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Episode 14, finds me in a busy coffee shop inside Somerset House, meeting artist and scholar Zeynep Bulut. We begin our conversation by unraveling Bulut’s multifaceted journey through art and research and we discuss her notion of the “skin voice”, cities, atmospheres, listening, truth and inner voices among other topics.
The episode will be aired on Tuesday 4th of November at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM (repeated on Friday Nov. 5th at 2am).
About Zeynep Bulut
Zeynep Bulut is currently a Lecturer in Music at King’s College London. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry between 2011 and 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices in Music from the University of California at San Diego in 2011. Prior to her doctoral education, she studied sociology (B.A.), opera, and visual arts (M.A.) in Istanbul, Turkey. Situated in the fields of voice, experimental music and sound studies, her work theorizes the physical and phenomenal emergence of the human voice and its role in the constitution of the self. Her broader research interests include historical epistemologies of hearing, anthropology of senses and affect, deaf performance and culture, and voice and speech disorders in the history of science and medicine. She is currently working on her book, entitled Skin-Voice: Contemporary Music Between Speech and Language. Her most recent publication, “Singing and a song: The Intimate Difference in Susan Philipsz’ Lowlands,” appeared in the volume Gestures of Music Theatre: The Performativity of Song and Dance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Alongside her scholarly work, she has also exhibited sound works, and composed and performed vocal pieces for concert, video and theatre.
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Episode 13 invites Budhaditya Chattopadhyay to discuss his work Elegy for Bangalore released via Gruenrekorder in 2013. Among other topics, we talk about contemplative engagement with the urban environment, exile, Kundera’s Slowness, being a nomadic listener, the importance of developing a methodology that protects us and our individuality from the alienating effects of the urban soundscape as well as his notion of hyper-listening.
The show will be broadcast on Friday 31st of January 2014 at 5:00pm to 5:30pm (repeated on Monday 3rd of February at 1am) @ Resonance FM.
About Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an artist and researcher working with sound and listening. His work encompasses field recording, sound/audiovisual installation, and composition for live performance. Budhaditya was born in India, and studied cinema specializing in sound recording at India’s national film school SRFTI; later he completed a master’s degree in new media at Aarhus University, Denmark, with a dissertation in sound art. Among other awards, he received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 2011. Currently he is engaged with a PhD project at University of Copenhagen working with perception and cognition of sound.
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Episode 5 of Sensing Cities, visits the Guardian’s audio department facilities to meet and chat with sound artist Francesca Panetta about her trajectory through London’s stories and sounds. Francesca is the creative force behind a series of locative media projects about London, including Soho Stories, Hackney Hear, Rachel Lichtenstein’s Diamond Street App and the Guardian’s Streetstories App. For Sensing Cities, I ask Francesca about her involvement with music, sound art, radio features production and how all these lead her to the world of new media and the creation of locative media projects. We focus on Hackney Hear, an App about her neighborhood in Hackney exploring the sounds and underlying narratives surrounding areas like London Fields and Broadway Market. She talks, among other topics, about feeling sound, the use of locative technology to expand a story in space as well as some of her inspirations and influences
Tune in on June 12th at Resonance FM at 1pm to listen to our discussion. The episode will be repeated on Sunday, 16th of June at 5:30pm.
Francesca Panetta is a multi award-winning producer and sound artist. She started her career at the BBC as a trainee sound assistant, moving across to radio where she worked for the next five years. In 2006 she left to work at the Guardian newspaper’s newly formed audio department and has worked in the multimedia department since then in various role, currently working as Special Projects Editor leading on innovation in storytelling and new platforms.
* For the purposes of this show, Francesca has shared an audio collage of snippets taken from the Hackney Hear app. I have also used some samples from her Hackney Podcast project, episodes 18 and 20.
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On the occasion of his recent publication Austerlitz and After (Test Centre, 2013), the fourth edition of Sensing Cities invites British writer Iain Sinclair to talk about writing, histories, walking, coincidences, sound, book characters, urban ruins and his way of exploring and narrating the unknown in the city of London. Embarking from Sinclair’s favourite spot in Liverpool Street station where his search of Austerlitz takes place, we then spend some time in the basement of Bishopsgate Institute.
Tune in on June 5th at Resonance FM at 1pm to listen to our discussion.
About Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver (Winner of the James Tait Black Prize & the Encore Prize for the Year’s Best Second Novel), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and, most recently, Dining on Stones (which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. In the ‘90s, Iain wrote and presented a number of films for BBC2’s Late Show and has, subsequently, co-directed with Chris Petit four documentaries for Channel 4; one of which, Asylum, won the short film prize at the Montreal Festival. He edited London, City of Disappearances, which was published in October 2006. Recently he has published Hackney,That Rose-Red Empire (2009) and Ghostmilk (2011).
The third episode of Sensing Cities, discusses with sound artist Dan Scott about his practice, the use of field recordings and his work on Iain Sinclair’s Stone Tape Shuffle, the first of a limited vinyl edition series of spoken word albums released by Test Centre. Stone Tape Shuffle features the writer reading a selection of excerpts from his writings including Lud Heat, Downriver, White Chappell Scarlet Tracings and Suicide Bridge. Scott’s been following in Sinclair’s steps around the locations that inspired the texts, recording both the narrative voice and the sounds surrounding it. We talk about imaginary naive ethnographers, words, memory and bringing book characters to life, sound design strategies and other possibilities of recording sound in this particular context of narrating the urban.
Tune in on May 29th at Resonance FM at 1pm to listen to our discussion.
About Dan Scott
Dan Scott is a sound artist based in Kent. His work incorporates performance, field recording, text and composed listening. Recent projects include The Inaudible Archive for Tate Modern Families programme, On The Sonority of Clay at the Soundfjord Gallery and the Aurality workshop at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Image courtesy of Daniela Cascella.
The second episode of Sensing Cities invites Italian writer Daniela Cascella to discuss her book “En Abîme” (Zer0 Books, 2012) and her notion of “writing sound”, a complex, self-ethnographic exploration into revisiting and narrating the inner landscape of past listening experiences.
Listen: Wednesday 22nd of May, 1pm, Resonance FM (repeated on Sunday 26th of May at 5:30 pm).
Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her research is focused on sound and listening. Her work explores Writing Sound in connection to voicing, memory, archives and the ephemeral, and the interplay between fiction and criticism. She is the author of En abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books 2012).
* “En Abîme” (Zer0 Books, 2012) is one of my favourite discoveries of 2012. You can read my review for fluidradio here.
Viv Corringham / Image courtesy of the artist
The first episode of Sensing Cities invites sound artist, composer and vocalist Vivienne Corringham to discuss the processes behind her ongoing project entitled Shadow Walks, her thoughts on self and place, personal histories, traces, voice and her way of exploring and narrating the urban through singing, walking and listening.
Listen: Wednesday 15th of May, 1pm, Resonance FM.
Viv Corringham is a British sound artist, composer and vocalist now resident in the USA who has worked internationally since the early 1980s. She was awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship in 2006 and 2012 through the American Composers Forum.
* Excerpts from the following “Shadow-walks” were featured in the episode: Maresia (2010), Slack Tide (2010), Hong-Kong (2013).