#823: 2022.11.20

i’ll tell you a secret: sometimes these shows make themselves. i feel like i’m cheating taking any credit for them – the works i somewhat randomly select to use in an edition sometimes slot themselves together so gloriously and holistically that i feel like i’m in the audience myself. this is one of those weeks – amazing antarctic sounds by cheryl e. leonard, environmental recordings and malfunctioning mixers by keith de mendonca & howard dodd, the spectacular sounds of ukrainian and argentinian steppes reworked by anla courtis & edward sol, the long-distance concrete collaborations between porya hatami in iran & monologue (marie rose) in france, the rubbish sounds of rubbish music (kate carr & iain chambers) from the uk, aporee map sounds from germany, vanuatu, ghana, and bhutan, and a framework introduction recorded for us on the beach in hong kong. hope you enjoy this whirlpool as much as i do.

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#822: 2022.11.13 [iris garrelfs]

This one hour composition is the result of a workshop exploring the relationship between field recordings and the voice. It was conducted remotely by Iris Garrelfs, for the International Field Recording Meeting (EIGC) based in Mexico in summer 2022.

Coming from a range of Latin American countries, some of the participants were new to the practice, others were more experienced. Locations included large cities and smaller places as well as indoor and outdoor settings, populated by street vendors, musicians, cars, birds, dogs. You can hear markets, a university campus, sounds drifting into a basement.

After completion of the workshop participants selected or created a 1-2min long section from their source recordings which were then combined into this 1 hour long piece by Iris Garrelfs. The result superimposes spatially disjointed, but temporally corresponding experiences across the continent, from Guadalajara in Mexico over Trinidad in Bolivia to Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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#821: 2022.11.06

it feels like it’s been a long time since we had such a long playlist – 21 individual tracks by 9 different artists in 7 different countries. several new names, as we have the pleasure of airing the work of both méryll ampe and david brown for the first time this week, along with the return of recent favorites alëna korolëva and pierrot desperes. and our aporee soundmaps segment brings us 3 new names this week (steve bates, rachid sadaoui, and alison fure) along with steadfast regular ian-john hutchinson. all this began with a framework introduction recorded for us in bergen, norway by uk sound artist paul mallatratt.

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#820: 2022.10.30 [jo mongomerie]

this week’s edition of framework:afield has been produced in manchester, uk by jo montgomerie. for more of her work see https://jomontgomerie.com/. producer’s notes:

I love to walk around the city, taking photos and sneaky recordings. I never stop, just keep walking. There’s a constant pulse, between the clubs and the wind and rain. The people and traffic. It’s a musical place.

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#819: 2022.10.23

first off, apologies to shumaila hemani for mispronouncing her name in this week’s show. a good excuse to play her work again and get it right. her acousmatic compositions feature field recordings from pakistan, sufi poetry, spoken word, traditional instruments, and song. they meet across the world with doug haire’s location compositions from the pacific northwest, vanessa massera’s electroacoustic compositions from canada, and siavash amini’s poetry-inspired works from iran. sounds from the aporee maps (from germany, the uk, denmark and the united states) and a framework intro by rob johanssen also from the states cap off this week’s somehow narrative edition.

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#818: 2022.10.16 [david clarke]

This edition of framework:afield, entitled moons of the solar system, has been produced in the uk by david clarke, aka @IAmTheHow. for more information see https://www.iamthehow.com/store/. producer’s notes:

Moons of the Solar System

An acoustic journey through our solar system as we visit ‘other moons’. The sounds of distant chains saws, wind turbines, elastic bands and springs are mixed and treated to convey a sense of wonder as we journey to Enceladus and Io.

Each piece accompanies a handmade print which can be viewed via the link while listening, to provide an experience in both sound and vision: https://www.iamthehow.com/store/. As the compositions are ‘slow’, with periods of silence, the use of headphones is highly recommended.

Not long ago the planets and their moons within our Solar System were thought to be void of activity, but now we know there is active geology and climate throughout. The ice bright Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, would sit in the North Sea; a small moon with a big story waiting to be told: thick ice with massive crevasses ‘The Tiger Stripes’ through which the waters of the hidden ocean erupt into the geysers that reach into space. And then there’s Io, one of the four Galilean satellites that orbits the gas giant Jupiter; it is about the same size as the Earth’s Moon, but it’s subject to intense gravitational warping, which most likely explains the high level of volcanic activity.

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#817: 2022.10.09

several new names to framework this week: the collaboration between sarah ruth and monte espina comprises a series of site-specific open-air environmental improvisations; richard scott’s compositions for field recordings and synthesizers are coincidentally released on arbirary records framework series; marc arsenault’s self-proclaimed “field recordings pop record” features a heavy presence of electro-magnetic interference and inexplicable sounds. meanwhile ingrid plum returns to our airwaves with her vocal experiments intertwined with field recordings, electronics, and a piano interior, drawing on the archive of sound poet lily greenham. andy park starts us off with a framework introduction recorded in cuckmere haven, sussex in the uk, with our introductory text spoken by his daughter wren. and we return as is our wont to the aporee maps for a selection of recent listener chosen favorites, this week from turkey, canada, denmark and the united states.

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#816: 2022.10.02 [mark vernon]

this edition of framework:afield, entitled a world behind this world, has been produced in scotland by regular contributor mark vernon. for more of his work see http://meagreresource.com/. producer’s notes:

A World Behind This World is a composed soundscape created from sounds recorded on location at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas.

Depending on how you look at it – this is either an expanded version of the album released on Persistence of Sound earlier this year – or a condensed version of the original two-and-a-half-hour longform broadcast produced for Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s radio station, Lumsden Live in 2021.

In addition to sounds of the rural environment – recordings of various machines, equipment and processes from the workshop feature heavily. ‘Performed’ by technician, Eden Jolly, sound sources include the copper guillotine, extractor fans, electrical saws, drills, the furnace, welding torches, anvils, hydraulic jacks, sanding machines, grinders and electric hoists. The piece also features a recurring refrain made from the eerie sounds of the wood pellet burner that kept me awake for most of the night when I was staying on site.

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#815: 2022.09.25

getting into the autumn flow now, with our second regular edition back since our summer break. we’ve had this mola self-release waiting for airplay for far too long – it’s from 2019. but better late than never!
and we consistently love what comes out of the helen scarsdale agency, and not just because they release our own murmer sounds – our old boston buddies howard stelzer and brendan murray have put together another beautiful slab of tonal residue here. we also have new releases on both the mappa and forms of minutiae labels, both relatively young publishes who have have so far impressed us greatly with the scope of consistent quality of their releases. here we’re exploring works on those labels by alexandra spence and diane barbé, respectively. with these releases we have our latest batch of listener chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps, and a bouncy framework introduction recorded on a trampoline in ireland by regular contributor william denton, voiced by the jumpers.

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#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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