Over and out…

The transmitter has been turned off, the antenna has been taken down from the roof, all of the cables have been unplugged. The light at the end of the dial has gone dark for another year.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a few thank yous: to our funders Creative Scotland, Outset and the Jerwood Foundation; to our hosts CCA Glasgow and all the duty managers, front of house and technical staff there; to our commissioned artists and live performers; to our continuity announcers and studio helpers; to the 600 or more artists whose work we have had the honour to feature in our broadcasts and to our listeners in 50 countries around the world.

There’s no listen again facility with Radiophrenia but the schedules from our first three years of broadcasts remain on our website and provide a treasure trove of information and links for all the artists whose work has appeared. Selected pieces will also be making appearances on other stations around the world over the next year including the Helicotrema festival (Venice), Wave Farm / WGXC (USA), Resonance FM (London) and Borealis Radio (Norway) - so watch this space for more details.

If you have any comments or questions on any aspects of the broadcasts, or want to tell us about your highlights or what we could have done differently we’d be happy to hear from you via our email address: info@2017.radiophrenia.scot

Thank you for listening - The Radiophrenia Team

Minimalist Beats? – on Radiophrenia?

At 4pm today, musician, songwriter and novelist, Stuart David presents 'Minimalist Beats' - a collage of beat poetry performances by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski and Bob Dylan mashed up with music by Minimalist composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich. It shouldn't work but for some reason it just does. And it's addictive.

Stuart David co-founded the band Belle and Sebastian and was a member from 1996–2000, and then went on to front Looper (1998–present). He is the author of the novels Nalda Said and The Peacock Manifesto, published by I.M.P. Fiction in 1999 and 2001. His third novel, A Peacock's Tale was published by Barcelona Review in 2011.

Mapping the World with Sounds

At 1pm today composer, sound artist and sonic cartographer Jean François Cavro takes us around the world in 80 field recordings. Soundscapes, objects, music and anomymous voices from some places close to yours - and some not so close. All field recordings, edited and mixed on location by ORVKNS (Jean François

Sounds Like Scotland

At 4.30pm today we take a listen to selections from the Scottish National Libraries sound archives in a programme put together especially for us by Amy McDonald and Alisdair Bell.

We have also initiated a new radio commission in association with NSL. Sound artist, Zoe Irvine is the first artist we have selected to create a new work with material from the archive.

What does Scotland sound like? We have delved into our archives across Scotland to give you a flavour of recordings from our past. These tell a unique story about Scotland, listening in to our environment and to our people. We are grateful to the following organisations for providing audio for the programme: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Am Baile, University of Dundee Archive Services, the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh, the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen, Special Collections at the University of Aberdeen, Vanishing Scotland, Ness Historical Society, Scottish Music Centre, National Library of Scotland, Raretunes, the Scottish Working People’s History Trust, The National Trust for Scotland’s Canna Collection, OurStory Scotland, West Lothian Archives, the University of Stirling and Scottish Borders Archives.

Scotland’s Sounds is a collaborative network of over 100 organisations and individuals who look after sound collections across Scotland.


Solar Pessimist

At 5pm today artist John Lawrence, in collaboration with actor Peter Hugo Daly and Berlin-based musician Tim Eve, present the 'Solar Pessimist'. A combination of performed spoken-word monologue with a cyclical, rhythmic soundscape.

Shifting between speculative ‘pub chat’ and philosophical diatribe, our guiding voice becomes distracted, his thoughts distorted through the joint lenses of conspiracy theory, new-agism and that of the self-righteous contemporary consumer.

Within this meandering thought-process are propositions about what best to be doing at the end of the world, how zero-gravity pornography will affect us all and… if the sun is a conscious being… what happens when he starts talking back?


Out of Place: Delia Derbyshire in Cumbria

At 12.30pm today, sound artist and oral historian Jenn Mattinson explores the later life of BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer and electronic music pioneer, Delia Derbyshire. This particular story covers the time Delia spent in Cumbria in the mid-1970s following her less than amicable departure from the BBC.

"It's one of those stories that will always remain rather ambiguous, as very little is known about this period in her life, so I have tried to reflect this in parts of the telling, and added my own theatrical interpretations to the piece. It has a foundation of two female oral history testimonies with an original sonic composition, produced to help reflect and re-tell elements of the story."


For Radiophrenia 2017 we’ve worked with 4 community groups in Glasgow and introduced them to the joys of experimental radio and sound making. We’ve been helping people to learn how to make programmes for themselves by teaching them to use recording equipment and editing software. Here are some details about the groups and what they’ve been making:

Glasgow Clyde College 16+ Programme
The 16+ programme at Glasgow Clyde College is the only one of its kind in Scotland, aimed at supporting unaccompanied young asylum seekers and refugees from a range of backgrounds and countries. It is a specialist ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course which incorporates creative arts, outdoor learning and extensive guidance. This year’s class, with an age range of 16-19, have come together with Sister to produce their own radio work for Radiophrenia, inspired by and featuring sounds of their home countries and what they hear in their new home of Glasgow. The class is made up of 22 young people who speak over 10 different languages.
Sister are a creative collective formed by Cass Ezeji and Siobhain Ma. Their work primarily explores the experiences and challenges facing mixed race Scottish women along with questions of identity and establishing a connection with their respective backgrounds (Nigeria, Hong Kong, Ireland and Scotland) from a distance.

Maryhill Integration Network
Stories and memories, improvised and found sounds from Maryhill and far, far beyond…
Maryhill Integration Network brings together communities through art, social, cultural and educational groups and projects. For Radiophrenia, people who’ve come to Glasgow from Eritrea, Syria, Palestine, Spain, Tunisia, Pakistan, Sudan, Uganda, Niger, Iran – and even England – share their adventures and experiments in sound.
“When we started doing these recordings – honestly – we were like, ok what is this?! For us it’s a new thing. But when we heard what we’d done, we found the joy in it.” – Sami, Sudan
Project Ability
Established in 1984, Project Ability is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that creates opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues, aged 5 years to 80 plus, to express themselves.
Broadercasting at Project Ability has taken the form of creative writing, noise making and sound recording workshops led by Anthony Autumn and Joanna Peace. Anthony and Joanna are writers and artists that work across genres and with others, and first formed the Project A Writing Group in 2015. Since then the group has worked on a number of writing and publishing projects, and this commission for Radiophrenia has allowed participants to approach writing in new ways, through voicing, through technologies, and through alternative forms of collaboration.
Over five weeks of workshops the group have conjured stories and poems out of their everyday experiences, their pasts and speculative futures. They have transformed found material and objects into words and sounds that are lyrical and emotional, funny and fantastical. These pieces make up a sound collage to be broadcast during the festival.

Vox Liminis
Based in Glasgow’s East End, Vox Liminis brings together people with convictions, artists and academics to develop the role of creative arts in criminal justice in Scotland. Exclusively for Radiophrenia, participants of various ages and backgrounds at Vox’s weekly Unbound sessions seek out, create, collaborate, record and manipulate an array of diverse sounds and stories.
“It’s been fab. Tune in to hear lots of weird and wonderful bits and pieces!” – Vox Liminis


(1) Maryhill Integration Network’s choir recording a Radiophrenia jingle
(2) Morag reading aloud the cut-up poem ‘Crackles’
(3) An excerpt from WE ARE THE SAME, WE ARE THE WORLD, an audio collage made up of every day sounds and interviews, intertwined with sounds from a range of countries and cultures.
(4) Experimental recording in the bike shed outside Vox Liminis HQ

Radiophrenia 2017

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has submitted material for this year’s broadcasts. There has been an overwhelming response to our open call once again. We have received over 430 hours of material and more than 600 individual works. We are still working our way through all of this audio so if you haven’t heard from us yet we will be in touch within the next few weeks. Our website is still under construction and different elements will be made live in the run up to the broadcasts. Many contributors have asked about the schedule – we aim to have this up by the week prior to transmission so please bear with us until this time.

We are also pleased to announce that we have been granted our RSL broadcast license from OFCOM and we have been able to retain our frequency on 87.9FM in the Glasgow area.