#814: 2022.09.18 [blanc sceol]

this week’s edition of framework:afield, the first back after our summer break, is entitled river-land listening, and has been produced in the uk by blanc sceol. for more information see https://www.blancsceol.co.uk/. producer’s notes:

In 2021 we invited a group of local artists who work with sound, to participate in our piece ‘River-land Listening’, a silent walk at low tide through the muddy bed of the Channelsea river in the borough of Newham, London. We asked the artists to explore the particular sonic narratives and topography of this inter-tidal zone, each one live streaming their experience. This audio piece presents a mix of the recordings of the live streams from each the nine artists who completed the walk, providing a space for low-tide contemplation of this river. The walk was created for Sound Camp’s ‘Off Grid’ program in 2021, and in association with Surge Cooperative, part of a series of local engagement activities proposing common actions with those connected to the river or local to the area, and encouraging collective efforts to protect and celebrate its rich natural heritage.

River-land listening was developed, recorded and edited by Blanc Sceol, artists Stephen Shiell and Hannah White.

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#813: 2022.09.11

well folks, we’re back! it’s amazing how much of a process you can forget in a month, but we’re limping our way through getting everything together for this show release, and we’re sure we’ll be back to bicycle-riding level (never forget?) within a week or so. our month off was refreshing and relaxing; we mostly spent it building shelves for the framework library and reminiscing about the days when making a radio show meant presents in the (snail)mail box almost everyday. the silver lining to the internet era is that we won’t have to build any more shelves, but we do still sometimes miss all though round (and occasionally square) objects.

we didn’t do much travel during our time off, but we’re traveling in this edition – japan, the uk, germany, india, taiwan, the united states, ghana, to name a few (ok, all) of our destinations this week. our first stop (after our intro from japan) brings back memories – it’s a posthumous collection of recordings made by our good friend ian rawes, who passed away late last year, from his london sound survey project, just released as a cd and download by persistence of sound. we are also listening to self-released works by a couple of collaborative projects: mykel boyd & seah space (as post doom romance), and yen-ting hsu & yannick dauby, with a 2nd collection of field recordings from taiwan. round this off with the latest release by budhaditya chattopadhyay and a selection of recent listener-chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps, and you’ve gone around the world in 59 minutes.

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#812: 2022.07.31 [CENSE]

You are listening to the second episode of CENSE bimonthly mixtapes series. CENSE – Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies – is a decentralised organisation, gathering artists, educators, writers and researchers, whose aim is to gather and interconnect the community behind the field of acoustic ecology. Members are united by the determination to develop a strategy allowing an impact on the current situation dealing with sound and environment. This episode focuses on walking & psychogeography.

Symptoms of Evidence mixtape series is focused on bringing the field of acoustic ecology closer to the local listeners and interested individuals, introducing field-recordings as a sonic tool for examining our sound environment and enabling us to gain a deeper knowledge on the consequences of environmental processes, together with possible solutions retrieval. further info on the network can be found on the webpage https://cense.earth/.

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#811: 2022.07.24

we’ve got one more show coming up next week, our last framework:afield of the summer, and then we’ll be taking our annual summer break, to recharge our ears and build some bookshelves. we hope you won’t forget us, and in the meantime there are hundreds of shows available in our archive to tide you over until we’re back in early september.

at the moment we’re traveling, as this summer has seen framework come out from under it’s global pandemic rock and get back on the road. we’ve been in germany, the uk, and now the u.s., where we’re sweltering in temperatures we haven’t experienced in a long time (we’ll take -30C in the winter over +30C in the summer any day!).

so for this roadtrip we’re listening to sounds recorded or composed here in the states, as well as in russia, spain, greece, iran, germany, georgia, france and croatia (probably more). we’ve got new names for our playlists as well as old favorites, and our usual segment of listener chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps. we hope you’ll enjoy the sounds, and maybe consider going on over to our patreon page an helping us make a little progress as we enter our summer break. we can’t do this without listener support, so support us if you can!

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#810: 2022.07.17 [paul mallatratt]

When I pitched my idea for this Framework:afield episode I was on an 11 date UK tour with the band I play in, visiting the major cities in England and Scotland. As I always do now, I took my trusty field recording equipment with me with the idea of capturing what it sounds like to be on tour. A bit like they say in the Spinal Tap film, “the sights, the sounds, the smells of a hard working rock band on the road”.

Many people will have attended live music events but unless you’re the one performing you might not know what it sounds like back stage. In this episode you’ll hear what I heard on the road in the UK and Europe during tours between March and early June 2022. As you’ll hopefully gather, it’s not all glamour, there’s a lot of heavy equipment being moved around, and while each day is different they are also quite similar.

The sounds presented here are not in chronological order, but instead weave a narrative from start to finish; from flying out to start the tour, right through to the final live show, and packing up afterwards, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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#809: 2022.07.10

it’s always nice to be able to combine artists new to out ears with artists who helped shape our ears in the first place. it was almost 25 years ago when we first heard illusion of safety on the radio (it was their 1994 release, water seeks its own level, played on no commercial potential on boston’s wzbc) – that was when there were no online archives or published playlists and you just had to hope that the dj would tell you what you heard so you could scribble down the name, or your best approximation of what you thought they said, and head down to your favorite record store (or photocopied mailorder catalog) and see if you could find it. luckily, i did find it, and now, decades later, maybe someone else will hear IOS for the first time on this show, and the cycle will continue.

an array of new and familiar names – ana maría romano g., nula.cc, overdriven dreams, nikki sheth and alexander langedyk – accompanied IOS on this journey, along with our latest selection of listener chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps, and a framework introduction recorded for us in northern ireland by regular contributor barry cullen.

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#808: 2022.07.03 [john f. barber]

this edition of framework:afield has been produced in the united states by john f. barber. for more information see http://www.nouspace.net/john/. producer’s notes:

Dawn Birds, Light Traffic, Melodic Machines is a 58:00 sonic narrative collage composed of field recordings from different places—Dubai, Victoria, and Vancouver—at different times. This combination seeks to foreground, through either sonic simularity or serendipity, soundscapes that are representative of fluid time and place but solidly grounded in rich listening experiences.

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#807: 2022.06.26

we’re late, late, late, which doesn’t happen very often these days, because it’s usually (and currently is) travels that cause me to be late with the playlist, and there hasn’t been much of that happening since the world ended over 2 years ago. but i’m back on the road this summer, and writing this to you from london, framework’s original home.

a dense mix this week (isn’t it always?) that will keep this short and let you get to – two alexandras, an elijah and a bruno mingling with our usual aporee soundmaps selections and an intro by a william. enjoy! next week’s edition of framework:afield, produced in the united states by a john, should appear right on time from the safety of framework HQ back in sweltering estonia.

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#806: 2022.06.19 [hessel veldman]

Radio Artivity is a multi dimensional sound work and radio play, based on recordings made by Hessel Veldman, Willem de Ridder, Cora Emens and Nick Nicole between 1985 and 1990.

Recorded in real time, round the living room table, at the EXART studio in IJmuiden; The Netherlands.

Willem de Ridder: field-recordings, voices + ordinary objects.
Hessel Veldman: real time sound manipulation, mixing and composing; using field-recordings and all kind of instruments + voices.
Cora Emens: voices + ordinary objects.
Nick Nicole: voices + ordinary objects.

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#805: 2022.06.12

we’re celebrating our 20th birthday (we can buy a gun now in america, but we can’t have a beer yet) with some wonderful new sounds from shiny spinning discs by the great auf abwegen label – we met up with label boss till kniola in leverkusen, germany this past week for the first time in 19(!) years. we also saw stefan knappe there (drone records) for the first time in 18 years, and frans de waard (kormplastics) for the first time in 15 years. if i’m doing the math correctly that makes us 72 years old, which is hard to believe. good thing there weren’t too many stairs to get into the venue.

anyway, yes, the shiny discs are by asmus tietchens (17 years) and reynols (19 years), and they’re really good. i’ve never met any of the rest of this week’s featured artists in person, so we can stop counting now, but the sounds here by kaisa lindgren, hiroko komiya & chris h. lynn, and una lee and suelynee ho each with peter wullen, are all highly appreciated. we also heard recent listener-chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps, and an intro recorded in canada by james bailey.

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#804: 2022.06.05 [michael trommer]

this edition of framework:afield has been produced in toronto, canada by michael trommer and his students. for more of his work see https://michaeltrommer.com/. producers’ notes:

Spaces Lived

A phonographic composition in three acts. Using only field recordings to examine the sonic textures, rhythms and tonal components that permeate our lived environments whether exterior, interior, or internal. Composition created, arranged, and mixed by the 2022 class of Postgraduate Sound Production and Postproduction students at George Brown College in Toronto, ON Canada, under the guidance of producer, sound artist and Sound Art program course director: Michael Trommer.

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#803: 2022.05.29

i like this week’s geographic list: sounds from norway, france, england, the united states, argentina, finland, spain, antarctica, and ghana. all that, plus a perimeter – perhaps we’ll plot that journey while you’re listening.

we’ve made this call a few times on the air in the last few weeks, but we’ll make it here too: we want your intros, folks! recording a framework introduction is easy, and we need a new one for every regular edition of the show. just take a recorder somewhere, record, and talk. that’s all there is to it! especially if you’ve never been on the show before, or you’re in a place that’s never been in an intro before (how about you, samuel kudjodzi, whose ghana recordings from the aporee maps have been on the show a few times?), we want your voice! see the recording guidelines here, and get on out there!

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#802: 2022.05.22 [aki onda]

Aki Onda has channeled the spirit of the late Korean artist Nam June Paik via radio transmission in Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me (2017/2021). Paik is known for his association with shamanism, a practice that consistently surfaces in his works. With a portable radio in hand, Onda communicates with his spirit from a distance—collecting field recordings of cryptic broadcasts and messages on anonymous radio stations. The series of séances has been conducted in different cities across the globe, beginning in Seoul, Korea in 2010 and continuing in Cologne, Germany in 2012, Wrocław, Poland in 2013, and Lewisburg, United States in 2014. This work was originally commissioned by documenta 14’s radio program “Every Time A Ear di Soun” in 2017.
From March 26 to June 5, 2022, Aki Onda will present Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me, through microbroadcasting and printed matter at the Toronto Biennial of Art. Broadcasting over two frequencies (88.5 FM and 106.5 FM) that cover the exhibition site of 72 Perth Ave in Toronto, radios are placed as part of the exhibition to symbolize sound waves in the air. The audio work exists as invisible yet discrete and perceptible through the proper medium, recalling the ritual of channeling spirits. Bring your own radio to catch the frequencies.
Onda is also bringing Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me to the international radio waves in a series of international public programs. The program will play, uninterrupted and in its entirety of 50 minutes. For Onda, those broadcasts are a response to how Nam June Paik spread his ideas through TV cable networks and connected to a large number of people at a global scale.

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