“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….
3 pm, 88.4. Tue. 24. Januray. COLABORADIO / Pi-Radio: Ms Schaffner has rummaged through her vinyls and bought some other ones at the fleamarket. You will hear her describe various covers (following no special order… or?) and then she plays what’s inside.
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
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)
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!
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.
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
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.
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…
An interview with Miyuki Jokiranta, producer of Soundproof, ABC Australia. Followed by “The Madness of the Documentarist”, congenially arranged by Angela Grant.
I travel with my (sound) pieces… and… yes, I wear them like clothes. It can happen that a sleeve gets loose or falls off, and you need to repair it with a pin… or so. Also, sometimes, you hang them back into the wardrobe where they stay for years. And with some bad luck, well… moths come and eat the piece. And it falls to digital shreds.