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Show 881: sometimes i feel like i have no friends by Claire Rousay (WORM)

This piece is loosely based on the live performance Claire Rousay did at WORM.  Many of the same texts, samples, and forms were used in both the live and recorded versions of this piece. The recorded version, which is being broadcasted, features synthesizers, guitars, and field recordings that the live performance did not. This is due to the abundant resources the studio at WORM has. Thematically, the composition revolves around the idea of friendship, what makes it good/bad/valid.
Claire Rousay is based in San Antonio, Texas. Her music zeroes in on personal emotions and the minutiae of everyday life – voicemails, haptics, environmental recordings, stopwatches, whispers and conversations – exploring and maybe “exploding” their significance. Stylistically Rousay draws on domestic musique concrete, voice recordings, percussion and multi-instrumentalism. She has built up an extensive body of work in a relatively short time, proving herself to be a most intruiguing contemporary sound artist. WORM is delighted to welcome her for a residency and a gig.

Claire Rousay (BMI) – electronics, field recordings, guitar, 
synthesizer, voice.
Emily Harper Scott (BMI)  – piano.
youtube samples from – Defying Odds Donnelly, CAMELOT331.
Produced @ Worm, november 2021

Show 880: Page 38 (language wrinkles), by MP Hopkins (Radio One 91 FM)


MP Hopkins, Page 38 (language wrinkles) (2022)

skimming the edge of voices that can’t…

voices that can’t comprehend the conditions for mirroring…

the word as it clears itself…

 language wrinkles in an empty bed…

engraving a long exit from memory…

 a fragile memory finds a…

words simmered in three days of wind…

 transcription as an instrument of expulsion…

MP Hopkins’ Page 38 (language wrinkles) is an exercise in spatially-decentred radiophony and poetic indeterminacy. It builds an intimate architecture of Hertian space in order to interrogate and unravel ideas of the broadcast voice as one-way transmission, setting in motion a series of ellipses and feedback loops. Using radio as both medium and method, a page from an evolving text score the artist has been writing since 2018 is vocalised and sent into the aether, an open-ended process incorporating several mediating techniques that work sequentially to further multiply and distribute: live FM radio improvisations that function as feedback systems rerouting signals through multiple sources that emerge again, transfigured, within the same on-air broadcast; low power FM transmissions and spatially-located arrays of small receivers channelling playback through an echo-chamber of domestic activity, the artist recording his own listening-to and listening-with. Anna Friz, in her 2009 essay Transmission Art in the Present Tense, writes of contemporary transmission art practice’s consistent interest in polyvalent transception, stating that “a transceptive approach to transmission is not only a statement (“I am”), but also an orientation toward active, engaged listening: a question asked, however conditionally (“who’s there”)? Transmission is understood not only as a radial description of space, but a circle of relationship.” Echoing this approach, MP Hopkins writes of Page 38 (language wrinkles), that “My intention was to confuse the time and space of when the work began and when it was being heard, a blurring of transmission and reception, (…) my role as the one transmitting and receiving was meant to be somewhat collapsed into a repetitively revised action where speaking and listening to that activity was simultaneous; talking with/to/through myself via the radio whilst also listening to myself and re-recording that – a transceiving activity.”

– Sally Ann McIntyre, February 2022


Page 38 (language wrinkles) was commissioned for the Radia network and Radio One91FM, Dunedin, New Zealand, January 2022.

MP Hopkins is an artist working on Gadigal and Wangal land in Sydney, Australia that makes audio, performance, radiophonic, and textual works. He uses voice, feedback, recording/playback devices, and verbal notation within different acoustic environments, which are deconstructed and presented to the listener in delicate and degraded ways. Hopkins has released recordings with Penultimate Press, Canti Magnetici, Tahalamos, Mappa Editions and Regional Bears. He has presented projects for the NOW now, Liquid Architecture, Avantwhatever, and The Make it Up Club. International appearances include Café Oto, UK; LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore; Les Ateliers Claus, Belgium; TUSK Festival, UK; Colour Out of Space Festival, UK; and he has produced radiophonic works for Radiophrenia, Kunstradio, and the Radia network.

Show 879: Get back – by Charles-Henri Despeignes ( TT Node)

(image par Charles-Henri Despeignes)

Produced following an invitation from the French radio network TT Node, this sound creation is an invitation to travel.

Imagination is undoubtedly, and will always be, our means to cross the world and to dream about it differently.

The author, Charles-Henri Despeignes is a graduate of the conservatory of Pantin in electroacoustic music and hasa University Diploma in Theatre. Hetrained at Radio Campus, and then produced programmes for Le Mouv’, France Culture, RFI.

He also has a company, Les Bruits du Réel, with whom he produces immersive sound works.

Based in Marseille, he recently composed the sound scores for shows for Galmae and Ex Nihilo theatre groups.

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Réalisée à l’invitation de la radio française TT Node, cette création sonore est un appel au voyage.

L’imagination est sans doute, et sera toujours, notre moyen de traverser le monde et de le rêver autrement.

Diplômé du conservatoire de Pantin en musique électroacoustique et doté d’un Diplôme Universitaire de Théâtre, je navigue entre différents univers dont la radio, la musique et le théâtre. Formé dans les Radio Campus, j’ai par la suite produit des formats pour Le Mouv’, France Culture, RFI.

Je travaille aussi à développer ma compagnie, Les Bruits du Réel, avec laquelle je réalise des formats immersifs qui ne connaissent pas de limite de genre de par la pluralité des arts qui y sont convoqués et où, l’Autre, à une place centrale.

Basé à Marseille, je compose également la dramaturgie sonore de spectacle pour la compagnie Galmae et la compagnie Ex Nihilo.

Show 878: Senta, Pasolini (Usmaradio)

Usmaradio – Research Centre for Radiophonic Studies presents a new session of The School of Radio: during December 2021 at Arena del Sole theater in Bologna (Italy), it’s been aired live on Usmaradio the radio performance “Senta, Pasolini” – freely inspired by texts of the italian writer and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini – by and with Anita Barbi, Francesco Cecchi Aglietti, Virginia Cimmino, Dario Fini, Inés García – Pertierra García, Francesca Lepiane, Dino Lopardo, Giulia Mento, Stefano Moretti, Lea Paiella, Andrea Pelliccia, Emanuele Regi and Francesca Miranda Rossi.

This is the result of the session – conducted by Roberto Paci Dalò – of the School of Radio within the course “Theories and practices of new forms of theatrical writing” promoted by the Iolanda Gazzerro Theater School – permanent laboratory for the actor as part of ERT – Emilia Romagna Teatro Foundation.

The participants worked for a week on the theory and practice of radio dramaturgy with particular attention to voice, vocality, technologies and performative radio.

The guest of honor was Andrea Borgnino, director of the new RAI RaiPlay Sound platform which it’s been launched on 8 December 2021 where its genesis and objectives were been exposed in Bologna.

This is a special Radia edit, the complete performance it’s available at this link.

partner ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro, Scuola di Teatro Iolanda Gazzerro – Laboratorio permanente per l’attore, RAI RaiPlay Sound, Arena del Sole di Bologna, Usmaradio, Giardini Pensili

Usmaradio – Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per la Radiofonia (CRIR) / Interdepartmental Research Centre for Radio Studies, a workplace of The School of Radio to develop an innovative radio pedagogy. Workshops, work sessions, meetings, presentations of live performance as sections of the project. Produced by UNIRSM | Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino. / /

Show 877: RADIOPOST(e) (Radio ARA)

Formed in Autumn 2020 RADIOM(e) is a network of radio artists from the Greater Region which is comprised of Luxembourg and the surrounding regions of France, Belgium and Germany. Throughout 2021 the artists from the network sent each other audio postcards from their local area and beyond. Their radio post was revisited by Natalie Rubchenko for this Radia episode. For more information on the artist network, please visit

Show 876: Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi by Stefano De Ponti (

Stefano De Ponti, texts, soundscapes and electronics
Elia Moretti, percussion and vibraphone
David Ryan, voice and clarinet
Eleonora Pellegrini, voice
Andrea Berti, photo

Produced with the humble support of Radio Papesse.

Through a non-linear dramaturgy of sound, the soundscape composition Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi  – Although, it falls apart over time – retraces and rewrites the numerous chapters of multi-layered project La natura delle cose ama celarsi – The nature of things loves to hide, an ongoing research musician Stefano De Ponti has been dedicating since 2019 to the dynamics of massification and accumulation in musical creation and fruition, confronted with the inevitable  impermanence of everything.

The poetic imagery and material peculiarities of pietra serena – a gray-blue sandstone used extensively in Renaissance Florence  – form the backdrop to a multi-media transient fresco, where planning and the randomness of events coexist, in which process and work overlap until they merge.

Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi is a composition born from Stefano De Ponti’s notebooks and from the research materials and intuitions gathered during his field investigations at the Nardini sandstone quarry in Vellano, Tuscany. It brings together and organizes a wide range of thoughts and sketches, by aiming to value the craft and relational aspects of the process that unfolded between the quarry environment, Nub Project Space in Pistoia and the Tempo Reale research centre in Florence.

Stefano De Ponti (Milan, 1980) is a musician and sound artist. He collaboratively works with theatre companies and visual artists and this plays a decisive role in the construction of a diagonal poetic vision, incline to exchange and hybridization practices between techniques, languages and different levels of perception.

You may find Stefano’s texts, quotes and references also on

Show 875: scant_intone_winter_volute by Constantine Katsiris (radioart106)

Since April 2020 I have been going through the archives, my back-up hard drives, and revisiting old projects. Since the world seemed to collectively hit pause, the pandemic provided an opportune moment to take stock of the past. Presented here are two early works, recorded while I was studying audio at college in Southern Ontario during 2001 and 2002. It was around this time that I had mostly thrown away my conventional methods of making music, the bulk of which up to that point was created on computers with module trackers and other shareware. I was a few years deep into both hardware synthesizers and field recording, and I was in search of new processes and techniques for working with sound without the rigidity of programming on a grid.

The programme for this half-hour broadcast consists of Winter [21m53s] and Volute [6m20s]. The first piece was recorded during a blizzard as I sat inside a warm recording studio in Stoney Creek. I watched the snow come down for hours through the big windows while I programmed the Nord Electro all day. The second piece is an electric meditation of resonating fields and buzzing wires that was recorded in my apartment at the Victory Building in Hamilton. It was among my first forays into recording static, magnetic noise, and other such sources as sound material. I hope that these pieces from 20 years ago provide a unique listening experience.

-CK, 21 December 2021

Constantine Katsiris has been a composer of experimental electronic music for nearly three decades. An avid phonographer, he has conducted field recording expeditions around the world from urban settings like Prague and Paris to more remote regions such as the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. His compositions have been broadcast to listeners around the world from Concertzender Nederland to MTV Brasil. Katsiris has brought his live performances, installations and fixed media works to many notable venues, such as La Société des Arts Technologiques [Montréal], Whitechapel Art Gallery [London], Brut Konzerthaus [Vienna], and SESI Art & Cultural Center [São Paulo]. He is also passionate about showcasing, broadcasting, and disseminating sound works as a curator of exhibitions and concerts for galleries and festivals, as a programmer on community radio, and as the director of the Panospria record label for sonic experimentation.


Show 874: Diana – The Musical – A Ghost Story for Christmas by Ergo Phizmiz & Depresstival (projects107diffusion)

Have you, in the last few months, experienced bumps in the night? Strange sounds that seem to come out of the aether? Glowing orbs of light in midnight kitchens? Do you feel that everything may be collapsing around you, and the fragile veil between this world and the next may just be tearing at the seams?

Then ask yourself have you also, in the last few months, seen David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s rock operatic epic “Diana: The Musical, either on the Broadway stage or via the magic of Netflix?

Could these two phenomena be related?

Ergo Phizmiz, Depresstival and their extremely angry guinea-pigs, take the plunge into the spooky netherworld of high-budget historical figure musical theatre, in a ghost story for Christmas that will leave you wanting to wear exclusively pink and hanging out with small, furry, cute animals.