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Options March 23, 2012: Douglas Benford for Radio Boredcast


My main take on the theme of slowness was pauses. In this case: pauses in speech. My collage consists of an hour long edited found podcast (I am addicted to podcasts) from which I extracted - or rather made silent - all the words, leaving only the 'erms' and 'ahhs' and breathing between three speakers. Underneath, to compliment this, I have added my own recent field recordings - usually of quiet or serene places - from Vancouver, Canada and the Netherlands - intermingled with various slow music compositions by myself - from released and unreleased past and recent projects. I think of the whole piece resembles a slow journey or perhaps a stuttering, half remembered, afternoon radio play?

Douglas Benford is a sound artist, involved in various audio genres since the 1980s, in recent years performing at institutions in the UK (Bristol's Arnolfini, London's Science Museum, Tate Modern, ICA, and Glasgow's CCA), and festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale). After numerous electronica releases in his 'si-cut.db' guise, he has recently focused on acoustic improvisation and installations, using field recordings, classical instruments, vocals and children's toys. His collaborators have included Stephan Mathieu, Scanner, Philippe Petit, Marc Weiser, Jem Finer, Kaffe Mathews, Lina Lapelyte, Aleks Kolkowski, sculptor Rob Olins, pop group Saint Etienne, Momus, Rod Thomas, and Andrew Weatherall. Benford is also co-curator with Iris Garrelfs since 1996, of Sprawl audio events in London.


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