John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh has presented his weekly Soundwave programme since 2004, crossing genre boundaries and eras in ways that few radio shows do thesedays.

You're never quite sure what will happen next, could be an exclusive new track or a 100 year old acoustic 78, but it will never be dull! John is known as the author of a book on Syd Barrett, the early days of Pink Floyd and the emergent counter-culture of the 1960s.

He has made music as part of Electroscope (1996-2000) and recorded / performed under the name Phosphene (2000-), collaborating with the likes of Bridget St. John, Lol Coxhill Isobel Campbell, 1990s leader Jackie McKeown, Nalle and members of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra amongst others.

He collaborated with Turner Prize nominee Simon Patterson on the installation piece & screen saver Colour Match for the Tate Modern and appears extensively in a new documentary film A Life in the Death of Joe Meek Since 1990.

John has presented programmes for the BBC. In that time he has worked for all five BBC U.K radio networks, plus World Service / Radio International and BBC Radio Scotland. His programme experience covers a high range of material: from heavy rock on the Radio 1 Rockshow to opera and poetry reading on Radio 3; he has introduced live music events, from Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium to the Islay Jazz Festival in Scotland’s Western Isles and has made programmes on travel (in Hanoi, Singapore, Bermuda etc) and space exploration (at NASA, Florida).

As a collector of mechanical music, John lives with well over a century of recorded sound and contributes to the ongoing process by producing records. His recent projects have included producing albums by Nalle, The Trembling Bells and The Family Elan and releasing rare lps by Delia Derbyshire and Ron Geesin.

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