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Oscillatorial Binnage

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Location: Kirkaldy Testing Museum, 99 Southwark Street SE1 OJF

Special guest was Howl Round.

Oscillatorial Binnage in conjunction with Radio Resonance 104.4FM

Sound art quartet Dan Wilson, Chris Weaver, Fari Bradley and Toby Clarkson performed a site specific sound piece on Thursday 26th September and brought The Kirkaldy’s Testing Museum to life" 

Title: Music at Breaking point

Oscillatorial Binnage is Dan Wilson, Chris Weaver, Fari Bradley and Toby Clarkson. The group presented a series of sonic works exploring and utilising The Kirkaldy Testing Museum machines as electro-acoustic instruments. Piano strings was stretched, wood blocks crushed, metal grilles vibrated and everyday materials placed under extreme stresses to draw out their unusual musical properties. 

Oscillatorial Binnage moved from machine to machine, forming the components of a mechanical synthesiser and created an improvised composition in the process. The highlight of the performance and a delight to the audience was the amplified action of the 450-tonne Kirkaldy machine itself.

About: Oscillatorial Binnage's own instrumentarium features acoustic testing machines: electromagnetically resonated bowls and dishes, upon which objects are added until the musical note fractures into restless subharmonic noises, this is the point at which a musical note becomes noise. These testing apparatuses form the components of a mechanical synthesiser, where waveshaping calibrations are effected mechanically.  The museum's wire and belt tensile strength testers will be incorporated throughout, as stretched materials are electromagnetically resonated whilst under tension, until breaking point is reached.

Dan Wilson is a member of Oscillatorial Binnage. He is a composer, sound designer, writer and instrument builder with an MA in Sonic Arts. Wilson was winner of the prestigious Arts Foundation Award for electro-acoustic composition. His compositions are largely based on the interfluxions of the resonant frequencies of everyday objects, often implementing excitation using electromagnetic fields. Ed Baxter, director of Resonance 104.4FM, says "Wilson is one of the few people in the world who can make a grill pan sound truly musical". Wilson works under many aliases including Meadow House and Ashfordaisyak. His debut album showcasing his self-built instruments was released by Alcohol Records in 2005. He has been featured in The Wire on numerous occasions, in Unknown Public, in Prof. Nic Collins’ book Handmade Electronic Music, and in the ground breaking 365 Days Project MP3 series on Ubuweb.

About Resonance 104.4FM:

Resonance 104.4FM was the world’s first radio art station, established by London Musicians’ Collective. It started broadcasting on May 1st 2002 with the aim of providing a radical alternative to the universal formulae of mainstream broadcasting. Resonance 104.4FM features programmes made by musicians, artists and critics who represent the diversity of London’s arts scenes. The station receives regular weekly contributions from nearly two hundred musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists and instigators, plus numerous unique broadcasts by artists on the weekday Clear Spot.

Resonance presents a wide range of material, from a programme presented by the staff of the experimental music magazine The Wire, to Calling All Pensioners, which aims to inform the elderly about local events and benefits entitlement. Live music sessions are featured on shows such as Hello Goodbye, You are Here, Hooting Yard on the Air, and Glass Shrimp. Other shows include foreign-language programmes aimed at communities in London who are not served by other broadcasters.


Resonance FM has received a Sony Award nomination for The Good Drugs Guide and the station has been profiled in the pages of The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and the Morning Star amongst others.

The station won the Radio Academy Nations and Regions Award for London for three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011. 

Earlier Event: 22 September
Later Event: 28 September