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ddr. announce lineup for Alternating Current Festival this October at The Complex

ddr. announce lineup for Alternating Current Festival this October at The Complex


Dublin Digital Radio has announced the return of the Alternating Current Festival this October.

The three-day festival of electronic & electroacoustic music, AV art, sound & multimedia performance happens from October 27th – 29th of October 2023 at The Complex in Dublin city.

Artists will perform new music and audio works from Irish artists commissioned exclusively by ddr. and they include:

  • Áine O’Dwyer
  • BB84
  • Caskré
  • D.A.T.A (Dublin Art and Technology Association)
  • Lakker
  • Linda O’Keefe
  • Muireann Levis
  • Nigel Rolfe
  • Radio Alhara
  • Radio Cashmere
  • Radio Kapital
  • Soria
  • Spooky Beore
  • The Office of Joint Administrative Intelligence
  • Whirling Hall of Knives

This year’s festival is organised around the theme of “meitheal”….

This year’s festival is organised around the theme of “meitheal” an Irish language word denoting a historical practice of community labour in the production of the common goods. For AC23 we want to explore sonic commons – ways in which the production of and experience of sounds is always a collaborative process – connecting us into a network of historical and contemporary movements, technologies and people.

We want to consider how we create work together in times of precarity, how we organise ourselves to create cultural spaces and how when we make and listen to music together we are always living-in-common with others. Through this theme, the festival will open up links with new organisations (nationally and internationally) and spark collaborations and new forms of community, while continuing with our vision of making Alternating Current a celebration of sonic cultures, radio art and contemporary Irish music.

This year the festival has specially commissioned artists at the cutting edge of sonic practice to make work for the festival and in response to the theme. Áine O’Dwyer, ALYXIS, BB84, Caskré, Lakker, Linda O’Keefe, Muireann Levis, Nigel Rolfe, Soria, and Whirling Hall of Knives will perform their new work in the old fruit and vegetable warehouse off Capel Street over two days. While on October 29, new specifically commissioned radio works from Radio Alhara, Radio Cashmere, Radio Kapital, Spooky Beore and The Office of Joint Administrative Intelligence will be broadcast live on Dublin Digital Radio and collaborating stations.


Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) will explore communal art making with a series of workshops and screenings. Starting with an all-ages music making workshop hosted by Dabbledoo Music, the programme will include a electronic music workshop for girls with SynthesizeHer, P2P – a work in progress music sharing event hosted by Roo Honeychild and a film screening event in partnership with the Small File Media Festival.

مناظر الطبیعة/Tírdreacha/Krajobrazy/Landschaften is a four part audio artwork produced by Tom O’Dea in collaboration with four internet radio stations – Dublin Digital Radio (Dublin, Ireland), Radio Kapital (Warsaw, Poland) Radio Cashmere (Berlin, Germany) and Radio Alhara (Bethlehem, Palestine).

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Through a collaborative working process, an artist from each station will produce a sound work – the four works will be simultaneously broadcast on each of the partner stations – using an internet radio, browser or the specially created web interface listeners will be able to move between the four stations and create their own path across these interconnected audio landscapes.


Friday tickets are priced at just €10 for Patrons, €15 for non-Patrons. Saturday tickets are €12.50 for Patreon, €20 for non-Patrons. Weekend tickets are €20 for Patrons, €30 for non-Patrons.

You can sign up to Dublin Digital Radio’s Patreon. Tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite.

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