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  • Magz Hall

    Magz Hall

    Composer Biography

    Sound and radio artist and senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University UK. Her audio work has been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, British Museum, Tate Britain, the Sainsbury Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, V and A, MACBA Barcelona, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Norway, Morocco, Canada and the USA and broadcast internationally.

    Her ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong Airport at the British Museum was described as "extraordinary and rich" by Richard J. Williams in The Anxious City (2004), her "intriguing and beautiful work" Radio Mind (2012) was commissioned for Lightworks Festival. Spiritual Radio (2014) a transmitting book was devised for "the listener who is tuned to the right frequency” (The Guardian). Tree Radio a broadcasting tree was developed for exhibition at YSP (2015). Magz heads artist led group Radio Arts commissioning new works for exhibition and broadcast, workshops and events. She is currently developing a new radio art work for Jerwood Open Forest. Her work is concerned with speculative futures of FM inspired by 100 years of international radio art practice.


  • Shortlisted 2016
    Category Sonic art
    Work Tree Radio

    About this work

    Sound and radio artist Magz Hall joined Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a residency over summer 2015 where she produce the sound work Tree Radio (2015). Magz’s exploration of the artistic potential of radio outside of conventional settings has seen her turn ceramic pots, books and now trees in the YSP grounds into radio transmitters. Powered by solar energy, the tree creates its own micro FM station as a living transmission. To hear Tree Radio one must tune in via any FM radio receiver. The tree broadcasts to its immediate vicinity an acoustic translation in real time of its biological processes and reactions to the environment. Anthony Elliott collaborated with Magz to construct and calibrate a system in upper tree, building sonic sound circuits and resin cast sensors to form a coherent variation in time and frequency from the trees light, movement and water content.

    To watch a video about the work CLICK HERE



SHORTLISTED WORK

 Listen to an extract of this work:
 Tree Radio