Acousmatic Paranoia is attuned to the ways in which resonant frequencies can modulate psychological, physiological and architectural spaces of conflict. From high frequency crowd control systems and directional ultrasound technology to military research in hypersonicity and other uses of the inaudible, acousmatic sound evades our perception and evolves toward increasingly pervasive forms of control. Expanding on the artistic practice of Sung Tieu (b. 1987, Vietnam), the series explores the sonic mobilisation of bodies in conflict scenarios, auditory governance and the psychoacoustic dimensions of fear, featuring contributions by AUDINT members Steve Goodman (Kode9), Toby Heys and Eleni Ikon.
In this listening-session, artist and filmmaker Louis Henderson discusses four records produced in industrial cities in the UK during the years of Margaret Thatcher’s reign. Proposing music as a particularly fertile site of developing solidarity and resistance to the violence of Thatcher’s neoliberal and racist police state, the essay listens out for the influence of the techniques of echo and delay, connecting the struggles of migrant workers from the Caribbean and the British miners and factory workers.
In this weeklong sonic offering, artist Tabita Rezaire explores the sonic landscapes of the celestial realms. Taking form as a meditative lecture-listening-observation, it listens out for cosmological, scientific and yogic sonic manifestations of astral beginnings across various cosmologies and ritual traditions.
Voices, as artefacts of the historical event of Partition, carry multiple worlds. This audio paper pivots personal testimony, archival footage and fable around the British destruction of colonial records in its former territories. In the first of two episodes, artist and researcher Syma Tariq explores the sonic protocols that come into play in the context of colonial erasure.
In this fictional essay by Nottingham Contemporary’s writer in residence, Jota Mombaça considers forms of enclosure produced by the current ‘Global Biopolitical Siege’ and its increased militarisation, surveillance, and social disintegration through a speculative take on collectivity, sensibility, and anxiety.
What are the dreams and aspirations of an infective agent? What can a virus desire? In this essay, writer Filipa Ramos dwells on the agency of the SARS-CoV-2 as a way to envisage a harmonious attunement between the living and non-living forces of our planet.
This broadcast explores the entwined histories of radio and protest to consider how the voice of authority has been deployed across North America and Palestine to violent ends. In response REH 001 reimagines this voice as something embodied, multiple, and embryonic.
By disjointing acts of listening from the ear and its particular arrangement of time, Sonic Continuum proposes a shift from representation to expression and asks: can sound restitute failures to listen? How might we listen to time affectively? What auditory imaginaries and possible futures can listening unfold?