SOUNDCAMP / REVEIL 10
6 — 7 May 2023
The 10th soundcamp took place across 26 locations. A hub at Stave Hill Ecological Park in London included free workshops, listening walks and food cooked over fires by XING. Around 200 people gathered, mainly in rain, to put up structures and follow the Reveil broadcast from the PITCH portable auditorium, re-constructed for the event by Michael Speers and public works.
The programme in London included:
– PITCH portable auditorium by Public Works and Michael Speers.
– Walk with Rebeka Clark, site manager at Stave Hill Ecological Park
– Open Receiver (diy radio) workshop with Shortwave Collective.
– Meditations with the full moon. Deep listening by Blanc Sceol (Stephen Shiell, Hannah White).
– DIY analogues workshop. Solargraphs and pinholes with Ky Lewis.
– Field recording workshop with Ecka Mordecai and Rory Salter.
– Building transmitters for ecological radio with Soundcamp.
– Transmissions by the Acoustic Commons network.
– Slack line with Sam Dore.
– Dawn bird walk with John Cadera and Graeme Wright.
– Bat walk with Iain Boulton (London Bat Group).
– Informal screenings, conversations with the Action Reading Group Hangout (ARGH).
– Down to Earth by ATOM (Alisa Oleva, Timothy Maxymenko) & Andrey Kiritchenko.
Maria Komarova was unable to get a visa to enter the UK. She delivered her work: 555 Bugs from a distance. It was played out in the Stave Hill compound via low power FM on hand held radios.
REVEIL Guest mixes by Leah Barclay (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) and Fernando Godoy (Radio Tsonami, Valparaíso, Chile) had to be cancelled due to technical issues.
The Acoustic Commons Study Group (Ella Finer, Flora Pitrolo, John Bingham-Hall, Lawrence Bradby, Tushar Hathiramani, Bianca Stoppani, Luisa Ulyett, James Wilkes, Lis Huang, Sheila Chukwulozie) had planned to conduct a discussion across locations and between streams of the Acoustic Commons network, with a live performance in the SHED. This was postponed due to technical issues beyond the control of the artists and organisers. The ACSG met on 23/09/2023 for a delayed / deferred transmission after Reveil 10, mixed live at Work Shop 1, LJ Works, Loughborough Junction by Ella Finer and Mort Drew.
The soundcamp was created with help from members of the Stave Hill Listening Group and others, along with friends and family of everybody involved.
Full programme (2023)
The 10th Reveil broadcast completed a full loop of the earth over the Dawn Chorus Day weekend, despite facing technical issues, which meant many streams could not be included. This reduced the variety of the work, and disappointed the efforts of many people who gave time and attention to set up streams.
The missing streams are documented in the streaming pages and the Reveil project page, which was substantially re-designed and -coded for the event.
We considered calling off the broadcast, but decided after discussion to continue, and try to make a sketch of the transit as best we could, much like the first broadcast 10 years before. Streams in the Eastern hemisphere had more time to adapt and some were able to devise hacks and improvisations, and appear.
We were struck by the generosity and understanding of streamers, broadcasters and the Acoustic Commons network in response to these difficulties. In trying to avoid these problems for the next broadcast, we are re-evaluating and re-imagining the network on a flatter, more distributed, more equitable model than before.
A series of workshops ahead of the event were the occasion for groups to make streamboxes and experiment with placing and listening to them. These were in Barrow-in-Furness with FON, Todmorden with YSWN and Jo Kennedy, and Newham, London with Blanc Sceol and the Surge Cooperative.
Some people were able to take the time of Reveil to listen to their surroundings, while the broadcast itself continued to generate a remarkable sequence of sounds. The restricted number of streams led to longer passages in each location, where the soundworld could be heard changing as light increased.
Writing in the Internet Relay Chat created an unusual live record of listenings together and apart, which we hope will be published shortly, in consultation with the writers who joined.
REVEIL / Soundcamp 10 was a project of the Soundcamp Cooperative with Stave Hill Ecological Park (TCV) and the Acoustic Commons network: Full Of Noises (Cumbria UK) · Locus Sonus (Aix FR) · Radio CONA (Ljubljana SI) · HMU (Crete GR) · Cyberforest (Tokyo JP).
Streams were part of the live soundmap operated in partnership with Creacast by Locus Sonus at ESAAIX, Aix-en-Provence.
The Reveil main mix was hosted by Wave Farm in Acra, Upper Hudson Valley, New York, our US broadcast partner since the first edition. Resonance Radio was our UK broadcast partner. The show was carried in whole or in part by Soundart Radio (UK) , NAISA Radio (Canada), and a network of FM and net radio stations around the world.
REVEIL / Soundcamp 10 received public funding from Arts Council England, Southwark Neighbourhoods Fund, North Southwark Environment Trust. It was made possible in addition by the generosity of private supporters, collaborators and friends. Thank you all.
The image shows PITCH (2020–) by public works and Michael Speers. Top Hill Meadow, Stave Hill Ecological Park. Soundcamp 10. 6 to 7 May 2023. Photo by Ivo Blackwood.
Watch a video on streaming live environmental sounds for Reveil (Webinar recorded 25/03/23).
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