this week's edition of framework:afield, entitled listening with the blackwater estuary, was produced in the united kingdom by blanc sceol (stephen shiell & hannah white). for more information see https://blancsceol.co.uk. producer's notes:
This piece visits the Blackwater Estuary from both sides, at Tollesbury and Bradwell-on-sea. Working with a variety of microphones, these layered field recordings and voice seek to contribute to the acoustic commons and bring listeners to an area of natural heritage currently threatened by the proposed Bradwell B nuclear power station, 15 years after the old station was officially defueled. A journey from newness to becoming, a resting and a migration, and a sense of urgency in the face of this new threat to the area. [...]
this is out last regular edition before our annual summer break - every year we take the month of august off to refresh and recharge our ears, and this year we'll be doing that while finally (hopefully!) moving framework into it's new permanent home and studio. we've been semi-nomadic for almost a year now, and we're really looking forward to putting our bags and our monitors down for good.
this edition of framework:afield has been produced by uni.Sol_, curated by slavek kwi, and features contributions from david rothenberg, stephen bradley, david michael, and wilbur bewley. producer's, and cicada's notes:
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Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula featuring Homo sapiens sonoris:
David Rothenberg, Stephen Bradley, David Michael, Wilbur Bewley (USA), Slavek Kwi & teenage students* from Scariff Community College in Ireland and uni.Sol_community worldwide. [...]
we recently learned, through the words of jez riley french in the wire, of a great loss to our community: rowan forestier-walker, who recorded her amazing soundworks under the name embla quickbeam, has passed away. her work was a very recent discovery for us here at framework, much to our shame when we realised it's been out there in the aether for many, many years (her first full release as embla, as far as we know, dates from 2011 and features in this edition). we encountered it by chance only earlier this year, and first played it on the show, her latest full-length solo work released by chocolate monk, in april. we've never had direct contact with the artist, but the sensitivity, compassion and focus that jez makes clear about her in his writing comes through with great force in her work. we regret that we will not get a chance to meet her, or hear her perform, or experience to further development of her work, but we are grateful to have made this discovery and to have the sounds that she left us, her listeners. [...]