Magz Hall is a creative sound and radio artist and producer her radio work has been broadcast in the UK and internationally and sound installations exhibited at: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Whitechapel Gallery, British Museum, Tate Britain, V and A, The Sainsbury Centre, Jerwood, MACBA Barcelona, Deep Wireless Festival Toronto, The Lightworks Festival (winner Sound Commission 2012), USA, Morocco and Denmark.
Her ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong airport for the Foster Studio was described as "extraordinary" in The Anxious City: English Urbanism in the Late Twentieth Century by Richard J. Williams.
Radio Mind was described as an "intriguing and beautiful work" by Lightworks Festival. Spiritual Radio was shortlisted for The International Sound Art Competition (2015) (2014) a transmitting book devised for "the listener who is tuned to the right frequency” (The Guardian).
Tree Radio (2015) is a living sound and radio installation which is at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She is currently developing a new radio art work for Jerwood Open Forest, for which she has been shortlisted for BASCA British Composer of the Year award for Sonic Art 2016.
A founder of London’s award winning arts station Resonance FM and former director of the Community Media Association where she helped to successfully push for community radio in the UK. She produced and presented a critically acclaimed arts and experimental music show 'You Are Hear' 2002-10 (Resonance/Totally Radio).
She is interested in the artistic potential of radio, with a focus on sound and radio events and installations outside conventional settings. Her research work has been framed by the concept of radio art as live event using micro fm and installation to consider the future of FM Radio after analogue switch off.
She runs Radio Arts, exploring the artistic potential of radio, commissioning new radio works and running events.
Research and knowledge exchange
Switch Off was a series of ten radio art works developed through expanded radio art practice that explores the possible futures for FM radio after it has been abandoned by sanctioned broadcasters. The ten fictive ‘trace stations’ that comprise the work have each examined a different facet of radio art practice through experimentation. Within the framing device of a future, vacated FM spectrum, this became a speculative space within which to reimagine the utopian potentiality of radio as revealed at its apparent point of obsolescence. Her practice based PhD thesis was titled: Radio After Radio: Redefining Radio Art in the light of new media technology, through expanded practice. Conducted at CRISAP, LCC University of the Arts London, (Creative Research in Sound Art Practice) http://www.crisap.org/
She runs Expanded Radio Research Group at CCCU and founded Radio Arts running since 2001 gaining funding for projects from European Social Fund, Fast Forward Grants and Awards For All, ACE, KCC and curated and ran the following:
Radio Art Workshops (2006): Albany Centre, Deptford, London, Broadcast on Resonance FM, Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto 2007, CKLN FM and NYC free103point9fm.
Radio Arts, workshops (2013-16): Whitstable Biennale, Duchamp Festival, The Old Lookout Gallery, Turner Contemporary Margate, The Beaney, LV21, Folkestone Triennale, Tate Britain, The V and A and the Supernormal Festival.
Dreamlands Commissions (2014-15) curated 15 artists to produced new radio art works broadcast on 11 partner stations and streamed on dedicated radio gallery. Funded by ACE and KCC for Radio Arts airing on ABC Australia, RTE, Resonance FM, Phonic FM, Sound Art Radio, Radio Reverb, WGXC, BCB, Radio Papesse, Radiophrenia and Borealis Festival Radio.
Radio Arts Showcase (2014) The Beaney Museum Canterbury and Switched On live event across the galleries (2015).
Teaching and subject expertise
Magz teaches and oversees all radio production and theory modules for the BA Radio Pathway in Film Radio and Television she runs modules in : radio drama, documentary, features, music programmes, commercial production, magazine programmes, podcasting, new perspectives in radio studies, radio art and contemporary broadcasting.
2015 Radio Art issue, Setup4 magazine, Weserburg Museum of Arts, Centre for Artists’ Publications Expanded Radio Art as Practice
2014 Guest editor of Radio Art Reflections a series for Sounding Out Journal wrote The New Wave on Radio Arts in the UK with articles from Colin Back, Anna Friz and Magz Hall.
2007 Contributor to The Alternative Media Handbook, Routledge.
2006 You Are Hear Sessions 2002-5 CD compilation of 20 live radio sessions, Hearing Aid Records.
2005 Contributor to the Community Radio Toolkit, CMA Radio Regan.
2003 Set up Hearing Aid Records released, limited edition vinyl LP Flat Pack Antenna featuring 29 contributing artists including Gavin Turk, Marcia Farquhar, John Wynne and Jem Finer, raised £6000 for Resonance FM.
Magz is a member of the Radio Academy, CMA, The Radio Studies Network, ECREA, MeCCSA, Sound Women, PRS, Artist Network and runs Radio Arts www.radioarts.org.uk
She has given talks at
Story of Sound Lighthouse Arts Brighton, RadioFuture Sounds Brighton Digital Festival, Extrapool, Holland, ECREA 2015 Radio Research Madrid, Parasol Foundation for Contemporary Art, London. LCC, UAL, International Radio Conference University of Bedford. ECREA 2013 Radio Research Conference, University of Sunderland. Symposium of Acoustic Ecology, Kent University, Trans X Transmission Art Symposium Toronto, Canada. Transmission Arts Colloquium, Wave Farm, NYC, USA. Universitat Abat Oliba, CEU Barcelona. University of the Arts LCC, Milan University Italy, Sunderland University, Thames Valley University, Central St Martins, Sienna University, University of St Andrews, London School of Economics, London Metropolitan University, London College of Communications, Chelsea College of Art, Deep Wireless Festival Toronto, Dana Centre London Science Museum, Slade School of Art, Bedford University, CMA Conference and Theatre in the Cloud, Gulbenkian Canterbury, Critical Waves, ICA and a keynote speaker at Net Station International Conference, University of Minho, Portugal.
Was on the selection panel for CMA Modulate (2014) commissions which brought together eight artist arts organisations and community broadcasters £24,000 funded by ACE and for Phonic FM's Rugby Stories (2015) commissioning four audio portraits funded by Exeter Council.
The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, The Times, The Irish Times, BBC Website, BBC Radio One, BBC Kent, A-N, Radio Survivor, WOW, Musik Magazine, Sleaze Nation, The Wire, Mute, Frieze, Time Out, Metro, Evening Standard, West End Extra, Times Literary Supplement, Etapes, Thanet Times and SAM.
Publications and research outputs
- Dreamspace, Forest Radio callsigns (2016) Jerwood Arts Space, London.
- Dream Vessels (2016) Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Tree Radio (2015) Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
- Reclaim The Waves (2015) Tate Britain, London.
- Expanded Radio Art as Practice (2015) Radio Art Issue, Setup4 magazine, Weserburg Museum of Arts, Centre for Artists’ Publications.
- Spiritual Radio (2014) Whitechapel Gallery, Unbinding the Book Commission, LCC, Morley Gallery, Engine Room International Sound Art Exhibition (2015).
- The New Wave on Radio Arts (2014) Guest ed Radio Art Reflections, Sounding Out Journal.
- Radio Recall (2014) The Beaney Gallery, Canterbury, Old Lookout Gallery.
- Numbers (2013) University Galleries, Illinois State University, USA, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, Kent. Broadcast, Radio Corax, The Dark Outside Galloway Forest.
- Still Moving Sculpture, off the Pier (2013) Duchamp Festival, Radio Papesse, Reboot FM Radio, Suden Exhibtion Kunst Halle Berlin, SAE Kent University.
- Commercial Break (2013) MuseRuole: Museion Passage, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen, Women’s Museum Meran, Italy and Lightworks International Arts Festival.
- Radio Mind (2012) The Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto, Canada. Lightworks International Arts Festival (Winner of Sound Commission),The Old Look Out Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent and Burton Gallery(2011) Marakesh Bienalle (2014). Broadcast on WGXC 90.7-FM and free103point9fm, USA. broadcast Radio Futura Porto with Commercial Break DAB Boat Radio.
- Lone Broadcast (2012) BCN Barcelona, Spain.
- Radio Mind (2011) Marrakech Biennale (2014) Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto, Canada, Lightworks Festival LCC, UAL London (2012) The Old Lookout Gallery, Burton Gallery (2011) Broadcasts WGXC 90.7-FM, Boat Radio DAB (UK), Radio Futura, Radiophrenia CCA Gallery Glasgow (2015).
- Speaking Out (2010) Yomomi Adachi Speech Choir, Tate Modern.
- Fear of Death (2005) Zeppelin Sound Festival, MACBA, Spain.
- Circle of Sound (2005) Curated Foundry London.
- Exploring the City (2001) Ambisonic Soundtrack Hong Kong Airport for BMJ panoramic film, Foster Studio retrospective, Sainsbury Centre, Welcome Gallery, British Museum, Denmark and Boston (2001-3).