Lights Out Listening

Lights Out Listening

These works were jury selected from international open calls and broadcast during several Lights Out Listening Group sessions. Lights Out Listening Group meets bi-monthly in The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow, Scotland, to listen, with the lights turned off, to a program of sound works. Program available at the group's MixCloud website.

Exhibitions

Sound Diary Excerpts

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group
Glasgow, Scotland
20 June 2022
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Excerpts from Sound Diary, an experiment where listeners combine curated sounds to create interactive sound-based narratives. Meaning is made through interaction with the curated sound objects, and by listening. This work features samples of appropriations and field recordings arranged to create their own narrative.
7:38, sound art


Lucille Fletcher Tribute Excerpts

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group
Glasgow, Scotland
27 Apr. 2022
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Excerpts from Lucille Fletcher Tribute, the 21 March 2022 episode of Re-Imagined Radio which featured re-imagined performances of Fletcher's two best known radio dramas, "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Hitch-Hiker."
9:57, sound art


Figurski at Findhorn on Acid Excerpt

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group
Glasgow, Scotland
23 Feb. 2022
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Excerpt from Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, the 17 January 2021 episode of Re-Imagined Radio which featured a radio adaptation of the comedic hypertext novel by Richard Holeton. Set at Findhorn, Scotland, with larger than life characters, two mechanical pigs, and acid, yes THAT acid.
6:50, sound art


The War of the Worlds Excerpt

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group
Glasgow, Scotland
17 Nov. 2021
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Excerpt from The War of the Worlds, the 18 October 2021 episode of Re-Imagined Radio which featured a performance of this most famous ever radio drama with a re-imagined storylines, perspectives, and sound effects.
5:10, sound art


Cicada Project X

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group Lockdown Edition #8
Glasgow, Scotland
14 July 2021
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website


Alien calls of Brood X Cicadas are heard as both disturbing and beautiful meditating, chanting, OM breathing.
5:00, sound art

Other Broadcasts

World Listening Day 24 Hour Stream
Juried international broadcast
18 July 2021
An international grassroots birthday celebration of Canadian acoustic artist and thinker R. Murry Schafer in association with WGXC Wave Farm, NAISA Radio, and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.
World Listening Projectwebsite
24 Hour Stream Schedule
World Listening Day 24 Hour Stream on YouTube


Slideshow of Sonic Specters / Bells and Bagpipes

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group Lockdown Edition #7
Glasgow, Scotland
28 April 2021
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Slideshow of Sonic Specters
Celebrates the slide projector and its linear method of presenting multilayered narratives.
5:00, sound art

Bells and Bagpipes
Looping files play off and with one another to produce a serendipitous sound composition that might be considered musical.
5:02, sound art


Flight Control / Memoriam-Flying Squirrel / Riding the Rust Belt

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group Lockdown Edition #6
Glasgow, Scotland
24 February 2021
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Flight Control
A narrative using live air traffic control feeds from Athens, Brussels, Chicago, Kuwait City, Moscow, Sao Paulo, and Singapore airport approaches, and the Apollo 8 moon landing.
5:41, sound art
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Memoriam-Flying Squirrel
Obituary for a flying squirrel found along the Pacific Northwest coast of America. 0:39, sound art
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Riding the Rust Belt
Speaks to riding in a car with Walt Whitman, looking out the window while listening to the radio, thinking about the changes in Gary, Indiana, the Rust Belt, and across America.
5:10, sound art
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COVID Nightmares / Music Heard from Space

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group Lockdown Edition #5
Glasgow, Scotland
16 December 2020
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

COVID Nightmares
5:00, sound art
My sleep is interrupted by nightmares of contracting COVID-19. This is how they sound.
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Music Heard from Space While Admiring a View from a Hill
Land-soundscape seen and heard from atop a hill at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.
2:00, sound art
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Beginning-Middle-End / Tiny Sounds

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group Lockdown Edition #4
Glasgow, Scotland
30 September 2020
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Beginning-Middle-End
Explores Aristotelian idea of every narrative having a beginning, middle, and end.
1:00, sound art
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Tiny Sounds
Uncurated sound art performance at Goldsmith’s College, London. Several persons making sounds with small instruments.
2:30, sound art
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Dogs Bark Far Away

Lights Out Listening Juried international broadcast
Lights Out Listening Group Lockdown Edition #3
Glasgow, Scotland
29 July 2020
Event Program/Archive and group's MixCloud website

Explores liminal listening moments throughout a day. Soundscapes and field recordings depict increase sonic ambience through day, returning to the natural soundscape in the evening.
2:00, sound art
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Background

Lights Out Listening Group is a bi-monthly listening event held in the Old Hairdressers Shop, Renfield Lane, Glasgow, Scotland, where the audience listens in the dark. After the program, they discuss what they heard. But, due to the COVID pandemic 2020 listening events were held online using the Lights Out Listening Group mixlr website. Listeners were encouraged to discuss what they heard using the website's chat feature. An archive of listening programs is available at the group's MixCloud website.

International open calls encourage sound artist to submit works for jury selection. Submissions can be no longer than 10:00 in length and may be complete works or part of a larger work.

Artist Statement

I am intrigued by the idea of groups of people sitting in a darkened former hairdresser's shop listening to sounds. Participating in these listening events is a wonderful experience.