“Electric Fairy Grounds” is a three-part radio installation for the exhibition “PHANTASMAGORIA” curated by Madelynne Cornish at Bogong, Australia.
7. -30. April 2017
“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….
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
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!)
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 the “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
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 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.
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)
Hidden Places – erzählte Landschaften in Island und Australien
will be broadcast on August 5, 0:05 am (!) 2016 on deutschlandradio.
Language: English – with translations into German on the website.
More text later these days…
Yesterday it snowed in Tasmania… but of course the season here is early summer. However, the tradition of Snow Music is now (actually this minute) being broadcast by ABC Australia, presented by charming Miyuki Jokiranta – whose Japanese name indeed translates into “beautiful snow”. Dinah Birds audio mail art piece “A Box of 78s” forms the first part of this Soundproof show, the snow flakes come to you in its second half.
Both broadcasts (and many more) can be accessed anytime on this page:
And just in case you find that you need a showy snowy real vinyl record for the European winter: Number of still existing records has melted down to 80… so hurry if you still want a copy of these adventurous recordings of “Finnish Snow walks and Dances”!
Madness moves Downunder! Hidden Places too.
Ms Schaffner happily announces that her radio piece “The Madness of the Documentarist” has been accepted for production by the Creative Audio Unit (CAU), Soundproof, ABC Australia.
“Hidden Places”, the new radio scape-to-be about spoken topographies will duely include vocal findings in Southern Australia and Tasmania…
But before starting to work on all that, an Artist Talk will happen at the RMIT, 29th of October. Together with Philip Samartzis and Johannes S. Sistermanns.
A 5:15 min compilation of some Icelandic sounds can be now acessed here. The text (in German) has meanwhile been published on the pages of the Goethe-Institut Munich.
The sounds form part of the research for “Hidden Places”, a radio & sound art project.
Kindly supported by the Goethe Institut, Munich.
Special thanks to Maren Niemeyer and Renate Heilmeier.