In the Making: Electric Fairy Grounds

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“Electric Fairy Grounds” is a three-part radio installation for the exhibition “PHANTASMAGORIA” curated by Madelynne Cornish at Bogong, Australia.

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“Electric Fairy Grounds” draws on the Aboriginal concept of a „dreaming“: A tale  that highlights on topographic elements as well as on the identity and history of the people visiting or having lived in Bogong Village.

Documentary materials – interviews, talks, songs, poems and nature recordings  – are combined with a radio play anchored in the 5os, when the dominating (industrial) landmark of the region, Junction Dam, was built.

Radio as a “medium” relates both to the constant flow of electric currents omnipresent in the area and the flow of the Kiewa river. But of course we can also hear the ghosts of the past speak though the waves….

DLR Kultur 27.2. 0:05: Sneeze Fantasies!

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Achoo!!! Who ever is still suffering from sneezes, snot, heavy breathing: welcome to the world of “Sneeze Fantasies”: 12 micro compositions made to spray (a)tonal, jazzy germs into the world of European pre-spring music! Introduced on Deutschlandradio Kultur in the night from Sunday to “Rosenmontag”, at 0:05 at some viral point of this broadcast. 27th Feb and afterwards irregularily during daytime.

Link to Wurfsendung in “Kurzstrecke #59, presented by Julia Tieke: http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/ursendung-neue-autorenproduktionen-kurzstrecke-59.1020.de.html?dram:article_id=376206

Greatest thanks to the musicians who helped me by adding their talents to the sneeze material:
Rosanna Lovell – clarinet
Matthias Schmidt – trombone
Claudio Comandini – trumpet
Hannes Wienert – trumpet

One day two shows 2: The Secret Art Society

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6 pm, 88.4. Tue. 24. Januray. COLABORADIO / Pi-Radio: Berliner Runde. As you can see from above, the most wonderful, multiply talented and charming Silke Thoss will be my guest at Berliner Runde at Colaboradio. I feel honoured to have been asked to do this show and well, this is my first try.
Silke Thoss is a painter and accordeonist. She is the prominent member/founder of bands like the „Watzloves“ and „Hoodoo Girls“, she is active as a performer, traveller and solo band, and is presently preparing a new set of paintings, titled „The Secret Art Society“.
Her website is:http://silke-thoss.magnolia.ch/

Radio Show: The Arctic Hour

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You didn’t make it to the Arctic Hour on the 29. Oct. ? The faboulous radio broadcast archive of Radio Revolten has saved this copy for you on mixcloud 🙂

So get yourself a comfy chair or rest on a sleigh, get a warm blanket and travel to the North with me…

Duration: ca. 1:15 min
Language: de, en
Music: Lost & found fieldrecordings and compositions from Iceland & Finland, one track by the Residents (of course!)

 

Phonurgia Field Recording Award

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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)
https://soundcloud.com/phonurgia-nova/pierre-avakian-ecoute-la-montagne-la-bande-son-du-voyage

Yannick Lemesle, pour « Entomophonie Syntonale », autoproduction (France)
https://soundcloud.com/phonurgia-nova/yannick-lemesle-entomophonie-syntonale-yannick-lemesle-extrait

Gabi Schaffner pour « Hidden Places », production Deutschlandradio Kultur (Allemagne)
https://soundcloud.com/phonurgia-nova/gabi-schaffner-hidden-places-extract

 

30.08. Earthworm at Radiophrenia

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Voices:

  • 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.