The Far Becomes Near is a four-part radio series creatively archiving the history of radio broadcasting in the United Arab Emirates from pre-federation era transmissions to the current digital systems. The programmes are radiophonic experiments punctuated by interviews with local historians, academics, cultural commentators and the UAE federation’s earliest broadcasters. While the works mention places and dates, this series reimagines the documentary in an almost theatrical manner, with each episode imaginatively exploring a different form. Sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver treat the interviews as threads, weaving a radiophonic story as each distinct episode unfolds.


The Far Becomes Near will be broadcast live on the following dates:

Clocktower Radio

Monday 6th Feb
Monday 27th Feb
Monday 27th March
Monday 24th April


Wednesday 1st Feb 9:00 -9:30 pm UK time
Wednesday 8th Feb 9:00 -9:30 pm UK time
Wednesday 15 Feb 9:00 -9:30 pm UK time
Wednesday 22nd Feb 9:00 -9:30 pm UK time

Episode 1 - When Iron Speaks

A transmission from the future, beamed from space to the present day as an archived audio database. Recent history is observed by people of another millennium. The archive of early memories is primary and secondary sources, describing a Gulf tuned into a world outside.

Click here for Episode 1.