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

About:
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.

 

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Open Call Radio Gardening Madrid

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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 🙂

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…

 

Easter Walk Postscript: Gretchen’s Song

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16th of April found Faust’s poor Gretchen singing in the garden of the Willemer Häuschen in Frankfurt/Main: On occasion of Easter and Goethe’s famous “Easter Walk” poem, the curators Annette Gloser and Robert Bock invited 11 artists to create art works along a historical parcours passing by Frankfurt’s Goethian landmarks. In an adaption of an old German “kitchen song” the voices of Shanti Suki Osman and Ulrike Stoehring rang out from two birdboxes, each housing a different mono track for stereo listening.

Retrospective press review here.
Thanks to Kirstin von der Heydt for documenting the work (right pic)!

And of course: those famous lines by J.W.G. in a 1836 translation by Edgar Alfred Bowring:

From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook,
By the Spring’s enlivening, lovely look;
The valley’s green with joys of hope;
The Winter old and weak ascends
Back to the rugged mountain slope….

From there, as he flees, he downward sends
An impotent shower of icy hail
Streaking over the verdant vale.
Ah! but the Sun will suffer no white,

Growth and formation stir everywhere,
‘Twould fain with colours make all things bright,

Though in the landscape are no blossoms fair.
Instead it takes gay-decked humanity.

Now turn around and from this height,
Looking backward, townward see.

Forth from the cave-like, gloomy gate
Crowds a motley and swarming array.

Everyone suns himself gladly today.
The Risen Lord they celebrate,

For they themselves have now arisen
From lowly houses’ mustiness,
From handicraft’s and factory’s prison,
From the roof and gables that oppress,

From the bystreets’ crushing narrowness,
From the churches’ venerable night,
They are all brought out into light.
See, only see, how quickly the masses
Scatter through gardens and fields remote;
How down and across the river passes
So many a merry pleasure-boat.

And over-laden, almost sinking,
The last full wherry moves away.
From yonder hill’s far pathways blinking,
Flash to us colours of garments gay.

Hark! Sounds of village joy arise;
Here is the people’s paradise,

Contented, great and small shout joyfully:
“Here I am Man, here dare it to be!”

In the making II: Expatkids Save Radioplay

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Talin and Aarya Bennett are the star speakers in my newest of new radio pieces “Electric Fairy Grounds”. They will share their adventures – including encounters with the Moth King and a Fern Witch – with the visitors coming to  visit “PHANTASMAGORIA” (7. – 30. April, Bogong, Victoria). The story will be told in three chapters and in three different places around Lake Guy. Get your walking boots ready and don’t forget to bring a mobile radio as the installation is ON AIR, 100 Mhz.

Dear Hema and Kate, thank you once again!

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.

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….

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

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!)

 

@ Radio Revolten Halle

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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