SoundStage 27

Soundmarks: cast your ears over Radio Lento’s soniferous summerscape and Lawrence Northall’s soni-ferrous reflections. If you don’t know the score by now, we’ll say it again: everything is better with headphones

Lawrence Northall – Echoes

The sound piece Echoesformed part of an installation & temporary exhibition exploring the history & archaeology of Kent’s coastal sound mirrors, as part of the Ramsgate Festival of Sound. The piece is created from field recordings taken within the face of Fan Bay’s recently excavated 1917 mirror & contemporary docks. Two metal acoustic mirrors were specially built for the exhibition & recordings of the public interacting with them also feature in the mix. The sound piece explores the nature of changing technologies & our experience of their associated sounds, highlighting the shifting relationship between developments in machinery & the sensory reality of Kent’s local spaces over time. The installation and exhibition now exists in digital form on CITiZAN website:

Radio Lento – Early Summer Breezes

Madeleine Sugden and Hugh Huddy live in London with their two children. As for so many city dwellers, when lockdown came, it meant an indefinite period trapped inside a built-up area. Drawing initially from their archive sound recordings, their response was to set up Radio Lento. Radio Lento is a podcast service that provides places to escape to in 3D immersive sound. Each episode presents the listener with a richly spatial sound recording of time passing in a peaceful place. Recorded on-location, most episodes run for around 30 minutes, with some lasting over an hour. Since lockdown eased, they’ve tried every weekend to get out to a remote location to record new material. They travel on public transport and on foot, carrying their gear in a rucksack and, when footpaths are flooded, also their children! When they find a peaceful spot, they leave their equipment to record unattended.

For festivalChat they are sharing Early summer breezes. It evokes the Essex countryside and their first escape from a locked-down city. “On a June afternoon on a warm breezy walk in the Essex countryside we left the microphones in a tree at the top of a rarely used bridleway to record the sound of the wind. The tree was one of an outcrop amongst fields of barley and home to a robin. High above the fields were skylarks, not a common sound these days. In the distance an ice-cream van can be heard on its way to cheer everyone up in the Lea Valley Park. It was a lovely spot to find after so long trapped at home. We sat in the warm sun with the smell of wild grass, listening to the early summer breezes, with a haze-free view of the London skyline.” @RadioLento


A sound stage for festivalCHAT curated by Lara Band, Dave Webb and Lawrence Northall (UK)

Hello and welcome to SoundStage. Over the week, every day, we’ll be here introducing soundstronauts, noise makers, musicians and sonic experimenters for all your aural pleasures.

Follow the daily entries as they emerge here:

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Original call for contributions

We’re putting out this call for you to either create something new or share a ready made sound piece. Your piece should be a response to place, space or materiality: You may also want to consider the special themes: Archaeologies of festivals; COVID-19 pandemic; Equality & Diversity; Decolonializing contemporary archaeology; Archaeologies of protest; Togetherness & Fragmentation; Drift.

If you’ve a piece you’d like featured, send us your bio and some words about the piece (max 300 words), a link* and an image (as a separate file named ‘artist name’.jpg) to Include your social media @s too. We’ll organise submissions into themed sets – using your own words and image as the main texts of the blog. Every day during the week long festival the festivalCHAT website will release a blog with the set as suggested listening for the day.

*Sound pieces with accompanying film are also welcome but you must be able to host this yourself. We envisage that most of you will have your own Soundcloud, Bandcamp, webpage or similar but we can help you set up a free Soundcloud account if necessary.