Book Sprint – Friday 18th November 2011

Calling all Swandeliers – it has, literally been ONE YEAR since this madcap-open-source-swan-pedalo adventure began – on the 15th of November 2010 we paid £100 for the Swan Pedalo without a clue what we were going to do with it – and then, the following day we made the famous move into the shop unit on Renshaw Street – WOW – since that epic day this project has had the confidence to see where it goes… Continue reading

Phantom Circuit #81

Phantom Circuit is a programme of strange and wonderful sound waves that you can hear streamed over the internet.

Featured below is their first report on the Full of Noises festival 2011, concentrating on events in Barrow Park, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on Saturday 6th August.

Hear from Dave Lynch, John O’Shea and Re-Dock intern Rebecca Mulvaney regarding the Swan Pedalo Broadcast experience.  Also there is a nice interview with fellow Swandelier Ross Dalziel about the Sound Network “Crazy Golf Hack”.

Swan Pedalo Broadcasts

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of August artists Dave Lynch and John O’Shea are broadcasting live online and in Barrow Park at Full of Noises Festival 2011 at Barrow in Furness.

The beautiful Open Source Swan Pedalo – “Grace” – has been modified through the addition of a special broadcasting unit and we have a whole schedule of shows running live between 1pm and 5pm each day.

Through the wonders of the world wide web you can listen online – live!

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Schedule for two days as follows:

Friday 5th

1pm: Station View Songs

2pm: Mayor of Barrow

2.30pm: Underwater Sound Intervention

3pm – 5pm – FON Festival artists on air!

Saturday 6th

1pm: Introduction by Dave Lych and John O’Shea

1.15pm: Hidden Gems of the Barrow Art Scene (presented by councilor Helen Wall and Bob Dickinson from Radio 4)

2pm: Optimistic Sound Intervention

2.30pm: Antye – poetry

3pm: Barrow Sounds – opens with David on laptop

3.30pm:  Ryoko Akama

4pm: Simon Jones

4.20pm: Fern of Octopus

4.40pm: Slim Pro 6 and the Bobettes

5.30pm: Performance by Tetsuo Kogawa


We were on Radio Cumbria this morning! Find us and listen again!

We are still looking for artists and performers from Barrow to get involved tomorrow – we have empty slots between 3 and 5pm – if you are interested in getting involved add a comment on this page with a contact email or send a message via twitter @swanpedalo.

To give a flavour of what is possible here is a video of some fine Leeds Owls who came out to play on the Open Source Swan Pedalo’s visit to Leeds.

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Susan White

Amazingly, Susan White’s name alone wasn’t the most incredible swan related aspect of meeting this lovely woman on a rainy sunday in a small wood in north Leeds.

Whilst stood at the corner of a lake watching a family of swans groom themselves with the signets slowly picking up technique from their parents, Susan briskly walks up.  At once the male swan makes the trademark hiss, which for me recoils the urban myths of people getting arms broken trying to pet swans which are protecting their young.  I notice a dog out of the corner of my eye and put one and one together, but the swan continues to approach Susan hissing and rearing its tail feathers.

“Look, just wait” says Susan with loving patience, as she unwraps a full wholemeal loaf.  By this point the Swan is a mere two foot away from me and they are big big birds, I think this myth to be true and slowly back off feeling a little uneasy that this lady seems unaware.

Susan blissfully begins feeding the Swans by hand, just like you would a dog at the table, at this point i notice Susan’s dog a comfortable 10m away up the embankment with a look like experience has taught him better.

The whole family surround her and she calmly tells us of her daily routine of feeding, how she has watched the family come together and grow.  We hear of a previous batch of signets that weren’t so lucky and what she and others have done to help raise these new ones.  I account the tameness of these birds to the local community interaction and wonder if it will have negative effect, but as Susan leaves, the Swans return to the bank and don’t return for any other passer by with bread.  I feel safe in the knowledge that Swans work on a basis of trust, building rapport and mutual respect.  Does this have anything to do with the wide multi-cultural mythology built around the Swan? Is it just the regality and beauty of the bird? Or is it that people who have the gift of fearless animal communication just don’t make good news stories?


For a while now I have been looking to purchase some swan feathers for the society of swandeliers, feather in your cap and all but it never really felt right to buy these things. I see strewn all around the are some perfect and imperfect fresh off the bird, feathers!   Score !

I aim to go back to film Susan, collect more feathers for the society and take some pictures for her and the rest of the community who have helped raise these beautiful big birds. More to come as it happens with Susan White and if there are any questions for when I meet her then please add them here or on the comments section.




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SWAN SONGS: Samuel Foxton Welles

The Open Source Swan Pedalo hosts Leeds first swan songs featuring the lyrical wisdom of Samuel Foxton Welles…

Samuel Foxton Welles’s new track is from his upcoming album based on David Lynch’s dark view of middle America in his ground breaking TV series – Twin Peaks. For more information please visit www.

video by the remarkable Dave Lynch (nice job!)

Lithuania: Land of Swans

I recently visited Lithuania – a country more usually associated with the Stork – and discovered many swans. Swans appeared in posters, in needlework, handycraft and on most lakes that I saw. The swan made from paper is clever constructed from many individual wraps of folded paper to form the amazing swan architecture.