Gregory Whitehead – with test stream

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About the artist

Gregory Whitehead has created more than one hundred radio plays, essays and acoustic adventures for the BBC, Radio France, Australia’s ABC, NPR and international broadcasters. Often interweaving documentary and fictive materials into playfully unresolved narratives, Whitehead’s aesthetic is distinguished by a deep philosophical commitment to radio as a medium for poetic navigation and free association. In his voice and text-sound works, he often explores the tension between a continuous pulse and the eruption of sudden discontinuities, as well as linguistic entropy and decay. His radio plays have won numerous awards, including the Prix Italia, Prix Futura and Sony Gold Academy Awards.

“I embraced analog broadcast radio as my ideal creative home because the airwaves seemed to vibrate with the same qualities I sought to capture in my own plays, and in my own thinking: indeterminacy, fragility of signal, random access, tension between public and private, ambiguous borders, modulating rhythms, complex polyphony, and a pulse rate set by a wild heart.”