Longwave - Soundwave: electroacoustic music

Research output: Performances, compositions and other non-textual formsComposition



One of a pair of pieces exploring the mysterious sounds of radio static, reflecting a love I had for playing with my parents’ radio set when I was younger. I remember enjoying the sounds between the channels far more than the actual programmes. The radio like sounds in the piece are a frame for me to take that love further by pushing them to their limit creating a far wider palette than I had as a child. With that palette I have retained the playfulness I used to twist the dial and move the aerial with and then painted on a far grander canvas than I could have imagined at that age.

In keeping with the playful approach I had to composing the piece the title is also a passing reference to the 1980's cartoon series Transformers. Soundwave is a character for the bad guys (the Decepticons) whose role is reconnaissance. He often transforms into radio like contraptions in order to communicate with the other Decepticons or spy on the good guys (Autobots) conversations.


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 1 Jun 2013