15 Nov 2010

'sound, light, locality : the frederick street sound and light exploration society', radia show #294


my radio documentary about the festival Fredstock, which was submitted as show #294 for season 24 of broadcasts from the radia network, celebrated the Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society's annual gathering of audio experimenters in appropriately non-linear manner.

The show, complete with audio, is archived on the radia site


sound, light, locality : the frederick street sound and light exploration society

"using audio from the experimental music festival ‘Fredstock’, which gathered together together 62 performers over 4 days (Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th October 2010) in Wellington, New Zealand, this documentary amplifies some of the voices from the diverse and cross-pollinating experimental music culture associated with the central Wellington artist-run performance space ‘the Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society’ (affectionately known to its community as ‘Freds’), while asking wider questions around the history and practice of experimental music in Wellington, the particularity of localised micro-scenes, the role of key figures driving the culture, and, implicitly, how underground artistic communities can build strategies for their ongoing survival.

deliberately emphasising the tentative, exploratory nature of the current discourse surrounding NZ audio culture, the documentary formally structures itself as a listening experience with loose links to Glenn Gould’s documentary methods, although it is also akin to a critically minded yet casual conversation that might be had at a night out watching a gig. It can be listened to as a companion-piece of sorts to the earlier R1 documentary contribution to the network ‘Lines of Flight : a Sonic Community’ (s20 n231), and forms part of an ongoing research interest in charting the sonic territories of New Zealand experimental audio culture.

interviews with : Jeremy Coubrough, Daniel Beban, Torben Tilly, Bek Coogan, Chris Prosser, Mark Williams, Noel Meek, Campbell Walker, Erika Grant, Sean Kelly, Thomas Lambert.

music / audio by : Full Fucking Moon, Peter Wright, Ming, The Doubles, Claypipe, Seth Frightening, Chris Prosser/Erika Grant/Art Sushi, andDouglas Lilburn covers band the Urinal Bulldogs.

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