Flux is a radio series aimed that explores the themes of liminal space, temporality and boundaries, whether physical or theoretical. This exploration is carried out through field recording and sound design. Each episode invites an artist, performer or sound recordist to create a show in reaction to these themes. Exploring a space or spaces they deem relevant through their own creative practice. Hosted by our friends on ResonanceExtra.

Episode 1 by James Davoll

Ebb and Flow

This episode explores the now abandoned Dorothea Slate Quarry in Dyfrryn Nantlle and the intersection of Loch Harport and Loch Bracadale off the Isle of Skye.
The Dyfrryn Nantlle Valley is an incredible landscape. Ancient hills give way to a man-made valley sculpted by industry and the production of new counters. Davoll explores the sonic potential of this space performing improvisation with the space as well as making field recorders.

Leading on from the abstract hydrophone recordings made at Dorothea this second section of flux explores the Peat Bogs that descend into the waters at the intersection of Loch Bracadale and Loch Harport on the West coast of the Isle of Skye. The fluctuations of pressure on the bog placing pressure on air trapped within.


Episode 3 by Tom Schofield and James Davoll

Man’ Escarpments

This episode explores two powerful walls. The Land Walls of Istanbul dating back to the 4th - 5th century and the contemporary Sea Defence Walls currently being constructed in prefecture of Fukushima, Japan.

The Land Walls that used to define the rear perimeter of the city. But, as the city has grown it has expanded beyond its reach and now cuts through different demographics and communities, picking up new thoughts, new sounds, and new environments.

The sea walls of Fukushima now span some … km and reach a height of 12m in places. These walls constructed to protect communities from Typhoon or Tsunami are a highly contested space due to their effect on these very same communities. Cutting them off from the sight and sound of the sea. The walls acting as a sound mirror reflecting the internal and external sounds. From inside the safety of the walls one only hears the reflected anthrophonic sounds of the populous, industry and infrastructure, as well as, the biophonic sounds of cicadas, birds and domestic animals. On the exterior side the mass reverberations of the waves cancel all other noises and the both the soundwaves and waves compete for space.

Episode 2 by Martin Eccles


This episode examines distance, time, movement and place from replicated walks into the remote, coastal, Icelandic lava field of Búðahraun. A ‘there-and-back’ route was walked twice, once at dawn and once at dusk; distance is both the distance of the walk and distance heard across the lava field. As well as the elapsed time of the walks themselves, time is present as the time of day but also the time between the walks – the time of a day – and, as the walks occurred on the summer solstice, the time of the year. Movement comes directly from my footfall, my embodied movement across the rock, but also from the comings and goings of the birds as they, and their calls, songs, and displays move over the lava field. Together these elements contribute to a sonic portrait of a place but they also create a space to allow a listener to hear a place of their own.

Copyright: James Davoll