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 the best way to listen to this piece is by imagining a television studio in the old days. The newsman has read the news; the weather forecast man has told you that it will rain tomorrow. Everybody has been wished a goodnight, and then the lights go out and the test card appears. A long peep enters the living room. But suddenly the peep tune breaks of, we hear young people giggling. They have broken in into the TV studio, and now start transmitting. Something is happening behind the test card.

In Alan Dunn’s words

“Never having worked with sound before, seven students started using Tascam recorders to capture their immediate surrounds, in the studio, 3D workshop and student Halls of Residence. We hear a student from inside his SLEEP CUBE head box, old typewriters, hammering strange golden potatoes and a noise workshop (and we hear additional sounds from DJ Vadim and Einstürzende Neubauten).”

“For each generation, the art school studio is a special space, a private recluse away from the public. It is a box and climate in which to try new ideas, use new tools and make new permanent or ephemeral artefacts and by introducing the microphone as one of those new tools, we open up a tiny glimpse inside this environment. Recordings made by Georgia, Thomas, Darcia, Laura, Naz, Eleanor and Gemma, editing by Alan Dunn. “

The sounds of an art school studio, recorded by first year Fine Art students working with Alan Dunn at Leeds Beckett University.

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