60 minutes | Mar 10, 2023
XMTR #22: Soundworlds with Pat Eakin Young
This Transmitter Radio Hour explores the sonic theatre of Soundworlds - in conversation with director Patrick Eakin Young. The award winning Soundworlds is an audio stage for diverse stories where musicians, writers, theatre makers and sound artists collaborate to create a unique and immersive series of musical theatre for the ears. Extracts played are from: 1. Remnants Part 1A three-part auditory excavation, unearthing the songs and stories of love and loss, buried beneath the soil of post-war Bosnia.Featuring: Courtney Angela BrkicComposition: Christian Mason, Shelley Parker 2. Town is by the SeaAn audio picture book conjuring impressions from a childhood spent in the coastal mining communities of Nova ScotiaMusic composed and performed by Anna RheingansText by Joanne Schwartz, adapted from her 2017 book with illustrator Sydney Smith 3. A Christmas PartyLiving-room concert meets domestic drama in an immersive holiday specialVoice and piano: Douglas Dare
60 minutes | Jan 12, 2023
XMTR #21: Samuel Robinson's audio world
This Transmitter Radio Hour is a selection of audio works chosen by sound artist, musician and audio maker Samuel Robinson who joins Lucia in conversation as they discuss what audio works bring him joy, as well as unpacking some of the current podcast tropes, listening in on some heart- felt conversations and joining some dots between Sam’s life in the US and the UK through sound. 1. Captain Maurice Seddon - May i explain explain my situation? In the words of william english “captain maurice seddon was a highly unusual and inventive person who took an uncompromising stance on life”. he was the inventor of heated clothing, and made many media appearances in the 1980’s to promote them. Seddon recorded his phone calls, this piece is one of 12 from the collection ‘the seddon tapes vol. 1’ put together by his friend William English in 2017 and released on paradigm discs. 2. Emily Naylor - Untitled This is a piece a friend (Emily) sent me a while ago and recently remembered. Emily made it while doing a radio masters at Goldsmiths. 3. The onion - A very fatal murder (episode 1)It’s such a clever send up of the true crime ‘genre’ of podcast spawned by the success of serial. it nails it. I listened to this first in 2018 (i think when it came out) and yet despite it feeling so played out then i’ve noticed the production of podcasts with the approach of this podcast is parodying only increase! 4. Everything is alive - Grain of sand (inspector sands clip) This clip is taken is an interview with a grain of sand called chioke. each episode of EIA (or those i’ve heard) has an intermission of sorts that features a short segment that is tangentially linked to the primary interview. in this episode the link is the ‘inspector sands’ announcement used at train stations to alert staff to a fire without scaring the public.Hosted by Ian Chillag, produced by Jennifer MillsListen to the whole episode 5. Samuel Robinson - Driving to the airport with LarissaVery few people make me really laugh but Larissa is one of them. in 2021 she gave me a lift to the airport and started talking to the GPS which made me laugh. I wanted to capture the moment, to document our friendship and its dynamic. I started recording on my watch (i think), and a few months later when home I cut it up and paired with a piece of music i’d made at some point. 6. Raw sounds podcast (cultural exchange segment) In early 2019 i worked with a group of people at raw material’s raw sounds project to develop their creative audio production skills. It was pitched to me as a podcast course, but there’s so many different types of podcasts, and this group had disparate interests and needs. I chose to work to each week support them to develop skills with interviewing, recording, editing, music production, critical thinking, scripting, ideation, etc. we would record what we did each week with the view to edit it together ultimately to create our own podcast. I have a very good friend who worked as a teacher in Sonoma county, California with a group of younger people with varying special needs. i proposed we do a ‘cultural exchange’, in which members of each group would ask and answer each others questions — the results of which i edited together and assembled over a piece of music composed by someone in my group.
60 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
XMTR #20: Sounds Of The Underline
This next hour is dedicated to a single project recorded and produced by Lucia Scazzocchio in collaboration with the Tower Hamlets Regeneration team. Docklands and the Isle of Dogs has changed dramatically since being established as a busy industrial hub centred around the docks to an industrial wasteland in the 1980's and then an ambitious redevelopment with the arrival of Canary Wharf. The DLR and the infrastructure around this overground railway line has been key to the development of the area. Talking to local people who live and work on the Isle of Dogs across four generations we will hear about the unique history of the island, how things have changed and how the DLR Underline could be used in the future. Commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as part of the ‘DLR Underline Activation’ project, this audio series recorded from Sept 21-May 22 aims to celebrate the area’s heritage to collectively reimagine the future of the Underline as a public active space. Thank you to everyone who contributed their words and insights with special thanks to Cubitt Library and the Friends of Island History Trust. Recording and Sound Design: Lucia ScazzocchioRecording Assistant: Dhevia Sharma
60 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
XMTR #19: Cities and Memory
Every location on the Cities and Memory sound map features 2 sounds, the original field recording of that place and a reimagined sound that presents that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. There are over 5,000 sounds featured on this sound map, spread over more than 100 countries and territories. We’ll visit a selection and keeping with the concept you will hear the original field recording of a place followed by a re-imagined piece. Featuring: 1. Duet for breaking waves and the horizon by Cities and Memory (Caloura in the Azores)2. Lockdown thunderstorm in Oxford by Cities and Memory (Oxford) 3. Chongqing Docks by Andy McDade (Chaotianmen Dock, Chongqing, South West China recorded by Ian MacArthur) 4. The loneliness of the late-night station by Cities and Memory (Berlin at Bellevue station recorded by Cristina Iscenco) 5. It’s not a wave it’s a river by Cristina Marras (Carlo Scarpa, Antivole Italy)6.The Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo in Venice by de Velden (Venice, Italy) 7. Echoes by Bill Stevens (Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, New York, USA)8 A recording of a story 'Alfons and the Magic Christmas Tree featured on HCJB’s DX Party Line hosted by Clayton Howard. Recorded by Paul Rawdon, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio Archive for the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio. 9 War on Hugs by Kid Kin
60 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
XMTR #18: The Devil Museum by Jacob Dwyer
The Devil Museum is a one man radio play, the audio diary of a man photographing all three-thousand of the museum’s devil sculptures. (And yes the museum exists, we looked it up) For a number of reasons, however, the project cannot be completed. As the diary tracks these failings, the peice moves subtly into less tangible subjects such as boredom, isolation and loneliness. Produced by Jacob Dywer on a residency at Rupert (Lithuania) and contains original compositions by Kareem Lotfy.
60 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
XMTR #17: Sounds from the North Yorkshire Coast
The Transmitter radio hour showcases the kind of works you will find on xmtr.fm, a sonic storytelling platform dedicated to independent and archive audio. The next hour is dedicated to sounds from the North Yorkshire Coast and more specifically the Wild Eye Project by Invisible Dust. If you miss the sea or just want to enjoy a moment near the water, the next hour features audio postcards from Scarborough by Lucia Scazzocchio and Silvia Malnati, Sea Songs from beneath the waves by Rob Mackay and words from Alice Sharp from Invisible Dust bringing artists and scientists together to explore environment and climate change.
60 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
XMTR#16: Phonetics, a Pilgrimage, a Portuguese Man and a Meteor
This episode has a distinctly European flavour and will be showcasing work from the Italian radio platform Radio Papesse, the Belgian space for sonic creations RadioLa as well something from the prolific Italian multi-media artist Cristina Marras and a short from the Social Broadcast archive. 1. Me My English and all the languages of my life by Anna RaimondoFrom Radiola.be 2. The Smell of Naptha by Cristina Marras 3. Love and Life on Lincoln Road - Francesco Costa by Lucia Scazzocchio From Radio Local 4. Meteor Bodies by Kate Donovan with mentorship from Katharina Metts From Radio Papesse
60 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
XMTR#15: The North Sea, A London Market, The Cosmos and Lily Montegu
The next hour will be showcasing some audio works featured on xmtr.fm as well as some works produced by Social Broadcasts over the past year. The first piece you’ll hear is from a series of Audio Postcards commissioned for the Wild Eye Project by Invisible Dust in Scarborough who work with artists to explore the environment and climate change. Here are some sounds sent from the North Sea. Produced by Lucia Scazzocchio with sound design by Silvia Malnati. Next, we travel down south to London and more specifically Hackney’s Ridley Road market where May Robson meets the local traders who are struggling with the imminent changes and inevitable gentrification. Produced by May Robson with Tamara Stoll who is working on the save Ridley Road campaign. It was broadcast as part of the online magazine The History WorkshopNow, close your eyes and get ready to experience something a little more ethereal as we enter the cosmos through a rich tapestry of sound by Belgian artist Adrien Pinet. This is just one of the many sound works you can hear on xmtr.fm’s Francophone cousin, Radiola.be. It’s an amazing resource. Our final selection of this hour is from an oral history project Lily’s Legacy, celebrating the life Lily Montagu a magistrate, social worker, writer and co-founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in the UK. Here are some memories of Lily. Project produced by Liberal Judaism with the National Heritage Lottery Fund. There is plenty more to listen to and watch on lilyslegacyproject.com
60 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
XMTR #14 Phonurgia Nova 2021 selection
The next hour showcases some winning and shortlisted English language or no language works from the Phonurgia Nova Awards - a celebration of radiophonic creation. Winner of the Field Recording category Tom Fisher aka Action Pyramid captures the Suffolk countryside with ‘Hoverflies, Reed Pipes, Cockchafers and Bullroearers’, there’s surreal interrogation with 'Daisy Daisy' by Phoebe McIndoe, ‘Loss in Translation’ speech prize winner up by Lucia Scazzocchio and Sasha Edye-Lindner, captures loss and grief during lockdown and ’The Floating Exchange’ by Pierre Costard transports to the troubled waters of Lake Nokoue in Benin.
60 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
XMTR#13: The Art of Conversation - Joy Kahumbu (Compassionate Neighbours)
We continue our exploration of the art of conversation with Joy Kahumbu who spent several years coordinating the ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ initiative at St Josephs Hospice in Hackney; essentially a match-making service connecting mobile with more isolated house-bound members of the community to create regular social interaction. Conversation is at the heart of this initiative, which has since been rolled out in different boroughs creating a network of peer to peer support that feels especially relevant now. We also eavesdrop on some candid conversations between community members recorded at St Joseph’s in 2017. Hosted and produced by Lucia Scazzocchio -
60 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
XMTR#12 Telling Stories with Phoebe McIndoe
Telling Stories is hosted and produced by Phoebe McIndoe and Redzi Bernard. Listen and subscribe to Telling Stories here The audio storytellers featured where: Arlie AdlingtonAxel KacoutiéBea Duncan from ELANJames T GreenAriana MartinezSarah Geis (Audio Playground) Transmitter is hosted and produced by Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts.
59 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
XMTR#11: Escaping isolation, a country, your own prison
In this episode we explore what it means to escape; From the separation caused by Covid with a A Lockdown Love Letter from a daughter to her mother, read by poet and author Julieann Campbell in Derry. Produced by Peter Curran at The Foghorn Company as an Audio Content Fund commission for community radio stations across Northern Ireland. From one country to another with an episode from 'Foreign Insiders' - a series exploring migration to the Czech Republic produced by Morgan Childs and Giuseppe Picheca. Listen to the whole series.From our own prisons with ‘Mirrorsong' a radio poem written by frgmt and performed by Emeka Diamond, with sound design by Lucia Scazzocchio.
60 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
This episode takes a break from the conversation theme and introduces a new audio experiment: LEvitAtion. An immersive radiophonic mix of music, found sounds, field recordings and original recordings. The theme is ‘Blackout’ as we’ve all been grappling around in the dark somewhat recently and hopefully there is a glimmer of light on the horizon. This programme is the result of two alter egos colliding and distilling; (DJ) Princess Lea and (Radio Maker) Lucia Scazzocchio = LEviTation, a radio broadcast you can dance to or a DJ mix for meditation, take your pick.
60 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
XMTR#9: The Art of Conversation - Claire MacDonald
In the next few episodes Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts explores 'the art of conversation'. As we become more connected and paradoxically more isolated, face to face conversation is increasingly rare and coveted. Especially now. This episode explores the role of conversation in faith leadership and practice with Claire MacDonald; artist, writer and Unitarian Minister at Lewisham Unity. She suggests that her role as a faith leader is to ‘create a conversational space across communities’ and that being part of Unity isn't so much about what you believe in, but more about what you practice. This exploratory conversation meanders through thoughts around tools for conviviality, the role of ritual and how that conversational space is found or created.
59 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
XMTR#8: The Art of Conversation - Cathy Fitzgerald
Cathy Fitzgerald has been making audio documentaries, installations and audio tours for a decade now and she has a knack of turning the everyday into moments of wonder. This is what happens when you get two fiercely independent slightly misfit radio makers in a room. Cathy runs workshops in audio magic at her school Strange & CharmedThis episode includes audio clips from: Life on Lockdown (Cathy Fitzgerald) Thames Water Radio (Cathy Fitzgerald) White Stiletto Dreams (Cathy Fitzgerald) Little Shop of Colours (Cathy Fitzgerald)
60 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
XMTR #07: The Art of Conversation - Suzanne O'Connell
In the next few episodes Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts explores 'the art of conversation'. As we become more connected and paradoxically more isolated, face to face conversation is increasingly rare and coveted. Especially now! Radio and increasingly podcasting provide the perfect medium for more exploratory long-form conversations to occur, providing the space and the context often missing in the everyday. In this episode, Lucia is in conversation with Suzanne O’Connell, co-founder of multi-disciplinary collective The Decorators and now working as a landscape architect based in Dublin. Making space for and initiating conversation has been central to her work in designing for public realm.
60 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
XMTR #06: The Art of Conversation - Social Broadcasts
The next few episodes will be dedicated to the art of conversation. As we become more connected and paradoxically more isolated, face to face conversation is increasingly rare and coveted. Radio and increasingly podcasting provide the perfect medium for more exploratory long-form conversations to occur, providing the space and the context often missing in the everyday. We begin this season with an hour dedicated to how Social Broadcasts has been exploring ways of initiating and recording conversations, giving a unique insight into the wider social discourse through everyday encounters and lived experience.
60 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
XMTR #05: Stories
Radio has been, since its introduction into the family home, or as an accompaniment on long car journeys and now through the ear buds of a smart phone, the perfect medium for the spinning of yarns. We begin with a folktale adapted and narrated by Sarah-Lisa Willkinson for The Embers podcast. The Embers collective are a group of story-tellers and musicians who bring stories into a live setting. Their podcast combines old myths, funky folklore and original stories all accompanied by live music. In the tradition of the Christmas spooky story, this is the rather disturbing and dark tale of The Devil’s Violin with musical accompaniment by Tim Karp. Next is something from the archives, taking us back to a bygone era, to Burslem in Stoke on Trent in the 1950’s and 60’s. Sometimes compared to Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood this wonderful piece of prose is a perfect portrait in words of a scene that spectacularly brings local characters to life. Lament for the Lost Pubs of Burslem written and narrated by Stoke born artist, play write and poet Arthur Berry recorded by Arthur Wood. We travel further afield to Kampala in Uganda where local writer and narrator Masembe blurs fact and fiction with her tales from Punishment Island, an island on Lake Bunyoni where up until the 1930’s unmarried pregnant girls where left to die. Her fictional character Naka, shares her story and those of others from around Uganda. In this episode, A History in Punishments we hear Jajja’s tale, a grandmother’s experience of Punishment Island. Finally, we head to Ireland where actor Kevin C Olohan takes on the role of a fireside bard and skilfully spins us a yarn by the light of the flames for his podcast, Fireside. In this tale, the power of music is present again when a blind piper plays a highly addictive ditty and ends up in deep water. This is The Wonderful Tune. Links to podcasts / audio featured: The Embers PodcastLullaby of Queens Street by Arthur BerryPunishment IslandFireside
60 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
XMTR #04: The Goodwin Sands Radiogram
An hour dedicated to the wonderful world of the Goodwin Sands Radiogram. A part ethnographic, part sound art, podcast series written and produced by Ben Horner with the announcer performed by Peter Kelly. Goodwin Sands Radiogram is broadcast from an imaginary shipwreck off the South East coast in Kent where we meet some of the people who inhabit this part of the world. This magical radio experiment with a wink at pathe news-reels, takes a nostalgic look at what radio once was and what it could be with a little imagination. This is an extract from ‘Transmission’ a live edition of Radiogram recorded in Canterbury, where classically trained musicians where asked to improvise to the pre-recorded interviews in the style of an old time live radio broadcast. The theme is based around journey’s, trips and transformation so get ready to be transported to Goodwin Sands.. Subscribe the Goodwin Sands Radio Podcast hereLearn more about Ben Horner at http://theaudiosphere.weebly.com/
60 minutes | Jun 14, 2019
XMTR #03: Art heists, a baroness with a vision and a shopping centre in Merseyside
Part 1: An extract from The Art of The Heist from the podcast Undiscovered produced by London based team Message Heard. This investigative piece narrated by Jake Warren and produced by Sandra Ferrari, uncovers why Chinese artefacts have been been disappearing from cultural institutions and museums around the works and are being bought by Chinese billionaire collectors and how the Chinese government might be involved. Part 2: An extract from Amanda Fielding from The Last Bohemians podcast produced by Kate Hutchinson with this episode produced by Lucy Dearlove. The Last Bohemians is a series of interviews with women and mavericks in art and culture. This episode features Amanda Fielding an Oxfordshire baroness who founded the Beckley Foundation to research the benefits of psychedelic drugs. Part 3: Two episodes from The Cherrytree Chronicles produced by Lucia Scazzocchio as part of a residency for Hunt&Darton's Radio Local. Each episode is an audio vignette of a day at the shopping centre with a soft focus and different people met along the way. Here we sit down for lunch at Jeanie's Cafe.