It's been 20 years exactly since I created 'Recorded Delivery', which quietly collected sounds of the inner realm of the Post Office in March 1995. Back then I could only use cassettes to capture sound, and there was no internet or digital in my world. Two decades later the technical options are staggering, but simplicity and calm is more in demand than ever before.
Foundsoundscape was inspired by the very first Digital Radio station in the UK, that simply played a recording of a rural location. Radio you could just leave running to add a peaceful ambience to your environment indoors. It heralded a new media paradigm, as digital broadcasting offered more capacity than requred for the first time, and that space needed filling. At the same time on TV, Channel 4 was broadcasting Big Brother live 24hours, and at night I loved to tune-in my analogue TV sets all over the house, and the shed, so I could hear the housemates gently sleeping as I worked through the night. Since then infomercials, and gambling TV have taken over, and I greatly miss that sense of real-time space, that does not demand your attention. Foundsoundscape quietly underscores your environment, by creating new ones from others.
Radio is special as it was the first medium that could be experienced by many people in many places, all at the same time > > > Foundsoundscape.com is an online radio station that streams live 24hours a day, which can now be broadcast to people all over the globe. Using over 1000 calm & curious location recordings captured by 100+ recordists, the sounds were simply edited, and then played back three at a time at various volumes in shuffle mode, and the result is never the same twice. You often hear the edges of time as files begin or stop playing mid flow. If you listen ever so carefully you can also hear me working in the studio at the end of the garden late at night, as I have a live mic feeding into the mix. I sometimes like to work with tv radio & music playing, to absorb information, give me ideas, create and share. Email me for a shout-out!
My hope is that others will find foundsoundscape enjoyable
and leave it running all day & all night long, just like a radio! It's as simple as that, with one click. A salute to serendipity and shared sonic space. Bookmark it. Play it in rooms around the house. Share it . . Take a break . . .
"It’s lovely Janek. I really like listening to it.
Well done! I’ll link it to my friends." [Brian Eno]
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Massive thanks to everyone who has helped make this possible
Commissioned by the Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes, UK
Programming by Efthymios Chatzigiannis & David Tinapple
Curatorial assistance by Holly Jarvis special thanks to Paul Whitty
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List of the 100+ audio recorders sending sound from every corner of the globe
Selection was from an open call for contributions,
via my newslist, & online, & in print media.
The first people to send in sound were chosen by serendipity,
and I curated and edited the content.
Future participation is by
Pauline Oliveros Hildegard Westerkamp Christina Kubisch Charlemagne Palestine Phill Niblock Philip Jeck Martyn Ware Annea Lockwood British Library Sound Archive Stephan Mathieu Justin Bennett
Simon Fisher Turner
Holly Jarvis Susan Martin
Peter van Cooten Paul Cox
Mike Weis Knut Aufermann Michael J. Schumacher
Philip Blackburn Douglas Benford
Jake Muir Chris Dooks
Darren McClure Jeremy Young Stuart Bannister
Robin Parmar Yui Onodera Lauren Bonn
Frans de Waard
Luis Fernandes Philipp Ilinskiy
Richard Chartier Martin Franklin
Dave the Rave
Radboud Mens Mary Malecka
Jan van den Brink
Javier Ucelay Urech
Jez Riley French
Mari & Ben Minto
La Cosa Preziosa