Welcome to the page of Maria Papadomanolaki.
Maria Papadomanolaki is a Greek sound practitioner and researcher currently based in London. Her work and research focus on creating collaborative listening experiences in sites within the urban environment that are associated with migration, transience and change. Either in the form of conversational and telemetatic soundwalks, outdoors listening events, durational broadcasts or exploratory workshops, Papadomanolaki is interested in activating, within the sites in question, a sonic perceptual ecology that can enrich our inherent potential as listeners and of questioning through sound our certainties and perceptual finitudes in relation to our surroundings.
In conjuction with her research and practice on sound studies, Maria has also been creating for other sound and music related fields including releasing electronic music, sound designing for dance and installation art, writing and editing of publications and music journalism, producing for radio and curatorial activities.
Papadomanolaki has presented her work and research at galleries, conferences and festivals in Europe, UK and the US with highlights being IMT Gallery (London, 2008), Ontological-Hysteric Theater (NY, 2009), Cabinet Magazine (NY, 2010), Issue Project Room (NY, 2012), Decibel Festival (Seattle, WA, 2012), The British Library (London, 2013), Athens Biennale AGORA (Athens, 2013), Parasol Unit (London, 2014), Music Tech Fest (2014, London), Apiary Studios (London, 2014), ISEA 2015 (Vancouver, 2015), Mobile Audio Fest (Aix-en-Provence, 2015), Mois Multi (Quebec City, 2016) , Sound Acts (Athens, 2016). Her projects have also been featured in radiostations such as Resonance FM (UK), WGXC (US), BBC Radio 3 (UK), BBC 6 Music (UK), Radio Campus Paris (FR) and CFRO Vancouver Co-operative Radio (CA) among others.
Papadomanolaki holds a PhD on Sonic Perceptual Ecologies at CRiSAP, UAL, London and is the co-founder of SoundCamp. She is the co-editor of the publications Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves (PAJ Publications, 2011), sounds remote (SoundCamp/Uniformbooks, 2016) and is the producer of Sensing Cities, an ongoing series of interviews broadcast on Resonance FM.
Soundcamp/Reveil 6-7 May 2017
The fourth Soundcamp will happen over the weekend of International Dawn Chorus Day from 6 to 7 May 2017.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
Sites at Stave Hill Ecological Park, Rotherhithe; End of the World Garden, Cornwall; South Walney Island, Cumbria; Bridport, Devon and others in the UK and around the world will be joined by the Reveil radio broadcast, which circles the earth at sunrise on a network of live audio streams.
Each soundcamp is a chance to explore a place of acoustic and ecological interest through workshops, performances, presentations and an overnight camp.
We're putting out a call out for live streams, soundcamps, broadcast relays, and any other ideas - so if you'd like to contribute please get in touch.
Filtig & Dalot - Boats
Boats is a melancholic gaze into today's turbulent and troubled waters. It pays tribute to those who still dare to travel and to those who dare to dream. It comes as a free download from greek label FYTINI.
I contributed a recording of rain falling during Storm Angus in London to the upcoming radio exhibition radioCona:wolFMoon curated by Cona and Elena Biserna, with host curators selection by Radio Arts and Anna Friz/ Konrad Korabiewski. More info and to listen online: here.
Seminar: LISTENING TO THE END OF THE WORLD
Soundcamp and SPR at Goldsmiths will be co-hosting a panel on live audio streaming on the occasion of a visit in London of the team from University of Tokyo who is responsible for the 'Cyberforst' project. More info: here.
'Buskers' at PARABOL(3,14 International Contemporary Art Foundation, Bergen)
A selection of my recordings of street musicians will be presented between the 28th October - 6th November at PARABOL, a parabolic loudspeaker installed at the entrance of 3,14 International Contemporary Art Foundation in Bergen, Norway. More info: here.
In Transglasphōnē at ALL2016
'In Transglasphōnē', the bi-directional telematic performance by Female Laptop Orchestra will be performed in a Cambridge-specific iteration as part of this year's Art Language Location festival.
Cities&Memory: The Next Station
I am happy to have contributed my own re-imagining of my local station as part of Cities&Memory: The Next Station project.
In Transglasphōnē by Female Laptop Orchestra will be broadcast as part of this year's Radiophrenia temporary art radio station.
SoundCamp @ Performance Research Journal
Sounds nothing like the sea, a paper and a digital supplement by soundCamp, is featured in Performance Research Volume 21 No 2 April 2016: On Sea/At Sea.
Female Laptop Orchestra @ CMMR2016, USP, Brazil
FLO (Nela Brown, Magdalena Chudy, Maria Papadomanolaki, Ximena Alarcón) will present a co-located live performance of In Transglasphōnē, 8-channel audio streaming from QMUL, London + Mathieu Barthet (FR), Thomas Deacon (GB-SCT) 8-channel performance diffusion and audience participation via Twitter at University of São Paulo, Brazil
Upcoming performances of In Transglasphōnē by FLO include ALL2016: 15 October 2016, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
SoundCamp Panel @ Balance/Unbalance 2016
SoundCamp will curate a panel discussion on The Live Audio Archive, further supported by a live streaming workshop at Balance/Unbalance Manizales, Colombia.
Sounds Remote @ Uniformbooks
Sounds Remote:a reader of live streams from Reveil 2015 with images by Ky Lewis and writings by Paul Tourle, Rob St John, Zach Poff, Anna Friz, Udo Noll, Angus Carlyle, published by Uniformbooks.
A Certain Geography @ Sound Acts
I am happy to be contributing a new iteration of my ongoing site-specific project "A Certain Geography" to this year's Sound Acts Festival to be taking place in May 5-8 in Athens.
Dalot - Mutogibito (n5MD/2016)
A new album by Dalot will be out in April 22nd via n5MD. Entitled Mutogibito, the release marks a particular moment in my life and celebrates the arrival of a new life.
SoundCamp/Reveil 2016 30 April to 1 May: Call for participation
Soundcamp is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast that tracks the sounds of daybreak, travelling West from microphone to microphone on sounds transmitted live by audio streamers around the globe.
Soundcamp / Reveil will be at Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe from the 30th of April to the 1st of MAY 2016, and at soundcamps elsewhere in the UK and beyond.
For information on camping, listening, broadcasting or contributing a live sound stream mail email@example.com.
You can hear sounds from the first Reveil broadcast in May 2014 in the Archive. These include streams from the Locus Sonus soundmap, independent projects, commissions and transient streams specially for the event.
Soundcamp exists as the assembled activities of artists, scientists, activists, listeners and others, who contribute live audio streams at daybreak and head outdoors in small or larger forays to explore the sound ecology of strange and familiar places. For 24 hours those sounds are strung together to create a long, live composition and a kind of clock.
We warmly welcome your involvement. Please let us know if you are interested or have questions and for general inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Les Présences Invisibles
SoundCamp are invited to curate a selection of streams in response to three locations inside Méduse Coop in Quebec City. The project is part of the festival Mois Multi. More info: here.
Dalot & Savvas Metaxas
A new split release with Greek artist Savvas Metaxas is availiable via the Panospria netlabel. Listen and download here.
Dalot & Sound AwakenerA collaborative track between Vietnam-based Nhung Nguyen (aka Sound Awakener) and myself is featured in the Discovery 1 compilation, availiable via Soft Records Soft Records.
Mobile Audio Fest
I am happy to be presenting a new iteration of A Certain Geography as part of this year's Mobile Audio Fest, a festival of projects experimenting with mobile technologies, sound and the urban environment. More info: here
I have donated an artwork for IMT Gallery's upcoming exhibition-auction celebrating its 10 year anniversary. The event will run from September 4th till October 2nd and includes works by 150 established and emerging artists. More info: I'm Ten.
a certain geography at ISEA 2015: Disruption
I am happy to be selected to present my ongoing site-specific project a certain geography at this year's ISEA International symposium that will take place at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA, in 14-19 August. More info: ISEA 2015: Disruption.
French Tazmania-based artist Julia Drouhin invided 40 female artists from 10 countries to work with 1 minute samples of old wax-cylinder records for a unique Radiophonic project presented in radio picnics in Australia and Spain for 2015 - 2016. I am happy to have contributed my own rework of a sample which will be released onto a chocolate record! You can learn more about the project here. You can also support the project's fundraising campaign here.
SoundCamp at Uniformagazine No. 3
The third instalment of "Uniformagazine" features a short piece introducing our upcoming publication "Sounds remote" on Uniformbooks. To find more about the contents of the magazine and to purchase a copy please visit: Uniformagazine No. 3 Spring-Summer 2015.
Phantom Strains out on TIIF
My split single with Mike Cadoo (Dryft, Bitcrush, Gridlock, n5MD) is out on UK-based label This Is It Forever . You can listen and purchase it via my bandcamp page.
In This Neck of The Woods
I will be contributing a performance to the upcoming In This Neck of The Woods event to be taking place at Central Saint Martin's on the 4th of June 2015. For the event, I have been preparing Kings Cross: a certain geography: a site-specific piece which will be performed live on the day. For more information and to book a place please visit the event's page.
SoundCamp at Network Ecologies symposium
SoundCamp will be giving a presentation entitled "Networking the Live Audio Archive" as part of the Networked Ecologies symposium, to be taking place at the University of Hull between 4-6th June 2015. More info: Network Ecologies
SOUNDSCAPES & SOUND IDENTITIES
I am happy to present my research at SOUNDSCAPES & SOUND IDENTITIES to be taking place in Besenello (TN), IT between 22-24th of June 2015. More info: SOUNDSCAPES & SOUND IDENTITIES
Interview at WGXC's Saturday Afternoon Show
On may 16th at 4-6pm (NYC time), I will be at the Wave Farm Study Center and WGXC Acra Studio, discussing my work, research and influences with Tom Roe. I will also play for the first time, a recoring of my performance with Scanner at IMT Gallery from July 2014. For more info: Saturday Afternoon Show.
SoundCamp returns to Stave Hill over the 2nd and 3rd of May, with a programme of field recording and audio streaming workshops, a dawn chorus walk and the second REVEIL 24 hour broadcast of live daybreak sounds from around the world
We invite you to visit or camp out overnight on International Dawn Chorus Day at the UK's oldest urban ecology park. The Philosopher's Stove will be cooking food over an open fire, and there will be coffee, tea and breakfast on Sunday morning and Peter Cusack will be leading this year's workshops.
Admission: Free Booking essential
Places are limited. Please let us know if you plan to join the dawn walk, and especially if you would like to camp. Mail: email@example.com
Radiophrenia, Surprise and Serendipity and Sonorities 2015
My radio piece To Begin is to follow on from is featured in Radiophrenia temporary radio art station, broadcasting between 13-19 April live from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. More info: here.
conductcontacttransmit, the collaborative piece between Bojana Šaljić Podešva and myself, will be featured in the Surprise and Serendipity event to be taking place on April 23 at Apiary Studios in London. More info:here.
On the same day in the morning at 11am, we will also be performing conductcontacttransmit live for a second time as part of this year's Sonorities Festival programme. On the 25th of April, I will also be presenting a paper as part of the Symposium.
Dalot - Levelling
A new compilation of recordings made with a semi-modular synthesizer is now available via the Canadian netlabel Panospria. Comprised of four long-form pieces, Levelling is the sum of experiments and exploratory processes with an unfamiliar instrument. You can download it for free via Panospria.
Mix for Radius - Sketchpad
Assemblage No 1 is highlighted in this month's "Sketchpad" series to be broadcast on the 28th of February on Wave Farm/WGXC. For the episode I have prepared a mix of works that influenced the creation of Episode 53. More info: Radius Sketchpad Highlights Episode 53.
Home @ ASIP Europe compilation
I am happy to announce that my track entitled Home is featured in Europe, a new double-vinyl compilation by a strangely isolated place featuring music by Marsen Jules, Yagya, Halo, Parks and 36 among others.
In-complete Bodies @ Chisenhale Dance Space
I contributed some sound design and soundscapes to Marina Tsartsara's new collaborative project titled "In-complete bodies". The project also features work by Marina Tsartsara, Miriam King, Clare Whistler, Louise Tanoto and Andy Berriman. It will be presented on January 24th at Chisenhale Dance Space in London as part of the event "Medicine In Motion". More info: here.
framework #491 and framework:seasonal issue #7
I am very happy to have a new piece titled "confluences",featured in the next edition of "framework:seasonal issue #7". I composed it especially for the occasion and the official release of the compilation will be on the 21st of December. In the meantime, you can hear this piece and some of the other selections in this week's "framework" radio show, premiering on Resonance Fm tomorrow night at 11pm. More info: framework:seasonal issue #7 and framework radio #491.
Sensing Cities Episode 14 and 15
My interviews series is back this coming November with two new episodes. On Episode 14, I invite artist and scholar Zeynep Bulut to discuss her notion of "Skin Voice" as well as her ideas and thoughts on the city, atmospheres, listening and our inner sound processes including our inner voice(s). The episode will be broadcast on Tuesday 4th of November at 5pm on Resonance Fm.
On Episode 15, I meet sound artist Will Montgomery in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. We discuss his projects about the shopping centre and the Heygate estate and the notions of representation and translation that often inspire, challenge and contextualise his practice. We also talk about opacity, openness, literature, text-scores and their intertwining with sound and field-recordings. The episode will be aired on Tuesday 11th of November at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM (repeated on Friday Nov. 5th at 2am).
More info: Sensing Cities Blog.
PoL #8: Sonic City
I am happy to be joining Points of Listening again, this time as part of the Museum of Dockland's Late London: Sonic City event taking place on the 5th of September between 7 to 10 pm. For PoL, I will be leading three participatory sound walks of the quayside area. The event will also feature installations, performances and other activities by Scanner, David Toop, Soundfjord, The London Sound Survey and others. More info on PoL and links to the event can be found here. The Londonist has a 2 for 1 ticket offer for the event. More info and how to get the discount can be found here.
FoV#6-8 and conductcontacttransmit @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia
On September 9th I will be back in Ljubljana to premiere two new works; a solo piece entitled Forms of ventriloquism #6–8 and a collaborative piece with Slovenian composer and sound artist Bojana Šaljić Podešva entitled conductcontacttransmit. The event is produced by CONA. More info: here.
soundCamp @ Music Tech Fest 2014, London
soundCamp will be presenting at this year's London edition of Music Tech Fest. The presentation will provide a brief overview of the project, its context, aims and initial considerations for the next edition of soundcamp/Reveil for 2015. More info: here.
Radius Episode 53
My piece for radio entitled Assemblage No 1 is featured in this month's episode of Radius. The episode coincides with Radius' four-day residency at ACRE. You can read more info, stream and download the piece here.
"Forms of Ventriloquism" at the IMT Gallery, London
On July 24th, I will present a one-day event at the IMT gallery in London. For the event I invited a small group of artists to respond to a series of drawings and writings about different areas in central and east London and to produce new works and performances. For "Forms of Ventriloquism" I will be collaborating with Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) on a unique improvised telematic performance. For more information please visit the event page.
"To begin is to follow on from" at the Invisible Places Symposium
My radiopiece "To begin is to follow on from" will be featured in the Listening Room at the "Invisible Places" symposium taking place at Viseu in Portugal between the 18th-20th of July. More info about the programme: here.
Today sees the release of Dalot's Letters&Lines, a compilation of out-takes and unreleased tracks released as a series of 24 handmade envelope artworks.
sensingsite 2014 at Parasol Unit
On the 19th of May I will be presenting a telematic performance inspired by the exhibition "Towards the possible film" currently on display at Parasol Unit. The performance is part of the series of events entitled "sensingsite" organised by Susan Trangmar, Duncan White and Steven Ball for Fine Art Research at Central Saint Martins. More info: sensingsite 2014
Journey of a journal entry
The second instalment of "Reflections of Process In Sound", a journal edited by artist and researcher Iris Garrelfs features my piece "Journey of a journal entry", which is based on a revisited and annotated journal entry I wrote in December 2012. The volume also includes articles by Tansy Sprinks, Lucia Farinati, Claudia Firth, Elena Biserna and Rita Correddu as well as Brandon LaBelle and Anna Raimondo. You can download it from here.
Invisible Places Sounding Cities
My radio piece "To begin is to follow on from" was selected for this year's "Invisible Places" conference that will take place in Viseu, Portugal between 18th-20th of July. The piece will be featured in the listening station/room of the conference among other works. More info about the conference: here.
soundCamp/REVEIL at the Stave Hill Ecological Park / 3-4 May 2014
soundCamp is a listening event linked to International Dawn Chorus Day. It is scheduled for the weekend of 3-4th of May at the Stave Hill Ecological Park.
During the event a small group of people will be able to camp on-site, explore the nature research and participate in our dawn chorus walks, workshops and panel discussions.
In conjuction with these local activities planned we will also be curating REVEIL: a 24 hour radio transmission of sounds of daybreak relayed live from around the world.
We are pleased to have the involvement of Richard Beard and Ian Rawes of the London Sound Survey and the support of Wave farm/WGXC , the people at the Stave Hill Ecological Park and The Conservation Volunteers , the Friends of Russia Dock Woodland , and a network of streamers at Locus Sonus and elsewhere.
You can find more information about the scheduled activities on our website. Places for campers and for the scheduled on-site activities are limited. To make a booking please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to participate in REVEIL by sending us the live dawn chorus sounds of your location please make sure you read our streaming instructions page. If you are a radiostation or a netradio and you would like to relay REVEIL in your programme, please feel free to contact me in person at email@example.com.
PoL # 3 Listening to the voices of the city in "Wings of Desire"
On March 12th I will be presenting "Wings Of Desire" in a free screening at the Old Cinema Museum in London. The event is part of Points Of Listening, a monthly programme of listening workshops and activities. More info here.
Launch Event for "Here Comes Everybody" / 25th of January 2014 at 12 noon
"Here Comes Everybody" or "HCE" is a locative app project created by "Close&Remote". For the piece I assisted Peter Cusack in the recording of sounds that were used in the narrative. "HCE" offers a fictional audio trajectory taking place in Lower Sydenham. Anybody can experience it by downloading the app on their iPhone or Android. The launch event is scheduled for Saturday the 25th of January at 12 noon.
Premiere of my radiopiece "To Begin Is To Follow On From"
The new radio piece that I created during my residency at CC Tobačna 001 will be aired on the 15th of January as part of "radioCona: REuse MESTO: REuseRADIO". More info here.
2013 Essay published on "The Field Reporter"
I shared some thoughts about 2013 for "The Field Reporter"'s series of 2013 Retrospectives. You can read and listen to it here.
New Episodes for Sensing Cities
The new year kicks off with four new episodes for my radioshow "Sensing Cities". The new day and time for the show is Friday at 5pm to 5:30pm, starting on the 10th of January with an interview with Ljubljana-based CONA Institute of Contemporary Art and their project "Walk the City". More info:http://sensingcities.wordpress.com/.
Participation in the IRAN-UK Sonics Event
I will be participating in the Iran-UK Sonics event presented by Six Pillars. The project will involve a week of intense workshops between an ensemble of 11 Iran and UK based artists under the supervision and conduction of Keith Rowe and Veryan Weston. The conclusion of the workshop will be a performance at The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Friday the 13th 2013. More info here.
Residency at CC Tobačna 001 for Cona/MGML, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Currently doing a residency at CC Tobačna 001 for CONA's January edition of radioCona: REuse MESTO: REuseRADIO and a collaboration with electro-acoustic composer Bojana Šaljič. On the occassion of my stay in Slovenia I will also perform along with Brane Zorman in the 3rd instalment of BELI ŠUM, an event curated by Centralna Postaja in Maribor, Slovenia.
"Ancestors": New Release by Dalot out on n5MD
I am pleased to announce that today sees the release of a new EP entitled "Ancestors", out via n5MD. The album features contributions by Alexandr Vatagin, Izumi Suzuki among others as well as remixes on the title track by Brock Van Wey (bvdub), Alastair Brown (Northcape) and Mike Cadoo (Dryft).
"The Dresden Project" at AGORA, Athens Biennale 2013
A collaboration with Vienna-based visual artist Alkis Vlassakakis entitled "The Dresden Diaries" for which I provided the sound design (as Dalot), will be exhibited in this year's Athens Biennale as part of FYTA's curation for the biennale entitled "Bianella". More info here and here.
Performing with Squetti at Lugus / 28th of September / Cody Dock London
I will be performing along with Artur Vidal and Yiorgis Sakellariou as Squetti at an event curated by Stephen Shiell entitled "Lugus". Other artists performing on the night are Lee Berwick, Ansuman Biswas, Bermuda Triangle Test Engineers, Stephen Shiell, Al Cree & Dave Corbett. Live visuals: Jaime Rory Lucy. More info here.
Paper presentation @ "Functional Sounds", 1st International Conference of ESSA
I will be presenting a paper about my current research in ESSA's 1st International Conference entitled "Functional Sounds" that will take place in Berlin between 4-6th of October 2013. More info: Functional Sounds Website .
Presentation and video piece screening @ "Visual Urbanism", the British Library
I am invited to give a brief presentation about my current research activities on the second "Visual Urbanism" event curated by Holly Gilbert and Rachel Jones. The event will take place on the 7th of October at the British Library's Auditorium. I will be participating on the afternoon panel along with Bradley L Garrett, Diego Ferrari and Micheál O’Connell. In conjunction with the panels, there will be a screening of films made by the participants. My piece "A microcosm city: subtitled" will be featured in the programme. More info here .
My A is your B @ "INTERMISSION: AN AUDIO PORTRAIT OF PLACE"
My audio piece entitled "My A is your B" will be included in INTERMISSION: AN AUDIO PORTRAIT OF PLACE , a project curated as part of "ECHOES", a programme aiming to rethink and increase the radio role in the present media context.
Resonances: W14/Convento @ p-public's "Public Space in Progress"
I will be participating in this year's series of events curated by Chania-based collective s p-public under the theme "Public Space in Progress". The piece I contributed is entitled "Resonances: W14/Convento" and invites the audience to walk around the neighbourhood of Splantzia where St. Nichola's Convento is located and discover via their mobile phones a series of soundscapes in a process of dialogue, rediscovery and exploration. The sounds were recorded in a certain perimeter around my house in W14, London and then were locatively positioned in the respective perimeter around the Convento of St. Nicholas and in response to the actualities of the area there.
The work engages with the themes of sound and landscape, architecture, memory as well as the possible and imagined correlations between sonic, haptic, visual textures birthed by attentive interaction. Many thanks to the team of p-public who will providing mobile devices to whoever wishes to interact with the piece. The allocated time and day of the event is Saturday, June 8th, at 7pm to 9pm (GR time). The piece uses the free Radio Aporee app for iphone and Android. Installation and use info: resonancesw14.blogspot.co.uk .
Sensing Cities @ Resonance FM
Today marks the start of a new series of programmes I produced for Resonance FM entitled Sensing Cities. The show nvestigates the themes of urban exploration and narrative through the use of sound, writing and new media art. It aims to create an initial understanding of the processes behind artists, writers and specific projects and to raise questions about perceiving, creating and narrating place, be that fictional, real, internal or external. Sensing Cities brings together different creative approaches that engage with personal or collective memory and history, transience, listening, recording, sensing, voice, words, walking and locative art.
The first episode invites British Sound artist, composer and vocalist Viv Corringham to discuss the processes behind her ongoing project entitled "Shadow Walks". It will be broadcast at 1pm to 1:30pm. You can listen online here. For more information about the show please visit http://sensingcities.wordpress.com/.
The field Reporter
David Vélez, chief editor of the online resource The Field Reporter, invited me sometime ago to join their editorial team. My first review on Yiorgis Sakellariou's (aka Mecha/Orga) new release entitled 40:43 is up on the blog. You can read it here.
Symposium Presentations and a Radio show
As part of my current research, I am invited to give a presentation at Sonorities Festival and Symposium that will be taking place in Belfast, SARC, Queen's University. I will also be presenting at Re-Contested Sites, a one day symposium organised by the Chelsea Collage of Art and Design, UAL. In October 2013, I will participate in the first ESSA Conference of Functional Sounds in Berlin.
I am also happy to be returning to Resonance FM with a new series of shows about sensing, exploring and narrating the urban environment through writing, sound and new media. The first circle of shows is scheduled to begin on May 15th at 1pm.
Grand Union Canal at Harlesden: An Acoustic and Visual Essay
This week, the online blog The Field Reporter hosts a three part acoustic and visual essay made by Yiorgis Sakellariou, David Vélez, Lina Velandia and myself. I have provided the words and the sounds for the first part of the essay. You can read &listen here.
Daniela Cascella: "En Abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing"
I wrote a review for Daniela Cascella's "En Abîme", a book about writing sound and thinking critically about the way(s) we revisit our listening experiences. Cascella's dense writing speaks on many levels and layers to the reader and makes "En Abîme" a compelling and thought provoking read. You can read the review here.
Mark Templeton review and interview @ Headphone Commute
Mark Templeton's new album entitled jealous heart is out on under the spire recordings this month. On the occasion of this release and with the kind support of Headphone Commute, I wrote a review for the album and I chatted with Mark about the process and concept behind the album as well as other topics including his working and composing methods and his upcoming releases.
Sib Radio Gowanus @ Resonance FM
Resonance FM will rebroadcast the four one-hour episodes of Sib Radio Gowanus every Tuesday between 9:30pm-10:30pm (UK time), starting today January 8th. Tune in or listen online here. More info about the project can be found here.
100x John: A Global Salute to John Cage in Sound and Image
My field recordings are featured in Ear to the Earth's 100x John: A Global Salute to John Cage in Sound and Image; a three day event taking place at the White Box gallery in NYC. More info here.
"... and darkness came" Benefit Compilation
I am happy to announce that today is the official release date for ... and darkness came, a benefit compilation curated by the NY-based online music resource Headphone Commute to help and support those affected by hurricane Sandy. I donated a new and unreleased track to the cause under the alias Dalot, my ambient electronic music project.
The digital-only release features tracks by 87 established and emerging artists and a total of 6.2 hours of ambient, modern classical, and experimental music for only $10. All proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society. Make sure you get a copy of this unique release and support a great cause! Listen and purchase here.
Reviews for Fluid Radio
Transmittal @ "The Nothing Is Real Radio Hour", WGXC
Transmittal was documented on the episode of June 30, 2012 of the radioshow entitled "The Nothing Is Real Radio Hour," created by Sam Sebren. The show was originaly broadcast on WGXC and it is now archived and available for download here.
Ear to the Earth is an online resource dedicated to environmental sound art. There you can listen to my ongoing series entitled Buskers.
About the project:
Buskers is an ongoing series of recordings of street musicians from different cities. I have always been amazed by the presence of these street artists and the way their sound travels and gets filtered through the spaces they perform. I also find fascinating the way these sounds gradually unravel to my ears as I approach them. In fact, they are a pure and vivid manifestation of a city’s freeform and most of the times underground creative communities.
trans oceanic communique
Back in June while I was still in NYC, I met with Jeremy D. Slater aka ( ) to record an improvised set for Radio Ruido's X>TRIANGULATION>X.The result is quite interesting and as the titles of the tracks reveal, it creates an atmosphere of a dystopian urban landscape. The recordings are now available for free download here.
The opening of Transmittal is this Saturday 28th of April, 5-7 pm in Catskill,N.Y. The exhibition will feature works by Brett Ian Balogh (Chicago, IL), Max Goldfarb (Hudson, NY), Sam Sebren (Athens, NY), Phillip Stearns (Brooklyn, NY) and myself.
Presented as listening stations, Transmittal also includes special selections from two recent international radio art exhibitions: Radio Arts Space by radioCona (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and Radio Boredcast co-commissioned by AV Festival 12 and Pixel Palace, hosted by basic.fm (Newcastle, UK).
The exhibition is organized by Acra-based nonprofit arts organization free103poi9 in partnership with Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA).
GCCA exhibition programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Transmittal will be on view at the Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414 April 28 – June 2, 2012. In conjunction with the exhibition, A Build Your Own Radio Synthesizer Workshop will take place on Saturday June 2, 2012. Please note that enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.
My recording of West India Quay footbridge is featured in Ear to the Earth's group project entitled 100 x John, in celebration of the 100 years from the birth of John Cage. You can learn more about the project and how to participate here .
"Radio Mirror" along with all the different radio sections curated in RadioCona's "Radio Arts Space" will be part of the exhibition Transmittal organized by free103point9 to celebrate its 15 years of sucessful contribution and support of freeform and independent transmission arts. For the event I will be installing an interactive sound piece inside the gallery space. Transmittal will be on view at the Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414 April 28 – June 2, 2012. More info: here.
Theofilos Ieropoulos (aka Filtig) is a writer, curator, musician and visual artist whose creative time is divided between London and Berlin. Filtig has recently created a series of film poems in response to an album I released under my Dalot project entitled Haikus 23. You can see the 23 film haiku here.
The book "Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves" has been reviewed by Leonardo.You can read the review here.
I have recently interviewed Kabir Carter about his views on sound, space, radio and technology. You can read the full interview here
My recording of West India Quay Bridge will be featured in SOUNDkitchen's HOME and METAL installations. The Installations will be presented on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October with the sounds being diffused over SOUNDkitchen’s site-specific sound sculpture as part of ‘Cinema for the Ears’ at Supersonic Festival. More details here.
On Tuesday, October 18th, free103point9, PAJ Publications, Issue Project Room and Electronic Music Foundation will celebrate the publication of "Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves" by Galen Joseph-Hunter with Penny Duff, and Maria Papadomanolaki (PAJ Publications: 2011).
This event will feature performances from Todd Merrell, Kabir Carter, Terry Nauheim, Lázaro Valiente, Joel Chadabe/Milica Paranosic. Performances begin at 7 p.m. More info about the book and the event can be found here.
I have been invited to join the curatorial team of the exhibition Radio As An Arts Space. The exhibition will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in December 2011. For the exhibition I will invite a selection of NY based artists to submit mainly original soundworks. More information about the exhibition can be found here.
The book Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves by Galen Joseph-Hunter with Penny Duff and Maria Papadomanolaki, is now officially published. We had our first book launch event on the 23rd of July at the Spotty Dog bookshop in Hudson, NY. Our next event is scheduled for the 18th of October at Issue Project Room. More info about the book and the planned event can be found here.
I have also completed my second full length album for my project dalot. The album is entitled minutestatic and will be released on the 6th of September by n5MD. Following up its release, n5MD will make available for free download on their bandcamp page a very special remix album, featuring exclusive reworks of a track off the album. For more info and updates you can visit: dalot.net and n5MD.com.
The limited edition CDr entitled "Sounds In Between" is now available for purchase on my bandcamp page. Only 30 copies, each one with a unique artwork, 100% handmade, are available for online order. The order includes an audio cd, an A4 insert with text/images, all wrapped up in an elegant cd pocket. You can listen to audio samples and order it online here.
I had a very interesting discussion with NY based music producer and audio thinker Ezekiel Honig for Artcards Review, in conjuction with his newest release on Type entitled Folding In On Itself. You can read the interview here.
I am currently working on a 27 minute mix for Radia featuring samples from the artworks submitted for Sib Radio Gowanus. The piece will be entitled Gowanus Over and Out and will be broadcast on Monday, 9th of May. More info here.
I recently met Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland from Deaf Center. You might also know them from their work in Svarte Greiner and Nest.I really like their releases and I have also thorougly enjoyed their performances at this year's Unsound Festival. I have asked them if I could interview them and they accepted. You can read the complete interview here.
Sib Radio Gowanus, four hour, special proram will be broadcast on the 2nd of April, 12pm - 4pm (EDT) on WGXC: Hands-on Radio (90.7FM). You can listen to the program online here. For more information about the tracklist visit: the project's blog.
My new soundscape composition entitled Gowanus Sonotopia will be featured in this years edition of International Radiophonic Creation Day, a biennal event honoring radio creation on its widest sense: soundscape, Hörspiel, radio drama, experimental music, various sounds.On Saturday June 4, 2011, a 24-hour program will be broadcast simultaneously on radio stations around the world. Following the broadcast, a CD boxset containing the 24 hours of programming will be edited and will be distributed to all the participants and to arts centers, libraries, specialised bookshops.
I am currently working on a 4 hour special program for upstate community radiostation WGXC. The program will include the materials commissioned for the Sib Radio Gowanus narrowcast audio exhibit that I curated last year for the Postcards from Gowanus exhibition that took place at Cabinet's gallery in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
par-A-phrase installation/performance, for which I provided the soundscapes, will be exhibited on the 25th and 26th of February at the Nightngale Theatre, Brighton, UK as part of the exhibition Pieces to fit. You can read about the piece here.
Dalot's new album entitled Loop over latitudes will be officially released on 09/09/10! The album consists of 3 "old" tunes from flight sessions ep and 6 new tracks.The beautiful images used for the album's artwork belong to the very talented Matthias Heiderich. The whole album is hugely inspired by my constant traveling and moving from literally one place of the planet to the other during the last 6 years :) You can listen to samples of the different tracks here. n5MD has also added the full album to the n5radio rotation.
ChatRoomsTelematic Performative Installation
25 – 27 June,18.30 – 21.30 (GMT)
Detour Collective and Caterini Dinopoulou present ChatRooms, a telematic performative installation that links, via the internet, three parallel events in three countries through the device of digital double as a form of communication. The duration of the installation is three hours each day, from 18.30 to 21.30. Spectators can enter and leave at any time.
18.30 – 19.30 (GMT): The body images of two performers are captured in real-time in England and Greece simultaneously. Then, the performers interact with each other by observing and manipulating their superimposed images on a single projection screen, creating a virtual dance duet.
19.30 – 20.30 (GMT): After the performance, spectators can book slots in order to actively participate, replacing the performer at the University of Chichester. They can experience the installation on a one-to-one basis, interacting with the performer at the Centre of Mediterranean Architecture / K.A.M. (Chania, Greece). You are welcome to just watch if you prefer.
20.30 – 21.30 (GMT): Greek spectators replace the performer at the K.A.M. (Chania, Greece) and interact with the performer at the University of Chichester. You are welcome to watch.
You can also watch the event online at:
A telematic sound performance by Maria Papadomanolaki, entitled Meditation on an Invisible City, is ChatRooms’ soundscape for the whole event. This comprises live transmitted environmental sound from the New York cityscape, drones, voices and abstract rhythmical patterns.
These events take place in association with: University of Chichester, Centre of Mediterranean Architecture, Municipality of Chania, K.E.DI.H. and free103point9.org.
Sponsored by: ANEK lines
University of Chichester, Studio 5
Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Chichester, PO19 6PE
Tel: 01243 816485 (Mon-Fri), 07811134066 (Sat-Sun)
Centre of Mediterranean Architecture
Akti Topazi 31, Katehaki Square
Τel: 0030 28210 40201
Postcards From Gowanus
Postcards from Gowanus is a creative
research program exploring a multitude
of approaches to mapping Brooklyn’s Gowanus
neighborhood. An exhibit and radio narrowcast
(Sib Radio Gowanus) will occur
at Cabinet’s gallery space March 17-19,
with a closing reception and performances on Friday,
March 19 from 6-9pm.
Postcards from Gowanus features work by:
• Bianca Ahmadi – Eyes on Gowanus
• Patrick Carey – Bricks and Paint and Water and Metal
• Penny Duff – Sounding the Infra-ordinary: Gowanus
• Kasia Gladki – The Many Scapes of the Gowanus
• Juan David Gonzalez-Monroy – The Dead Whale: Message from the afterlife.
• Gabrielle Herbst and Allie Tsypin – Architecture as Baggage on the Body
• Amir Husak – Gowanus Unheard
• Maria Papadomanolaki – Sounds in-between
• Heidi Prenevost and David Smith – Double Helix
• Sterling Basement – Songs of the Gowanus
• Bryan Zimmerman – “The Slate Was Her Parlor”
Friday night performances by:
• Juan David Gonzalez-Monroy
• Sterling Basement
• Gabrielle Herbst with Maria Papadomanolaki and Jeremie Slater
Participant Artists: A.G, another electronic musician, Knut Aufermann, bitcrush, Giancarlo Bracchi, Myroslaw Bytz & Nick Heling, Hethre Contant, Peter Cusack, denial of service, dergar, Exportion, Patrick Farmer, Jonny Farrow, Gabrielle Herbst, Amir Husak, inverz, Lina Lapelyte, Last Days, Leaf Loft, manekinekod, Sally Ann McIntyre, Todd Merrell, murmer, Naono, near the parenthesis, Oneohtrix Point Never, Dimitris Papadatos, Maria Papadomanolaki, Heidi Prenevost & David Smith, Radio Ruido, Sawako, Janek Schaefer, Jeremy D. Slater, Sogar, Solo Andata, Sterling Basement, Sublamp, Mark Templeton, verdi_spirali, Myke Dodge Weiskopf, Mark Peter Wright, Bryan Zimmerman.
The program is collaboratively organized by
Penny Duff (exhibit), Gabrielle Herbst (performances),
and Maria Papadomanolaki (radio) as part
of Cabinet's Intern Initiative Program and is
sponsored in part by free103point9.
Cabinet is located at 300 Nevins Street between Union and Sackett Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm, and by appointment.
My ambient electronic music project has its first release Flight Sessions EP out by the Greek independent record label Coorecords. Listen and Order it online at my bandcamp page.
Woodplay will be aired on the 23rd of May 2009 during the 24 hour broadcast schedule of Radiophonic Creation Day.
While Digital Radio (DAB) is spreading
all over Europe, it’s time to remember that,
since its birth, the radio has always been a
medium for creativity and not just a powerful
means of communication, capable of the best as
much as the worst. This idea is still true for
many radio and Web radio stations around the
world which celebrate radiophononic creation
everyday, through the production of inventive
and surprising sound pieces.
On May 23rd 2009, from midnight to midnight, will thus be set up the first international Radiophonic Creation Day, a 24h programming devoted to radio creation. More than 40 radios and artists, coming from 12 different countries, produced sound pieces that will be broadcast in streaming on the festival website and on FM via 9 radios in Europe. This festival is not only a way of showcasing the lively contemporary radiophonic creation scene, but also to introduce this art to a wider audience.
The Radiophonic Creation Day attempts to include every aspect of radiophonic creation by proposing radio plays, creative documentaries, field recording, experimental and concrete music, sound poetry, Hörspiels and unidentified sound objects. We hope this event will inspire the production of creative programming in European radio stations and accelerate the setting up of a found to help radiophonic creation. Nowadays, this neglected art still suffers from a lack of financial help that continually threatens its position among the radio production line. For more info click here
Noise! 2009 line-up is finalized.
For more info click Here
Noise! 2009 is co-curated by Tom Roe (free103point9) and myself
Just wanted to let you know that I am currently working for free103point9 on a composition entitled rugradio. The piece will be featured in Radia
I am also happy to announce that my paper entitled Radio as the voice of community, locality, interactivity and experimentation has been accepted for the forthcoming conference "Radio Content in the Digital Age" organized by the Radio Research Section of ECREA and the Cyprus University of Technology.
I am really pleased to announce that I started a part time collaboration with upstate NY based non-profit arts organization free103point9.
(Projects section) is updated with videos, photographs, text and many more interesting stuff. Click here to see.
PRIVATE VIEW 27 NOVEMBER 18:00-21:00
Libero Colimberti, Jan Hendrickse, Simone Izzi, Nitin Lachhani, Luc Messinezis, Maria Papadomanolaki, Vytis Puronas, Mark Shorey and Mark Wright.
Comprising of ambitious works by nine artists who employ sound as the principle media of their practice, Audio Forensics demonstrates the breadth of engagement with sound in the arts, and how it can be re-evaluated in the context of an increasingly noisy world.
Sound art encompasses a wide range of forms and concerns and has its precedence across many creative fields, yet, as these artists demonstrate, the acknowledgment of sound's significance in the arts is becoming of greater importance as technologies develop, and as the public become ever more aware of the interactions between sound, space and artistic practice.
Audio Forensics provides an extraordinarily comprehensive inquiry into how sound, and its manipulation, influences our experience and understanding of our environment.
30 November 15:00-18:00 RSVP
Symposium in which Ben Borthwick, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, and Steven Connor, professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck, address issues of sonic practice raised by Audio Forensics. The symposium is free however places are limited. To reserve a place please call 020 8980 5475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio Forensics is an exhibition and symposium presenting the final work of the first MA Sound Arts graduates of London College of Communication. The groundbreaking work in the exhibition demonstrates the high level of critical debate in sonic disciplines fostered by the university's Department of Sound Art and Design since 1998. The exhibition is co-curated by Electra and IMT
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This section features different samples of work I did for radio including interviews, tributes to artists or radio art compositions and performances. Select from the list on your left to listen.
A selection of one-off shows (clearspots) I did for Resonance FM. Choose a show from the list on your left to listen.
An experimental set between dalot (my solo project) and Reteric broadcast on the 24th of March 2008. It consists of a live mash up of their favourite tunes, records, sounds and live audio manipulation. Some of the featured artists are Xenakis, Christou, AGF, Tortoise, Luciano Berio, T. S Eliot, Tim Hecker, Boards of Canada, daedelus, Marsen Jules, Astrobotnia, William Basinski, Delia Derbyshire, Squarepusher, Amon Tobin and exclusive tracks by Reteric.
More information about the the artists:
Kat Vipers is the female equivalent of Jerry Lee Lewis projected in the Future with a few other tricks hidden in her pocket ranging from strange oriental melodies to more prog rock structures. The Clearspot was broadcast on the 4nd of February 2008. I interview Kat about her influences, her released material, pianos, guitars and car boot sales! We also recorded some of her tracks live in the studio.
- Pearls of Wisdom (Summer Bloody time, 2006)
- Hot Air Balloon
- Freak (Summer Bloody Time EP (PY, 2006)
- This is Now (Hot Air Balloon (PY, 2007)
- I'm so lonesome I could cry (harp + vocal) - Hank Williams cover
- Time has told me (harp + vocal) - Nick Drake cover
- Wasting Time (Harp, vocals, tambourine) Hot Air Balloon 2006
- Just Like Jerry Lee (harp, piano, drums, bass, vocals) Hot air Balloon 2006
More info about Kat Vipers on:
As a follow up to Manos Hadjidakis's, the second Clearspot, broadcast on the 22nd of January 2008, focused on the work of visionary pioneer of experimental Greek Electronica Lena Platonos who collaborated and had a very close friendship with Manos Hadjidakis until his death.
For this Clearspot I chose to leave the sound to speak for itself about the greatness and the content of Platonos's work. Tracks taken from most of her albums are surrounded by field recordings of London Underground signifying a point of departure to a fantasy world where the soundscapes and the words of the songs assume a leading role in the scenery. Songs about the future, the speed, the emotional distress, the expectancy and the loss, the sensuality and the triviality become the scenery of the underground trajectories.
Songs (in greeklish) featured in this programme:
- Tora pou pas kai si sti lilipoupoli (Edw Lilipoupoli, 1980)
- Mple-Mirabilia-Stop (Maskes Hliou,1984)
- To tounel (H hxw kai ta la8h ths, 1985)
- Ti nea psipsina (to gkalop, 1985)
- Hesperia Iris Greca (Lepidoptera, 1986)
- Hoping by Shoping (Maskes Hliou, 1984)
- Taxigonio (Mh mou tous kuklous tarate, 1990)
- Stin Erimo (Anapnoes, 1998)
- Pthsh 201 (Sampotaz, 1981)
- Oi trisxaritomenoi khpoi (To spasimo twn pagwn, 1989)
- Emigredes tis roumanias (Coti K. cover, To mixer ths Lenas Platonos, 2001)
- Ston asterismo tou pigkouinou (Sambotaz, 1981)
- Anoi3h (Karyotakis, 1982)
- Roza- Rozalia (Edw Lilipoupoli, 1980)
- Epilogos (To 62' tou Manos Hadjidakis, 1983)
You can learn more about the artist by visiting her myspace page:
The show was braodcast on the 20th of December 2007. My guest was filmmaker/musician Fil Ieropoulos and together we discussed about the life and music of influential Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis, his love for greek folk music and rebetika and how he merged successfully the eastern with the western, the pop with the experimental, classical with the folk, how his stay in the US informed his music and finally how instrumental his music and orchestrations were for the creation of a new wave of Greek music.
- Intro theme : Dance of the poets - These Absurdities (1976)
- Moonless Night - Six Folklore paintings (1954)
- Conversation with Prokofiev - From a small seashell (1954) 3-4
- Love a double-edged knife - Stella (1955)
- Excitement in the village - America,America (1963)
- Turkish Secuirity - Top Kapi (1964)
- The Clouds - Giocconda's Smile (1965) 7-8
- Introduction/ Dance - Captain Michalis (1966)
- 7/8 Hasapikos to Taurus - Rhythmology (1971)
- Kemal - Reflections (1970)
- White Dove- The Earth's Gold (1971) 11-12
- I love You- Magnus Eroticus (1972)
- Striptease for three boys - Sweet movie (1974) 13-14
- Where is Melissanthi? - The Era of Melissanthi (1980)
- Barrel - organ tune - Never on Sunday (1960)
You can learn more about him by visiting his web page:
Edith's Noise @ The Dark Outside
Edith's Noise is an improvised piece for field recordings and low-powered FM transmitters. It is inspired by a fictional book character named Edith who is a nurse living in London. The spine of the work is based on field recordings collected from the actual location where Edith works in the book. The piece was featured in "The Dark Outside", a 24-hour site-specific radio transmission within the Dark Skies Park, Scotland. More info: Dark Outside .
Sensing Cities investigates the themes of urban exploration and narrative through the use of sound, writing and new media art. It aims to create an initial understanding of the processes behind artists, writers and specific projects and to raise questions about perceiving, creating and narrating place, be that fictional, real, internal or external. Sensing Cities brings together different creative approaches that engage with personal or collective memory and history, transience, listening, recording, sensing, voice, words, walking and locative art. Past interviewees: Viv Corringham, Dan Scott, Daniela Cascella, Iain Sinclair, Francesca Panetta, Tom Wolseley, Olivia Bellas, Joel Cahen, Ian Rawes. More info: Sensing Cities Blog.
Choose an episode from the playlist below to listen.
To Begin Is To Follow On From
"To begin is to follow on from" is inspired by Tobačna, the old tobacco factory in Ljubljana in Slovenia. Based on a text-score written during a short residency on-site, the piece balances between a radio feature and documentary fiction and marks an exploration of the liminal space of the factory. Different strands of voices and miniature compositions transmit fragments of the location, be these imaginary, personal, collective, historical, social, from the present, the past or the future. “To begin is to follow on from” was commissioned by CONA, CC Tobačna 001 / MGML and was premiered on the 15th of January 2014 as part of "radioCona: REuse MESTO: REuseRADIO” radio research project and the resulting broadcast exhibition curated by Anna Friz entitled "City At Night".
Presented also at: “Invisible Places”, Viseu, Portugal, 2014; “Radiophrenia”, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2015
The Radius Episode 53: Maria Papadomanolaki - Assemblage No 1
Assemblage No 1 is the first of a series of works for radio that experiment with using only a limited pool of sounds, culled from one specific domestic appliance for each work. For Assemblage No 1, using different microphones and recording techniques, the mundane sounds and micro-environment of a refrigerator are rearranged and meticulously sculpted to “radiate” an uncanny and subconscious sonotopia. The piece finds inspiration in the surrealist notion of the assemblage and the blurring and destabilization of assumed (aural) realities attached to everyday objects.
Reveil: 24 hours of Daybreak
REVEIL relays the sounds of live open microphones provided by streamers around the world.
Starting on the morning just before daybreak in Rotherhithe near the Greenwich Meridian, the Reveil broadcast tracks the sunrise west from microphone to microphone, following the wave of sound that loops the earth every 24 hours.
Sounds are provided by the Locus Sonus network and other streamers, together with a collection of live audio sources assembled for this broadcast.
Reveil is different from the vast majority of radio available online: it is not dedicated mainly to music or talk, and none of it is pre recorded. Each sound is propagating live somewhere in real time.
Co-curated with Grant Smith and other members of the soundCamp collective and sponsored by Wave Farm, Resonance FM, ACE, SAM, our aim is to open a space for listening to something else - especially, but not exclusively to non humans and from wild places - and in the course of one earth day to provide a sketch of this emerging field.
The project started in 2014 and we are currently preparing for its 4th edition (Reveil 2017).
A Certain Geography
A Certain Geography is a site-specific hybrid project bordering between a live sound performance, a telematic soundwalk and a listening workshop. A text-based piece, written in relationship to a specific location, is used to score the performance of a soundwalk, streamed live.
The audience can read the text and reflect upon it while listening to the incoming sound stream. The performance involves the artist walking on a trajectory and using her voice to communicate her thoughts and her body to amplify the spaces she encounters. The sounds of her voice and body coexist, interact with and interject the temporal and textural layers and sounds of the listening room where the audience is located. Moreover, the audience can participate in the performance by communicating with the artist via twitter and instigating her to take actions.
The locuscast locative technology used for live audio streaming has been developed by Locus Sonus in Aix-en-Provence, FR. More info: Locus Sonus.
Presented at: Sensingsite, Parasol Unit, London, April 2014; Forms of Ventriloquism, IMT Gallery, collaboration with Scanner, London, July 2014; In this neck of the woods, CSM, London, June 2015; ISEA Disruption, Vancouver, August 2015; Mobile Audio Fest, Marseille, November 2015; Sound Acts, Athens, May 2016.
Woodplay is a collaboration with Tom Roe of Wave Farm (previously free103point9). It is an improvised composition consisting of field recordings and radio transmissions around the woods of Wave Farm in Acra New York. It was featured in the International Festival of Experimental Radio, Radiophonic Creation Day on the 23rd of May 2009. More information about the programme and the artists you can find here.
The Walls is a 20 minute composition consisting of field recordings taken solely from my apartment. The Walls was aired on episode #278(4/4/10) of framework radio show. Below You can listen to the show:
Rugradio (Radia Episode #226)
Rugradio is produced by Maria Papadomanolaki and free103point9 (US) for Radia (EU).
Rugradio is an improvised, modern, yet outdated sci-fi exploration of Maria's collection
of music, sounds and sonic memoirs, compiled exclusively for radio. The program contains:
field recordings from Athens and Crete (Greece), Wave Farm (Acra, New York), mixed with
voice, radio and radio static, digital noise and audio glitch, samples from a song by
the Carpenters, poems by T.S Eliot and Yiannis Ritsos, and finally original and borrowed guitarscapes.
Gowanus Over and Out (Radia Episode #319)
Gowanus Over and Out follows the aural traces of the narrowcast audio exhibit Sib Radio Gowanus curated last year for the exhibition “Postcards from Gowanus” (Cabinet Magazine Gallery, March 17-20 2010, Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York). The conceptual backbone of the project was to create a sonic wallpaper that would reflect the aural undertones, both real and imagined, of the area surrounding the gallery. It also served as an organic sonotopia that inhabited the audiovisual exhibits in a process of associative interaction. Responding to a call for works, a total of 44 U.S. and international artists from diverse creative backgrounds contributed works ranging from drones and field recordings to spoken word pieces and experimental sonic artworks. Gowanus Over and Out attempts to offer a glimpse into some of the different facets of the exhibit while at the same time being its own self-expanding universe of sounds.
More information at
Gowanus Over and Out is produced by Maria Papadomanolaki for Radia network member
free103point9 and their newly launched full-power FM station WGXC-90.7-FM in upstate
The piece features samples of the following works:
Myke Dodge Weiskopf – Helicopter
Sogar – Tapete
Knut Aufermann – avi5
Sterling Basement – Drowned in the Canal
Solo Andata – Ablationl
verdi_spirali – on_earth@in_space
Jonny Farrow – Gowanus Walk
Radio Ruido – all artifacts
Maria Papadomanolaki – Cabinet and Playground (Radia edit)
Lina Lapelyte – MATB1
Todd Merrell – As March Times On
Mark Templeton – Safely into March
Bryan Zimmerman – Blobs Of Yellow-Green Sun
Last Days – Walls
A.G – Polygon:08|1
Myke Dodge Weiskopf – VNG
Enigmai is an audio documentary about Southwark; its history as it is represented in its local history archive, the different aspects of its soundscape, the discovery of its hidden spaces, people and their actions through the personal trajectory of the recordist. It is also a summary of the artist's reflections on the paradox of trying to concretise a specific time and place by recording it and the importance of listening and learning from the soundscape.
This section features samples of commissioned work for video, dance and site specific installations.
Ghost Fountains was an interactive site specific audiovisual installation commissioned by ChaniART 2013 for the underground fountains found at Splantzia Square, Chania, Crete Greece. The piece was created in collaboration with Caterini Dinopoulou (Detour Collective), the valuable help of members from the Archaeological Society of Crete and the curators of ChaniART. Ghost Fountains was presented on September 20th 2013.
The Dresden Diaries is film/video/sound collage collaboration with Vienna-based visual artist Alkis Vlasakakis. The project was presented in 2013 as part of FYTA's Bianella events for Athens Biennale's AGORA.
Photograph: Fo Masnou
French Tazmania-based artist Julia Drouhin invided 40 female artists from 10 countries to work with 1 minute samples of old wax-cylinder records for a unique Radiophonic project to be presented in radio picnics in Australia and Spain for 2015 - 2016. I am happy to have contributed my own rework of a sample which was released onto a chocolate record! More Info.
Photography: Julia Drouhin
Les Présences Invisibles / Entre Friches
SoundCamp were commissioned by Mois Multi Festival and its strand Les Présences Invisibles, to curate a selection of live audiostreams to be installed as sonic interventions in three public spaces inside Méduse art venue in Quebec City. Entitled 'Entre Friches', the durational installation was inspired by Gilles Clement's the Third Landscape and an idea of creating a sonic perceptual ecology that would modify the way the chosen locations are listened to. More Info (In French).
par-a-phrase is a site specific piece that explores the experience of a relationship through fragmentation. It is a collaboration with multimedia artist Marina Tsartsara.
The première performance of par-a-phrase took place 25 and 26 February 2011 as part of Pieces to fit - a live-installation exhibition curated by Marina Tsartsara at the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, UK. It was followed by a successful tour of the piece in various locations around the UK that was made possible with the support of AHRC.
This instance of the piece consisted of two parts complementing each other: a screendance live installation and a dance live installation featuring dancer Soline Pillet.
ChatRooms is a collaboration with Detour Collective and Caterini Dinopoulou. The piece was a three-way videodance installation between three performers (two dancers and a musician) in remote locations who interact via the internet. Throughout the four hours of duration of the event, I provided a unique improvised composition entitled "Meditation on an invisible city".
The piece was exhibited in the University of Chichester (UK), the DRHA Conference 2010 (London, UK)) and the Center of Mediterranean Architecture / K.A.M. (Chania, Greece).
Dalot is my alias for releasing ambient electronic music. The project started during the peak of the myspace era of bedroom musicians around 2005, as an outlet for self-releasing experiments with sound and DAWs. From 2009, the project started releasing under a variety of labels, most notably n5MD. Recent titles include contributions to A Strangely Isolated Place 's compilations entitled 'Europe' and 'Uncharted Places'. Other interesting releases, include the series of hand-made limited edition birthday releases.
You can find out more about Dalot by visiting:
One of the most mysterious greek chanteuses, Nanah Palm, whose identity remains secret, is a take on outsider art, which bridges the space between the identities of a field-recording sound artist and a nurse at London's Homerton Hospital. Through a mixture of spoken word, found sound, cheap 90s claviers and ebow, Nanah Palm creates haunted, metaphysical aural landscapes
Stills from limited edition fanzine/MiniCD: Nanah Palm & M.I.M.A.- 7 θρεπτικές ουσίες (FYTINI, 2016)
Conductcontacttransmit is a collaborative audiovisual composition by Bojana Šaljić Podešva (SI) and Maria Papadomanolaki (GR) developed between 2013-2014 during a series of short residencies produced by CONA Institute for contemporary arts processing in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With a strong interest in the urban fabric and its many stories, textures and atmopsheres, Šaljić Podešva and Papadomanolaki initiated a conversation about how to perceive, reclaim and articulate the city as a node of felt, opaque, embodied yet at times intangible environments. Finding common ground on a philosophical and linguistic level, the two composers began working with words as their material by exchanging existing texts written in response to specific sites in Ljubljana and Berlin respectively. The texts were gradually decomposed, abstracted and playfully reconstructed into a video piece made of fleeting sequences about the urban experience, swiftly appearing and disappearing onto a black canvas, using the cinematic convention of the ‘subtitle’ as a means to bridge possible meanings, thoughts and senses.
Using the video piece as a text-score, the two composers rigorously worked to collect field recordings, sounds and develop their respective sound pallets to be used in the inaugural perfomance of the piece at Kino Šiška (Ljubljana, Slovenia) on the 9th of September 2014. Ranging from pure field recordings of surfaces, spaces and motions in the old tobacco factory of Ljubljana to elaborate sound design patches on KYMA or Max 4 Live, the sounds finally used in the performance, reflect the essence of the trajectory behind the piece and its highly improvised, intuitive and collaborative nature.
As its title reveals, the piece explores this dynamic process of conduction, contact and transmission of ideas and materials between the two composers. In its four consecutive movements titled “surface”, “under”, “vortex” and “core” conductcontacttransmit is iterated within mutual exchanges of text-scores about urban spaces and pools of sounds prone to fragmentation and contingency. Ultimately, the piece aspires to offer a playful and thought-provoking interlplay between these registers of perception.
Presented at: ZVO.ČI.TI so.und.ing DUO, Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, SI, September 2014; Sonorities Festival 2015, SARU Sonic Lab, Queen’s University, Belfast, April 2015; Surprise and Serendipity, Apiary Studios, London, April 2015
Watch a short presentation of the performance at Kino Šiška on the local TV Channel RTV 4.
Photography: Brane Zorman
Photography: Brane Zorman
Photography: Ales Rosa
Photography: Ales Rosa
Female Laptop Orchestra
The Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO) is a music research project bringing together an eclectic group of female musicians, engineers, composers, sound artists and computer scientists to explore different aspects of co-located and distributed collaborative music making. I was invited to join the project for the creation of a telematic performance entitled In Transglasphōnē.
In Transglasphōnē is a telematic performance by the Female Laptop Orchestra, initially performed remotely from London as part of CMMR 2016, University of São Paulo. The piece explores the artists’ “nomadic voices” as migrant women living in London; their languages and accents which escape fixed territories in their everyday life.
Audience members at CMMR 2016 were invited to tweet their reflections in real-time using #FLOrchestra. FLO London: Nela Brown, Magdalena Chudy, Maria Papadomanolaki, Ximena Alarcón. Artists São Paulo: Thomas Deacon, Matthew Barthet.
Kasetina was a covers project aiming to give new life and dynamics to greek pop/hard-core music of the 80s and early 90s. Members of Kasetina were filtig, leaf loft and Dalot with guest contributions by other artists. More Info.
Consisting of a close-circuited array of transmitters, receivers, microphones and other electronics, the messtrument is a feedback-driven platform (rather than instrument) for performing alone or in the context of ensembles. Based on the idea of improvising with the sounds and acoustics of a particular site, the messtrument is more than a noise generator as it uses the ether as it 'mixing console'. Being a very fragile yet modular system, the messtrument has been tested in different contexts, some of which are presented below.
Squetti performing at the Cody Dock, London as part of the LUGUS event
squetti was birthed out of the common interest of musicians Artur Matamoro Vidal (Alto Saxophone, objects, radio), Maria Papadomanolaki (messtrument: transmitters, electronics), Yiorgis Sakelariou (electric guitar) to initially merge heavy guitar riffs and free-improv combined with lo-fi noise electronics. The first self-titled compilation of recordings was released via Echomusic as a free download.
Artur Matamoro Vidal (alto saxophone, objects, radio)
Maria Papadomanolaki (transmitters, electronics)
Yiorgis Sakellariou (electric guitar)
Squetti are featured performing in this short documentation video for LUGUS//long arm of the light
Iran-UK Sonics Residency
Messtrument as part of the Iran-UK Sonics Residency
According to Six Pillars website: "#IranUKSonics launched in 2013 with a worldwide call out to Iranian sound artists and musicians living in the MENASA region, for an arts residency at the MA Sound Arts & Design Department, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. The two week exchange included preparation for a public performance at Europe’s largest performing arts venue Southbank Centre. The two weeks comprised of digital production workshops, improv sessions, one to one musical exchange, press and PR sessions, career advancement and a varied social programme."
"Participants improvised as an ensemble with MA Sonic Arts graduates at LCC, under the tutelage of seminal improviser Keith Rowe, founding member of the ground-breaking group AMM since 1960s."
"Rowe’s exploratory work with the guitar; taking it out of the normal performative canon rooted in modal music, instead turned the guitar into an abstract yet sonically expressive tool. This earned him recognition as having been “to the guitar what Pollock was to the canvas“. For the public performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall the conductor was free-jazz pianist Veryan Weston."
Below you can watch a video documenting the residency
More info:Iran-Uk Sonics
Messtrument with Relentless at Sonica.FM launch party.
I was invited to perform alongside Relentless as part of the Sonica.FM launch party at Hundred Years Gallery. Other performances included: CAO, Mureed, Postcards from the Volcano, Blanca Regina, Cementimental, Elpueblodechina, raxil4 plus the Musica Dispersa Soundsystem on the ground floor.
Messtrument in Cathy Lane's "Obscuring the Composer?" workshop
Photography: Maria Papadomanolaki, Salomé Voegelin
During the workshop participants played and discussed non-traditional scores for performance from composers such as Pauline Oliveros, Alison Knowles, Annea Lockwood, Catherine Williams, George Brecht and Viv Corringham. The workshop was part of Points of Listening series of events.
Samples of curatorial projects including narrowcast and audio installations, festival archiving and organisation.
Radio Mirror @ "Radio Arts Space" Exhibition by radioCona, SKUC Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
December 6-16 2011 | Participant Artists: Maria Chavez, Kabir Carter, Aki Onda, Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci, Zach Layton, The Propagations
For more info and documentation: Radio Arts Space
A video overview of the exhibition featuring Radio Mirror can be watched below:
Radio Mirror invites six NY-based sound artists of different backgrounds to share their visions and ideas about radio by contributing a work to the exhibition. That said, I selected these specific artists on the basis of their work and the tools they use and I didn't try to intersect at all with it. How can radio resound or relive through the cuts and clicks of a turntable? Maria Chavez’s work essentially brings that question to the foreground in an effort to recreate the sound effects of the golden age of radio. Radio embraces our private memory and sensory space whilst being present in the public realm. Aki Onda shifts through spaces, ambiences and chance interactions in an effort to capture with his cassette recorder radio’s dual ethereal presence. Kabir Carter’s work challenges the listener by experimenting with the durational aspects of the sound on radio. How can a singular shortwave tone survive the radio interferences as its signal propagates through space. Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci use radio transmission as a tool to record and collage the voices of a group of young participants in a workshop on experimental broadcasting. The transmitted sound in its entirety can project a very dense pool of frequencies depending on the source and the targeted receiver. Zach Layton offers radio astronomy transmissions from the Haruni Mirror Radio Telescope in Armenia, showcasing its minute yet at times rather physical aural spectrum. Another characteristic of the sound on radio can be its haunting, distant yet familiar, connection to its listener/receiver. Along these lines, the artist duo “The Propagations” sends us recordings of shortwave transmissions from Bangalore, India. To conclude Radio Mirror aims to establish an open ended definition of what radio is or can be through the different facets presented in the audio exhibit.
Sib Radio Gowanus @ Cabinet Magazine Gallery
"Sib (Sounds-in-between) Radio Gowanus" was a narrowcast audio exhibition that ran in conjunction with the exhibition "Postcards from Gowanus" which was on display at Cabinet Magazine's gallery in Gowanus between 17th-19th of March. The program hosted a series of sonic artworks ranging from field recordings, drone, micro-sound to ambient and electro-acoustic compositions by US and International artists.
Sib Radio Gowanus essentially aimed to bridge the space between the inaudible, invisible (and yet real) ethereal and the physically present exhibits inside the gallery. The audience was be able to experience Sib Radio Gowanus by wearing the radio headsets provided by the gallery supervisors.
For the exhibition I have received artworks by 43 musicians and sound artists from the US, Canada, Greece, UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia and a total of 17 hours of ambient soundscapes, field recordings, drones and experimental compositions inspired by or attuned to the undertones of the Gowanus landscape.
Participant Artists: A.G, another electronic musician, Knut Aufermann, bitcrush, Giancarlo Bracchi, Myroslaw Bytz & Nick Heling, Hethre Contant, Peter Cusack, denial of service, dergar, Exportion, Patrick Farmer, Jonny Farrow, Gabrielle Herbst, Amir Husak, inverz, Lina Lapelyte, Last Days, Leaf Loft, manekinekod, Sally Ann McIntyre, Todd Merrell, murmer, Naono, near the parenthesis, Oneohtrix Point Never, Dimitris Papadatos, Maria Papadomanolaki, Heidi Prenevost & David Smith, Radio Ruido, Sawako, Janek Schaefer, Jeremy D. Slater, Sogar, Solo Andata, Sterling Basement, Sublamp, Mark Templeton, verdi_spirali, Myke Dodge Weiskopf, Mark Peter Wright, Bryan Zimmerman
The exhibition was sponsored by free103point9
More Information: Sib Radio Gowanus Blog.
Sib Radio Gowanus (Version For radio)
As a follow up to my audio exhibit/installation at Cabinet Magazine's gallery in March 2010, I produced four, one hour, mixes for radio broadcasting featuring samples of the works submitted for the exhibition, including original and unreleased artworks by 43 musicians and sound artists from the US, Canada, Greece, UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia. The radioshow presended a narrowed down version of a total of 17 hours of ambient soundscapes, field recordings, drones and experimental compositions inspired by or attuned to the undertones of the Gowanus landscape. The shows were broadcast in radiostations in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Canada. You can read more information about the scheduling and artist info/links here and here.
Wave Farm @ Megapolis 2010
May 14-16 2010, Baltimore: I curated, on behalf of free103poin9, a series of conversations with artists as well as small presentations of specific works featured in the festival. These recordings can be found by visiting Megapolis.
Brief Interview with Andrew O'Connor / Presentation of his work Frequent Mutilations
Forms of Ventriloquism
The whole process of writing is actually a form of ventriloquism, a sort of séance with the city whereby you walk through these threads that seem to trigger some sort of story because you’ve recognised the characteristics of a place.
Iain Sinclair in conversation with Maria Papadomanolaki for Sensing Cities, 2013
Forms of Ventriloquism was an exhibition, I curated on July 2014 for IMT Gallery in London. Taking as a starting point the various outputs of listening workshops I led between 2012-2014, I invited a group of artists to respond to drawings, writings and other materials produced by the participatns of these workshops. The result was an exhibition featuring installations and performances by Sarah Kelly, Kostis Kilymis, Kevin Logan, Iris Garrelfs, Yiorgis Sakellariou with Artur Vidal, Marina Tsartsara, Maria Papadomanolaki with Scanner.
SoundCamp is a London based arts collective founded in December 2013 by Grant Smith and Maria Papadomanolaki with Kirsty Collander-Brown.
We set up live sound links between locations, allowing places to be heard from elsewhere in real time. Soundcamp acts as an audio catalyst, placing local ecological and acoustic projects in a global field, shifting perceptions of place, time and species.
We coordinate the annual soundCamp events (2014, 2015, ongoing) where people sleep out overnight to listen to the dawn chorus on International Dawn Chorus Day. At the same time we produce Reveil, a 24 hour radio programme that tracks the sunrise relaying live sounds of daybreak transmitted by streamers around the world.
SoundCamp contributes to design and build of open source solutions for relaying live sounds. We produce and assemble contextual resources around the Live Audio Archive. We build collaborations between artists locally and internationally, and collaborate on the development of a global open microphone network as a resource for artists, researchers and activists.
Key collaborations and partners include Locus Sonus (Aix /Bourges), Stave Hill Ecological Park (London), Wave Farm / WGXC (Upstate New York), Resonance FM (London), Octopus Collective (Cumbria), Soundart Radio (Devon), NAISA (Toronto), CONA (Ljublana), Liminaria (Italy), CRiSAP at LCC/UAL (London), Biosphere Soundscapes (Brisbane), The London Sound Survey, and local FM and netradio stations.
Group presentations include 'Reveil: new experiments with environmental radio', Balance-Unbalance, ASU Phoenix AZ March 2015; 'Networking the Live Audio Archive', Network Ecologies, University of Hull, May 2015 and a publication Sounds Remote with Uniformbooks.
SoundCamp has received funding from Sound and Music, Arts Council England, and individual supporters.
noise! 2009 @ the Ontological Hysteric Theater
Between March-June 2009, I assisted Wave Farm (previously free103point9) in the curation of 2009's Noise! festival, a four day festival of experimental music that took place at Richard Foreman's Ontological Hysteric Theatre in the historic district of Saint Mark's Place in Manhattan. The line up included artists representing different genres of the experimental spectrum as well as selected telematic performances from artists in remote locations. You can see the full line up as well as images and videos of the performances on Transmission Arts website. Below is a short, weird-angled documentation video with performances by Carlos Giffoni tweaking his buchla, one of the early sets of Daniel Lopatin as Oneohtrix Point Never, Sawako with her petite crystal radio, GDFX, Radio shock, Reverse Mouth, Aza and many ore.
Perceiving The City
This section features samples of work around the theme of perception through sound in the city including, mobile-streamed performances, locative projects, exploratory walks, video pieces, compositions and audiovisual essays.
Trajectory was a 30 minute performance piece exhibited at Audio Forensics, IMT gallery, Bethal Green, London, UK from the 27th till the 30th of November 2008. The idea around the project was to set up a networked performance where a roamer outside the exhibition space sent an audiostream inside the gallery space and jammed with the audience by sending text messages. The final piece would be an audio depiction of the space surrounding the gallery. Guest performers: Peter Cusack, Manu Luksch, Richard Thomas.
Documentation sample of the performances:
Peter Cusack (29th of November 2008)
Photogallery:Photography by: Kirsten, Apostolos Voulgarakis and Mark Peter Wright.
Resonances: W14/Convento invites the audience to walk around the neighbourhood of Splantzia (Chania, Crete) where St. Nichola's Convento is located and discover via their mobile phones a series of soundscapes in a process of dialogue, rediscovery and exploration. The piece was exhibited in June 2013 as part of p-public's festival entitled "Public Space in Progress". More info: "Resonances" blog .
Video with sound, Duration: 2:00, 2013
a microcosm city: subtitled was presented in two events: Visual Urbanism Screening Room, The British Library, 7th October 2013; Forms of Ventriloquism, IMT Gallery, London, 24th July 2014
In-complete Bodies was an ACE funded interdisciplinary project led by Marina Tsartsara exploring embodiment and representation of disease through
choreography and the moving image. I contributed some sound design and soundscapes and the project also features work by Marina Tsartsara, Miriam King, Clare Whistler, Louise Tanoto and Andy Berriman. The final performance was presented on January 24th at Chisenhale Dance Space in London as part of the event "Medicine In Motion". You can read more closely about the project here.
Photographs: Rash Khandker
Grand Union Canal at Harlesden: Willesden Junction is an acoustic and visual essay in collaboration with Lina Velandia. The piece was published on Sonic Field (Formerly known as The Field Reporter).
"My A is your B" is an audiopiece resulting from an exploratory walk/workshop inside Liverpool Street Station, London. It was featured in INTERMISSION: AN AUDIO PORTRAIT OF PLACE , a project curated as part of "ECHOES", a programme aiming to rethink and increase the radio role in the present media context.
Here Comes Everybody is a mass adventure using digital technology. James Joyce meets Enid Blyton via Philip K Dick as Close and Remote journey down the River Pool in Lewisham, capturing sound and images via mass observation events to produce smart propaganda for this area of outstanding urban beauty. For this project I assisted Peter Cusack in recording sounds in various locations along the river path. More info: Here Comes Everybody.
Photographs: Close and Remote
Sounds in-between is a hand-made booklet consisting of images, text and sounds gathered from the area of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Part of a tableau, Sounds in-between is the result of a series of exploratory workshops with a group of participants. It was exhibited at Cabinet Magazine's gallery as part of the group exhibition "Postcards from Gowanus". More info: exhibition blog.
Part of my practice is to prepare commissioned site-specific workshops and soundwalks as part of an event or residency. My aim is to open up the sites to as many voices and listening perspectives as possible. That usually involves spending time within a particular site and listening, observing, writing intensively for a short period. The resulting observations form part of a text-score that is used for the workshop. Prompting exchange and conversation is an important output, often combined with more traditional techniques and listening exercises.
PoL #8 Sonic City: Listening to the quayside area in Canary Wharf and site specific text-score cards, Photographs: Mark Peter Wright
Soundwalks in Tobačna and creative responses. CONA, CC Tobačna 001 / MGML commission for radioCona: REuse MESTO: REuseRADIO research project.
London Literature Soundwalks
Between 2012-2014, I have conducted a series of soundwalks using excerpts of London-specific literature as prompts for listening. Spanning across different sites in London, mainly train amd metro stations, the soundwalks involved more than listening to sounds. The literary excerpts prove to act as triggers unlocking my co-walkers' (participants') imagination, creative and critical ear (and eye) that formed the basis for a type of conversational listening.
Listening to the actual sounds and acoustics of the sites, was enriched by memories, reflections and non-site prompts, expanding the soundwalk into an engaged listening experience and a collaborative exploration of space into place. At the end of each soundwalk, my co-walkers (paticipants) produced a creative response reflecting the resonant parts of the experience (sites, memories, sounds, words, colours, smells, textures etc)
Academic Seminars and Workshops
As part of my PhD research, I had been giving workshops and seminars for students in BA and MA courses across a variety of disciplines including sound art, design cultures, architecture. Focusing on environmental sound, listening and soundwalk methodologies, my workshops position the students in the leading role, emphasising conversation, exchange and collaboration in the process of listening to our environments. I am using text-scores, live audio streaming and mobile messaging as tools for creating conversational exercises and for listening together.
Producing creative responses is an important element in the process as it enables the participants to reflect and become more aware of the resonant themes and sounds of the experience; what is important, how they listen, how listening to each other can be sometimes more enriching than listening alone. Each workshop consists of an introduction-theoretical section, a field-visit/practice part and a final section for reflection and response-creation.
Sound and Image Workshops
In February 2010 I initiated a series of exploratory workshops with a group of scientists from NASA GISS that took the form of sound and image workshops in different areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The walks run until June 2011 and usually involved covering long distances across the different districts of New York. The duration of each walk could reach up to 6 hours and it involved taking photographs, recording sounds as well as conversations around the perceived environments. Samples of the sounds recorded from some of these walks can be listened below. Sounds In-Between (see relevant section) booklet was also the result of such a workshop, focusing on the canals and alleyways in Gowanus, Brooklyn
Samples of sounds recorded during "Sound and Image Expeditions
Recording the Field
Although field recording is a necessary practice within the breadth of activities and projects presented in this website, with this section I would like to present a selection of projects focusing solely on the recordings themselves, without any advanced sound design or manipulation applied other than, when relevant, sequencing of sounds as part of a more composed result.
According to Cities&Memory "The Next Station maps and reimagines the sounds of the iconic London Underground to create an alternative sound world based on the experience and memory of London’s public transport system. Working alongside The London Sound Survey, Cities&Memory have created the first ever sound map of the London Underground."
Stamford Brook is my local station. For the piece, I emphasised the points on the recording that are the most resonant to me such as the arrival/departure of trains on the platform and the whistle of the Piccadilly line trains about to pass-through. The human and calm ambience of the station is counter-balanced by the mechanical fast pace, marking an ever-evolving departure.
Confluences is a piece composed for framework:seasonal: issue #7: winter 2014. The piece consists of an assemblage of recordings of my journeys on the London underground collected between 2007-2013.
Muted Voicings was recorded during a short visit to Copenhagen in June 2014. Using solely my iphone, I recorded a variety of soundwalks or roamings around the city's streets, alleys, galleries and canals. This composition was part of the WLD 2014 compilation by Sonic Terrain entitled Entropy.
From The Sound Of It was recorded on the 18th of July 2013 beneath the Angel Road flyover, London Borough of Enfield. It is featured in "Sonic-Terrain"'s World Listening Day 2013 compilation [STR 005] WLD 2013 – Machine.
Mariana Fafyta is a conceptual project and an alias engaging with my own insignificant and 'failed' efforts to practice field recording. It aims to criticise, in a self-sarcastic and a-serious mood, all the clichés and the norms in the discipline by exposing all the imperfections and by including all the 'don't's in the recordings.
Miscellaneous Field Recordings
Below you can listen to a selection of themed collections of field recordings or compositions based on field recordings gathered from various locations in the UK and the US.
Poplar, London, UK was recorded in August 2008.
Bronx Zoo Walk was recorded in August 2009, during my visit to the Bronx Zoo. Although I, initially, intented to record wildlife animal sounds, I didn't manage to reach my aim due to the fact that most of the animals were in a sedated/sleep mode (the heat?). The rides were all fully booked and I ended up strolling around the accessible and free parts of the park. These are my findings. Lend your ears and make your own judgements about the naturalness of the zooscape
Moorpark was made in September 2010, during a roadtrip in West Coast USA. Moorpark is a city in Ventura County in Southern California. The sounds are coming from a contact microphone attached onto the car's front window.
Manhattan Bridge Walk was made made on the 28th of November 2010 during a walk between Lower East Side, Dumbo with a final stop at Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Bohemia Place Walk was recorded on the 8th of December 2012. I walked along the railway tracks from Dalston Kingland to Hackney Central. On my way back I came across this little dead-end street full of repair shops and unusual characters. I almost got into trouble. It surely felt like a very "private" place.
Alaskan Way Viaduct was recorded on the 25th of September 2012, during my visit to Seattle, WA
Contacts is an ongoing digital release of contact microphone recordings.
Buskers focuses on recordings of street musicians that I encountered in the different places I've been.
Empirical Studies is a series of 'case' study recordings of specific actions, objects or environments. Partly 'field-recording' critique, partly self-documentation and partly experiment, each study is a response to this era's obsession and search for 'empirical evidence.'
Journey of a journal entry
Journey of a journal entry was featured on the second instalment of the online journal Reflections On Process In Sound edited by artist and researcher Iris Garrelfs.
The piece got a little mention in a feature on the journal in THE WIRE magazine:
Sonic Perceptual Ecologies
Sonic Perceptual Ecologies is the title of my PhD Thesis.
This Thesis contributes a novel, cross-disciplinary framework to the field of sound studies. It examines how our inherent capacities as listeners are manifested in transitional urban environments, and the primary role of voice as a vehicle for perception in field recording and soundwalking practices. Using the conceptual triad of ‘node, counter-atmosphere and meshwork’ as its analytical device, this research considers the polyphonic physical, personal and social ecologies at play in our encounters within transitional spaces. By doing so, it highlights the importance of sound for countering their functionality and opening them up to a more engaged perception.
In its theoretical scope, this conceptual triad draws on and re-contextualises existing terminologies from a variety of disciplines: urban planning and Kevin Lynch’s notion of the node; philosophy and Gernot Boehme’s theory on the atmosphere as well as Gaston Bachelard’s concept of seeping through; anthropology and Tim Ingold’s idea of the meshwork. Coined as a sonic perceptual ecology, this triad is a new analytical tool that is the immediate result of the practice developed as part of this research. Involving three consecutive stages, the work spans across intensive fieldwork, workshops, hybrid telematic soundwalks, radioart pieces, public events and performances engaging with different sites in London and elsewhere.
This thesis presents a constellation of original outputs, essential to creating and understanding the novel conceptual framework of the sonic perceptual ecology. This is achieved by testing new methodologies, by analysing, in new terms and through the Sensing Cities interviews series, existing creative work and by developing a portfolio of practice that has been presented as part of commissions, conferences and curated events. Key to these activities is the proposition that we perceive not as authoritative presences but as organisms whose voice is, as Mikhail Bakhtin would suggest, a chain of human and non-human utterances.
Sounds Remote is an inventory and reader of the sounds, sites and streams assembled for the Reveil radio broadcast on 2 to 3 May 2015. In its second iteration, Reveil again made a complete transect of the earth lasting one earth day, travelling west from Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe on a sequence of live audio streams provided at daybreak by a dispersed community of streamers on the Locus Sonus open microphone network and elsewhere, some of whom were gathered for the occasion in soundcamps at various locations around the world.
Reveil’s broadcast partners were Wave Farm WGXC in the Upper Hudson, New York, who hosted the primary stream, and Resonance 104.4 FM in London, who also provided equipment. The open microphone network was initiated and hosted by Locus Sonus at the art schools of Aix en Provence and Bourges. The broadcast was transmitted further by Radius, RadioCONA, NAISA, Clocktower, Soundart Radio, Kriti FM, Sonica FM, Phaune Radio, Radio Papesse, ARTxFM, ARTSYNC-NOFM, Radio Corax, Radio Patapoe.
Soundcamp / Reveil was hosted by Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe and coincided with International Dawn Chorus Day, a project of the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. It benefited from the support of Sound and Music and Arts Council England.
The publication takes its z-shaped double binding from the hand-sewn singinging printed by Colin Sackett in 1995 to notate sound rising and falling, via a text from the index to Nature in Downland by W. H. Hudson. A number of writings have helped shed light on the curious experience of listening locally and remotely to these sounds as part of a long, live composition and a kind of clock.
2 x 28pp, 220 x 150mm.
Essays by Angus Carlyle, Anna Friz, Udo Noll, Zach Poff, Rob St John, and Paul Tourle. Designed and produced by Uniformbooks and SoundCamp, 2016.
If you wish to have your work reviewed, please contact me at email@example.com.
Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves
Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves is the culmination of a two year research on the art made using the electromagnetic spectrum. Beyond its encyclopedic value, the book offers a definition of a new genre by establishing a non-linear thematic timeline of events, projects, inventions and discoveries. The book was co-authored by Galen Joseph-Hunter, Penny Duff and myself.
About the book
In this ground-breaking look at a new art genre, Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves brings together a genealogy of 150 artists and artworks—and more than 250 images—from 1921 to the present that encompasses performance, video, radio theatre, sound art, media installation, networked art, and acoustic ecology. Here is a fascinating account of the ingenuity and creativity of artists who have made new discoveries in broadcast, public works, performance composition, sound, and text, stretching the boundaries of both transmitter and receiver. At a time when public access struggles with corporate control of the airwaves, artists have combined activism and communications technologies to represent alternative worlds on the electromagnetic spectrum.
Amalgam is a dance theatre performance by Caterini Dinopoulou. The final version of Amalgam was presented in Greek festivals and events during Spring- Summer 2008.
Returning is collaboration with filmmaker and dance performer Marina Tsartsara. Returning is the journey of the moving body into the chambers of a woman's soul. Poetic imagery through the combination of plastic arts and movement. Returning was presented at 700IS International Experimental Short Film Festival (Egilsstadir,Iceland), ‘Café Voltaire’ Exhibition (Clapham Picture House Gallery, London, UK), National Review of Live Art 2009 (Glasgow, UK).
Radio Content in the Digital Age
My paper entitled "Radio as the voice of community, locality, interactivity and experimentation" is included in the book Radio Content in the Digital Age The Evolution of a Sound Medium by Angeliki Gazi, Guy Starkey, and Stanislaw Jedrzejewski.
The paper was originally presented at The Cyprus University of Technology and the ECREA Radio Research Section 2009 conference. It explores the themes of radio-art in the contexts of cultural activism, public space intallation, performance and experimental composition
About the book
The traditional radio medium has seen significant changes in recent years as part of the current global shift toward multimedia content, with both digital and FM making significant use of new technologies, including mobile communications and the Internet. This book focuses on the important role these new technologies play—and will play as radio continues to evolve. This series of essays by top academics in the field examines new options for radio technology as well as a summary of the opportunities and challenges that characterize academic and professional debates around radio today.
Kabir Carter is a NY-based sound artist using media technology to diffuse sound and to physicaly explore and define the affinities and interactions between sound, space and body. Read the full interview here.
Ezekiel Honig is mainly known for his abstract-minimal techno infused- electronic music and as being the mastermind behind the two independent labels Microcosm and Anticipate. Having said that, I feel that it is important to note that a major part of what he does as a music producer is driven by his memory of lived spaces. One can notice the existence, if not importance, of field recorings in his music. Read the interview here.
Deaf Center are the experimental, modern classical project of Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland.Their sound can be compared to the darkest scenes off a David Lynch movie. Compelling enough, the world of Deaf Center consists of sparse piano melodies, drones made from the unorthodox playing of stringed instruments, field recordings and muted rythms. Read the conversation I had with them in full.
Maria Chavez is an avant-turntablist based in NYC. Her practice involves an unsual and imaginative treatment of vinyl records via the use of old or prepared record needles and instantaneous play of multiple records layered on top of each other.
You can read the interview i did with her for the arts blog "Artcards Review" here.
Fill is a closed-circuit tranzistor installation. The piece was exhibited at Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana as part of the exhibition "Radio Arts Space"(December 2011) and at the GCCA, Catskill, NY as part of the exhibition "Transmittal" (April-June 2012).
Stoma is an interactive voice installation inspired by Beckett's theatrical monologue entitled Not I. It was exhibited at The University of Brighton (2007) and Athens International Video Art Festival (2008).