This week our feature piece comes from Glasgow based artist Mark Vernon. His clever and striking work often exists on the fringes of sound art, experimental music and broadcasting - centring around the re-appropriation of found recordings, environmental sound and obsolete media. He is an avid collector of domestic tape recordings; audio letters, dictated notes, home sing-alongs, answer-phone messages and other lost voices that he incorporates into his compositions. A keen advocate of radio as an art form, he co-runs Glasgow art radio station, Radiophrenia. His solo music projects have been published through labels including Kye, Flaming Pines, Misanthropic Agenda, Entr’acte, and 3Leaves.
'Elsewhere is a negative mirror' is based around an incredibly intriguing and somewhat menacing voice recording from a Dictaphone micro-cassette bought at a car boot sale. It continues a series of works that marry found recordings from the past with contemporary field recordings of the same location to accrue sedimentary layers of time and blur chronologies.
"On one side, the tape documents the dissolution of a relationship and the aftermath of a separation in a series of text message exchanges read aloud into the Dictaphone for some purpose unknown. Equally puzzling, on the reverse side of the tape the same voice lists a mundane catalogue of company vans and their contact details observed whilst driving down the motorway."
- Mark Vernon
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