the process.
All the work is produced via the exchange of audio files and recording - or in live telematic improvisations conducted online. The telematic process produces unpredictable effects and we have developed an approach to live performance that integrates latency, normally unwanted sound artefacts, delays, glitches and interruptions of platforms such as Skype and Mixlr. We’ve performed together live just twice in the same room - both times in Beijing (September 2016).
This mix reflects the more drone-like qualities of our compositional and performative approaches to sound-art practice and it features some of our earliest recorded material through to improvisations recorded just this week.
They are currently working on a project called “The Grid”. It’s a preliminary study exploring sound and cities to forge a triangulated performative and intermittently participatory digital space linking London, Sydney, Chongqing and New York through experimental composition and telematic improvisation using live and recorded saxophones, coding, field recordings, found sounds, electronics, processed guitars, and piano.
They have a monthly radio show called Itinerant Mind on Wave Farm WGXC 90.7 FM (New York) https://wavefarm.org/wgxc/
More information about their work can be found at the following links:
Annie Morrad: http://staff.lincoln.ac.uk/
In addition to these two mixes I've also included amongst other tracks,Tony Whitehead's live performance from Sunday again, plus his piece 'Where Death Keeps Hearth and Home', the two ritualistic drones of Julian Cope, the Morton Feldman composition 'The Mortimer Trap' performed by Oren Ambarchi and Thomas Brinkmann and the David First track 'Pipeline Witness Apologies to Dennis'.