Long Wave 7.7

Long Wave 7.7 | 11th October 2019

Long Wave is hosted by Mike Harding with Gabi Strong & Ian Wellman

The Memory Room CD now available

https://ashinternational.bandcamp.com/album/the-memory-room

CD – 1 track – 45:29

The region around Eupen, in the east of Belgium towards the border with Germany was once part of another country and was annexed after hostilities in 1919. It has the feel of both border territory and hinterland simultaneously, not seeming to belong to any one place or region. No hard border here. There are ghosts; the region was heavily fought over in both major western European conflicts of the twentieth century, but now it is a still place, thrown over to managed habitats for forestry and wildlife. It is here, in the Eifel Nature Park, that Meakusma commissioned Chris Watson and Mike Harding to organise and lead a field recording workshop and, in the given time, adopt a suitable approach to developing a ‘sound painting’ to describe the ambience of the area. Seven in the group with skills ranging from beginner to advanced were shown how to manifest the hidden sonic world available to them with contact microphones; how to patiently set up a recording zone within a smaller area and, most important of all, how to listen actively and simply be in that place. Sessions pre-dawn and post-sunset encouraged an unusual perspective. This is animal time: dark and strange, and sound carries. Under a flightpath from Liège airport the recordists were confronted with a familiar challenge; how to allow industrial noise (noise here defined as any unwanted sound) into our increasingly enclosed world of headphones and hush…

Eifel Nature Park is part of Natura 2000, stretching over 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine territory. It is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world, offering a rich haven to Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and nesting sites and some rare natural types of habitat which are protected in their own right. It stretches across all 28 EU countries, both on land and sea. The aim of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable species and habitats which are listed under both the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive. Natura 2000 is not a system of strict nature reserves from which all human activity would be excluded; while it does include strictly protected nature reserves, most of the land remains in private ownership. The approach to conservation and sustainable use of the Natura 2000 areas is much wider, largely centred on people working with nature rather than against. However, EU Member States must ensure that the sites are managed in a sustainable manner, both ecologically and economically.
credits
released September 18, 2019

Recorded at Hautes Fagnes Eifel Nature Park for Meakusma 2018, Eupen, Belgium by Steffen Bennemann, Jasmin Blasco, Peter Caeldries, Meike Effenberg, Mike Harding, Maxim Hoebreckx, Pepa Ivanova, Louise Le Du & Chris Watson, 7-9th September 2018
Mixed at The Dungeon, Los Angeles, October-November 2018
Artwork & design by Philip Marshall

Meakusma 2018 | Eupen, Belgium 7th-9th September 2018

Long Wave 7.6

Long Wave 7.6 | 13th September 2019

Long Wave is hosted by Gabie Strong

Long Wave 7.5

Long Wave 7.5 | 9th August 2019

Long Wave is hosted by Mike Harding with Bradford Bailey

Long Wave 7.4

Long Wave 7.4 | 12th July 2019

Long Wave is hosted by Mike Harding

Long Wave 7.3

Long Wave 7.3 | 14th June 2019

Long Wave is hosted by Gabie Strong

Long Wave 7.2

Long Wave 7.2 | 10th May 2019

Long Wave is hosted by Gabie Strong & Ian Wellman

Long Wave 7.1

Long Wave 7.1 | 12th April

Long Wave 7.1 is hosted by Gabie Strong

Long Wave 6.8

Long Wave 6.8 | 8th March

Long Wave is hosted by Mike Harding and is a field recording special with Ian Wellman, professional sound recordist and artist and we were joined by Gabie Strong, who read Emily Dickinson’s lines:

“I took my Power in my Hand – And Went against the World”

Long Wave 6.7

Long Wave 6.7 | 8th February

Long Wave is hosted by Gabie Strong

Long Wave 6.6

Long Wave 6.6 | 11th January

Long Wave this month is hosted by Ian Wellman

Meakusma 2018 | Eupen, Belgium 7th-9th September 2018

For the workshop with legendary field recordist and former Cabaret Voltaire member Chris Watson at the 2018 Meakusma Festival, there are still a few places available.

Chris Watson needs no introduction. After leaving Cabaret Voltaire in 1981, he set out on a career as a field recordist specialized in natural history. His work is mostly released on the Touch label. He also works for television, radio and makes installations. He also does work for computer games.

Participants to the workshop will meet with and be taken on a sound walk and night recording session in the High Fens by Chris Watson and Mike Harding of the Touch label. Afterwards, an audio CD will be published using the recordings.

We are proud to have Watson and Harding over at the festival as their presence and the planned CD with audience participation is very much what the Meakusma Festival wishes to stand for.

www.meakusma-festival.be/news/chris-watson-workshop-update/

drøne – Mappa Mundi

drøne – mappa mundi

Voice of the People
Horizontal Direction
Telegraphy Beacon
Echo of Hope
Shannon Volmet

[drøne # drøne1]
Limited Edition CD (500 copies)
You can hear an extract here

Release date: 13th October 2017
Now available on Bandcamp

Cover image & font by nico

This the first CD released by drøne, after two vinyl albums on Anna von Hausswolff’s label, Pomperipossa. In a 5” jacket with artwork and font by nico, who also provided the hand-written text for the vinyl artwork for the 2015 and 2016 releases, “Mappa Mundi” traces and describes audio surrounding and occupying the planet earth.

Workers toil in smithies, call signs and chants-at-prayer reveal attempts to order the chaos, which always remains one step ahead. Post-lapsarian for sure, but smoke signals and drums have morphed into the ‘bing bong’ of the attention-grabbing, mind-polluting PA system. The coded simplicity of the whistle (“Start!”) has evolved into a more deliberate attempt to control rather than inform by explicit, structured language. Announcements have become commands; signs bark orders. Thus ‘no’ becomes a powerful rejection, rather than merely a preference; and no-ers are more easily to spot… “You’re going the wrong way”! (To which the only sensitive and mature response is: “Good!”)

Call signs, IDs, audio sigils and signatures all combine to describe a polluted, confusing atmosphere which threatens to leave us powerless and bewildered. “Decipher the sounds and you win the game! First prize is, guess what? You get to take the audio poison! Congratulations! You’ve lost!”.

The first album, ‘reversing into the future’ drew this response from Lend Me Your Ears: “This thrilling piece – surely the most kinetic non-dancefloor record in an age”. Anna herself wrote of the follow up record, ‘a perfect blind’: “I love everything about this release. Such a great presentation and exciting project! And most important: the music is sublime.”

The Quietus wrote: “Last year’s distinctive debut from drøne was likened to a hurtling journey. It’s combination of field recordings, shortwave radio and modular synths possessed an excited, driving energy whose route was hitherto unexplored and destination unknowable. But with an expanded sound pool boasting instruments across the ages – from guitar, through pipe organ and strings to dulcimer and psaltery – its follow-up takes a sideways step into more cognizant, reflective pastures.”

NTS Radio | 7th October 2016

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Thames Estuary Festival 2016

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER

11am – 11.30am
Below Sea Level

Simon Scott, sound ecologist and multi instrumentalist talks about his project, Below Sea Level with Mike Harding, the creative producer and co-director of audio visual label, Touch.

www.estuaryfestival.com/event/detail/soundofthamesdelta.html

Interview on X-Ray | 29th April 2016

www.xray.fm/broadcasts/11422

drøne – reversing into the future

PRLP2
[Pomperipossa Records # PRLP2]
Limited Edition Vinyl + full length wav DL [42:45]
Release date: 16th April 2016

You can order your copy now

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.”

For further information:
drone@field.nu | @dronefield
Released by Pomperipossa Records
Published by Field Music
pomperipossarecords.com
www.field.nu/drone

Music Adviser | Edgar Honetschlager

Mike was music adviser on LOS FELIZ, the latest film by Austrian filmaker Edgar Honetschläger

You can see a trailer for the movie, which used tracks by Thomas Köner and Chris Watson here:

LOS FELIZ teaser

Long Wave Series 1 Rebroadcast

The first series will be rebroadcast on Resonance Extra and will go out in Brighton & Hove on a new smallscale DAB trial starting 1st December 2015].

Conference at UCSB MAT, Santa Barbara | 7th December 2015

Engineering Science Building
Room 2001

seminar.mat.ucsb.edu