framework radio edition dedicated to Joe Stevens


a special edition of framework dedicated to the life and work of long time supporter, contributor, and friend, joe stevens, who passed away last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. his influence on this program will not be forgotten.


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[STR 012] WLD 2014 – Fragility

all six ablums

Miguel at Sonic Terrain is releasing this years set of six recordings for World Listening Day 2014 online, including associate artist David Rogers track ‘escalator’ on [STR 012] WLD 2014 – Fragility

World Listening Day 18th July 2014


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BBC R4 :: Soundscapes ‘enhance environment’


The issue of the soundscapes that we experience in the environments that we live in is being raised today in what the Acoustic Ecology Movement is calling World Listening Day.

Sounds surround us all the time and can make it hard to follow conversations in noisy restaurants or offices, but equally sound can paint a beautiful picture and enhance our experience of our environment.

As part of World Listening Day, the movement has asked people to take some time out and concentrate on how our streets or workplaces sound.

The BBC’s arts correspondent, David Sillito, went on two “soundwalks” in Norfolk and London to talk about acoustic ecology.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday 18 July 2013.

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Joe Stevens :: imminent at every window [download]


As a fitting tribute to Joe Stevens, a great friend, co-director, associate artist, dedicated sound collector and creative spirit – download Joe Stevens latest release on the Greenfield label.

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DIVAcontemporary :: Sound mapping the South Dorset Ridgeway

SDRLP-project-on-aporeeOn the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August DIVAcontemporary will be running the final South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership project seasonal sound walk covering the Portesham and Abbotsbury area. Follow for news of the next series of sound walks and sound editing workshops.

These participatory sound walks and sound editing workshops have offered members of the public a unique opportunity to experience the South Dorset Ridgeway in a new and exciting fashion – highlighting the aural over the usual visual focus.

Since the inaugural walk in October 2013 a vast archive of sound has been built up, capturing the acoustic environment in numerous participant field recordings, to transport listeners through the different seasons along the Ridgeway. The archive incorporates straightforward, unaltered field recordings, as well as others involving participant interventions in the landscape.

Sounds from the project are also being incorporated into two user-mediated GPS triggered Apps located in the Abbotsbury and Portesham Ridgeway areas, to be built and published in the summer of 2015 by our partners SATSYMPH, which will be available for download to walkers and visitors to the area to explore and experience ‘in the field’.

Additionally, the ‘Sounds of the Neolithic’ Ridgeway sounds project, undertaken with young people from Colfox school, generated discussion, photography and field recordings. This culminated in an audio visual installation, a podcast and recorded interviews, based around their sound walk and sound recordings, presented at the DIVAcontemporary Open Studio on Saturday 14th June 2014. Followed by a special presentation to parents, teachers and school governors on the evening of Thursday 26th June.

Outcomes from these projects can be accessed as follows:

aporee maps

radio broadcast

downloadable podcasts

open studio events


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World Listening Day :: The Tolpuddle Pilgrimage with STIR magazine

STIRmapFriday 18th July 10am – 4pm
Abbotsbury summer seasonal sound walk [part2]
Associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers will be joining Jonny Gordon-Farleigh (STIR magazine) and his companions for the penultimate day of their 10 day pilgrimage from Plymouth to Tolpuddle. Meeting the walkers on the Abbotsbury to Portesham section of the Ridgeway, Mandy and David will be collecting interviews, soundbites and field recordings to compile into a podcast for download from DIVAcontemporary radio. If you wish to join us please contact Mandy and David on for further details.
Part of World Listening Day 2014.



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David Rogers [CD22] joins Joe Stevens [CD21] on Mute Sounds


DIVAcontemporary associate artists and co-directors David Rogers and Joe Stevens have both had audio tracks released by Mute Sounds [Spain]. Joe’s track ‘Portland Harbour WindPower’ is available on line now: David’s track ‘KUKIcollective 123′ is available on line now:


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Sonic Coast[1] at Hooke Park :: tickets available now

SClogo2Stephen Upshaw [viola]
Callie Hough [percussion]
performing music by:
Benjamin Graves [UK]
John Strieder [Germany - WP]
Frederic Rzewski [US]
Luciano Berio [Italy]
Darren Bloom [UK]
Jay Capperauld [UK - WP]
Marc Yeats [UK - WP]

tickets: £5 adults – [£7 on the door] students and under sixteen years FREE. available from DIVAcontemporary in advance.

further details


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The Grey Mare and Her Colts :: podcast


Saturday 21st June 2014 [Summer Solstice] from 6pm

Working with students from Sir John Colfox School in Bridport, associate artist David Rogers curated an open studio event on Saturday 14th June 2014. The background track was mixed in the studio, from field recordings and dramatic actions, by two of the students. Associate artist Ralph Hoyte researched the Grey Mare stories and produced the narrative.

Ralph Hoyte muses on what is and what isn’t and what both is and isn’t poetry using his poetry as an example. A very personal view from a permanent outsider on the inside track with a contrarian twist and just a vague shimmering at the end of the poetic tunnel.

The combined tracks were mixed by David Rogers at DIVAcontemporary studio.

link to download :: download


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seasonal sound walk :: Summer Solstice


Join us EARLY [4.15am] on Saturday 21st June 2014 for a Summer Solstice Sunrise Walk to The Grey Mare and her Colts and Kingston Russell Stone Circle, near Abbotsbury.

Meeting outside the Old School Tea Rooms at 4.15am.

Experience the sights and sounds of these Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in the heart of the Ridgeway Area, with sound artist Mandy Rathbone and archaeology guide Victoria Pirie.

We will be soaking up the atmosphere and recording the summer sounds on this very special day of the year.

Following the sunrise we will complete a circular walk through one of the most hidden valleys of this area and up on to the South Dorset Ridgeway with its magnificent views of Abbotsbury and the Chesil Beach.

Participation in the walk and opportunity to record the morning sounds is free but please note the early start time – 4.15 a.m.!

Places are limited so contact us soon to reserve a place.


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