@ Radio Revolten Halle

revolten workspace

If you may wonder where I am, it is here at my Halle work station. Lovers of radio, experimental sound, field recording, wave nerds, frequency fetishists: The place to visit is Radio Revolten Festival in Halle. If you would like to know what is happening: Read my “Diary” , better still: Tune in on 99.3 FM and 1575 on Mittelwelle and online. Art, People, Music, Club, 2 Concerts each Evening, all free!

I must get back there now, so this post is short.

More and everything else on: RADIOREVOLTEN.NET
1. – 30. October 2016

Phonurgia Field Recording Award


Alors, c’est ça: Fame and honour for three of us: Patrick Avakian, Yannick Lemesle et moi🙂 ! Here are the links to our “paysages sonores”. Und der Artikel in Deutsch dazu: http://www.deutschlandradio.de/prix-phonurgia-nova-hauptpreis-und-zwei-lobende.2174.de.html?dram:article_id=366301

Patrick Avakian, pour « Ecoute la Montagne », autoproduction (France)

Yannick Lemesle, pour « Entomophonie Syntonale », autoproduction (France)

Gabi Schaffner pour « Hidden Places », production Deutschlandradio Kultur (Allemagne)


30.08. Earthworm at Radiophrenia

Earthworm Edit © Gabi Schaffner

A fabulous radio festival is coming soon: RADIOPHRENIA will be broadcasting across Glasgow on 87.9FM, 24 hours a day29th August – 11th September 2016.

“The Journey of the Earthworm” is part of it:

Date: 30. August
Time: 2:30 – 3:00 pmPlace: 87.9FM or online on stream

Plenty of great radio artists will participate, so, check out the amazing schedule with all info and enjoy!

Matt Hatters Garden

Matt Hatter's Garden

A brand new piece will be soon broadcast at Le Jardin de Recherches Musicales, a project by Dinah Bird and Jean-Philippe Renoult.

Title: Matt Hatter’s Garden
Length: 11:08 min.
Story: Mr. Hatter is raking the lawn in his garden while a nightingale sings along. He seemingly suffers of tinnitus, but then again it is not altogether clear where we are: Inside Matt’s head? In a parallel mix-tape world where Keat’s “Ode to a Nightingale” is intercut with more nightingale poems in other languages? Mr. Hatter doesn’t give a damn… he rummages about, his mind spinning with occasional tango tunes and drippings from watering cans.

Matt Hatters Garden 2

Other info:

Matt Hatter’s Garden is dedicated to the poetics of the nightingale. Did you know that the Finnish word for this bird is “satakieli” and means “100 Tongues”? So, Esko Könönen’s tango “Satakieli” is featured here, together with snippets from you tube poetry recitations like Scott F. Fitzgeralds reading of Keats’ “Ode”, a Verlaine poem at the end, Eichendorff in the middle and a kitschy German language piano thing performed by two young women in stunningly red dresses (imagine them) in between. Almost all sound material is derived from nightingale song, except for evident garden sounds.

Starting 1.8.: Radia Show #592

The Journey of the Earthworm

The Journey of the Earthworm / Die Reise des Regenwurms

Pre-edit –  for radia.fm. By Gabi Schaffner, 2016


The earthworm travels on radio frequencies, earthy hacks and conclomerates of audio matter. S/he passes through mosquito clouds (yes, this earthworm can fly!), bird song, thunderstorms, attends a Finnish summer theatre show, listens to a boy and his mother singing, visits the aucoustic remnants of a German garden show, finds happiness in the ringing of porcelain bells and, finally, merges into silence and is gone.


  • Teuri Haarla, on occacion of his exhibition at Galerie Hilbertraum, 16th January 2016, Berlin, Germany
  • Unknown but stunningly convincing actors of a “kesäteatteri” 2010 in Mid Finland
  • Gibrain and Virpi Nurmi in their garden in Gießen, Germany

Field recordings by raw audio with snippets/remixes taken from:
momoscas1 by galeko, freesound.org
vartioh__loud-transmissions, freesound.org
spectrm__radio-interference, freesound.org
noisecollector__magnetorcradio, freesound.org
singing saw “fake birds”: Mimosa Pale, Berlin. 2011
guitar in “Birdcage” and flute improvisation, FX Schroeder, Hamburg. 2011
kompost20140711_2047.0.25s, programmed by Pit Schultz, 2014

Teuri Haarla is a Finnish self-taught artist who works with drawings, performance and architecture. For his performances he goes into a state he calls “bio drunk”. He also built “Plantheon” tower, 17 metre high and based on the geometry of nature.

During the opening we had a talk in which he explained some of this work and philosophy.


12.8. DLF: Selbst gemachtes Leben

Tapir - Alpo Koivumäki

Das Feature bei DLF: Selbst gemachtes Leben – Der Tapir im Birkenwald

Ms Schaffner is very pleased to say that she has finished on her new (but not newest!) production on the life and work of Erkki Pirtola, one of Finlands most important video documentarists. His passion was the art of the Finnish outsiders, many of them living far off in the forests and remote villages of the countryside.
“Itse Tehti Elämä” – Self-Made Life, or in short “ITE” is the Finnish name for this kind of art made by self-taught artists.

Pirtola died on the 23rd of January 2016 and his sudden death was a shock.

The picture above shows a tapir made by Alpo Koivomäki, photographed during a journey with Erkki in 2010.

Music (mostly): Felix Schroeder.
Here comes the German text:

Ist es Volkskunst, Wahnsinn oder Methode? Am 23. Januar 2016 starb der finnische Videodokumentarist Erkki Pirtola. Mehr als 30 Jahre seines Schaffens widmete er einer Kunstrichtung, die in den Tiefen der finnischen Wälder und Tundren ein einzigartiges Dasein fristet. Der Begriff ITE, kurz für “Itse Tehti Elämä” – selbst gemachtes Leben – fasst Kunst und Leben, Mensch und Natur in eine Formel, die sich in außergewöhnlichen und oft surrealen Kunstwerken manifestiert. ITE ist billiges Blech oder geflochtene Birkenrinde, ITE ist trashig und transzendental zugleich, ITE ist von Aliens inspiriert oder vom Geist der Vorfahren, ITE kann ein Möbel sein, ein Löffel, ein Tapir aus Metall im Birkenwald oder eine einzelne, durch den Raum gespannte Saite. Pirtola erhielt für sein Werk 2011 den Staatspreis der Bildenden Künste Finnland. Anhand von Interviews und Tonmaterial, das während einer langen, gemeinsamen Reise entstand, entwirft die Autorin ein Porträt des Künstlers und der ITE-Kunst.

Redakteur: Klopp, Tina Feature/Hörspiel/Hintergrund Kultur (Köln)