Idea of South Contrapuntal Radio

Idea of South Contrapuntal Radiophonic Broadcast

In partnership with UTS, 2SER 107.3 fm and Utility Fog FBI 94.5 fm Sydney, Idea of South will be broadcast at 22.30 AEST / 13.30 GMT on Sunday 14th June 2009.

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A live three part radiophonic work, broadcast simultaneously between Sydney radio stations 2SER and FBI with concurrent Internet Shoutcast stream. To experience the work, listeners will be able to tune their devices (radios and/or mobile phones, iphones) into both radio station frequencies (see above) as well as logging on HERE to pick up the Shoutcast audio stream and the other two radio streams if required.

Exploring the ontology or notion of southerness, it is a musical sound journey integrating cello, live processed trumpet and field recordings (sound marks) contributed by sound artists throughout the southern hemisphere. As the work moves through hot dry deserts or icy antarctic waters, the sense of these locations is enhanced through the diffusion of sound over three radiophonic sound sources.

Idea of South seeks to push the boundaries of experimental radio by engaging audiences to become actively involved with the interactive decision making part of the entertainment. It guarantees a unique and immersive experience, which will unsettle as much as it will sooth

It will also be featured at Don’t Look Gallery, 419 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill, Sydney. Bring a radio along to experience it in a truly multi player environment. The evening starts at 18.00 and also features a live performance by Forenzics.

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Composed and performed by Roger Mills

Idea of South at Loop Space, Newcastle.

Idea of South – Sound Map Installation (work in progress)
Roger Mills & Neil Jenkins.
21st February – 15th March 2009
Loop Space Gallery, Newcastle.
109 Hunter St, Newcastle, N.S.W.

IDEA OF SOUTH
Inspired by our relocation from the United Kingdom to Australia twelve months ago, Idea of South explores the quintessence of southern sentience through sound. Part phonography and part psycogeography, Idea of South maps an evolving collage of sound events through a web map interface supplied by artists and sound recordists contributions of recordings from locations throughout the southern hemisphere. As a work in progress, this impressionist soundscape will evolve as more sounds are added and there is an ongoing call for submissions. The coordinates from each location will also plot an indeterminate tonal composition for a radiophonic work to be performed in the Autumn.

See below for guidelines on how to submit recordings.

Web map installation will be online from 1800 on 21st of February at www.ideaofsouth.netpraxis.net/map

CALL FOR FIELD RECORDINGS.
To contribute field recordings, please email stereo WAV or 256k mp3 files to roger AT eartrumpet [dot] org via ftp host yousendit.com. For those with access to a server, I am also happy to download from them.

Please also include the following details:

Location with latitude and longitude coordinates.

Description of location, time of year and emotional responses/observations at time of recording.

Name and contact details.

All contributors will be credited and by submitting recordings I assume your permission to use the material in the manner outlined. All contributions for the web map installation will be licensed, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed files to make ‘Idea of South’ what it is so far.

IDEA OF SOUTH – LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCE
The project will also culminate in a live radiophonic work in the Autumn of 2009. Referencing Glenn Gould’s notion of ‘contrapuntal radio’, Idea of South will combine the mediums of Nicecast streaming, podcasting and mp3 download to facilitate multiple layers of sound, which can be played simultaneously alongside the radio broadcast. Contributions for the web map installation will also form part of the resulting radio work, creating an opportunity to engage the interest of the public, artists and phonographers from the works inception.

TOHORA LIVE INTERNET PERFORMANCE.

The first work in progress of the Idea of South series was composed and performed live by Roger Mills in Sydney through (Nicecast) and streamed into Plug 4 Gallery, San Francisco as part of the international Le Placard Headphones Festival on the 6th December 2008.

‘Inspired by a hydrophonic recording of a sperm whale obtained by my father during a research trip to the Antarctic several years ago. Tohora is composed of looped trumpet drones, manipulated field recordings and signal processing that fuses the frequencies and tonality of whale song in a fugue with improvised and processed trumpet’.

San Francisco based Plug 4 global headphones festival is a yearly event which explores and experiments with new medias, sonic perception, levels of concentration, isolation as inspiration, and spontaneous modification within a global community of eclectic culture jammers, curious engineers, instigators and self-sufficient sound artists. Listeners at the event plug their headphones into amps with multiple output jacks, and the festival is also streamed as a live audio/visual feed through LE PLACARD to headphone listeners worldwide.

Download performance.

Contributing Sound Artists

Credits

Idea of South contains location recordings by Rob Curgenven, Geoff Mills, Balaam, Twisted Lemon, Andra Fembriato, Reinsamba, Its Not Fair, Tito Lahaye, Juskiddink and Oyez.

Special thanks to Peter Hollo, Michael Kosmider, Hogi Tsai, Jarran Taylor, Damian Castaldi, James Brock, Emily McDaniel, Kaustubh Srikanth, Sophea Lerner, Norie Neumark, Brendan Lloyd and the UTS technical team, Neil Jenkins, Andra Fembriato, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Maurice Manawatu, Bernie Meir, Brooke Olsen, Pia Van Gelder, Tracy Miles, Free Sound Archive and Lars and Alex Ollo.
Project Support

Idea of South is supported by
Radio 2SER, FBi Radio, Utility Fog, Don’t Look Gallery and UTS

Contributing Sound Artists

Idea of South contains location recordings by Rob Curgenven, Geoff Mills, Balaam, Twisted Lemon, Andra Fembriato, Reinsamba, Its Not Fair, Tito Lahaye, Juskiddink and Oyez.

Special thanks to Peter Hollo, Michael Kosmider, Hogi Tsai, Jarran Taylor, Damian Castaldi, James Brock, Emily McDaniel, Kaustubh Srikanth, Sophea Lerner, Norie Neumark, Brendan Lloyd and the UTS technical team, Neil Jenkins, Andra Fembriato, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Maurice Manawatu, Bernie Meir, Brooke Olsen, Pia Van Gelder, Tracy Miles, Free Sound Archive and Lars and Alex Ollo.
Project Support

Idea of South is supported by
Radio 2SER, FBi Radio, Utility Fog, Don’t Look Gallery and UTS

IDEAOFSOUTH.NET – JOURNAL AND BLOG

IDEAOFSOUTH.NET – JOURNAL AND BLOG

‘The Idea of South is an open exploration of what it means to have a world divided into top and bottom. This exploration goes beyond the southern hemisphere as a geographical region to consider how the meaning of South informs our understanding of the world as a whole. It is journey through the different meanings of South to be found in various parts of the world and its history. The goal is to re-think the north-south hierarchy and imagine new possibilities.’

Que?
Se trata de una exploración en curso en los distintos significados del Sur que se encuentran en diversas partes del mundo y su historia. Está diseñado para ayudar a re-pensar el Norte y el Sur jerarquía e imaginar nuevas posibilidades.

The Idea of South project is an amazing archive of stories and journey’s curated by writer Kevin Murray. It has been a great source of inspiration in the development of the Web Sound Map.

Visit theideaofsouth.net