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The British Library is home to the UK’s national collection of radio recordings in its Sound Archive. On 18th November 2010, the entire collection was handed over to and shared with The British Library, and is now a "named collection" within the Library's Archival Sound Recordings website. You can read more about this here.
Touch Radio 107 | Audialsense
1.12.14 - Audialsense - Industrial Revolutions - 19:02 - 320 kbps
In May 2014, we were lucky enough to have direct access to the great machines of the industrial revolution on display in London’s Science Museum; the Mill Engine, by the Burnley Ironworks company, 1903, the Difference Engine No2, by Charles Babbage 1849.
Sound has been integral in the relationship of the machines and their operators; used as a primary diagnostic tool, the ‘sound’ of various operating components reveal the machines state of well being. Operators listened to the ‘song’ of their engines, gaining insight in to particular problems, and clues to required maintenance.
Using accelerometers fixed to the steelwork of the engines, we could extract this world of sound; escaping steam, muscular pistons, popping and crackling valves … rhythmic and stuttering, sensitive and forthright… the ‘man made’ qualities of the engineering being exposed in the recordings.
Track 01. Mill Engine: A series of recordings of various parts of the engine.
Track 02. Difference Engine: A complete recording of a calculation cycle, this one being the polynomial equation;
Y= 41+ 4X + 7X2 + X3 + 5X4 + 9X5 + 2X6 + 8X7
All recordings are exclusive.
Audialsense would like to thank Aleksander Kolkowski and the conservators of the Science Museum.
Photography: Asako Bavister
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Touch Radio 106 | Yann Novak
1.11.14 - Yann Novak - Repose - 42:24 - 320 kbps
Repose was a site specific performance in Cocky Eek’s inflatable performance space, Sphæræ, commissioned by the 2014 AxS Festival in Pasadena, California.
The performance highlighted this unique space through a gesture-less performance of sound and light. The piece is comprised of a purely synthesized sound devoid of traditional compositional elements and was accompanied by 180º projections of pure color.
Repose is presented here in a longer form to take advantage of the digital format.
Photo: Terry LeMoncheck
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Touch Radio 105 | Jiyeon Kim
1.10.14 - Jiyeon Kim - Grandmothers' Lounge - From the Other Side of Voices - Lounge Mix - 15:08 - 320 kbps
3 mixes, 3 directional speakers, sound installation 2014, Jiyeon Kim @ SeMa Biennale MediaCity Seoul
'Grandmothers' Lounge - From the Other Side of Voices' is a joint work of radio producer Sang-il Choi (KR) and sound artist Jiyeon Kim (KR), commissioned by SeMa Biennale MediaCity Seoul 2014. Largely based on Sang-il Choi's anthropological audio recordings of folksongs and stories of grandmothers from South Korea, Jiyeon Kim made this sound installation adopting 3 directional speakers. This mix is especially prepared for TouchRadio.
birds without mouths 00:00~06:17
Grandmothers who had lived in mountain villages used to play with imitating bird's call. Songs about birds and imitative sounds of birds call were passed on orally. For the people who lived in mountainous areas, birds were believed to be the reincarnation of the dead, who had oppression and resentment during their lives. Most of the words and lyrics concern listening to one's sorrows and comforting one's soul. You can hear calls of the lark, owl, cuckoo, wood pigeon, pheasant, nightingale, etc mimicked by grandmothers from different mountain villages with rustling leaves and folksong on birds.
A mix of grandmothers' confessions during the act of praying with songs used in exorcism rituals. Sounds of metal resonance, water flow and feedback were added to accentuate an aspect of their lives - a shaman in their own families.
unfinished chorus 10:59~15:07
This mix starts with one of the old ladies saying, "…I can't even sing." As song is assumed as a centralised and capitalised epic, marginal unsong elements are often neglected and erased. With chopped sounds and refrains from mainly labour folksongs, I focused on 'unsung elements' (breaths, humming, laughter, shouts, etc.) to be extended into another kind of song. Grandmothers' chorus would not be finished until they stop breathing.
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Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis
1.09.14 - Rodolphe Alexis - Dusk, night, day, dawn - 28:03 - 320 kbps
In Spring 2009, I find myself by chance just a few hours by boat from Japan’s last frontier, the island of Iriomote, but I had no way to get there. Not enough time. Total frustration. The southern most island of Japan is 90% covered with rainforest and mangrove and home to many local species including not only insects, frogs and birds, but also Ryukyu flying foxes and the famous cat-leopard called Yamaneko, which was only discovered in 1965.
I make a promise to myself to return, even for short time, but with my recording equipment.
Finally this year it was possible. I went back this Summer with the help of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the Ryukyus and the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, I spent a week on the island recording with a four channel microphone setup. Sadly I didn’t have the chance to see the neko this time…
Unmastered field recording featuring amongst others: Elegant scops owl, Ryukyu flying fox, Yaeyama harpist frog, Ryukyu ruddy kingfisher, cicadas, Ryukyu green pigeon, Ryukyu crow, white breasted waterhen…
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Touch Radio 103 | ame
21.05.14 - amé - Fritz Kiste - 44:22 - 320 kbps
Since technical evolution tends to unfold rapidly, human beings have not been able to evolve a (forewarning) sense of new forms of technology (for instance to detect radioactivity). Electronic emissions are also not sensually detectable. No one knows exactly how the technology of “wireless transmitting devices” affects humans. Radio, television, radiotelephones, mobile phones, GPS, computers, bluetooth and WiFi routers flood every place on earth with countless electronic waves.
“Recordings” of a standard WiFi router serve as the basis for the “Fritz Kiste”. Actually one can’t really speak of (audio) recordings since the electronic waves of the WiFi are soundless. Their energy triggers the sensitive microphones, since these have been placed directly at the remote transmitting antenna. The recording - made with a D-40 Tascam, equipped with one microphone for each antenna - tapes the different transmission signals on the right or on the left channel as a “stereo signal”.
The WiFi router transmits at 3.4 MHz and so generates 3.4 billion cycles per second. The actual reception of the signals - eg. recorded during the transmission of an email with an image attachment - are only a few seconds long, but are prolonged through ever deeper analysis. The fragmentation was achieved via different processes, digital and analog, and via 'deceleration'. Thus fragments of a second were distended to minutes in length. In this way the router's timing-in-seconds, much too fast for human perception, becomes open to scrutiny.
The results are partly 'technoid' by which sounds are very much dependent on the timing. Sounds emerge at a high transmission activity; send-pauses sound more 'ambient'...
Touch Radio 102 | Howlround
7.03.14 - Brighthelm - 17:47 - 320 kbps
Howlround are the duo of Robin The Fog and Chris Weaver who create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on a quartet of vintage reel-to-reel tape machines - with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden. This recording documents their first ever live performance at the Brighthelm Centre as part of the Resonance FM stage at the Great Escape Festival, Brighton, 18th May 2013. It was the first time these delicate, bulky, unpredictable machines had ever left the studio - a complete step into the unknown - and therefore something of an occasion. This recording is presented without edits or overdubs, just the sound of four machines, two people and a huge tangle of quarter-inch tape, looping and snarling precariously around the venue.
Photo: Larry Gale
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Touch Radio 101 | Daybreak
16.02.14 - Daybreak - 2:06 - 320 kbps
Sunrise at Wandsworth Common railway station, London
Photo: Pepa Ivanova
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Touch Radio 100 | BJNilsen
19.11.13 - Bottomless Perfume - 33:00 - 320 kbps
So we pause where we began, with BJNilsen (see TouchRadio 1)...
Archival Recordings, Mixed in Berlin October 23, 2013, containing Bits and Pieces from:
Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Karl Marx Tomb, Highgate Cemetery, London, England
Whitstable Bay, Kent, England
CleanCar Berlin, Mitte, Germany
Temple Gas Works, Glasgow, Scotland
Fruitmarket City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unknown Music School, Naples, Italy
Galleria Umberto, Naples, Italy
Barbed Wire, Todmorden, England
Side Street, Lisbon, Portugal
Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin, Germany
Cave, Durness, Scotland
Fishmarket, Via Tribunali, Naples, Italy
Hatún, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Jacobite Steam Train, Armadale, Scotland
London Olympic Rehearsal, Islington, London, England
Boleskine Cemetery, Scotland
Train Bridge, Nijmegen, Netherlands
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