RADIA # 207: "Sparkles" from Soundart Radio
This is a joint effort from several artists, some pieces made for Soundart Radio's "First Spark" festival in February 2009, remixed here for Radia.
We thought we'd celebrate switching on our new transmitter (1000 times more powerful than the old one) by remembering the forgotten festival of Imbolc, and the first stirrings of light and warm weather. You'll hear me going on about this in the introduction to the show and making some excuse about being a rural station.
So this show starts with Chris Mockridge's recording of building and lighting a fire in their (old, cold) home... then an Imbolc piece by Jackie Juno, like me she's interested in new ways of engaging with these ancient festivals http://brianabbott.info/jackie_juno.htm
Then there's quite a big chunk of our new neighbour Ergo Phizmiz's "The invention of Birds" which was an installation in the Dartington Gallery www.ergophizmiz.com actually this bit is from the opening night so it's Ergo and DJ Salinger together sort of DJing along to the installed piece. I didn't intend to use quite so much of it but it was hard to choose a short bit. There's a bit more of it later on.
Then there's "For Emma" a spoken word thing by Isobel Anderson, who used to be a student here www.myspace.com/isobelanderson
There's a thing by Joe Prosser, a writing student here at Dartington... does it have a title? I don't know.
Lastly "For Bridget" by Graham Burchell www.gburchell.com Bridget is St. Bridget and a goddess too, the "Bridie" that Jackie mentioned earlier in the show and Imbolc is her time.