Radiophrenia Previews

Founded by Glasgow based sound artist and radio producer Mark Vernon, Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station exploring current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting from the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow, Radiophrenia aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging experimental approaches to the medium not catered for by mainstream stations.

The schedule includes live shows and pre-recorded features, the majority of which are comprised of selections submitted to an international open call for sound and radio works. The schedule includes soundscapes, spoken word, documentary, drama, radio experiments, found sound and radical new programme ideas.

The motivation behind setting up the station was to provide an alternative to the often stale and bland radio formats of commercial radio. It is intended as a rallying point for people who are working creatively with sound and radio, particularly in Scotland but also internationally. The aim is to unite local artists, musicians, radio producers and listeners around a free thinking and versatile art radio station that is not afraid to take risks with the type of content it programmes. It aspires to provide a platform for experimental approaches to radio not catered for by conventional stations and to encourage artists who may not normally work with sound to create and experiment with the medium.

A Scottish station focussing entirely on sound and radio art was long overdue. There is an expanding network of independent art stations around the world who support radiophonic art and offer similar broadcast opportunities. Radiophrenia is in part a reciprocal gesture aimed at strengthening these connections and exchanging ideas whilst at the same time drawing attention to some of the great work that is being produced locally.

Shelly Nadashi still
Shelly Nadashi still

Felix Kubin, Kubin Twins by Dorle Bahlburg
Felix Kubin, Kubin Twins by Dorle Bahlburg

As an integral part of this celebration of radiophonic art we are also presenting a series of specially commissioned ‘live-to-air’ pieces from a mix of local and international artists. Not all of them have worked with radio previously but there has been something in their practice that led us to think they could do something interesting and unexpected with this opportunity. Selected artists have been asked to respond to the unique circumstances of creating a work that is simultaneously a live performance and a radio broadcast, reflecting the fact that there will be an audience present in the theatre in addition to an unseen audience of listeners at home. Commissioned artists include; Felix Kubin, The Resonance Radio Orchestra, Shelly Nadashi, Peter Lanceley, Kathryn Elkin, Nichola Scrutton, Elizabeth Veldon and Jim Colquhoun.

Performances will take place at 7pm daily in CCA 5. Each of these events is free and open to the public. Free but ticketed: Tickets available from CCA Box Office.

The CCA theatre space will be open to the public as a listening room for the broadcasts between 12pm and 4pm each day (except during sound checks).

Radiophrenia will be broadcasting 24 hours a day, 13 – 19 April on 87.9 fm and streaming online

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