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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

Leave a message with a dream at Dream FM

By Steve Cooke

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.

Until 19 September 2021, Dream FM invites people of all ages across GM to pick

up the phone and leave a message 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 Greater Manchester.

In October 2021, the finished sound work will premiere online via the project’s official website 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.

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 GM IAI (Manchester Independents).

Phone: 0161 464 4975


Danielle Swindells and Brit Seaton are an artist duo based in Manchester.

Danielle Swindells (b.1994) is an artist and self-shooting documentary filmmaker who unpicks the complexity of the human condition by developing observations of isolated or overlooked communities and the landscape that contains them; specifically, places maintained on memory or nostalgia. A Manchester School of Art graduate, her work has screened at London Institute of Contemporary Arts, Sheffield Doc/Fest, HOME and British Shorts Berlin.

Brit Seaton (b. 1996) is an arts producer and writer focusing on contemporary art and independent music. Since 2018, she has worked closely with Leigh-based independent arts organisation The Turnpike to coordinate and support projects rooted in social practice.

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