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Programme of works – Wednesday 20th June 2012

1: Guest curated piece 1: selected by Nina Garthwaite (‘In the Dark’)

In The Dark is a London based organization run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Their regular listening events are lovingly put together in collaboration with some of the best radio producers in Britain and abroad.

Nina Garthwaite is a filmmaker and radio enthusiast. She created In The Dark  to open up a space where radio from around the world could be heard, enjoyed and discussed. She hopes that, in time, In The Dark will raise the profile of the radio documentary in the UK, so that it can claim its rightful place amongst the arts. The two audio works Nina has selected are drawn from a number of pieces commissioned by In the Dark with the aid of their Sound Bank scheme – a fund dedicated to helping producers realise crafted radio features and more experimental works that may not fit the bill of mainstream radio.

Phil Smith

Title: Bolo (UK, 2012)

Synopsis: A group of women are producing shea butter, beating kernels into a paste in large wooden bowls; they clap in unison as their hands rise up from the brown liquid and splash back in on the downbeat. Earlier on, some of them had got up before dawn to pound millet with a large pestle. Beyond the compound, in the cotton fields surrounding Kojugu Garalo, cotton is being picked, bud by bud. ‘Bolo’, meaning ‘hand’ or ‘stake’, is a sound composition, exploring how music is both by-product and mental necessity, a result of and a way of coping with the harshly repetitious agricultural work of a village in southern Mali.

Duration: 7 minutes 55 seconds

Biography: Phil Smith is an assistant producer at Somethin’ Else, working on Jazz on 3 for BBC Radio 3. He has produced documentaries for the World Service, Radio 4 and 1Xtra, and has composed music for dramas on Classic FM and Radio 3.


2: Chris Dooks

Title: Five Sperm Whales and the Alloway Dawn Chorus

Synopsis: Massive insomnia recently ended up with me making a piece of work about it. I was up anyway so recorded the dawn chorus and re-edited an earlier wee thought about the guardians of sleep…

Duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

Biography: Chris Dooks is a new media artist and doctoral researcher at The University of The West of Scotland in Ayr. His last commission was a short film for Wood End Barn Arts in Banchory


3: Nichola Scrutton

Title: Fretwork

Synopsis: Using guitar as its sound source Fretwork is an exploration of the physical gestures, vibrations and resonances associated with playing the guitar. The piece unfolds as an abstract sound collage, through which fragments of recognisable guitar sounds emerge.

Duration: 4 minutes 48 seconds

Biography: Nichola Scrutton is a Glasgow-based composer/performer and sound artist with a particular interest in using the voice as communicative and sonorous material in live performance and acousmatic compositions, interdisciplinary collaboration, and sound as a vehicle to explore creativity in the broadest sense. More info at



4: Andrew Beltran

Title: The truth about Scotland’s man on the moon

Synopsis: Documentary narrated by Andrew John Beltran about the life of Thomas Agnew, the first Scotsman in space and the eighth man on the moon.

Duration: 9 minutes 11 seconds

Biography: Andrew Beltran is a white male in his early twenties living in the Glasgow area and is entering his 4th year of Visual Communication at Glasgow’s School of Art. Members of the public are warned not to approach the suspect as he is thought to be extremely sarcastic.


Twitter: @Andrew_Beltran


5: Ela Orleans

Title: Red Scarf

Synopsis: Last February I was asked by Polish Television to work with very talented animator Ewa Borysewicz, who was commissioned to create a short animation to encourage a good behavior amongst football fans during Euro 2012. Through a very short period of the most challenging artistic collaboration, I produced 48 versions of the 20 second score. Here is version 1 (first proposed version) and 48 (final, accepted version). The movie can be watched here:

Duration: 2 x 20 seconds

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


  1. Mark Vernon

Title: Location recordings by East Midlands tape recording clubs (1959-1978)

Synopsis: A selection of vintage amateur field recordings from three East Midlands tape clubs based in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. Many of these recordings were made in the days when recording on location entailed lugging a heavy and cumbersome full-size reel-to-reel recorder out and about with you. The appearance of affordable portable battery recorders in the early 60’s granted tape enthusiasts unprecedented freedom as to what and where they could record – a freedom which most tape club members exploited to the full. This is an excerpt from a programme produced for ‘Framework’ a syndicated radio show dedicated to the art of field recording.

Duration: 9 minutes 20 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. He is currently lecturer in Sound Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College, University of Dundee and digital artist in residence at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.


7: Paul Baran

Title: Potlatch

Synopsis: A coming together of field recordings, electroacoustic improv, and ambient texture. Musicians: axel dorner, werner dafeldecker, gordon kennedy, paul b.

Duration: 4 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.


8: Guest curated piece 2: selected by Nina Garthwaite (‘In the Dark’)

Rikke Houd

Title: Magga (Denmark, 2011)

Synopsis: I met Magga in a small town in Iceland by a strange coincidence 8 years ago. She is a single mother, lives in a small, old house full of things with her kids. Her mother was a fortuneteller, her grandmother before that. She told me my fortune. I returned over the years, always bringing my recorder. Magga is one of few singing mediums in the world. She sings in many languages, from long forgotten German Eurovision songs to old Icelandic folksongs. This is the story of our meetings, this is also just music and my tribute to Magga´s sweet voice.

Duration: 13 minutes 26 seconds

Biography: Rikke Houd is an independent Danish radio producer who graduated from Goldsmiths College in London in 1997 and trained from the Danish feature department. She is the initiator of the two circumpolar radio feature projects Polar Radio and Radiophonic Narration (RANA).


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