A Shot in the Dark

Posted: October 16, 2018 in News


A Shot in the Dark approaches. It’s being realised this week at Exeter Phoenix – on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 8pm. Admission is £8 (£5 students, concessions & under 18s). Tickets here.
In total darkness, diverse groups of musicians – drawn from Exeter’s classical, jazz, folk, noise and student ensembles – interpret a musical score burned into their retinas via a series of digital flashguns. Conceived by RRO’s Ed Baxter and arranged in collaboration with curator-composer Emma Welton, A Shot in the Dark is commissioned by University of Exeter Arts & Culture as part of Exeter Sound Context. Performers include: Martha Dunster (flute), Deborah Hamilton (viola), Alex Wilson (violin), Emma Welton (violin), Matt Lord (saxophone), Bruce McClure (bass), Helen Kean (keyboard), Henrique Rosário (keyboard), Tom Hyde (guitar), Michael Umney (guitar), Ramiz Ahmed-Man (guitar), Alex Rafael Rose (harp), Oliver Kadouchkine (mandolin), Matt Smith (sampler), Tika Osborne (synth), Dan Norman (synth), Tony Whitehead (objects), Dan Cray (glass, effects), Simon Egan (electric kazoo), Kordian Tektov (percussion), Alex Frost (drums), Steve Milton (cajon, cymbal), Stan Glendinning (drums), and David Sawyer (sound sculpture). Wow.

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Simon King RIP

Posted: October 4, 2018 in News

We share the sad news that our dear friend and esteemed RRO performer Simon King died last weekend. A great musician (seen here during the rehearsal of The Death Of Kodak – photo by Second Movement) and a great human being. Please contribute to this JustGiving campaign to pay for his funeral and a celebration. Simon enhanced every situation in which he played. His role in the Radio Orchestra was just one of his many musical activities which in recent years included The Windsors, Swordfish, Homelife, Murphy No Geisha, performances with Atsuko Kamura, Forkbeard Fantasy and Chris Cornetto, and the Hauntological Orchestra – formed to raise funds for victims of the Fukushima disaster. He regularly organised benefit concerts for Resonance FM, even when his own circumstances were dire and deserving of support. It was typical of Simon to be far-sighted in his generosity – he was naturally altruistic and practically caring. His original approach to the guitar was marked by a profound grasp of rhythm, an encyclopedic knowledge of music of all kinds, and an ability to both direct and effortlessly empathise with other performers. He will be sorely missed.

A special acousmatic concert

Posted: September 24, 2018 in News

A Shot in the Dark
Exeter Phoenix, Thursday 18 October 2018 at 8pm. £8 (£5 students, concessions & under 18s). Tickets here.
In total darkness, diverse groups of musicians – drawn from Exeter’s classical, jazz, folk, noise and student ensembles – interpret a musical score burned into their retinas via a series of digital flashguns. Their eyes shut, the score at first seems clear enough, allowing for deeply musical coherence. But as the afterimage decays, the sounds threaten to dissolve into din. Gradually the unseen instrumentation becomes clear and patterns form, only to fragment when some new and unexpected performer enters the acousmatic picture. Conceived by BASCA award winning sound artist Ed Baxter (Resonance Radio Orchestra, Japanorama, Turntable Hell, Feedback: Order from Noise) and arranged in collaboration with curator-composer Emma Welton (A Quiet Night In, Icebreaker), A Shot in the Dark is commissioned by University of Exeter Arts & Culture as part of Exeter Sound Context.
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A blast from the past

Posted: November 25, 2017 in News

Just found this short movie from AV08. And this even shorter movie from last year’s Radiophrenia. (For research purposes only.)

Radiophrenia Commission

Posted: November 16, 2017 in News

Here is the text which forms the basis of our Radiophrenia commission, Gaddafi in Hythe, realised on 16 November 2017 at CCA, Glasgow. Supported by Creative Scotland, CCA and Outset Scotland. Thanks to Barry Burns and Mark Vernon.

Radiophrenia

Posted: September 10, 2017 in News

The Resonance Radio Orchestra will present a new piece – Gaddafi in Hythe – commissioned by Radiophrenia on 16 November 2017 at CCA, Glasgow. Featuring Ed Baxter (electronics, effects, text), Tam Dean Burn (voice), Peter Lanceley (guitar, voice) and Milo Thesiger-Meacham (electronics). RRO appears on a rather blokish triple bill with Espen Sommer Eide (Norway) and Ben Knight & Tom White (Manchester/London). We’re hoping Kim Moore might join us, but have to wait and see.

A remix of Larry Shipping in der Abtei und Saaleaue bei Planena (1. Teil) is transmitted on the Radia network (series 39 show number 642) from 17 July 2017 to 23 July 17. It features the voices of Marie Anne Fliegel (speaking in German) and Peter Lanceley (singing in English). Musicians: Ed Baxter, Adam Bushell, Peter Lanceley, Kim Moore, Milo Thesiger-Meacham, James Taylor, Joe Qiu and Chris Weaver. Recordings from Radiophrenia, 106; Radio Revolten, 2016; and Telegraph Hill Festival, 2017. Made in Europe. Illustrated text is here.