Audiological Transmission #3/52: Airwaves – Night Mesh
…although often not overtly alluded to, some of the underlying stories/patterns of the first cycle of A Year In The Country wandered out from the ripples, reverberations and duality of a childhood spent in part in both explorative bucolic bliss in the English countryside, while also living in/becoming aware of the shadow of the Cold War…
In many ways that year long cycle helped to lay to rest many of such spectres (at least on a personal level) but I find as I work on, their echoes and/or an associated “underlying unsettledness to the English bucolic countryside dream” return unbidden and that particularly seems to be the case with the Airwaves set of audiological transmissions.
As a child, one of the main tellers/bogeymen of such Cold War dread was the documentary-esque drama Threads which told of life in Britain after a near-end-of-days attack.
The word itself, threads, implies the fragility of those lines and the ease with which they can be broken.
Airwaves focuses on one of the points of connection in amongst those threads; these stilled, quietly brooding sentinels and senders are part of a gossamer network, both corporeal and those less tangible, carrying on their shoulders the weight and responsibilities of passing forward those innumerable stories; of joy, day-to-day life, institutional watchfulness, our entertainments or in conclusion harbingers of those storms sent from our own hands…
Further perusing of Airwaves notes, scribings and audiological transmissions can be carried out here.