Mike Harding introduces UK-based American sound artist Bill Thompson, who talks about his work as a sonic teacher and practitioner heavily influenced by Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Earl Brown, Eliane Radigue, Max Neuhaus, Alvin Lucier and others
In the studio with Claire M Singer discussing all things aeolian. Her debut album, Solas, was released in June 2016 and can be previewed on Bandcamp. Tracks played featured Leif Elggren, Bill Thompson and Hazard, as well as Henryk Gorecki.
Lets go back to your childhood… with Mike Harding & Stephanie John live in the studio
The photo of Mike was taken in 1963, when he first heard Puff, the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary, at the age of five and a half… He still adamantly refuses to believe that the song is about drugs…
This show covers the years 1963 to 1973, when he was 15…
The photo of Stephanie was taken in 1988, when Kylie’s first album “Kylie” with the single “I Should Be So Lucky” came out… The photo is an attempt to recreate Kylie’s hairstyle from the cover of the album…
Stephanie John is a Sound Artist livng and working in London. She works with field recordings, musical composition and voice to create sound installations and performances which explore sound as a cinematic experience and the resonance of place. Her projects encompass ideas and themes such as the sound of British Industry, the sonic effects of the industrial revolution, mysticism and the sublime and the tension between humans and landscape.
Stephanie’s current project, Steel Cymraeg is running at the Trostre works, Llanelli, Wales until September. Here she shares two hours of sounds that inspire her, around the theme of resonance, landscape and female voice.
Cover image: Maria von Hausswolff
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Side A this strange life l ::: 19:53
Side B this strange life ll ::: 19:57
Pomperipossa Records, curated by Anna von Hausswolff, is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the first album by drøne. Field recordings, short wave radio, modular synth all combine to form an enticing, arresting, moving journey of electrically-charged dissonance, drones and electronic melodies… Anna calls it “a jewel”.
“A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.”
Sonva is a Cornish word meaning a ‘place of sound’ and is the name of the Research Group and the Music community at large at Falmouth University.
From analogue to digital…and back?
Mike Harding introduces Touch (1982-2016+), an art project which has witnessed much change in the world of sound and its relationship not only to art but also how the “real world” of studios, record stores and distribution has changed; how perception of the role of artists, now largely dominated by public funding, has shifted. He will look at the way artists have adapted to working in a digital environment (even if the essence of the work is analogue) and how they see themselves and their role, and also the role the growing number of female artists has played and the influence this is having on the artistic community.
He will look specifically at the work of Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Hildur Gudnadottir, BJNilsen, Philip Jeck and Christian Fennesz, all artists with whom he has a long-standing relationship. Mike will also discuss copyright and the realities of a world where music has virtually lost all monetary value, and how this unfolded. He will also look at what can go wrong, often more illustrative than what goes right, with an historical glance at the incompatibilities of the laws and digital technology…
Mike will also introduce the students to “freq_out”, a project created and curated by CM von Hausswolff, which asks them to participate in a collaborative frequency experiment which will be presented by them at the end of the period.
Curator & Producer ● Lecturer & Publisher ● Author & Editor ● occasional exhibitions/installations/ performances… Here you can find a full CV
After University (Durham, Modern History), worked at ZigZag. He has been running the audio-visual label Touch for 35 years and counting, and in this period has acquired much experience and information on disseminating cultural sounds to a wider audience - see also Touch Radio and Long Wave (see opposite)
Touch 1982-2016+ [including Touch Radio and Touch.30 events] – see list here ● Spire 2004-2013+ with Charles Matthews ● KREV X with Thomas Nordanstad, Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, May 2002 ● Listening Post with Thomas Liljenberg, The Royal Academy, Stockholm, March 2002 ● A Swedish Feast ● with Jerome Remy, Les Borealis, Caen, November 2001 ● HISS with Thomas Nordanstad, Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, May 2001
Courses/Workshops (since 2001)
with BJNilsen, 2011-3+ The Art of Listening, Transmedia, Brussels ● with Chris Watson, 2012 Wildeye, Norfolk ● with Jana Winderen, 2011 Phonofemme, Vienna ● with Jana Winderen, 2010 Anyangcheong, Seoul ● with Chris Watson, 2008 Atmospheres, London ● with Christian Fennesz, 2005 Guildhall, York ● with Christian Fennesz, 2004 EMS, Stockholm ● with Chris Watson, 2002 Vooruit, Gent ● with Chris Watson, 2001 & 2002 Kungliga Konsthogskolan, Stockholm
Lectured at The London College of Printing ● The School of Fine Art, Caen ● Konsthogskolan Valand, Göteborg ● KTH, Uppsala ● EMS and Konstfach, Stockholm ● NOTAM, Oslo ● Norberg Festival 2006 ● University of York, [Music Masters degree course] ● Ravensbourne College (with Chris Watson) ● Projektskolen, Oslo (with Jana Winderen) ● Saii & The British Council, Seoul ● Atelierhaus der Akadamie der bildenden Künst Wien, Vienna ● KHM, Cologne ● Madeiradig, Madeira ● Leeds Metropolitan University ● Noises Festival @ b-05, Montabaur ●
...and many others...
TV & Radio (since 2007)
Interviews worldwide for Touch.30 throughout 2012 ● Future Places [Radio Futura, Portugal 2010] ● The Suffolk Symphony [BBC, England 2009] ● Sound Stories [RTE, Ireland 2008] ● Ström [SR, Sweden 2008] ● Music Design for Instinct [ITV, England 2007]
…and various radio shows in Italy, UK, USA over the years...
Fairy Tales [BFI DVD liner notes], England 2012 ● Conexions [MIC magazine], Norway 2012 ● Botanic Sounds [Festival catalogue], Sweden 2009 ● Ringtones [CD notes, Touch # Tone 14], England 2002
...and for many other websites, magazines, pamphlets and productions...