Matmos. Photo: AJ Farkas, 2008

Radio Boredcast is archived at WFMU where you can listen to all 744-hours of this online radio project that ran continuously for the Festival month. WFMU is the longest-running freeform radio station in the US. Information about the programme schedule for this day is listed below. The Radio Boredcast archive can be listened to here.

SUN 11 MARCH: 12.30AM

Mr Rotorvator (Adrian Phillips) studied horticulture in the early 90's and subsequently spent many hours breaking up old ground with the aforementioned machine in preparation for laying out new gardens. On rainy days he would find himself indoors, watching exercise videos or twiddling with his turntables and wondering, would a similar process work on his old record collection? Experimenting with various discs, he found that jamming the stylus at various points would produce interesting new rhythms. "I loved my old vinyl but was a bit bored with it too, what if I could chop up all the best bits from lots of different records and play them all at the same time, it's bound to sound great!" He was, of course, proved wrong but along the way some original sounds have been produced.

SUN 11 MARCH: 1.01AM

Around the age of 11 or 12 I became obsessed with the comic operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. This fascination lasted around 3 years. There were posters of W.S. Gilbert (the "S" stands for Schwenck, rather spectacularly) and Arthur Sullivan on my bedroom wall. For years the thought of returning to their works "from memory" has been at the back of my mind. My very boring contribution to Radio Boredcast is "acappella" versions of the G & S operettas "HMS Pinafore", "Iolanthe", "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado". Some of them I know better than others. In the cases where I didn't know the melodies, I made them up or roughly talked through them. I also decided to not use different voices for characters, and to omit stage directions, so we are left with a very boring barrage of Victorian words, tuned and untuned, from my tired, monotone voice.

Ergo Phizmiz is a composer, writer, and multimedia artist. He makes pop, theatre, installations, opera, radio-art, radioplays, sound-collages and performances. He lives in Bridport, UK, and has a headache. He never wants to perform Gilbert & Sullivan again.

SUN 11 MARCH: 2.06AM

Most of the Philip Glass work Einstein on The Beach in various combinations backs up Arthur C. Clarke on fractal geometry and the 9 billion names of God, William Shatner trying to grasp the X-logic of his kids, Steven Hawking and his black holes, X-Minus One’s youngsters discover educational alternative logic toys from the future, and a lot of other numbers about numbers in audio Mandlebrot sets. (April 18, 2002)

Over the Edge (or, OTE) is a sound collage radio program hosted and produced by Don Joyce. Joyce is also a member of the pioneering sound collage band Negativland, members of which frequently make guest appearances on Over the Edge. A series of Over the Edge episodes have been released under the Negativland name.

Founded in 1981, OTE is broadcast live on KPFA in Berkeley, California, every second, third, and fourth Thursday morning from 12am to 3am. On the rare occasion of a month with a fifth Thursday OTE runs an additional two hours, from 12am to 5am. The show is also available on-line, streamed live from (where you can also podcast the show), or from, where many older episodes are available as well.

SUN 11 MARCH: 5.06AM


SUN 11 MARCH: 5.19AM

“I’ll will it, will me a body. Far from the days, the far days, a ray of sunshine and a free bench. No political opinions, have silence, get into silence, into my story in order to get out of it, no. To brew poisons. It’s all I ask. What’s wrong with that?”
—Samuel Beckett, "Texts for Nothing"

From a series based on excerpts from "Texts for Nothing", a collaboration I did with poet Michael Ruby, who "drops" text into his thoughts as he falls asleep, then writes the words thereby "displaced" onto the page.

Nancy Oarneire Graham creates somniloquies, or recorded sleeptalk, by repetitively reading a short text—whether from a children's story, a work of nonfiction, or her own dreams—until she begins to fall half asleep. In the twilight state between waking and sleeping, known as the hypnagogic state, visions, half-formed thoughts, and stray words begin to interrupt those read from the page, opening a window onto this borderland.

Nancy Oarneire Graham's somniloquy-based poems and prose have appeared in print and online publications, including BlazeVOXCafé IrrealChronogramEratioInvisible CityNew Verse NewsPindeldybozPrima MateriaListening in Dreams (by Carol Ione), and Water Writes (edited by Larry Carr). She has performed somniloquies as part of the Deep Listening Institute's Dream Festival in Kingston, New York. Her chapbook, somniloquies, is available from Pudding House Publications. She lives in New Paltz, New York with her family, Henry Lowengard, Raymond and Ada Graham Lowengard, and Pat Lavender Will, a rescued tabby.

SUN 11 MARCH: 5.37AM

Over a period of 5 days whilst in Borneo, I went out into the jungle before sunrise and set up a stereo recording system and left it running - something I never usually do. The results are really good and I have a collection of sunrise tracks in the Sukau rainforest of Sabah in Borneo over successive mornings with a range of bird and other animal sounds as well as the characteristic sounds of tropical rainforest; that is huge amounts of humidity and moisture slowly percolating down from the canopy 40m overhead.

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. His television work includes Bill Oddie Back in the USA, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and The One Show.

SUN 11 MARCH: 8.27AM


Le pont Mirabeau is a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire, published in his 1913 collection Alcools. In response to the theme and the structure of As Slow As Possible/Radio Boredcast, I chose to record myself reading Le pont Mirabeau at 8.30 in the morning for 31 days, anticipating and mirroring the duration of the broadcast in a different place and at a different time.

I chose this poem because of its slow flowing against its slowing into stillness – the flow of water, time and words in the stanzas against the circularity of time in the refrain. The adjective ‘slow’ appears still in the third stanza, the same one that contains ‘love’, ‘hope’, ‘violent’. The adjective ‘still’ appears slow in the refrain, as an impossibility. In the original French poem, ‘slow’ rhymes with ‘violent’ and ‘still I stay’ with ‘hours’.

The lack of punctuation throughout the poem calls not only for a flow of words, but also for different rhythms and meanings arising out of each reading. The readings always took place in my office, sometimes as dedicated recordings, sometimes while I was preparing to go out, sometimes while I was reading the paper or checking the news online. I learned the poem by heart, so sometimes the recordings mirror my small hesitations and gaps in recalling the verses. An old phonograph recording of Apollinaire reading the poem (from the Archives de Parole, Collection Phonothèque Nationale - Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris) supported some of the readings.

Daniela Cascella is a writer and curator based in London since 2009. Her research is focused on sound and on the way it seeps into other formats, most of all text. Her most recent projects explore and employ fictional tropes in writing criticism and descriptions of sound in fiction. She has recently finished writing her third book, En abÎme: a narrative across listening, reading and writing-as-landscape, as part of her research in the MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths College that she completed in 2011.

SUN 11 MARCH: 8.30AM

55878 sound from transportation including a day train in thailand, a night train in slovakia, and an automated carwash in the US midwest. began in 2009 as a series of filecasts emanating from an online presence. The aim of the project has been left somewhat vague, which serves a twofold purpose: to allow for free experimentation with the understanding that outcomes are necessarily unpredictable; and, to let the online collection and the works it contains speak for themselves as much as possible.

As it turns out, a substantial number of the nula filecasts are audio works (though video and other media also appear in the collection). Many of these audio works are "slow" in the sense that they unfold gradually (if at all) or set an atmospheric tone that runs for an extended time. This, too, serves a dual purpose: it allows for a kind of "deep" listening (if you're into that); and it also allows the work to be used atmospherically as a backdrop to other experiences. I have assembled several sequences, each combining sound from two or three of the filecasts, sometimes substantially altered from the versions that appear at Lloyd Dunn, Prague, 2011

SUN 11 MARCH: 9.00AM

Of the many amazing characters featured on The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon, The Corpulant Britisher certainly knows how to take his time.

SUN 11 MARCH: 10.01AM

Slow music is only slow in a relative sense but there is a certain tempo, certainly slower than the norm, that has hypnotised me for more than 40 years. The body feels as if it runs at a certain pace but this is surely just a trick of perception – everything is moving according to different cycles, the most extreme of which contrast the passing now which has already gone with our infinitesimal place in the extendedness of the universe. I listen to this slow music (examples that have sustained me for almost a lifetime) in order to feel adjusted to the pace at which I feel most myself.

David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator who has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance. He has published five books, including Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London. Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music, he is a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication.

SUN 11 MARCH: 12.02PM

Sound artist John Wynne has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His award-winning work, which is often research-led, is made for museums, galleries and public spaces, as well as for radio: it ranges from massive installations to delicate sculptural works and from architectural sound drawings to flying radios. Long-term research projects have included working with speakers of endangered languages in Africa and Canada and with heart and lung transplant patients in the UK. For 3 years he had his own programme called Upcountry on ResonanceFM in London, where he "invited Tammy Wynette to have tea with Pierre Henry - in a thunderstorm" (Ed Baxter). He is a Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and a core member of the sound arts research centre, CRiSAP.

SUN 11 MARCH: 2.03PM

This one is all John Cage. The entire show consists of a seamless mix of Cage talk, Cage interviews, and Cage performances, intermixed and layered throughout. This most influential composer speaks and speaks and speaks about his music and his composing philosophy, including silence. (August 6, 2010)

Over the Edge (or, OTE) is a sound collage radio program hosted and produced by Don Joyce. Joyce is also a member of the pioneering sound collage band Negativland, members of which frequently make guest appearances on Over the Edge. A series of Over the Edge episodes have been released under the Negativland name.

Founded in 1981, OTE is broadcast live on KPFA in Berkeley, California, every second, third, and fourth Thursday morning from 12am to 3am. On the rare occasion of a month with a fifth Thursday OTE runs an additional two hours, from 12am to 5am. The show is also available on-line, streamed live from (where you can also podcast the show), or from, where many older episodes are available as well.

SUN 11 MARCH: 5.05PM

For this hour of the Boredcast, I’ve selected fifteen slow-moving songs or pieces centered on the human voice, sometimes a cappella, sometimes with drone, ambient or otherwise low-key or understated accompaniment. All of these pieces have roots in traditional music or contain traditional elements from Europe and Asia. But many blend elements of the traditional and the modern; with the exception of the selection from Buddhist monks in Bhutan, none of these are not ethnographic field recordings.

1 Korean Creative Music Society - Dongdasong from Various Artists: Into the Light II (MCST)
2 Monks of Tashicho Dzong, Thimphu; Nuns of Punakha Dzong (Bhutan) - Chakchen Sondep (Petition To Chakchen) from Various Artists (recorded by John Levy): Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan (Lyrichord)
3 Huun Huur Tu and Carmen Rizzo - Tuvan Prayer from Eternal (Six Degrees)
4 Wulu Bunun singers and David Darling – Pasibutbut from Mudanin Kata (World Music Network)
5 Sainkho Namtchylak - Last Christmas from Various Artists (edited By Morgan Fischer) - Miniatures II
6 Bulgarian Voices - Angelite & Huun-Huur-Tu - Fly, Fly My Sadness from Fly, Fly My Sadness (Shanachie)
7 Yerevan Women's Choir of Armenia - Surb, Surb from Yerevan Women's Choir of Armenia (MEG)
8 Rustavi Choir (Georgia) - Kakhuri Nana from World Network, Vol. 2: Georgia [Georgian Polyphony] (Network Meridien)
9 Alanna O'Kelly - One Breath from Various Artists: Lament (Real World)
10 Sheila Chandra & Ganges Orcestra - Not Waving, Droning from EEP 2 (Indipop)
11 Yungchen Lhamo - Fade Way from Ama (Real World)
12 Mari Boine - Ahccai (To My Father) from In the Hand of the Night (Universal)
13 Sussan Deyhim - Beshno Az Ney (Windfall) from City of Leaves (Venus Rising)
14 Azam Ali - Neni Desem from From Night To The Edge Of Day (Six Degrees)
15 Loga Ramin Torkian - Avaaz from Mehraab (Six Degrees)

Rob Weisberg is the host of Transpacific Sound Paradise, the “peerless world music show” (Time Out New York) heard Saturday evenings on non-commercial radio station WFMU. The program features recorded and live music, interviews, and remote broadcasts from Barbes, a performance venue in Brooklyn and occasionally other venues. The noted abstract painter Mary Heilmann was inspired to name one of her works after the show, Transpacific (2007) and Rob’s voice from the show has been heard in two documentary films. Rob’s obsessively-maintained online world music calendar has become an essential resource for NYC metro area world music fans.

SUN 11 MARCH: 6.06PM

Blather is a 3 part series made specially for Radio Boredcast, taking us on a journey through all the kinds of sounds that the mouth makes, whether that be for artistic, comedy, practical, mind-altering, religious or work reasons. 

DO or DIY is a freeform sound art radio show broadcast weekly by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) on WFMU. The philosophy behind the show is simple. That within the realms of avant-garde and experimental sound art the goalposts defining "accessible" and "inaccessible" are constantly moving. As the radar rises and dips, fragments and shards of underground creations unearth, and popular culture and artist resonate, shifting shapes accordingly with one another in reflections of changing spotlights. Each show consists of collages made of sound works from the 20th and 21st century, often layered and looped many times over, resulting in an album type effect on each show.

Lollipops - Mah Na Mah Na
Christian Bök - Synth Loops
Jaap Blonk and Radboud Mens - Blaf
Audrey Saint-Coeur - Diddlage
John MacDonald - Strathspey
Elisabeth Claire Prophet - Call For Protection
Paul Dutton - M's 'N' M's
The Swingle Singers - Mission Impossible
Tobacco Auctioneering
YOUR DJ SPEAKS over Percy Faith - Summer Place '76
Henri Chopin - Les Corps Est Une Usine A Son (excerpt)
Paul Dutton - Lips Is
Arrigo Lora Totino - Rumore D'Ombra (1983)
Language Removal Services - From The Static Language Sampler
Language Removal Services - Marilyn Monroe
Colin Anderson - Whistles The First 19 Articles - Basic Law Of The Federal Rebublic Of Germany (1949)
Evil Internet
Yoko Ono - Cough Piece
Ricardo Dal Farra - Due Giorni Dopo
Jörg Piringer - Did
Hallgrímur Valjálmsson - Serenade For Six German Sirens Op.43
The Three Tendons - Girl From Ipanema
The Three Tendons - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Space Ghost - Mah Na, Mah Na
Unknown - I'm A Bad Boy
YOUR DJ SPEAKS over Percy Faith - Summer Place '76
Stephan Dillemuth - Erdmusik
Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus - Yimiko
Bali - The Celebrated Gamelan - Ketjak or Monkey Dance [excerpts]
Huutajat - Land Der Berge
Inuit Throat Singing
Italie, Sardaigne - Chant d'Hommes Tenore
Huun Huur Tu - Chylandyk
Huun Huur Tu - Dadyr-Todur (Sound of a Horse Trotting)
Polyphonic Singing From Sardinia -Gosos Di San Gavino
Princess Ramona - Then I Start To Yodel
YOUR DJ SPEAKS over Percy Faith - Summer Place '76
Barrio Sesamo - Mah Na Mah Na (Sesame Street)

SUN 11 MARCH: 7.05PM

2 – MANTRA (Gwilly Edmondez – voice & acoustic bass guitar)

‘Mantra’ takes as its starting point the definition of mantra as an ‘energy-based sound,’ proposing, initially, that the riff in rock music can be defined as such. What transpires is an hour-long performance that selects a riff and repeats it over an extended period, using it to support a vocal that starts with a casual chanting of the ‘Om.’ The performance follows a developmental logic that is in keeping with the nature of Gwilly’s mode of production.

Gwilly Edmondez has been making improvised music, composed music, collage and noise, officially, since co-founding Radioactive Sparrow in Bridgend, South Wales in 1980. Since 2004, in civilian life he has taught at the School of Arts & Cultures at Newcastle University. He currently performs and records as a solo artist and in multiple/multiplying group outfits. New work can be followed at the following locations:
A selection of older work is also featured at UbuWeb:

SUN 11 MARCH: 8.10PM

In response to the invitation to contribute sound that somehow speaks to the stated theme of slow audio, we have decided to focus upon musique concrete and its aftermath. The original practitioners of the musique concrete tradition - which was a global phenomenon, and not simply a continental one as it often supposed- had to work carefully, methodically, and above all, slowly. In order to capture, manipulate, process and assemble their work, decisions had to be made and enacted, plans drawn up, trials conducted and errors removed.  Lots of painstaking, hands on work stands behind each edit, each cut, each splice, each pass through a filter or into a process. The music soaks up and stores time, and it plays with time as a basic material. This music is both intensive and extensive in its demands upon its creators and its listeners. That said, we have not narrowly emphasized only the pioneers, but have sought to draw some connections between the first generation and subsequent, audio which seems to us to draw inspiration from this methodology. Slow down and enjoy.

Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others. In their recordings and live performances over the last nine years, Matmos have used the sounds of: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, a bowed five string banjo, slowed down whistles and kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout groove of a vinyl record, a $5.00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, violins, rat cages, tanks of helium, violas, human skulls, cellos, peck horns, tubas, cards shuffling, field recordings of conversations in hot tubs, frequency response tests for defective hearing aids, a steel guitar recorded in a sewer, electrical interference generated by laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions and balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones on a dinner plate, Polish trains, insects, ukelele, aspirin tablets hitting a drum kit from across the room, dogs barking, people reading aloud, life support systems and inflatable blankets, records chosen by the roll of dice, an acupuncture point detector conducting electrical current through human skin, rock salt crunching underfoot, solid gold coins spinning on bars of solid silver, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal.

SUN 11 MARCH: 9.14PM

Stephen Lansing
“Perfect Order: A Thousand Years in Bali”

Anthropologist/ecologist Stephen Lansing tells a gorgeous tale of how spiritual practices in Bali have finessed over 1,000 years the most nuanced and productive agricultural system in the world. Cutting edge complexity theory spells out how the highly complex, highly adaptive system emerged.

Courtesy of the Long Now Foundation.

SUN 11 MARCH: 10.35PM

Ràdio Web MACBA is the Museu d'art contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) online radio project.

Son[i]a talks to Anri Sala about his work, the use of absence, and the relationship between ruptures and the continuum of history.

'1395 Days without Red' is a cinematic project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers. Conceived, developed and filmed collaboratively, it led to the production of two separate films, which were presented together for the first time at MACBA. The two films take viewers on a journey into the past from the perspective of the present, through the artists' daily routes in today's Sarajevo, which recreate what was once known as 'Sniper Alley'. Anri Sala's film was made in collaboration with Liria Begeja. In his films, photographs and installations, Anri Sala has developed a body of work in which the notions of space, time and sound become interlinked key elements approximating fragments of a more complex reality. Through a seemingly simple story, he places the viewer in a complex scenario from a social, political and historical point of view. In many of his works, sound is an essential structural element that requires a huge conceptual leap: he does not make sound tracks for his films; he makes sound track films that are increasingly musical, less narrative and extremely abstract.

SUN 11 MARCH: 11.00PM

Dear Listener, We have all been here, nudged (ever so gently) over the threshold of rationality into the roiling ocean of futility where seconds entrap like amber. An appointment with Social Services, fifth-grade algebra class, a delayed flight, afternoons in the office cubicle – these are all manifestations of feebleness in our structured reality, a glimpse into the abyss of time. It is in these moments, as sensorial mummification sets in, when we have an opportunity to stare down this peculiar black hole. Bon voyage, Pseu Braun and Alex Orlov

Pseu Braun has hosted a radio show on WFMU for 20 years and has participated in a few noisy endeavors for a decade longer than that. She spent 16 years of her life as a phone company employee. Alex Orlov worked at the phone company for 12 years prior to his current job as an office efficiencies specialist at the Ministry of Blank Stares. He enjoys watching outdoor sports on TV and having the occasional American beer on the weekends. Playlists for Pseu Braun's radio show -



Radio Boredcast:
Day 11

Sun 11 March, 12am–12am
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12.30am: Mr Rotorvator: Rotorvation Tape

1.01am: Ergo Phizmiz Sings Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado 

2.06am: Over The Edge: Complex Numbers

5.06am: Steve Reich: Different Trains - 1. America - Before The War

5.19am: Nancy O Graham: I'll Will It

5.37am: Chris Watson: Sukau - Part 2 

8.27am: Daniela Cascella: 31 Days, Slow and Still

8.30am: Nula Presents...

9.00am: Clay Pigeon: The Corpulant Britisher

10.01am: David Toop: Slow Music

12.02pm: John Wynne: Upcountry

2.03pm: Over The Edge: All Art Radio - John Cage

5.05pm: Rob Weisberg: World Vocal Music

6.06pm: DO or DIY with People Like Us: Blather - Part 1 

7.05pm: Gwilly Edmondez: Mantra 

8.10pm: Matmos: Musique Concrete Hour 2

9.14pm: The Long Now Foundation: J. Stephen Lansing - A Thousand Years In Bali

10.35pm: Radio Web MACBA Presents Son[i]a 142: Interview with Anri Sala

11.00pm: Pseu Braun and Alex Orlov: Manens in Limbo