Happy New Year Friends!
As many of you will know we’ve already had an audio-tastic start to the year with our biggest event so far featuring Nick van der Kolk of Love + Radio and a sold out Hackney Attic. This was followed in February with the second annual World Radio Day celebrations at SOAS.
We’ve got lots of exciting events lined up for the rest of the year, including March’s event at The Wellcome Collection. But in this issue of the Friends’ Newsletter we thought we’d reflect on our last 6 months of 2012 which were particularly exciting.
From July to December In The Dark took up residence in a glasshouse in the Wapping Project. Known as The Invisible Picture Palace, we transformed the glasshouse into a record store for creative radio and spoken word as well as a dedicated listening space. We held events every Thursday with a variety of guests from near and far and from all walks of audio-life. In January the residency came to an end so we’ve decided to share a few exclusive audio treats with you from our time there.
The London Sound Survey is an online project which has collected around a thousand recordings of the capital. In August, its founder Ian Rawes visited the Glasshouse with a selection of London sounds from the present back to the origins of mobile recording. Here he presents his favorite recording >>
In August, the Glasshouse was proud to also have a visit from editor in chief of the wonderful radio magazine, The [Un]Observed, Tania Ketenjian (all the way from San Fransisco!). For friends of In the Dark, she found a little australian audio gem.
Find out which >>
Sony-nominated independent podcaster Dave Pickering visited the Glasshouse back in November for a week long residency. As well as recording some of his podcasts live in the glasshouse, he gave a brilliant talk about the “in conversation” podcast genre, all of which can be heard here.
Here he presents friends of In the Dark with a very special episode of his ‘Getting better Acquainted’ podcast.
In November we were also joined by sound artist and recent LCC MA Sound Art graduate Anna Raimondo. She shared with us a series of “audio self portraits” from a variety of audio-practioners, asking us the question of what makes a piece of audio a self portrait? Here she shares one of her own works, “False Friends” originally made for Kunst Radio.
In late November Paul Carr spent a week in the Invisible Picture Palace, recording the sounds of the environment and writing the latest episode of his podcast “The Fifth Runway Radio Tour” (based in the fictional south-London district of Endwell).
Here’s a bit more about it and a (pre-Picture Palace!) excerpt to give you a taster of the show >>
There will be more guest audio picks from The Invisible Picture Palace in Issue #4! Meanwhile in other news…
Récréation Sonore is a programme and outlet for creative sound storytelling on Radio Campus Paris. In The Dark’s Connor Walsh met some of the people behind it at the Hors Transistor conference in Paris last December, and wanted to share the programme with you – so the production team have given us this interview and specially chosen some excerpts.