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Radio with Everything at Hand
The early years of 24 Hours of Radio/ART, 1992 - 1996.
Curated by Absolute Value of Noise 2015.

Radio show produced in collaboration with Bill Mullan.
Live performance with Anna Friz, January 16th at the NAISA Space.
Commissioned by New Adventures in Sound Art as part of the Cross Waves Series.

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.

Radio with Everything at Hand - produced January 2015.


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.

1. Origins or where it all began (4:50) by Bill Mullan with extracts from early AVN Radio shows (1988 and 1990) and the Noise Day Promo Cart 1992 (0:58)
2. The Truth Channel 1992 (4:04) by Bill Mullan (tape and vinyl manipulation)

Set One:
3. Pariah 1992 (1:46) by Diana Arens (metal and voice) and June Scudeler (metal)
4. Noise of Change 1992 (7:14) by Don Chow (tape and beats) with sounds from Kelly White and Judy Radul

Set Two:
5. No Boundary Condition 1992 (7:47) with Pete Lutwyche (guitar), Adam Sloan (tone generator), and Jane Tilley (four track tape)
6. Intermission 1992 (Station ID from 1992) (1:38) by Bill Mullan
7. Free for All 1992 (7:18) with Diana Arens (voice), Bill Mullan (voice), Matt Richards (voice and effects), mixed by AVN and Adam Sloan

Set Three:
8. Radio on Radio/WENR 1992 (2:08) by Bobbi Kozinuk (hand-built 1 Watt FM radio transmitter and ghetto-blaster)
9. G42 Productions 1992 (4:45) by Patrick Devine and Scott Fraser (tape loops)
10. Live Radio without Human Intervention 1992 (5:44) by Adam Sloan (cd loops)

Set Four:
11. Toxic Option Syndrome 1992 (9:28) by Adam Sloan (tape and CD manipulation)
12. No Boundary Condition 1992 (3:10) by Pete Lutwyche (solo guitar)
13. No Boundary Condition 1992 (8:00) by Jane Tilley (four track tape)

Set Five:
14. Mass Produced Objects 1996 (2:00) by Judy Radul (voice and multitrack tape)
15. Everything U Know Is Wrong 1992 (6:11) by Pat Mullan (tape and vinyl manipulation)
16. Boris Bop 1992 (7:03) by Matt Richards (tape, voice, guitar)
17. Revox Duet 1992 (1:07) by Anthony Hempell (Revox PR99) and Adam Sloan (parametric EQ)

Set Six:
18. Gigablast! 1992 (10:31) by Andrea Cserenyi (tape and vinyl manipulation) with contributions from Larry Mud and the Sensuous Leper
19. Gigablast! 1993 (8:58) by Andrea Cserenyi (tape and vinyl manipulation)

Set Seven:
20. Noise Day ID 1993 (1:28) by Bill Mullan (with samples stolen from Gregory Whitehead)
21. Christopher Speener-Lowe 1992 (0:56) analog synth
22. Sound of Reality 1992 (4:10) by Anthony Roberts (tape and vinyl manipulation) and Michelle LaFlamme
23. Sound of Reality 1993 (2:30) by Anthony Roberts (tape and vinyl manipulation)

Set Eight:
24. Michele Frey 1996 (7:58) Michele records her journey from Gastown to the Western Front for Art's Birthday
25. Sound of Truth 1996 (6:02) by Bill Mullan and Anthony Roberts (tape and vinyl manipulation)
26. Truth Channel 1994 (parts I and II) (6:08) by Bill Mullan (tape and vinyl manipulation) and Rolf Wilkinson (on drums)

Set Nine:
27. Rolf and AVN 1994 (19:40) by Rolf Wilkinson (drums) and Absolute Value of Noise (tape and vinyl)

Set Ten:
28. The Last Show 1994 (5:25) by Bobbi Kozinuk (field recordings and sound effects records)

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.



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