Art project’s phone lines now open for Greater Manchester public to call and leave a
message with a dream
Artist duo Danielle Swindells and Brit Seaton are calling on the Greater Manchester public to help capture an audio portrait of what people dream of across the region.
The project titled Dream FM will weave personal voice messages together with an original
soundtrack and result in an online broadcast, inspired by the intimate and surreal world of late-night radio talk shows.
From 16 August to 19 September 2021, Dream FM invites people of all ages across GM to pick up the phone and leave a message on the number 0161 464 4975 answering the question ‘What do you dream of?’
The project invites participants to be creative with their responses. The question can be
answered in both literal and poetic ways, which could include personal aspirations and goals, visions for a better future or society, love stories and happy places, or strange dreams remembered long after waking up.
An original musical arrangement will be created by Manchester-based producer Joshua Inyang of experimental ambient duo Space Afrika. The public’s voice messages received by phone will be woven together with an evocative score to create a sound collage inspired by pre-digital DIY radio and the vibrant creativity of Manchester.
In October 2021, the finished sound work will premiere online via the project’s official website www.dream-fm.com as a shared night-time listening experience and will be repeated every evening for one month.
The Dream FM sound piece will be accompanied by a written transcript
for hard of hearing audiences.
Dream FM as a conceptual radio show aims to capture the experience of listening together while apart, as well as platform local voices in an experimental piece of archived social history.
Through the collective sharing of innermost thoughts and staging an intimate listening
experience, Swindells and Seaton aim for the project to create an emotional connection
between strangers across the vast metropolitan borough.
Dream FM is made possible with funding from Manchester Independents (GM IAI).