13.2.@Titanik/Turku: Resounding Bangalore

Resounding Bangalore

“Resounding Bangalore” is a 25 minute sound collage that assembles selected field recordings of the city (and some rural locations) into a four-dimensional sound field.

Date: 13. February 2018
Place: Titanik Gallery. Itäinen Rantakatu 8. 20700 Turku, Finland
Time: 6pm

While the acoustical backdrop consists of two ordinary speakers, a low-range radio transmitter broadcasts a parallel track simultaneously. For the performance at Titanik, the radio part gets adapted to a set-up with speakers only.

Disguised as a local radio program (containing samples of Bangalorian radio, static, selected poetry and snippets of local interviews), the parallel track makes the soundscape spatially extend into the audience.

“Resounding Bangalore” is an invitation to cherish an indigenous sound world played back through the ears of a “stranger”. In my work this cultural information becomes often framed as musical concepts. The interplay of distance and difference resounds as a multileveled choir of codes that may be read differently.



Open Call Radio Gardening Madrid


Dear Friends of Radio and (Spanish!)Gardening,

Here comes an invitation and Open Call on behalf of my upcoming “Radio Gardening” residency at the Media Lab in Madrid in late February. Feel invited to contribute, discuss, comment and/or share.

You’ll find more info here: Convocatoria colaboración Datscha-Radio

For those (including myself) who want/need/dream of learning Spanish the In-Sonora team made a fine translation of our Datscha Radio 17 festival documentation… enjoy 🙂

HNY 2018


Looking forward to a refreshing New Year… here  with a much cherished pic of a Queen of the Night.

Soon more news:  either about snow/spring time in South Finland, or,  thereafter, with sounds and seeds and radio from Medialab Prado 🙂

10.12. Stranger than Paradise/Moonshiner

STRANGER THAN PARADISE: 5 hours of sound, radio play snippets, good old turntable DJing ranging from Yakutian symphonies to minimal Finnish electronica: Geranium blonde aks Ms Schaffner will travel to Franfurt/Main with some of her favorite vinyls and random hard drive playlists to celebrate the last day of Mathias Deutsch and Eva Schwab’s fabulous exhibition MOONSHINER.

13-19 Uhr, 10 Dezember 2017
Kunstverein Familie Montez, Honsellstr. 7, Frankfurt/Main

28.11. On air: Phantasmagoria Special #1

Phantasmagoria Special

Let us take a walk among the blue gum trees and immerse ourselves into the atmospheres of the sound art festival PHANTASMAGORIA in (for most of us) far away Australia. We’ll listen to Jaqui Shelton’s “Letters to the landscape” and the stunning music of frequncies by the Overtone Ensemble. We’ll sneak up to a mysterious shed in the dark by the Kiewa river and follow the path around Lake Guy accompanied by the ringing of innumerable of brass bells.

Featuring interviews with: Madelynne Cornish, Ben Byrne, Jaqui Shelton, Jeff Robinson and the Overtone Ensemble.

28. November, 9:30 pm
88.4 Berlin, 90,7 Potsdam and on stream on colaboradio

This the Phantasmagoria Special part 1. In part 2 (in December) I will present my own work for the festival, a children’s radio play and immersive sound collage for 3 radio transmitters called “Electric Fairy Grounds”…. and still more Bogong sounds 🙂

PHANTASMAGORIA (7-30 April 2017), curated by Madelynne Cornish and Phillip Sarmartzis, was a site responsive sound art festival located in Bogong Village, Australia. PHANTASMAGORIA re-imagines and transforms Bogong Village into a world of shadows, murmurs and dreams. The festival used contemporary art practices to create illusion and spectacle in order to trace the vanishing individuals and communities that have marked the Alpine region. It drew on local knowledge, historical documentation, artefacts, and folklore to help construct a social context and landscape ecology for artworks.

1st. Dec: Fazoletto per un eternità

shellac pucciThe tragic life and work of Italy-born Maurizio Pucci, creator of the world’s first and only sneeze symphonies, remained unknown to most of  his compemporaries let alone our modern world. Yet behold: “He” was a “she”… and quite took a different walk on the wild side in far-away New York! Not all of this but some of it will be disclosed within the frame of deutschlandfunk kultur‘s tribute to Pjotr Zak on 1st of December 2017.
More info about the upcoming broadcast and this remarkable transgender composer soon…


Released: The Megaphone Guerilla

Incredible: Only yesterday maraa and I celebrated the release of our simultaniously published book(lets), “The Megaphone Guerilla” and “I Live Here”, and now I am – jet lagged – back in Berlin again. Number of copies is limited: 60.
While “Meg Gue” is a graphic novel style documentation of our poetic performance walk on the 7th of October, “I Live Here” gives a broader view of maraa’s eponymic creative lab and their work within the field of identity, localities and politics.
There is definitly more to say about both publications, as well as about the evening in general, as this was the final presentation of my work in Bangalore showcasing “Resounding Bangalore” as a one-off performance for 3 radios, speakers and a handbag. As soon as I get the pics, there’ll be more to it.

Here come some screen shots. A pdf will be available online asap.


25 Oct 2017 Resounding Bangalore

Ms Schaffner is pleased to announce her final presentation as an outcome of her Goethian BangeloREsidendy: RESOUNDING BANGALORE (flyer design: Thara M. Thomas):

Bangalorian soundscapes, shortwave radio snippets and megaphone poetry, Gabi Schaffner’s performance „Resounding Bangalore“ draws on her sonic experiences in India. Rummaging through her handbag she’ll present her finds to a willing audience. Additionally, a to date undisclosed surprise sound installation will beautify the venue’s bathroom.

“Distance and locality are not just about geography. They define relations within a family (or culture) on multiple levels. They may or may not define identity. They may vary or move, they may travel or change by travelling. Much of my art is dedicated to the twin star system of (cultural) distance and difference and its pitfalls.”

„Resounding Bangalore“ is part of maraa’s creative lab “I Live Here” for which she has been invited to work with in cooperation with the Max Müller Bhavan Goethe Institut. Her zine publication “Megaphone Guerilla” documents on a poetic street happening also developed together with the maraa collective.