A little far away and ‘oop north, but apparently it’s free…

Culture Lab: Music & Machines (PDF link) at AV Festival of the Electronic Arts 08, University of Newcastle. Step lively and sign up if interested, though; it’s on 29th Feb to 1st March 08. The programme seems to be quite interested in the idea of sonic ‘hauntings’, ‘haunted media’ and haunted houses.

“This international two day conference will present different ways that artists and musicians engage with radio and broadcast technologies … composers’ appropriation of broadcast, the development of radio art as a genre of practice, and the ways in which sound artists have utilised these concepts, through radio, or more recently network streaming, in their practice.”

Do the BBC radio producers in Birmingham’s Mailbox let local creatives try their hand at this sort of sonic-art/radio-art -making? If not, perhaps they should, and provide a central broadcast showcase for the results? Perhaps in partnership with the radio tutors at BCU Perry Barr, BEAST, and others in the city. As Brian Duffy said in this 4talent interview, a central space is needed…

“Electronic music in Birmingham has been part of the ‘outside’, but that generated underground culture with people doing things for themselves,” he explains. “There’s a big community of sound artists, though there isn’t really a central place …”

By “central place” he meant, I assume, a physical arts-centre venue — but why shouldn’t it be a three times a year broadcast slot, in which sound artists might intervene in the BBC archives by splicing them up with electronic music and ‘found’ Birmingham sounds?