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Radio with Everything at Hand
In 2014 I was commissioned by New Adventures in Sound Art to do an archival radio show and write an essay about "24 Hours of Radio Art" - an annual event that I started in the 90s with Bill Mullan, Adam Sloan, and Bobbi Kozinuk.
"24 Hours of Radio/ART" began in the summer of 1992 during the Canadian National Campus and Community Radio Conference held in Vancouver. The idea was to produce a twenty-four-hour radio art event - a radio station that was completely devoted to live creative work and experimental audio art. In effect, we asked the question: "What would happen if your local pop-radio station suddenly changed to an all audio-art format?"
"Radio with Everything at Hand" takes a look at the first four years of this event - an event that continues to this day, happening every year on January 17th on CITR FM, the campus radio station at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The DJs and artists involved with the early editions of "24 Hours" used voice, turntables, CDs, cassettes, DAT, reel-to-reel tape loops, electronic instruments, samples from TV and cinema, scrap metal, oil drums, and field recordings to create massively layered walls of noise and more subtly layered waves of ambience. This episode of Cross Waves explores this history through commentary and excerpts form the original radio shows.
You can listen to the radio program on NAISA's SoundCloud channel.
Notes on the Cross Waves Radio Show
The program for NAISA radio for January 2015 was produced by Peter Courtemanche and Bill Mullan. It features selected works from the first four editions of "24 Hours" with commentary about the radio shows of the time. Writing and voice by Bill Mullan. Selections curated by Peter Courtemanche.
Bill Mullan is a Vancouver based writer, radio DJ (and producer). His past media adventures include magazine publishing (and editing), a few thousand hours of radio programming (CBC-2, campus and community), various screenplays, film and video productions, and, of course, non-stop sonic explorations. He also drove cab for a while. Randophonic is his current radio show (airing weekly c/o of UBC's CiTR.FM.101.9). In November 2013, he received his MFA diploma from UBC's Creative Writing program for Superlative Noise, a work of "sonic fiction".
The cast of the first four editions of "24 Hours" included: Diana Arens, Hank Bull, Shawn Chappelle, Don Chow, Peter Courtemanche, Andrea Cserenyi, DASZ, Patrick Devine, Scott Fraser, Michele Frey, Colin Griffiths, Ken Gregory, Anthony Hempell, Antonia Hirsch, Kathy Kennedy, Bobbi Kozinuk, Michelle LaFlamme, Pete Lutwyche, Bill Mullan, Pat Mullan, Judy Radul, Matt Richards, Anthony Roberts, John Ruskin (Narduar the Human Serviette), June Scudeler, Adam Sloan, Christopher Speener-Lowe, Jane Tilley, Sarah Toy, Zainub Verjee, Lori Weidenhammer, Rolf Wilkinson, and Cece Wyss.