Show 561: ‘Balfron Tower’ by The Bermuda Triangle Test Transmission Broadcasts for Resonance FM

Poplar, East London: Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower hums. Melanie Clifford & Howard Jacques are two of the artists living and working there with Bow Arts, while the tower awaits renovation. For this 28 minute portrait they recorded and played back on various devices sounds from within the building: the humming of the enormous, ancient heating system; the lifts; radios in the basement; playing marbles in the stairwell and sounds from outside: the derelict playground at the base of the tower; kicking a football; stroking the concrete. The piece is constructed from live improvisational play: all sounds are field recordings played at varying speeds.

Testing sounds and ideas within and without the broadcast studio: The Bermuda Triangle Test TransmissionBroadcasts is a weekly radio programme made by sound artists HowardJacques & Melanie Clifford with collaborators. Broadcast live on London’s radio arts station Resonance 104.4FM & online www.resonancefm.com Thursdays 23.00 – 00.00 GMT. Each programme is a unique improvisation, constructed live. Recent broadcasts archived here: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/playlists/bermuda-triangle-test-transmissions

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