with the Unst Collective

Listeners are invited to "donate" a sound of their choosing to the live radio broadcast. Donations are accepted over the telephone. Once the phone is answered the listener has five seconds to donate their sound. The sound is then fed into one of four delay loops of varying lengths. The donated sounds interact in shifting cycles, forming a live, evolving sound sculpture created entirely by the audience.

Sonithon was inspired by the piece "Radio Net" (1977) by the pioneering sound artist, Max Neuhaus. "Radio Net" also used sounds phoned in by listeners. However, Neuhaus stipulated that the callers should whistle over the phone line. The whistles were then fed into the National Public Radio network in the U.S. The natural time delay incurred as signals moved across the phone lines from station to station created an enormous shifting loop. Due, probably, to the technology of the time, listener whistles quickly became altered so as to be unrecognizable.

The aim with Sonithon, was not to restrict the nature of the donated sounds, but to allow listeners to donate any sound they liked; and also to maintain the recognizability of the sounds in the mix so that a listener could track his or her sound and stay personally invested in the unfolding results.