Between Sleep and Dreams

Between Sleep and Dreams

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Between Sleep and Dreams is a 55:00 radio art narrative imagining the enigma of waking.


Object: audio file
Format: mp3
Bit Rate: 356kbs
Duration: 55:00
Created: 2013
Creator: John F. Barber

Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

Framework framework:afield #433
(juried broadcast)
framework radio
Tartu, 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 Tartu, 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.

My radio art works broadcast by Framework Radio
#658 Rainstorm Reveries, October 21-27
#623 In Progress, December 2017-January 2018
#583 Transect: London, January-February 2017
#542 Water, Waves, Dreams, February 2016
#433 Between Sleep and Dreams, September 2013
#405 Ambient Pulsations, February 2013
#389 Tell Me A Story about Meditation, September 2012
#386 Meditation, September 2012
#381 Contact, July 2012

Echoes Echoes #1: How to get lost and start listening (juried broadcast)
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 presented over four weekends every two months July 2013-March 2014 and featured debates, concerts, workshops, soundwalks, film screenings, and radio broadcasts via Stress.FM. The common theme was how soundscape and aurality contribute to a sense of place. Four of my works of radio art were jury selected for Echoes broadcasts. 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)
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.

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.