Category Archives: Alan Dunn

Alan Dunn and Students – Sleep Cube

Alan Dunn, our man in Leeds, doesnot only assemble radiophonic works from sonic scraps he finds in the junkyard of radioland, he is also on a mission. He goes out in the country, meets up with students, and sometimes introduces them to the wonderful world of selfmade recordings. Radio On is glad to give him and his students the opportunity to broadcast the result. After all, our radio is an ongoing experiment, a laboratory for ideas. There is a couple of ways for listening to the work Sleep Cube. But…

Alan Dunn – The Sounds of Ideas forming, volume 5: Super 8

A long time ago a movie called Peeping Tom put an end to the career of one of the best film directors Great Britain had ever seen. Michael Powell was killed by his critics. And so it goes. Alan Dunn’s Super 8 can be regarded as grandson of peeping Tom, much friendlier, but still with its creepy side. His composition works like a camera focussing on parts of furniture. Sometimes it recogizes something, sometimes it is just blurr. After a while you start noticing that something’s not right. It seems…

Alan Dunn: The Sounds of Ideas Forming, Volume 4 – Leaving

Alan Dunn, radio-artist and assistant professor at the Leeds Beckett University, is one of our regular contributors. As an assistant professor he is involved in comunal projects and workshops of which the result is, often, a gesamtkunstwerk of audio and sculpture, or a radio-play. Examples of these works are broadcasted by us on an irregular basis. As a radio-artist he contributes with collages, but of such quality that the nominator ‘collage’ should be extended to works of art, that are completely made of borrowed pieces of music and spoken word, resulting…

Invisible Object by Alan Dunn and Sculpture students at the Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn

Alan Dunn started his career on Radio On with radiophonic collages he had made in the early years of the noughties. Those collages can still be heard on our radio. They have a sense for the epic, contain anthems, bad weather, radio voices and memories of 45rpm’s turned grey. Alan Dunn is also a teacher. As such he has been to Tallinn where he supervised the radiophonic work in progress by a group of sculpture students. Radio On is always happy to accept any proposal by Alan. The work of…

RETROGRADE by Alan Dunn and Manchester School of Art

Alan Dunn started his career here on Radio On with his plunderphonic joyrides of britpop, radiovoices and historical events. It had a taste of nostalgia, bliss and the ordinary, maybe the essence of British pain. A new development in his contributions were the works he did with others, as an educator and an aritst. Retrogade is a fine collage with a slight hint of 20th century science-fiction, and, surprisingly enough, it is also an artistic evolution of the close-to-life documentaries, shot with handheld camera that were introduced in the 1970s….

Revolutions in Graphic Design by Alan Dunn

Says Alan Dunn: Since 2007 I have been collecting examples of people recording the word ‘revolution’ – archives, artists, students, children. Each generation seems to want to record it, for posterity, to sound like they want to change the world. I am interested in the sound of the word, how it is broken down and how it crosses almost every genre – pop, punk, reggae, techno, folk, metal etc. Says I (=Rinus van Alebeek) The result is like a long list of footnotes to an essay. We don’t have the essay….

Alan Dunn – The tenantspin archives, volume 1: SuperBlock

Alan Dunn has given us two programs that were centred around heroic moments, nostalgia and a sense of immortality. These were abstract radio-plays that could serve as a soundtrack to a movie set somewhere in the late 80s. It sounded like a picture book as well. Above all, it was high-rising collage. The new program by Alan Dunn, Superblock is more down to earth. Songs sung in the pub around the corner, working class post-heroes, happy tea hours at home and voices in desolate spaces slowly built up to the image of a…

Alan Dunn – Before the sounds of ideas forming, Volume 3

O Yes, we are glad to have Alan Dunn amongst our midst. His experimental sound works can be listened to again and again. Kaleidoscopic, nostalgic, reaching out for the epic, they capture attention and memory at the same time, and thus lure the listener into the strange world of soundmemes that surround us. Listen to Before The sounds of ideas forming and you hear a perfect sense of timing, a feeling for diversions, and the presence of Mr.Dunn bringing together what at first hearsight doesn’t belong together. I can imagine how…

Alan Dunn – Before the sounds of ideas forming – volume 2

‘Before The sounds of ideas forming’ are sound sketches inspired by Guided by Voices, Jon Oswald’s Plunderphonics and ‘Revolution 9.’ More details can be found here. In Volume 2, we hear emptiness, repetition and revolution, slowed down versions of slowed down cover versions, Jimmy Witherspoon as Nick Cave as Tom Jones as Elvis Presley, ‘Green eyes’, ‘Going underground’, ‘Nervous Breakdown’, Septic Death, I hate you, Pere Ubu meets Zak, Billy Connolly, Marie Laforet, the only recording of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ performed by Siouxsie Sioux, Marco Pirroni and Sid Vicious, Johnny…