Between Sleep and Dreams

Between Sleep - Dreams

Between Sleep and Dreams is a radio art narrative imagining the enigma of waking.


Object: audio file
Format: MPEG audio
Bit Rate: 320 kbs
Sample Rate: 44,100 kHz
Duration: 55:00
Created: 2013
Creator: John F. Barber
Original/Edited Files Available: Yes
Rights and Status: All rights reserved. Available for broadcast, installation, exhibition, and/or publication with permission.
Image: ***


Framework framework:afield #433
Juried broadcast, international
framework radio
Põlgaste, Estonia
9-15 September 2013
Curated by international sound, performance, and radio artist Patrick McGinley (aka murmer).

Framework Radio focuses on field recording of sonic sources and their use in compositions. Featuring juried work by international sound artists, Framework Radio's goal is to present not only the extremely diverse sound environments of our world, but also the extremely diverse work that is being produced by the artists who choose to use these environments as their sonic sources. The research and creative question behind Framework Radio programming asks, "Is field recording a style or genre, or rather an uncontrollable and undefinable tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and idea?" Works produced in response to this question are the answer, the definition, not vice versa. Based in Põlgaste, Põlva County, in southeast Estonia, Framework Radio began broadcasting in June 2002 on Resonance 104.4 FM in London. Episodes are now broadcast on radio stations around the world.

I have created several episodes for Framework Radio, an international showcase of field recording, phonography, and sound hunting, curated by international sound, performance, and radio artist Patrick McGinley (aka murmer).
#808 Dawn Birds, Light Traffic, Melodic Machines, 3-9 July 2022
#738 COVID Dreamscapes, 13-19 December 2020
#711 Coho Crossing, 26 April - 2 May 2020
#658 Rainstorm Reveries, 21-27 October 2018
#623 In Progress, 17 December 2017 - 13 January 2018
#583 Transect: London, 29 January 2016 - 4 February 2017
#542 Water, Waves, Dreams, 31 January - 6 February 2016
#433 Between Sleep and Dreams, 9-15 September 2013
#405 Ambient Pulsations, 6 February - 6 March 2013
#389 Tell Me A Story about Meditation, 23-30 September 2012
#386 Meditation, 2-8 September 2012
#381 Contact, 12-14 July 2012

Echoes Echoes #1: How to get lost and start listening Juried broadcast, international
Lisbon, Portugal
12-14 July 2013
Curated by Paulo Raposo.

Echoes was a transdisciplinary art project in Lisbon, Portugal, July 2013-March 2014. Coordinated by the art collective Osso for the city of Lisbon, with a focus on thoughts, experiences, and interventions regarding listening and place, Echoes aimed "to put together thoughts, experiences and interventions on the relationship between LISTENING and PLACE."

Echoes was divided into four parts, presented over four weekends every two months July 2013-March 2014. Each Echoes in the series featured debates, concerts, workshops, soundwalks, film screenings, and radio broadcasts via Stress.FM, London, England. The common theme was how soundscape and aurality contribute to a sense of place. My works were included in each of the four parts of Echoes
Echoes #4: The Stranger That Is Next To Me
Echoes #3: Internet Soundscape
Echoes #2: Paging Greg Lambert
Echoes #1: Ambient Pulsations, Between Sleep and Dreams, and Contact.

Cough+Sniff FestivalCough+Sniff Radio Arts Festival
Invited broadcast, regional
Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
April 2013

Curated by Lucy Pawlak. Broadcast by "Cough" FM and "Sniff" FM, two small transmitters located at different points on the island. Inspired by the name, I created this sonification for the festival.


I created and submitted Between Sleep and Dreams in response to an international open call for Echoes #1: How to get lost and start listening, a transdisciplinary art project in Lisbon, Portugal, curated by Paulo Raposo. Between Sleep and Dreams was selected and included in the Echoes #1 program. Between Sleep and Dreams was later exhibited in other venues as noted in the "Exhibitions" section.

Artist Statement

Sounds assimilated by one's (sub)conscious during liminal dreaming create an acousmatic collage, rising and falling like waves on the surface of perception, difficult to attain, difficult to escape.

This work is both personal and collaborative. You can hear my liminal soundscape: traffic noise, my cats eating, my heartbeat, my snoring, and other incorporated sounds. Additionally, I sampled work by students in my Internet Radio: Theory and Practice class, taught spring 2013.