RAFT on RESONANCE 104.4 fm Episode 20

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Episode 20, Tuesday 19th of May, Resonance 104.4fm

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“LETTERS FROM MY FRIENDS”

PART I: POSTCARDS

Dear friend,

my days are strange, sometimes bright, sometimes warm, sometimes rattled by a powerful wind that shakes all the blossom from the trees, turning the tarmac into rivers of white through which I wade.

This is not the city I have known.

The nights are even stranger. I sleep a dark sleep populated by dense images, disquieting and unfamiliar- a comatose rearranging of my waking life, itself so arcane. And that’s when I call to you, my friend, but you never visit me there, in dreams. 

Instead I wake up and measure the days and the hours, but I quickly lose count. I step into the street, but even there I can see nothing ahead of me, beyond a bright milkiness as blinding as the night. I throw my voice in front of me, to test the ground.

Hello? Can you hear me?

Are you there?

This is a choral piece, a sonic patchwork that brings together the voices of many of my past guests and dear friends, recorded across space and time over the telephone (at a time when distance separates us so cruelly), in a cathartic act of release, a gesture of collectivity on the airwaves, a majestic embrace that might lift our spirits and gather us together for a while.

“LETTERS FROM MY FRIENDS”- PART I: POSTCARDS features, in order of appearance:

James Hesford/ Eleanor Chiari/ John Bently/ Judith Clute/ Richard Sylvarnes/ Tanya Peixoto/ Sukhdev Sandhu/ Andrea Luka Zimmerman/ Jupiter John/ Gareth Evans/ Mikey Kirkpatrick/ Nawroz Oramari/ Julius Beltrame/ a chorus of birds recorded by Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright.

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“LETTERS FROM MY FRIENDS”- PART II: POEMS & SONGS will be broadcast on Tuesday 16th of June, and features:

Brian Catling/ U’mau Otuokon/ Jeremy Reed/ Jack Nicholls/ Bird Radio/ Travis Elborough/ Ruth Somalo/ Joanna Ebenstein/ Eleanor Crook/ John Bently/ Joanne Roberts/ Rebecca Elson/ Daniel Edelstyn/ Marius Kociejowski and more.