For the September edition of Long Wave, Mike Harding talks to Franz Kirmann in his studio in south London. Composer, musician, sound designer and editor, he performs in Piano Interrupted, releases solo records and works as a composer for film and TV.
Music by Alpha Blondy, Hedi Jouini, Michael Nyman, Piano Interrupted, Fennesz, Philip Jeck, William Basinski…
In the studio, Mike Harding talks to Pasadena-based sound artist Steve Roden, who pioneered the lowercase style of music, where quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to form complex and rich soundscapes.
1. Mick Ronson – Slaughter on 10th Avenue
2. The Beatles – Within You Without You
3. Blue for Two – Sink or Swim
4. Roedelius/Hausswolff – These Are The Keys (from the album ‘Nordlicht’, Curious Music, 2017)
5. Roxy Music – Ladytron
6. CM von Hausswolff – Still Life Requiem Touch, 2017)
7. freq_out 1.2 ∞ SKANDION (Ash International, 2015)
StationIDs: Andrew Nicolson (The Moon Under Water Public House, 4th July 2017)
1. Chris Watson – El Divisidero, from the album ‘El Tren Fantasma’ [Touch # TO:42, 2011]
2. Russell Haswell – Ant Colony (Featuring Eurofighter Typhoon F2 Flyby), from the album ‘Wild Tracks’ [Editions Mego, 2009]
3. Christophe Charles – HCDC (extract), from the album HCDC [Murmur, 2013]
4. Terre Thaemlitz – Between Empathy And Sympathy Is Time (Apartheid), from the album ‘Love bomb’ [Mille Plateaux, 2003]
5. Polyphonie Corse
6. Chris Watson – A recording made at Embleton Rookery from ‘The Stepping into the Dark’ sessions in 1995
7. Tony Myatt – Placencia Bay [from TouchRadio, 2013]
8. Bulgarian Bagpipes
9. Felix Blume – A La Orilla (extract) [TouchRadio]
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.
1. Stephanie John – Steel Cymraeg (extract), ), from Show16, Royal College of Art, London
Steel Cymraeg is a quadrophonic sound installation composed of recordings made between March and June 2016 at the Trostre steelworks, Llanelli. It follows the tin-plating process, beginning with the arrival of the hot rolled steel from Port Talbot at the PickIe Iine, finishing in the garden of the The Cottage behind the works. The installation takes the form of a sound cinema with a sheet of hot rolled steel in place of the screen. It is an attempt to create an immersive and active Iistening space. The chairs are reclaimed from the CoIiseum theatre in Aberdare, a town 30 miles to the east of Llanelli. Steel Cymraeg converts a political subject into a sensorial experience through the close examination and re-presentation of the sounds of the works.
The piece is made in memory of Meurig John, my grandfather, who worked at Trostre for 12 years.
2. Robin the Fog – Dublab MegaMix
Sound Artist, Radio Producer, Tape Loop Wrangler, member of Howlround
“Hello. My name is Robin The Fog and I am a sound artist and radio producer based in London. My work largely falls under the broad term ‘Radiophonics’ and includes Field recording, radiophonic composition and documentary – it being my belief that the best work for radio encompasses and blurs the boundaries between these things.
Over the past couple of years, my production work has included bespoke sound designs for several BBC Radio 4 dramas, numerous broadcast packages for Radio 4 and BBC World Service, as well as contributions to Radio 3’s Between The Ears, Deutsche Welle, ABC Australia, Monocle, Resonance FM and many more.”
Iain began making electronic music in the 1990s, creating electronic pop with Bow Mods, before co-founding musique concrete composing/performing collective Langham Research Centre in 2003 with colleagues at BBC Radio 3, based in London’s Langham Place. In this interview host Mike Harding discusses his many projects… with thanks to Rob Aitken and Stephanie John
1. Delia Derbyshire – Love Without Sound (1969)
2. Iain Chambers – Tower Bridge Lifting (2015
3. Iain Chambers – Bascule Chambers (2015)
4. Langham Research Centre – Piano Traffic, from Muffled Cyphers (2014)
5. Howlround – Mount Shock (2015)
6. Iain Chambers – Nancarrow [Extract from Iain Chambers’s 2014 recomposition of Ivo Neame’s Escape Hatch, at Oxford’s North Wall. An Oxford Contemporary Music event]
7. Andreas Bick – Chronostasis (2009)
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...