SOUNDS OF RADIO COMMUNITIES
SOUND AS A MEANS TO ENGAGE…
We recently added some clips to the no-go-zones archive which contain excerpts of a telephone conversation with Molefi Ndlovu in Durban S.A. about a public radio project, RASA fm, in Soweto in 2005. On the page ‘radio communities (RASA fm)’, we invite listeners to respond – in audio – from the archives of their own experiences with public radio work. We are suggesting that ‘micro shows’ could be a means to carry on with the conversation, and include more views and diverse voices on the issues of media and community brought forward here. You can listen to Molefi Ndlovu via the link below and find more on the page ‘radio communities (RASA fm)’ here on the blog.
On April 2nd, only a couple of days after the clips had gone up on-line, Garth Rennie from “Soundscape Rhythms” on CJAM91.5fm, broadcast some of the conversation with Molefi in his weekly show. Here in London/ England, we received Garth’s response to our call and his one-hour broadcast like a celebration of “radio communities”, and a beautiful and surprising re-mix of our very (plain and sober) invitation for response:
sound as a means to engage…
with historical understandings,
with past civilizations, with readings, books, ideas,
with mountains and flat lands, and forests and rock-walls, and seasons,
with images of future, and the day, and the night,
with someone across the table, or on the other side of the street, or on the other end of ‘the line’…
With his cjam broadcast on the 2nd April, Garth tuned in to these waves of communal on-going conversations, correspondences, media. We uploaded clips and the entire programme on archive.org and are listening out for continuations of the exchange, and propositions of ‘radio communities’ to come.
SOUNDS OF NO-GO-ZONES…
In the meantime, we are offering in response our recent recording with Marcus Durran, station manager on open-air radio. It’s a conversational drift through the maze and networks and resonant corridors of the no-go-zones archive and its forthcoming ‘influence100’ DVD publication.
Radio communities, we imagine to be, audio correspondences between people and communities across possibly far distances of time and space by means of sound – that is, composed missives (or transmissions) of sounds, rhythms, music and words. We say, “imagine…”, because, in fact, we don’t know what ‘radio communities’ are, or could become; but with every clip, recording, edit, sound piece, audio composition, we actively draw and send out another proposition of what “radio communities” could be, for us, here and now…; then, we hold back and listen.
What might return to us?
INVITATION TO JOIN THE DEBATE:
We are keen to hear your responses to the issues you find raised here on the background of your own experiences with public radio projects.
STEPS 4 ON-GOING RADIO CONVERSATIONS:
– record a conversation or discussion with a group of people involved in public radio projects where-ever you are (15- 30mins)
– put the audio up on archive.org and send us the link
– we, from the no-go-zones audio radio project will respond in the same way
– and, hopefully others listeners will pick up the thread and join in…
links to some related tracks on radio and ‘media’
in the NO-GO-ZONES archive:
– conversation in a black cab approaching Bush House:
– radio communities (JCAM):