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Clear Spot at 8pm – Chris Butler (Tin Huey)

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

In tonight’s Clear Spot at 8pm unreconstructed music geek and musician Chris Butler (of seminal Ohio new wave band Tin Huey and writer of the Guinness Book of World Records accredited “world’s longest pop song”) is joined by Henry Scott Irvine to explore issues surrounding his new CD, “Easy Life,” which covers Butler’s time in Kent, Ohio, USA around the time of the murder of four students (one – Jeffery Miller – was a close personal friend) by the Ohio National Guard on May 4th, 1970 during an anti-war demonstration. [Repeated Monday 9am.]

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Micro Clear Spot at 3.45pm – historic Radionics Radio tx with Daniel Wilson

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Radionics Radio in the Micro Clear Spot at 3.45pm is an experimental project that pays homage to Oxford’s Delawarr Laboratories’ scuppered plans to broadcast therapeutic electronic audio tones over the radio in the mid 1960s. Resonance104.4fm’s “Embedded” artist in residence Daniel Wilson explains:
“Due to uncertainties over the fringe science of radionics, the General Post Office did not grant them a broadcasting licence, simply stating ‘we are unable to agree to the use of radio in the way you propose.’ Radionics evolved through the belief that the human mind can detect ailments by ‘tuning in’ to the vibratory universe through the use of radio-like technology. Radionics began as a means of dealing with illnesses, but gradually came to encompass agriculture, mineralogy, finding lost car keys and is now bewilderingly wide-ranging in its scope. Early radionics instruments did not explicitly produce audible sound, but Delawarr Laboratories pioneered the use of electronic tone generators in radionics, approaching it from a physical, acoustical standpoint. Delawarr manufactured beautiful equipment such as the Delawarr Multi-Oscillator. It was believed that any concept – or thought – could be embodied in a cluster of radionically detected audio frequencies. The new Radionics Radio web application is based on this concept, and users may now attempt to convert any thought of their choice into a list of frequencies. The application is based around the ‘finger stick’ principle. The user rubs his or her finger in a circular motion on a smooth surface. This is done whilst concentrating intensely on a chosen thought, and, at the same time, increasing the pitch of an audio frequency. When the finger encounters a ‘stick’ – a momentary sense of friction between the finger and the rubbing surface – this indicates that the current pitch corresponds to the thought, and a single mouse-click saves the frequency into a list. The user can then continue searching up the frequency spectrum to find all the pitches that correspond to the thought. The application works best on laptops, where the touchpad becomes both the rubbing surface and the means to increase/decrease the oscillator’s pitch. But desktop computers are also supported: here, a normal mouse can be used whilst using the other hand to rub any flat surface. See the help video for more details.
Some examples of thoughts already submitted include: ‘lentils’, ‘eyelash’, ‘bright light’, ‘I don’t know what will happen’, and ‘hollow ivory spheres one inside the other’. These frequency clusters, each pertaining to a thought, are re-constituted and will be re-irradiated over the airwaves of Resonance104.4fm, in much the same way as Delawarr proposed in the 1960s, except under the umbrella of experimental music.” [Repeated Monday 8.45am.]

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The Opening: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 at 6.30pm

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The Opening: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 is a one-off special programme in which Ed Baxter reports from this week’s announcement of the winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Featuring interviews with Shonagh Manson, director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation; Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University; Paul Thomas, co-founder (with Prof Taylor) of the Prize; Dr Janet McKenzie, author and co-editor of Studio International; Alison Wilding RA, artist; and the winner of the Prize and one of the student award winners (whose names we aren’t announcing here but – spoiler alert – who do feature on the Jerwood website). [Repeated Saturday 2.30pm.]

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