Electronic producer Frenchbloke aka Stuart McLean is planning on producing 24 hours of music which hardly anyone is likely to hear.
Combining with artists in residence at Galloway Forest – Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges – he will from noon on 31 August to noon on 1 September operate a temporary (RSL) radio station.
The solar-powered transmitter will broadcast music to an area of no more than 5 km around, situated on top of a hill in the forest, like some sort of musical numbers station. The tracks played are intended to, largely, be unreleased and unheard by anyone previously. And once broadcast, the files will be deleted, never to be heard again.
Only locals to the isolated region and anyone willing to travel there will catch the broadcasts, which will include tracks from Mogwai, Clint Mansell, Eccentronic Research Council and Factory Floor. A selection of old radios tuned into 87.7FM will be placed on the route up to the broadcast point to enable any humans in the area to tune in, although th eremoteness of the site – the UK’s first “dark sky park” – means that RAJAR figures may be on the low side.
With 24 hours to fill Frenchbloke is keen to solicit enough material to fill the day – though a similar day in 2010 attracted submissions from the likes of Dave Clark, Imogen Heap, Severed Heads, The Herbaliser, Scanner and Stephen Vitiello,and Richard X.
Anyone interested in ‘donating’ a track for this broadcast should contact [email protected] or tweet him on @frenchbloke. More at thedarkoutside.tumblr.com.