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Programme of works – Thursday 25th October 2012

1: Wendy Miller (LIVE)

Title: White flags

Synopsis: A slightly abstract poem about witnessing a fire which stirs uneasy memories about the fear-driven willful destruction of a relationship.

Biography: Wendy Miller is a Glasgow-based playwright with a small and mostly manageable poetry habit. She is currently working on her third full length play, All Things Being Equal. Her most recent production was the short play Paper Planes, part of Streetlands Festival, Govanhill in May 2012. Wendy works as a literacy and creative writing tutor.


2: Paul Baran

Title: Dissent

Synopsis: Inspired by the dramatic events in London – the student protests and the following riots that took place last year. Utilizing multitrack vocals, subtone bass provided by Lucio Capece as well as as trombone, nIcole mcneilly, and Rhino-sax courtesy of Dick Stimic.

Duration: 5 minutes 49 seconds

Biography: Paul Baran is an improviser and composer based in Glasgow. He is also one half of spanking post-avant combo The Cray Twins.


3: Monica Brown

Title: A favorable wind and the preservation of culture.

Synopsis: Staying in the Nesbister böd (bothy) in Shetland, I found The Shetland Book – a textbook written in the 1960s for teachers to educate Shetland school children about their own culture in fear that it was going to ‘disappear’. The böd, and the book within it are at the end of a rocky peninsula,   fiercely guarded by terns.

Duration: 7 minutes 45 seconds (excerpt, work in progress)

Biography: Monica works in community media.


4: Wendy Miller (LIVE)

Title: Winter in Scotland

Synopsis: A kind of does-what-it-says-on-the-tin self-deprecating rant exploring my identity as a Scot.

Biography: see previous piece – number 1

5: Ela Orleans

Title: Nocturne

Synopsis: Initially a soundtrack for an animation by New York artist – Anton Cabaleiro. The idea was based on horror stories about ice cream trucks… Eventually it was developed into this orchestrated piece.

Duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds

Biography: Ela Orleans is a Polish composer and musician based in Glasgow.


LOLG curated piece 1:

6. Archive

Title: Yves Klein Speaks!

Synopsis: From the series ‘Art After Death’ a short documentary made up of interviews with spirit mediums who claim to be channeling the spirit of deceased artist Yves Klein.

Duration: 5 minutes 34 seconds

Biography: Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh, both Oakland, CA-based artists, often work together under the name Archive. They produce sculpture, works on paper, video, video games, audio cds and sound installations. From 2001 to 2005, their project Art After Death centered on the overlaps of metaphysics and art history. From 2004-2007, they produced works from a massive commercial sound effects library, exploring the rhetorical and sculptural dimensions of these complex cultural archives. In recent video projects, Archive continues its work with specialist performers and craftspeople to focus on the residue of fantasy left behind at “historical” sites and monuments.


LOLG curated piece 2:

7. Judson Fountain

Title: Two Boys in a Haunted House

Synopsis: Judson Fountain was between 17 and 22 when he produced these extremely primitive radio plays. His simple, derivative plotlines employ Halloween kitsch — spooks, witches, haunted houses — as vehicles in morality plays about redemption for the honorable and damnation for evil-doers. The original recordings were pressed on LPs (reportedly about 200 copies of each) – this recording is from a compilation titled ‘Completely in the Dark!’

Duration: 6 minutes 55 seconds

Biography: Judson Fountain (b. 1952) grew up after the heyday of classic radio theater, but as a child heard vestiges of programs that had enthralled his parents. He developed an obsession with suspense-filled shows like The Shadow, Inner Sanctum, and Lights Out! While most Americans were evolving into couch potatoes, Judson embraced radio as the superior theatrical medium, and felt compelled to single-handedly revive the art. That he lacked training, technology, skilled staff and a budget did not deter him. Ed Wood, Jr. made movies; Judson produced radio dramas.


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LOLG curated piece 3:

8: The Enfield Poltergeist

Title: 1-2 voices from possessed children: Janet (11) and Margaret (13)

Synopsis: The Enfield poltergeist was one of the most carefully investigated poltergeist cases of the last century. For more than a year the psychical researcher Maurice Grosse recorded hundreds of hours of interviews and apparent possession voices from the children at the epicenter of the activity. Janet in particular sometimes maintained the masculine sounding voice for hours at a time without any damage to her vocal cords and a speech therapist declared that what she was doing was not possible using her normal physical organs. When speaking she said she was ‘Bill’ who had died in the house. Recorded in Enfield, England, January/February 1978.

Duration: 3 minutes 51 seconds / 2 minutes 51 seconds

9: Andy Knight

Title: There’s a Ghost in My House

Synopsis: An imaginary scenario of ghostly activities in a haunted mansion.

Duration: 6 minutes 10 seconds

Biography: Andy Knight is a freelance documentary maker and researcher for the BBC in Scotland and for several independent production companies. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Production at the University of the West of Scotland and is also a keen radio presenter for local hospital radio.

10: Mark Vernon

Title: The Voice in the Mirror

Synopsis: Featuring an interview with Gordon Smith, Glasgow’s former ‘Psychic Barber’(now a full-time psychic) about his parallel careers and an interview with a noise pollution officer at Dundee City Council about suspected EVP voices that were picked up on tape recorders placed in people’s homes to capture incidents of nuisance noise from neighbours. The voices are back….

Duration: 8 minutes 44 seconds

Biography: Mark Vernon is a sound artist and radio producer whose radiophonic creations range from documentaries and radio plays to experimental audio collage and soundscape pieces. He has produced programmes for stations including Radia, Resonance FM, CKUT, VPRO and BBC Radio 4 and is currently lecturer in Sound Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College, University of Dundee and digital artist in residence at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.


11: Neil Rose

Title: Goat Boy / Whippoorwills

Synopsis: An audio recording of Neil Rose’s explorations within the mad ramblings of Abdul Alhazred (originally known as “Al Azif” an Arabic word that means: “that nocturnal sound supposed to be the howling of demons”) we know this to chronicle Alhazred’s worshipping of Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu and is commonly referred to as The Necronomicon: the text, the means to unravel reality and the bringer of madness and dissipation to all that come across it, a blasphemous link with forgotten aeons that we now pass to you.

Biography: Neil Rose is a sonic artist and academic who specialises in electroacoustic/acousmatic music, live performance, film, animation and design. He studied sonic arts at Middlesex University, is a key member of Plymouth’s premier experimental sound event: Café Concrete, and lecturer in sonic arts at Plymouth College of Art. He has several record releases and records and performs in numerous projects across the South West.

12: Barry Burns

Title: Can’t Get You Out Of My Neck

Synopsis: “It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play”. Bram Stoker, Dracula 1897.

Duration: 5 minutes 9 seconds (excerpt from work ongoing since 1897)

Biography: Barry Burns casts no shadow in the mirror and avoids the sun. In fact he doesn’t read any tabloid newspapers.


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