This work appeared as 24 1h episodes on Resonance EXTRA between October 2018 and May 2019 and as a complete, single 24h work on Radiophrenia 2019 (26th May 2019 11:59 pm – 27th May 2019 11:59 pm).
Beàrnaraigh (https://extra.resonance.fm/series/bearnaraigh).). hosted by Martin Eccles, is a programme exploring movement, time and distance through walking on an outer Hebridean island (
Over each of the twenty-four, hour-episodes of this series you will hear an hour of a day in June. 12 hours present the outer Hebridean island of Beàrnaraigh alone and 12 hours present one or more walks from my clockwise circumnavigation of the island
There is wind, sea, birds and movement but you also hear time and distance.
one day in June
of the island
around the island
walking my clockwise trace
Wind and movement
land and sea
time and distance
to an hour
hear across 20 days
to a mile
hear across 76
From Radiophrenia 2019
Beàrnaraighis a durational, 24-hour work recorded in June 2018 on a small island in the Outer Hebrides. From 20 days comes one 24-hour day of June, an Outer Hebridean island and walks of my complete clockwise island circumnavigation. Each minute is presented at its recorded time of (a) day; some are in appropriate succession from one minute to the next whilst others may be days away from their neighbour. Beàrnaraigh offers place, time, distance and movement – the chance to consider duration, “time of (a) day” and its relationship with distance and movement across place – distance walked in an hour, walking across hours or walking the entire circumnavigation.
A small island is a tangible, coherent whole. It can be walked around, much of it can be seen from a single strategic vantage point and in an archipelago, as Beàrnaraighis, it forms one part of a larger whole. Prompted by any circumnavigation of an island being either clockwise or anti-clockwise, horology parallels emerge – the shape of the island and the shape of a clock face, the movement of hands across the face of a clock and the clockwise circumnavigating walker, archipelagos of minutes grouped into hours, themselves grouped into days … and so on … and so on …
and so …
Beàrnaraigh presents the 24 hours of the day; 12 present (one or more) walks from a complete, clockwise, circumnavigation of Beàrnaraigh and 12 present the place of the island alone. Each minute is presented at its recorded time of (a) day; some are in appropriate succession from one minute to the next whilst others may be days away from their neighbour.
Beàrnaraigh offers thoughts of time and distance
time is perhaps …
the passing minutes of listening
the transition from one hour to the next, sometimes sequential, as when a hand crosses a clock’s face … but sometimes not
the apparent “24 hours of a day” composed from the 20 days over which the recordings were made
then there is distance …
the distance walked in one hour
the distance within a walk across hours
the distance of a circumnavigation of the island