"This is the third anthology sound art practices by Lane & Carlyle (founders of CRiSAP - Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice at the University of the Arts London), following their book In the Field and subsequent collection of essays On Listening. In Sound arts now, they have adopted the interview format, and the twenty essays collected reflect a programmatic approach to research that goes beyond the white, male predominance of artists in this scene. And they accomplish this task with flying colours. Among the artists interviewed (online and in person), we find familiar names such as Adam Basanta, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Maria Chavez, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Mikel R. Nieto, but also, and especially, unfamiliar names such as Elsa M'bala, Jau-Lan Guo, Yashas Shetty and Khaled Kaddal. The cultures of listening are the dominant thread, examined as personal methods and historical systems. The editors' perspective is to engage in a collective process of defining contemporary sound art in theory and practice. However, in the afterword, the editors admit that this definition is now more problematic than ever, even by defining what sound art is not, which they have successfully done in the past. Lane and Carlyle's contribution to the discourse of sound art remains an extraordinary achievement. And hopefully it will continue."
Published in KIOSK zine "Lines of Flight" issue, edited by Yasaman Tamizkar, “Sulmo Roma Tomis” names three locations the poet Ovid (43 BC, 18 AD) called home: his place of birth, the stage for his success and subsequent scandal, the site of his enforced exile. The text is another part of Miasma of Decay, which cross-fades attempts to detoxify the violence and misogyny of Ovid’s Metamorphoses with projections of a post-cataclysmic world.
A real honour to have "TV Moon," part of my 'Miasma of Decay' project published on Hotel. All the words in TV Moon are taken from two sources: seven translations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the raw transcript of the Apollo 11 mission’s Technical Air-To-Ground communications. The Ovid passages are selected from sentences which feature the word moon, the NASA excerpts were chosen and integrated by matching their words with ones in the Ovid passages. Some punctuation has been slightly changed. Some abbreviations unpacked. Spellings anglicised. TV Moon was published in Hotel online magazine in June, 2022.
"Mirrors" is part of the long-standing exploration of one dewpond on the hills to the north of Brighton. See also "Wind Under Whitethorn, Wind Through Wire" and the workshop and listening session "Dewpond #1". Beautifully designed by Emily from Stanley James Press, the book contains a selection of images of dewponds, an essay, journeys represented as GPS-tracked waypoints, and tweets sent either during those journeys or just after. Self-published on the anniversary of 3 years consciously returning to the same dewpond, you can read the introductory text on my rarely-updated (!) Medium.
Really delighted to travel to the Margate Bookie Literary Festival and have the opportunity to read two texts from my Miasma of Decay series: "What the Cicadas Sang" and "The Smell of Apples," the latter published in Vanguard's "14" magazine, which all the writers in the above picture contributed to (and Richard Skinner (back row, R) edited). [Picture Credit: Margate Bookie].
Guy Dickinson is a photographer whose work I have very much enjoyed responding to. "Wood for Trees" was written to accompany his project "Peripheral". First published online by Kozu Books , it has now been re-published in the journal "Echtrai".
A more ambitious project is the collaboration "Anthologia: A Dictionary of Flowers," a landscape format 172 page A4 book of Dickinson's photographs with an introduction by Brian Lavelle and a composite text by me that respond to the images: "Through a Yellow Glass the Eye is Gladdened" includes a series of quotations, an SF story, a list of yellow flowers and a proposal series of 50 new paint names.
I am pleased to have a chapter published in Jane Grant, John Mathias and David Prior's "The Oxford Handbook of Sound Art." There are some fantastic contributors to the volume which it is a real honour to be included alongside.
The long hiatus that opened up between writing the original draft and the final publication has the woozy effect of reframing my words in different ways, some I am pleasantly surprised by, some that I would probably resolve differently today. The publication is eye-wateringly expensive - one destining the volume for academic libraries. I hope that a paperback version is planned.
Very pleased to have my poem "The Smell of Apples" published in the latest issue of "14" magazine, alongside some amazing authors. The text from "The Smell of Apples" is created from 9 translations of Ovid's horrible book "The Metamorphoses" with which I am involved in a long term and slow attempt to detoxify. You can order the magazine here. There was a launch for the magazine online.
“It is still raining in my bathroom” was uploaded 85 years after Mme Savoye wrote to architect Le Corbusier to complain (again) about the poor construction quality of Les Heures Claires / The Villa Savoye. She wrote “It’s raining in the hall, it’s raining on the ramp and the wall of the garage is absolutely soaked. What’s more, it’s still raining in my bathroom, which floods in bad weather, as the water comes in through the skylight. The gardener’s walls are also wet through.”
The video comprises three elements:
Eugénie Savoye’s 1936 letter was reported by Jacques Sbriglio in The Villa Savoye (1997 / 2008) p. 107 that references the Fondation Le Corbusier archives FLC H1-12-157.
I am delighted to have contributed two texts to Simon James' project "Electro Smog". "Electro Smog" is based around a series of electro-magnetic field recordings Simon made in the Shenzen electronics markets from which he has been able to generate mesmeric arrays of pulses, rhythms, tones and drones. One text is an interview with Simon about the project, the other a SF story written in response to Simon's work but constituting part of this slow Miasma of Decay project that I have been doing for a while. The hand-bound booklet is bi-lingual English / Chinese and, in keeping with the ecological themes of "Electro Smog," the audio tracks are packaged in recycled USB sticks (that can be customised by accompanying stickers).
You can order the album on bandcamp.