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ABSOLUTE ABSOLUTE is a live radio station playing every Absolute Radio broadcast simultaneously (Absolute 60s, Absolute 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute 90s, Absolute 00s, Absolute Classic Rock).

Described by critics as "So ontologically terrifying it reminds you how incredible life is" (Paul Bennun), "Radio for those who understand the horror of existence" (Tulta Behm), and "The end of history" (Hestia Peppé), it will be broadcasting for a limited time only. Don't miss it.


(To play in iTunes, right-click and Copy Link Location; in iTunes, hit cmd-U and paste the URL.)

Below is a 5-minute excerpt (recorded 2013-03-08, 17:14)

Sho-Zyg: A Goldsmiths sound showcase

Commencing on 21st September is SHO-ZYG, a week-long showcase of the various artists working with sound at Goldsmiths, University of London. As well as contemporary sound installations and compositions, the exhibition will incorporate the historical archives of various prominent Goldsmiths alumni, including Radiophonic co-founder Daphne Oram and pioneering computer musician Hugh Davies.

Taking place in the newly acquired St James' Hatcham Church (SE14 6AD), it is set to be comprehensive in scope, with installations, film programme, and a set of works for Disklavier MIDI-controlled grand piano, alongside a week-long series of evening events. There's some fantastic work on show; don't miss the pieces by Paul Prudence and Francisco Lopez, Ryo Ikeshiro, Emmanuel Spinelli, and Jeremy Keenan.

Debuting at SHO-ZYG, is a new collaborative installation by James Bulley and I: Radio Reconstructions, a piece for 12 repurposed radios and algorithmically-controlled wideband radio tuner. We're putting the finishing touches to the piece right now, and will write more on this shortly.

Incidentally, the name of the exhibition is taken from a sound work by Hugh Davies. The eponymous piece was embedded within a volume of an encyclopaedia, whose contents ranged from Shoal to Zygote.

More info: sho-zyg.com

Forthcoming sound/art events in South London

So it seems that 2009 has hit the ground running with cultural happenings in S/SE London. The Goldsmiths institution of the Thursday Club, a mostly-weekly showcase for innovative new works, kicks off with two talks on sensory interfaces by Ryan Jordan and Artemis Papageorgiou (today, 15 January, free). This is followed by the first of the monthly Electronic Music Studios concerts (16 January, free), at which I'll be performing with AtomSwarm on their 8-channel diffusion system.

Also related to Goldsmiths, though taking place further north, is a 2-day show of events and performances organised by students from Goldsmiths MFA Curating and Royal College of Art Curating Masters. Contested Ground is at Project Space 176 in Chalk Farm this Saturday/Sunday (16-17 January, free). I'll be heading down with Mike and others for the series of multi platform events on Saturday, followed by the amusingly-nomenclatured "artist disco" in the evening.

Gasworks in Vauxhall, meanwhile, is staging a radiophonic intervention by the Resonance FM Radio Orchestra on Friday (15 January, free) as part of its exhibition of South London artist-inventor Felix Thorn's amazing machines. Also features the long-awaited face off between sound theorist Nicolas Collins and SuperCollider/livecoding veteran Nick Collins, described in a mailout thus:

a live coding vs. live circuit building competition with Nick Collins (Sussex University) versus Nicolas Collins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), vying for the annual award of the "Nic(k) Collins Cup," an exquisite ceramic vessel commissioned from Devon potter Nic Collins (no relation).

Finally, Herne Hill's 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning are hosting two further events as part of their current exhibition People, Signs and Resistance (28 Jan & 11 Feb, free). Next up is an audience with Sam The Wheels, a first-generation Jamaican migrant who arrived in London in the 1950s and has since been capturing video footage of the area which should be essential viewing for those interested in local heritage — through the Brixton Riots to their legacy.