this edition must be numerologically significant – not only did it premier on the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of this century, but it is also – wait for it – our 300th edition!  hardly have we finished celebrating our 250th when we are faced with yet another anniversary.  we’re decided to take this one a little more low key, but there are some new plans for the future which will come clear before the end of the year.  meanwhile, this is the perfect opportunity for us to make our two semi-regular calls:

1) we need framework introductions, folks! if you’ve never recorded one, get out there and do it now!  be amongst the first to have your intro featured in a framework edition that begins with the digit 3!  visit the framework website and click on ‘intros’ for guidelines, or have a look at the bottom of this mail.

2) we also need donations, folks! it’s our anniversary, and if you want to help us celebrate, or maybe give us a little gift, please go to the framework website and donate!  do it now!  if you listen to the show regularly, please consider become a subscriber, to make a regular monthly donation.  €5, even €1 per month can really go a long way to helping keep us in saltines so we can keep producing the show.  if every regular framework listener subscribed for just €1 per month we could… well, we could certainly stop hassling you all the time for donations.

and remember, 25% of your donation (one-time and subscription donations both) goes directly to resonancefm in london, without whom framework would never have existed.  and what’s more, we still have a few copies of the framework250 celebratory compilations left, in beautiful hand-cut, hand-silkscreened, and hand-folded origami packaging, that you can snap up as a thank you for your donation.

so – begging and homework-giving aside (donate!  record intros!), let’s move on to the show!  this 300th edition is a framework:afield episode produced in scotland by mark vernon as the 1st of a 3 part series:

Precipitation Studies Volume I: Surfaces

The first in a series of three rainscapes composed by Mark Vernon culled from over 20 hours of rain recordings made in the UK, Greece, Canada, U.S.A. and Germany. Many of these sounds were originally recorded as part of a commission by Scottish artists Dalziel & Scullion for their ‘Rain Pavilion’. A purpose-built, site-specific listening station constructed for the Kaust University campus, Saudi Arabia.

Rain has a unique ability to sound out and describe the surfaces in our immediate surroundings, making us newly aware of the timbre, dimensions and other sonic qualities of all things in our vicinity. Rainfall on pots and pans, tubs and tins, car bonnets and cafe tables, park benches and rubbish bins, drainpipes and scaffolding, umbrellas and window panes, conservatories and caravans, pavements and microphones…

“I opened the front door, and rain was falling. I stood for a few minutes. Lost in the beauty of it. Rain has a way of bringing out the contours of everything; it throws a coloured blanket over previously invisible things; instead of an intermittent and thus fragmented world, the steadily falling rain creates continuity of acoustic experience.”

(from: John M. Hull, Touching the Rock. An Experience of Blindness, Arrow books, London, 1991, pp.22-23)

Mark Vernon is a sound artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. For more details see:

patrick 2010, framework:afield

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