Percy Grainger
Philip Wood, 11 April 2011

Part of this week’s BBC Radio 4 Front Row concerns early 20th century composer and pianist Percy Grainger. Grainger’s iconoclastic approach to the piano faintly anticipated the upheavals that modern music would experience in the middle of the century. As early as 1899, he was working with “beatless music,” using metric successions [read more…]

Magnetic Memories
Maya de Paula Hanika, 7 March 2011

Pirate radio was an internationally influential punk-culture movement, and anti-establishment statement on the autonomy of communication. Pirate stations have been most prominent in the UK, where since the 60’s they’ve provided an essential platform for the development of underground music. [read more…]

Exercises in Style
Maya de Paula Hanika, 21 February 2011

We can’t stop listening to the Junior Aspirin Radio Session podcasts. The independant UK label has released experimental work from artists like Bob Parks, Sue Tompkins and Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, and have curated audio events at the Centre Pompidou and the ICA. They broadcast in a charmingly sporadic manner, so subscribe now and cross your fingers. [read more…]

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7 September 2011
Issue 09

After some creative strategy brainstorming over here at HQ we have decided to take a new direction with our next issue.

Issue 09 will be the first in a continuing series of themed issues of The [Un]Observed. With this focus we aim to challenge our curatorial style, to continue to forefront the work of a growing number of artists and producers, whilst allowing The [Un]Observed to realize itself more fully as a publication.

The first issue takes the theme of Borders. We are already over the moon about the works we have lined up and can’t wait to share them with you.

7 September 2011
The [Un]Observed: Live

After the success of our last event at OHIO in March, we’re going for round two.

We’re hoping to add a performance element to the lineup, showcasing the talents of some amazing local artists, in addition to our selections from the magazine.

We are committed to maintaining our goal of clearing a space for creative thinkers and audiophiles to meet and mingle and listen. Stay tuned for details.

5 May 2011
Get Your Audio On (with food)

Francesca Panetta was in town and to celebrate, we decided we would have an audiofile party, a chance for people who love sound to geek out for the evening over delicious food. So a little over a week ago, we got together, at tart made by Philip, and talked shop with Andrew Roth, Ben Furstenberg, Aaron Ximm, Roman Mars, Amy Standen and Jeremiah Moore. We realized how fun it was and hope to have more audio parties in the future…

5 May 2011
We’re going Terrestrial…Again!

In less than two weeks, The [Un]Observed will have its debut on WGXC in New York, the radio station for the brilliant Free103point9 which presents some of the best transmission arts around. We’ll be launching our show with new work from the upcoming edition. On deck will also be the remarkable Gregory Whitehead who has been an inspiration for many on how to make great audio. Stay tuned on May 14th for The [Un]Observed on WGXC.


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