24 Hours of Unreleased Music Gifted by 150 Artists – Broadcast in a Dark Forest
It’s a radio station like no other – playing 24 hours of unreleased or never-before-heard recordings by musicians from all over the planet in a project with origins in outer space.
The Dark Outside FM project has been put together by respected artists Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges and DJ producers Stuart McLean (Frenchbloke) and Ben Hayes (Soundhog) as part of the first Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS).
They will set up a temporary radio station in the heart of Galloway Forest Park and broadcast from noon on Saturday, 31 August through the night to 12pm the next day. Robbie said: “As soon as word got out it started to get incredible momentum on the internet and we’ve had an amazing number of people wanting to take part. They like the idea of 24 hours of previously unheard or unreleased music broadcast in a dark, empty and beautiful forest for free to anyone who liked to turn up and tune in.“People are fascinated by the concept of music in deserted places. What makes The Dark Outside very special is that it is totally site specific – it is not going to be recorded or streamed or published anywhere else. You have to be in the landscape to hear it, after that it’s gone.”
There are already more than 150 contributors, with the number and variety growing rapidly. Artists come from as far apart as the UK, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan, the USA, Canada and Costa Rica.
As to what The Dark Outside FM listeners will hear, it stretches from the latest and wildest frontiers of leftfield contemporary sounds, to piano compositions, dub reggae and as far as an operatic version of Danny Boy by the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra with soprano Nancy Allen Lundy.
Stuart said: “Basically, it’s taken on a life of its own. Somehow the idea of having their music broadcast to a potential audience of nobody apart from goats and trees seems appealing to lots of musicians. And the only way to hear it is to turn up.”
To add to the experience The Dark Outside radio station will be set up at the foot of the Murray’s Monument obelisk, on a hillside above the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall – near where a foaming, gravity-driven fountain is being created as part of the festival. The signal will reach up to 5km through the woodland and valleys. Live music is also being planned for the event, which is being put together for EAFS.
Matt Baker, co-curator of EAFS, said: “This is exactly the kind of work that EAFS was set up to support. It is bringing the very best of local innovation and attracting global interest. It’s going to be an amazing experience to walk through one of Britain’s most remote forest parks, tune in your mobile phone radio and listen to music by superb musicians which has never been on air before.”