Hollingsville: Episode 7, Events – The Birth of Chance

In the seventh episode of ‘Hollingsville’, studio guests are creator of glamours Tai Shani and cultural hustler supreme Richard Strange. Prepare to be blinded by silence. Specially commissioned musical interludes and moods are by ‘Hollingsville’ composer in residence, Graham Massey. Ins and outs, as always, are by Indigo Octagon.

After staging the first complete performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations, a work that requires over 18 hours in which to enfold, John Cage remarked that ‘the world looked new, absolutely new’. Ideas of simultaneity and the instantaneous, as developed in variety theatre, cabaret and modern dance, gave way to the notion of duration as the main organizing principle. Anything could now be part of a performance. What then has become of the stage itself? Is it just another non-place, or as the site for events that are as yet unknown? Can the world still be absolutely new? And who is now waiting in the wings to amaze us?

After visiting Mars, where next? Welcome to Hollingsville: the new twelve-part series from writer Ken Hollings. A World’s Fair of the airwaves, the shows focuses each week on a different aspect of our historical relationship with technology. From machines to monsters, spaces to dreams, this Radio Expo offers an unscripted tour through the chosen theme, utilising voices and sounds from special guests and presented by Ken Hollings with his usual idiosyncratic flair.

Ken Hollings is the author of Welcome To Mars: Fantasies of Science in the American Century 1947-1959, available from Strange Attractor Press. For more information go to http://www.strangeattractor.co.uk or http://www.kenhollings.blogspot.com

7 Responses to “Hollingsville: Episode 7, Events – The Birth of Chance”


  1. 1 Roger Jul 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Missing file? Great show, need to hear the rest

  2. 2 Patrick Jul 22nd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This episode seems to be unavailable to stream or download. Is anybody else having the same problem?

  3. 3 rachel Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    hello there,
    alot of the hollingsville links arent working.
    birth of chance, after mars where next and media the extensions of god.
    could some one help?

  4. 4 salimfadhley Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I’m still looking for the missing audio – it’s supposedly on Archive.org, however I think whoever posted it may have posted a bad link. If you can find it I can correct the audio.

  5. 5 rachel Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    alrght, i think i found it in the archive.org site, and the entire bunch. thank you.
    http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=hollingsville%20AND%20collection:opensource_audio is that what your taking about?
    thanks in anycase. that was helpful

  6. 6 salimfadhley Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    If you can find the specific archive.org pages which have the missing audio, please post the corrected link as a comment on the relevant page on this site – I can correct the audio links so that others can continue to enjoy Ken’s work.

  7. 7 Ken Hollings Feb 16th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    All of the links and downloads for the current series of ‘Hollingsville’ shows have now been repaired, so there shouldn’t be any problem accessing them. Any problems, let me know.

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