Mark Vernon is a sound artist, musician and radio producer based in Glasgow, he makes soundtracks, installations and live performances as well as releasing recordings of his own work. An LP of solo and collaborative music and sound works by Vernon & Burns ‘The Tune the Old Cow Died of’ was released on Gagarin records earlier this year. He was a founding member of Glasgow’s pirate art radio collective, ‘Radio Tuesday’, who undertook several art residencies and organised exhibitions, talks, gigs, screenings, performances, the setting up of a community radio station, ‘Bolt fm’ in North Glasgow as well as broadcasts in Glasgow and Helsinki. He is also one third of the trio ‘Hassle Hound’ who have releases on Pickled Egg, Textile, Staubgold and Twisted Nerve and have played live throughout the U.K. and in France. Mark has produced programmes and features for stations including ‘Black Box Recorder’, ‘WFMU’, ‘Resonance fm’, ‘Juniradio’, ‘Radio Deutschland’, and ‘Reboot fm’. A programme about amateur tape recording enthusiasts, ‘The Derby Tape Club’, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March last year. A commissioned programme for New Media Scotland’s ‘Drift’ festival, ‘Evelyn’s Request’ was streamed and broadcast recently on Resonance FM.

Monitoring is Possible in the Following Ways- Vibrö 3 (track 04)
A short sound piece for radio that combines found tape recordings from the early 70’s of recorded phone conversations between two sisters from Renfrew, one having recently emigrated to America. This is combined with another recording from the same batch of tapes which consists of Anne, the absent sister, telling Gina how much she appreciates the audio letters they exchange and how sad it makes her when the tapes come to an end.
The dialogue takes place over a background of field recordings made in museums, in particular an old manually operated phone exchange exhibit in the Silk Mill Industrial Museum, Derby. The sounds of old ringing telephones and whirring machinery in the large open acoustic environment of the museum echoes the trouble Gina has getting through to her sister, the perceived distance between them and the difficulties she has recording the conversation with her phone mic.

'Soundbite' is a series of audio questionnaires recorded exclusively by the artist for Vibro.
The questions include: where are you, what is your first memory of sound, your favourite sound, your worst sound? Any sound source can be used for the answers, which are given in either a 3-4 minute edited form, or separately.
Interviews are compiled by Dinahbird

To read while listening launch Mark Vernon SoundBite (mp3)

Where are you ?
Hammering and sawing from neighbour's unidentified local business.
Beer delivery delivered every morning to the bar downstairs.
'Singing in the Rain' - a drunken sing along outside my window on a rainy Glasgow night at about 2am.
Radiator squits - unpleasant noises from the radiators when the central heating comes on that sound a little too like certain bodily functions.

A squeaky wardrobe door scraping across the Strings of a Citara ( a mini harp) in my room.
A musical fridge door - you can create different pitched creaking sounds by pulling or pushing down on our fridge door when opening a closing it.

Where are you (bis)?
Hopefully the choice of sounds and the way they're put together will tell you a bit about that.
First sound you remember ?
Probably my parent's voices, but specific sounds I remember are the chimes of an ice cream van and an old fashioned whistling metal spinning top- which I don't have a recording of but would very much like to.

Sound You love ?
My Dad talking to my Mum about making tea as fireworks explode in the distance on a sunny afternoon. Poplar trees swaying in the wind at my parent's home in Derby. A musical gate on a county walk.
Badminton at Kelvin hall sports arena.
The gas ring being lit. The haunting acoustics of music being played ina huge empty space. An empty Marina on a windy day in Aviemore, Scotland.

Sound You hate ?
Squeaky tap at my parent's house.
Irregular burglar alarm - this alarm at the back of my flat kept me awake for three days one weekend.
To make things worse the battery in the alarm seemed to be running down making the alarm completely irregular, extremely annoying, and at the same time fascinating, making ignoring it impossible.
I'd keep thinking it had stopped only for it to start up again moments later. In the end I began hearing it even when it had stopped.


SoundBite - mp3 - 2'21" - 8,50 Mo



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