Channel 11 began to reveal itself in 2015, when Elizabeth Gaffney, a London-based designer, started hearing music through meditation. While this came as a surprise to some, including herself at first, on closer reflection, she realised that this was just an evolution of something that had been happening in her earlier life and only now, was she tuning in again. As a child and teenager, she had spent hours composing at the piano but the music had nowhere to go (except into the air for anyone who happened to be around) when she didn't know how to write the melodies and had nothing to record them with. Despite being sent to flute lessons for several years and playing in the school orchestra, the daunting confusion of music theory is something she had managed to escape by playing by ear whilst staring convincingly at the music sheets in front of her and turning the pages in time with the others in the room.
She made the discovery of electronic music by chance at 9 years old when her family moved to Ireland from Canada in 1991. One of the most treasured possessions that she had taken with her was a little white ghetto blaster that she placed on her bedside table. At night time, when her parents thought she was sleeping, she was really exploring the different channels of this new land; the storytelling, the different accents, the traditional Celtic music and UK pop charts... She found that the higher numbered channels on the FM wavelength had the most interesting sounds, when you could find them. These channels were also the most unreliable but when they worked, they emitted the most beautiful melodic electronic beeps and she felt like she had uncovered secret radio signals that took her far away from all the worries, uncertainties and sadness of the trans-atlantic upheaval. These were the sounds of escape, magic and dreams. Somewhere around 106 was a channel called Sunset and somewhere higher around 108 was a nameless channel with even more enchanting trance music. These numbers were, in fact, sending out secret radio signals for they were pirate radio stations and it is thanks to the pirate radio djs that commanded them that Elizabeth was introduced to the likes of The Prodigy, The Orb, Opus III, Orbital and many others that laid the foundations of her appreciation for electronic genres and the general unknown.
This appreciation continued throughout her teens and twenties. Blessed to have a wonderful group of DJ friends in UCD, she was educated in 70s electronica and disco and always ushered to the best dance gigs in town (thank you Downtown Sounds). Summers were about all night parties, Daft Punk, pilgrimages to Sonar in Barcelona and Laurent Garnier. While she really wanted to be a DJ, it was not something she ever thought she could do as it seemed to be a boys' thing and she didn't consider herself musical at all. Fast forward 10 years of working in fashion in London, a meditation suddenly unlocked a new channel; a channel to the unknown; sounds she had never heard before and wanted to transmit. No longer obstructed by a lack of music theory knowledge, modern production software allowed her capture those sounds and intuitively build compositions in layers of beats, melodies and harmonies. Within a few months, she had channelled about 20 (unfinished) new tracks and released her first EP, Sun and Moon.
The number 11 symbolises alignment, harmony and the connection between the creative source and the earth plane and Channel 11 represents what can happen when you tune into these currents. Djing was a natural consequence to music production and Elizabeth can be found playing a mix of world electronica, nu-disco and techno tunes at private parties, clubs and events in London and beyond.