phonography ::: field recording ::: the art of sound-hunting ::: open your ears and listen
every now and then voices seem to present themselves more strongly in an edition of framework, and every now and then musical instruments do the same. this week they both rear their beautiful heads, in large part via the works of alexandra spence and yenting hsu. but they're not alone - we haven't heard david dunn on the program since we featured his amazing innova release back in 2004, and it's been a while since we heard from stéphane marin as well (although not that long). a nice selection of listener-chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps this week as well, including carlo patrao's timely documentation of the 15 minute wait after received a COVID jab, and some more voices (french children tell jokes) by emeline maciaszek. and this all began with an introduction recorded for us in canada by william denton.
#755: 2021.05.02 [keith de mendonca]
this edition of framework:afield, entitled london punch, has been produced in the uk by regular contribution keith de mendonca. producer's notes:
"Punch & Judy" is a traditional English puppet show that celebrates its birth date on May 9 1662, when Samuel Pepys noted in his diary watching puppets perform in Covent garden.
Over time, Punch & Judy incorporated many famous living characters into the plot - people who lived and died within my local area in London: Samuel Pepys, Joseph Grimaldi the clown, and Jack Ketch the executioner.
spring has sprung and the doors are open in the temporary sauna-studio framework HQ - ok, it's cold and rainy right now, but it was beautiful when making this show. a new project by old friend michael northam this week, who was one of our first ever in-studio live performances on denmark street in london back in the early late 2002, his jewel ship explores virtual synthesizers and field recordings captured along his north american and asian travels. also lovely sounds we've been trying to get to for some time by bethan kellough, budhaditya chattopadhyay (who was recently here in estonia, although with lockdown we didn't manage to meet him), and embla quickbeam. also recent listener-chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps, and a framework introduction recorded by northern irish regular-contributor barry cullen, although this time recorded in west virginia in 2018.
#753: 2021.04.18 [aural tectonics]
The following audio sequence by Mehrnaz, Farah, Richard, Ján, Marco, David, Ghaith and Hilde was realized during Raviv Ganchrow's Aural Tectonics workshop at the Institute of Sonology, The Hague, in the spring of 2021. Aural Tectonics explores the site-specificity and context-dependency of in-situ sound by fostering a critical awareness of, and attitudes towards, environmental ambiance. Founded in a practice-based approach, the workshop develops situated strategies for listening, recording, sound montage and mapping as well as experimental approaches to situated sound synthesis and site-specific sound intervention. Each year, a particular site is chosen around which a sequence of intensive projects are developed, fostering diverse approaches to 'hearing place' and encouraging individual approaches towards hearing contextual ambiance and the spatial agency of situated sounds.
we hope this edition sounds like spring, because it feels like spring here - the green explosion has not yet come (it usually doesn't until may) but the windows are open, the birds are singing and the ponds have thawed. ok, i might be jumping the gun a little, it's only 11C outside, but 11C feels like 25C when you've spent the -15C winter in an unheated outbuilding. anyway, sorry, were we talking about radio?
our springtime was ushered in by manja ristić, pierrot desperes, beatriz ferreyra, natasha barrett, dave phillips, an intro by cain blanchard, and listener-chosen favorite recent uploads to the aporee maps. almost every single release in this edition has been self-released on bandcamp (apart from the one split LP, which is also available for listening digitally on bandcamp), and direct links to all of them can be found below. go and listen, and if you like what you hear, please support these artists.