Sound Hour was a radio show specialising in electroacoustic work that I produced for Queen’s University Radio between 2005 and 2011. Over 100 1-hour mixes were created in that time, some are available online, and you’ll find examples of the programming strategy via Soundcloud or Mixcloud. At some point I hope to make the entire archive available online, and maybe webcast some more. The primary purpose of the program was to try and demonstrate that a broad range of electroacoustic “styles” could be successfully presented using a continuous mix format: the idea being that the hour of music becomes a kind of sound-work in itself. There always exists a temptation to categorise different styles of sound based composition according to genre, sometimes this is simply not useful; especially if we consider that presentation context can influence perceptions of stylistic shift. Certain mixes worked out better than others, but it was clear that a diverse range of “electroacoustic” musics can easily sit comfortably together.



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