SoundStage 24

Today there’s sound guided by the hand of the sea, guided by numbers, guided by time. Your word for the day is aleaotoric: headphones on, sit back, it’s time for Craig Gell and The Kokra Family…

Craig Gell – Wave Machine (Radio Edits)

Live sea wave data streamed from a marine observation buoy is transformed into a continually evolving electronic soundscape. A network of buoys around the English coast feed data to a freely accessible online resource.

Using the Pure Data (Pd) programming platform, the various measurements recorded by the buoy are used to shape and control the different parameters of sound. Wave periodicity sets a tempo, while wave height determines the amount of pitch-bend. Wind direction determines the sound’s movement across the stereo field. Sea temperature is indicated by a single modulating tone, with a tremolo effect increasing as the sea warms. The initial tonality of all sound within the patch is determined by the coordinates of the buoy, giving each buoy around the coast a unique sound signature. The buoy records data every 30 minutes and the patch is updated via a live internet connection making it possible for Wave Machine to run perpetually.

Craig Gell is a composer, artist and musician based in Folkestone, Kent. He has created site-specific sound art works, radio art and multimedia installations, largely influenced and informed by his local natural environment and the forces of nature. His work has been exhibited at events and festivals including the Folkestone Triennial, Ramsgate Festival of Sound, and Vernon & Burns’ Radiophrenia – broadcast live from Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts.

He has also composed music for a number of animated short films, including Quarantine (2019), directed by long-time collaborator Astrid Goldsmith, which aired on BBC4 and won Best Animated Short Film at London Short Film Festival 2020. Music for the film Red Rover (2020) was composed while on residency at the Red House, Aldeburgh.

Craig has collaborated with other local artists and practitioners including Anna Braithwaite (Montrose Composers Club), eco-poet Chris Poundwhite, filmmaker Jemima Hughes, and the Folkestone Fringe.

Soundcloud: craiggell

Twitter: @craiggell

The Kokra Family (Line Kramer and Marjolijn Kok) – Waiting at Random

Without realizing it, we spent a lot of time waiting for time. When we got time thrown at us, so to speak, during the lockdown it was almost hallucinating how our time got smashed into confinement. The free time we had longed for was changed into a new kind of duration. We undertook new ways of portioning this new time, the biggest portion was dedicated to ways of collaborative research. Within our artist collaboration we are used to do this during a residency or for a certain project. Now the endlessness of our project confronted us with our use of our time and our living space. One of us has an interest in divination, but sees this as a game of chance as well. The way forecasting is undertaken often resembles a gamble. Fortune telling is comparable with algorithms based on randomness. Why something becomes significant in a series or in our lives is tied to absolute chaos. The 1000 numbers that were generated at the core of this project are related to the ‘mille plateaus’ of Deleuze. The number 1000 is connected with us in different ways. For this song a 1000 numbers, generated randomly from 1 to 10, were transcribed into 10 piano keys. The piece has to be played in 20 minutes, a timeframe that coincided with us coming from another project. This restriction helped us to shape the piece. The 20 minutes can be seen/heard as one take, one stroke. It becomes playful to see this as a refrain that could be remembered and sung by heart.

Instagram: @linkramer

Instagram: @marjolijnkok

Instagram: @kokrafamily

Credits, Thanks + Shoutouts

festivalCHAT was brought to you by the CHAT Standing committee:

Dan Lee (Festival working group lead, website design)

Hilary Orange (Chair, Festival working group, web content editor)

Miriam Rothenberg (Festival working group)

Þóra Pétursdóttir (Festival working group)

Rebecca L. Hearne (Festival working group)

Jaime Almansa-Sánchez

Emma Dwyer

Rachael Kiddey

Nota Pantzou

Carolyn L. White

Jobbe Wijnen

Bill Caraher

Thanks to: Katy Whitaker (festival map), Sponsors (Archaeopress, SPMA)

Shout outs: All of the festivalCHAT contributors!

History is in the home and around the corner

THE KOKRA FAMILY (line kramer and marjolijn kok)

Our vlog shows how you can still research the world when confined to your home or neighbourhood. Within 200 yards of our home we can zoom out from tiny personal knowledge, to broader natural disasters, and world events. We start in our home and talk about its history, show how high the water came during the flood of 1953 according to the stories of our late neighbour, then connect and walk to the monument around the corner remembering the fire line (brandgrens) in Rotterdam of May 1940. It shows how the bombardement in Rotterdam, which led to the surrender of The Netherlands, can be found in the buildings, urban myths and official commemoration.

Pull Tab Archaeology World Typology Launch

Jobbe Wijnen (Netherlands)

In August 2018, archaeologist Jobbe Wijnen set out on a mission to create the first global archaeological reference collection, crowdsourced entirely through social media. Two years later and with the help of over 70 people, the Pull Tab Archaeology project presents Pull Tab Typology, ‘2.0 Woodstock edition‘, containing pull tabs, ring pulls and sta-tabs collected from over 30 countries by … you!

It has been an amazing journey so far. Starting from scratch, not knowing if anyone would really do it, we set a high bar: using the click-and-go mentality of Instagram, Facebook and Amazon, we asked people around the globe to do a whole lot more. “We can’t make a reference collection from pictures, you have to send us the tabs!” And to our amazement, people did get their envelopes and paper and sent tabs in, and often in large numbers too! After two years of nitty-gritty selecting and sorting, we are now ready to present our first big achievement here on this channel at festivalCHAT.

festivalCHAT visitors get a 15% discount if ordering before 9 November. Use discount code #CHATringpull

Click HERE for more ordering information.

Live worldwide launch Friday 30 October 15:30 GMT. Youtube premiere, with author available for discussion when viewed on Youtube or Facebook.

pubCHAT Europe + Africa

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Rachael Kiddey and Hilary Orange are hosting PubCHAT on 20:00 BST (21:00 SAST) Friday 23 October

Hilary Orange and Emma Dwyer are hosting PubCHAT on 19:00 GMT (21:00 SAST) Friday 30 October

Join these social events and link up with people in Europe and Africa.

Come CHAT with us! PubCHATs are designed to be an informal way to meet other contemporary and historical archaeologists and to talk about life, research, and interests! There is no formal programme, so just show up with your favorite evening beverage or meal and be prepared to socialise. These PubCHATs are timed to be accessible for those located in Europe and Africa, but everybody is welcome! This is part of a series of three events being held in association with the Festival in different timezones (including the Americas and Asia/Oceania).

We will send out the Zoom link via the CHAT JiscMail ( a few days before the event. You can sign up to join this mailing list HERE by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button.

Note: There is no official language for pubCHATs and while it is likely that many of those who come along speak English, we welcome speakers of all languages.


Jasper Coppes (Netherlands)

Live film screening 24 October and Q&A 12:00 CET (11:00 BST).

Recent footage of melting polar ice in Greenland as shown in the global mass media has represented the country as both the ground zero of climate crisis and a vast expanse for resource exploitation. The film Aasivissuit aims to provide a different view, showing instead the landscape and its inhabitants, focusing on people’s discussions about climate change and how they adapt in their complex relationship with the changing environment.

The film follows two park rangers at work and on expeditions through the sunlit grasslands of West Greenland. As they talk, they exchange new and old knowledge of the land, for example, how ancient fertile sediment from Greenland is used to fertilize depleted soil abroad, and how microbes have adapted to deal with pollution. In the meantime, the landscape and its inhabitants perform their acts.

For more details about the film, click here

Note: the film will be available to view on Vimeo on 24 October (only).


Toy Stage

The myth of the Danish Iron Age goddess Nerthus as described by Tacitus. The statue of the goddess was covered in cloth and driven through the country on a cart drawn by cows.

marjolijn kok (Netherlands)

The Instagram toystage invites everybody to look into their home and find toys to recreate archaeologically themed photographs. In these days when we are confined to the home more than usual, we need to use our homes in new ways. With many people working from the home the border between work and play becomes thin. At the toystage this border is crossed by expressing archaeological practices, ideas and events through the use of toys. So we go beyond creating little excavations, although they are also welcome. In these times of isolation we want to return to what is familiar and social. And the toystage is certainly there to give joy and contentment. It is for all levels of toy and Instagram users and you can make a new account if you are not on this platform. Just post your photographs and if you want a small text during festivalCHAT and use the hashtags #toystage and #festivalCHAT2020 so everybody can enjoy your creations.

Post your contributions to Instagram: #toystage #festivalCHAT2020




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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SoundStage 30

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.