Show 720: Space is the Place [Usmaradio]

Roberto Paci Dalò
Space is the Place

Radiowork for radio telescope sounds and modular synth

Year: 2019
Duration: 29:30
Produced by Roberto Paci Dalò
Production: Usmaradio, Giardini Pensili
Created for Radia

Thanks to
INAF – Istituto di Radioastronomia
Medicina Radio Astronomical Station

Space is the Place works on radio signals collected at the Medicina Radio Astronomical Station – INAF National Institute for Astrophysics ‘Northern Cross’ (Italy). The signals are converted into audible sounds by human ear in order to create a data base which has been used in conjunction with live electronics for the performance presented in world prèmiere on 25th June 2018 at SciArt Summer School on Big Data. This radiowork is based on this original performance. The Summer School was a preparation for JRC Resonances Festival III, a project of the European Commission which will be presented during 2019.

Sun Ra
The project is a hommage to composer and poet Sun Ra and in particular his Space Is the Place film and album. Space Is the Place is an 85-minute Afrofuturist science fiction film made in 1972 and released in 1974. It was directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra and Joshua Smith, and features Sun Ra and his Arkestra. During the late-1960s and early-1970s, Sun Ra and his ensemble made several forays to California. In 1971, Sun Ra taught a course, “The Black Man in the Cosmos”, at University of California, Berkeley. Over the course of these California visits, Sun Ra came to the attention of Jim Newman, who produced the film based, in part, on Sun Ra’s Berkeley lectures.

More about the Medicina Radio Astronomical Station
Several laboratories are present, dedicated to topics such as: radio frequency, electronics, time and frequency and RFI. A team of engineers, technicians and researchers is in charge of the design, development and test of all the aspects related to the radio telescopes, in particular as concerns their mechanics, radio frequency devices, digital systems and control software.

The Medicina radio astronomical station staff has gained deep know-how in many topics related to the construction of radio telescopes. Inside the station labs many technological solutions were designed, developed and tested. Examples of the achieved skills are provided by the making of: the active surface system for Noto and SRT, a new vertex room concept for “frequency agility” implemented in Medicina and Noto and an innovative rail solution developed for all the Italian dish antennas.

SKA (Square Kilometre Array) is an international project involving many countries: Italy, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, China, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Its goal is the production of a powerful new generation radio telescope: SKA will be up to one hundred times more sensitive than of any of the existing radio telescopes. This instrument will be based on a huge number of substations, deployed in 3,000-kilometer wide areas located in Australia and South Africa. It will allow a next generation of scientists to observe the radio sky with unprecedented performance. INAF-IRA is Work Package Leader for the receiving system – the one in charge of amplifying and filtering the signals between the LNA (Low Noise Amplifier) output and the ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) input. The Medicina station is studying all the problems related to the “antenna array implementation” using a prototype called MAD (Medicina Array Demonstrator). Experts are paying particular attention to the array calibration methodologies, testing new back-ends together with the software and algorithms in use.

JRC Resonances Festival
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has a strong interest in working with the arts as part of its multi-disciplinary support to EU policy making. The JRC intends to activate rapprochement between the arts and the sciences of the last decades in its daily practice. To that end it established a project in art and science: SciArt. SciArt investigates this growing movement and to map these changes on a philosophical, scientific and artistic level.
The flagship initiative of the project is the Resonances Festival, which brings together artists, scientists and policymakers around themes central to the JRC and the European Commission.
The festival aims at fostering awareness and stimulating new thinking/sensing at the border between science, art and society through the production of corelated works by artists, nurtured by the dialogues with scientists. The upcoming 2019 edition “Resonances III” focuses on Big Data: the challenges of generating, storing, sharing, selling, analysing, using, misusing, hacking, etc., large data sets of all kinds.

Roberto Paci Dalò works with radio since 1989. Musician, director, and visual artist he has created a body of over 40 radioworks, founder and director of LADA L’Arte dell’Ascolto (radio festival 1991 –・1998 Rimini / San Marino), created the web radio Radio Lada in 1995 and he’s founder / director of Usmaradio, the radio station produced by UNIRSM. His work deals with art, science and nature interconnections and has won him international admiration from, among the others, John Cage and Aleksandr Sokurov. He leads the Giardini Pensili company, has been recipient of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD Fellowship and the Premio Napoli 2015. Member of the Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft and the British Cartographic Society. Founder in 1988 in Jerusalem of the ‘RPD Klezmer Orchestra’.
Collaborations include: Kronos Quartet, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, Terry Riley, Tom Cora, David Moss, Robert Lippok, Hermann Nitsch, Stefano Boeri, Akio Suzuki, Philip Jeck, Yasuhiro Morinaga, Stefano Scodanibbio, Peter Courtemanche, Scanner, Adriana Borriello, Amelia Cuni, Joëlle Léandre, Maurizio Cattelan, Werner Durand, Mouse on Mars, Paolo Rosa, Gabriele Frasca, James Rosen, Mariangela Gualtieri, Leonardo Montecchi, Cesare Ronconi, Patrizia Valduga, Giorgio Agamben, Predrag Matvejevic’, Levon Zekiyan, a.o. His projects have been presented in such venues as Tonspur MQ Wien, Locarno Film Festival, MAXXI Roma, Venice Biennale, Fundaciò Joan Mirò Barcelona, Wien Modern, Ars Electronica Linz, Charlottenborg Copenhagen, ZKM Karlsruhe, Bienal de Radio México, Kunsthalle Wien, Power Station of Art Shanghai, SKIF St. Petersburg, MaerzMusik / Berliner Festspiele, Vienna Opera House, a.o. His galleries and museums’ work is presented internationally by Galerie Mazzoli Berlin. Professor of Interaction Design at UNIRSM Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino, Roberto spent his childhood in Tremosine (Lake Garda) and has been living in Berlin, Rome and Naples with residencies in Vancouver BC. He currently lives and works on the Rimini’s hills and in Tremosine sul Garda.

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Show 719: #poemontrial_In Phase [radioart106]

image by Dareen Tatour

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was convicted by an Israeli court in Nazareth of “incitement to violence” for a poem she wrote. She spent a total of THREE years under house arrest and in prison, between October 2015 and September 2018. On December 25th, 2018 she stood before the court once again, appealing against her verdict.

A group of artists and activists issued a call inviting musicians to contribute to a digital compilation album in protest at Dareen’s conviction, called Poem On Trial. This album, in tandem with a radio broadcast with Dareen, was released on November 11, 2018.

The project aims to undermine and expose the true basis of her conviction by repeating and distributing her ‘illegal’ poem via the medium of music and art. 

#poemontrial team: Meira Asher, Antye Greie, Liam Evans, Yoav Haifawi, Smadar Yaaron and Dganit Elyakim.

Produced by Meira Asher for Radioart106. 

Playlist from the album #poemontrial (2018):

Isabel Nogueira – Resist them 

Anne-Line Drocourt – écrivez moi en prose dans le bois d’agar

Monika Pich – For Ali

Isa Stragliati – R E S I S T S I S T E R

Ismael Gherzoul – DAREEN

Dror Feiler – Resist my people resist

Dalila Tehami – قاوِمْهُمْ يا شَعْبي

Selma Zghidi  – اوِمْهُمْ يا شَعْبي

Tavishi – You are not alone

FeralMind feat. Claudia Wegener – Resist

Dixie Treichel – Resist them

Osea Merdis feat. Samira Deeb  – poem on trial

AGF – RES-IST-for Dareen

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Show 718: “Starve And Pray For That’s The Way To Heaven”

by Jon Panther

During the course of the previous year I found myself contemplating the hybridisation of performance and radiophonics (whatever radiophonics means) …. how would a marriage like this pan out….? The piece takes a lot of its materials from a gig mid last year at Metanast in Manchester UK care of the amazing Manoli Moriaty

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Show 716: Identifying as Anonymous: Public Speech In the Anonymous Age (Rip) by marimoriko (

Since the dawn of radio, the medium has been used by musicians and artists alike as a material to work with and to subvert conventional formats. The radio is still very much fertile ground for sonic experimentation in the digital age. Through a scripted conversation taken from found material online, Harry, Rosie, Veena, Fiona and Tess discuss the endless possibilities of public speech and identity in the anonymous age.

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Show 715: From side A to side B of the Climate by Staš Vrenko (Radio Student)

From side A to side B of the Climate

Two presented compositions are taken from an album Klima (Climate) by Staš Vrenko released in March 2018 under a Slovenian label for improvised and experimental music “Zvočni prepihi”. Author holds a degree in sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana but in his interdisciplinary practise he is intensively dealing with field recording and its performative aspects, as well as the technological and media specifications of the sound itself.

Presented composition from side A – Osončeno (Sun-drenched) is the longest one out of three pieces that in Vrenko’s words…

“…summarize the past two years of the creative work and research. The condensation of fragments and recordings is tracing the boundaries of field recording, plunderphonics, engaging in and creating electronic instruments and sound design. The complementing and intervening of recordings opens up the possibility for diverse audio material, of simultaneously being documentary and musical, even if it is usually not perceived as such. The principles of re-amping and recording, add their own acoustics to the material, such as sounds of various surfaces recorded with contact microphones, vinyl record manipulation, DIY modular synthesizer and others that usually don’t have it. Field recordings are thus placed in the same order. They, as real acoustic spaces, become subject to certain strategies of sound design and other media manipulations. Such ‘equalization’, which deals with all the recordings from a standpoint of the final reduction to the vibrations of the speaker membrane, complicates the relationship between contingency, that is usually ascribed to found sound and field recordings, and desire and composition, which are usually associated with the creation of electronic and composed music.” *

The 18 minutes long side B’s last composition Tehnike posvojitve (Adoption Techniques) juxtapose with the wider art project that holds the same name and was presented in Gallery P74, Ljubljana, Slovenija as a sound installation in September 2017.

“In the Adoption Techniques, documents of highly processual and site-specific research and creation, are regarded as the explications of the acts of sound recording and playback.  They, as specific forms of performativity, enable the re-thinking of the position of the sound creator and the musician. The selection from a vast heterogeneous mass includes, among other things, examples of different occurrences of mediated sound, replay and consequent changes in the source locations and the time of the sound. The sounds are tied by the last stage – the final “recording” and the flattening of each fragment into a self-standing representation.  Emphasis is placed on the recordist – the listener who in the process of gathering recordings, recognizes events in the sound environment as signs. This necessitates the determination of the sound’s sources and echoes as well as the differentiation, arrangement and separation of sounds and their relations to meaningful and meaningless. Exactly tracing this unsustainable line, thinking about the acousmatics, transparency of the media, and the non-selectivity of the recording process of a recorder, which creates a complete (meaningful) whole from an inconceivable time-and-sound stream, brings on the reflection on what and how the audio documents can be ‘read’ by the listener. Repeated capturing, playback, re-recording and dubbing, results in an unfaithful tracing of the sound sources and in thinking about what the potential of a recording act, that for its audibility demands and creates a new, future playback site, is. The pursuit of these simultaneities, due to the temporal nature of the sound, intensely places itself on the point before and after sound, in the place of constant anticipation and distance from the moment of capture.” *

* text by Staš Vrenko

photo by Maja Burja

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Show 714: Magic on the Radio: An Experimental Airwaves Fantasy (Wave Farm/WGXC)

Written in 1924 by Hans Flesch, “Magic on the Radio” depicts chaos surrounding a radio broadcast under siege by conflicting interests and mysterious technical problems. This was reportedly the first radio play ever broadcast in Germany. This is the debut of a new translation of the text by Carl Skoggard and Franziska Lamprecht. Recorded Feb. 24, 2018 at HiLo in Catskill, New York before a live audience. Featuring: Tom DePietro, Brian Dewan, Jeff Economy, Philip Grant, Maria Manhattan, Debby Mayer, Tom Roe, and Phyllis Segura. Directed and produced by Alanna Medlock and Jess Puglisi. Click here to download or play audio.

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Show 713: TEA FM. Sounds views from another places

A brief resume from 10 years of radio creation and experimentation workshop, trying to make posible another kind of radio broadcasts.

Three words are our rules:

Imaginationnoun) imag·​i·​na·​tion | \i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən  \

1: the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

2a: creative ability

b: ability to confront and deal with a problem : RESOURCEFULNESS

use your imagination and get us out of here

c: the thinking or active mind : INTERESTstories that fired the imagination

3a: a creation of the mindespecially : an idealized or poetic creation

b: fanciful or empty assumptio


Creativity (noun) cre·​a·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ˌkrē-(ˌ)ā-ˈti-və-tē,  ˌkrē-ə-\

Definition of creativity

1 : the ability to create

her artistic creativity

2 : the quality of being creative


Risk (noun) \ˈrisk  \

Definition of risk (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possibility of loss or injury : PERIL

2 : someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard

3a : the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract

also : the degree of probability of such loss

b : a person or thing that is a specified hazard to an insurer

c : an insurance hazard from a specified cause or source

war risk

4 : the chance that an investment (such as a stock or commodity) will lose value


at risk

: in a state or condition marked by a high level of risk or susceptibility

patients at risk of infection


Risk (verb) risked; risking; risks

Definition of risk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to hazard or danger

risked her life

2 : to incur the risk or danger of

risked breaking his neck


With the talent and voices of Santi Ric, Máximo Pinilla, Luis Trébol, Miguel Angel Lordán, and all the students from TCR TEA FM

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Show 712: Homeless by Flavien Gillié for Radio Panik

Flavien Gillié : Homeless

I’ve been recording homeless people for a few years now, talking to me, or sometimes talking.
Generally I geolocate them on a soundmap, it’s a way for me to tell where they have been, where they lived.
This Radia creation is a montage of various recordings from Homeless people in Brussels.

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Show 711: Almanack of Breath by Ash Kilmartin for Worm/Klangendum

The Almanack of Breath

Recounting the life of the punitive, eavesdropping Tutivillus, a medieval character also known as the Recording Demon, ‘The Almanack of Breath’ proposes another character: a nameless, invisible and inaudible allegorical figure of Listening. This creature promotes an ethics of listening by collecting and donating different forms of breath to those who need it. Month by month, each of the twelve ‘Seasons of Breath’ details the type of breath – a gasp, or yawn or a sigh – that the listener should take care to hear.

The Almanack of Breath’ is based on a book published by Other Versions (2018), written by Ash Kilmartin with drawings by Collette Rayner. This audio version was made in the WORM studio, starring little bits of Arp Odyssey, Arturia Minibrute, an old Yamaha PortaSound and some field recordings.

Ash Kilmartin is an artist from New Zealand who lives in Rotterdam.

Thanks to:

Lukas Simonas

Bergur Thomas Anderson

produced by Worm/Dr Klangendum

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Show 710: Zufall (Randomness) by Wiener Radia Kollektiv for Radio Orange 94.0

Zufall, zufällig, Zufallsgenerator, zufallen, to fall, accidens, accidere – from latin: ad ‘to’ and cadere ‘to fall’ – in german a calque, in english taken directly from the latin word and therefore accidentially.

To form a radioshow around the topic needed more than an accidentially arranging of accidentially recorded files.

Serendipity revolves around the “glückliche Zufall”. With a little help from the word “Zufall” the German languages is providing a whole space with a single incident. The differentiation is neither precise nor clear. Our world in patterns and algorithms produces a fear of randomness and uncertainty. Hence the “Zufall”-itself suddenly turns into a protected species. This poetic road-feature is an attempt to search for the “Zufall” and find:

accident der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
chance der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
hazard der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
luck der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
coincidence der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
happenstance der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
fortuitousness der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
fortuity der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
fortune der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
concurrence der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
hap der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
contingency der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle 
fluke [ugs.] der Zufall Pl.: die Zufälle

lucky break glücklicher Zufall 
serendipity glücklicher Zufall 
contretemps unglücklicher Zufall 
fluke [ugs.] glücklicher Zufall 
fortunate coincidence glücklicher Zufall

We didn’t only acoustically look for it but constructed frameworks around our “Zufall”. Created beds for it, went on a journey, set up surveillance micros for ourselves and started with a meeting without a meeting-point. We welcomed the “Zufall” back to our hyper-controlled lives, created to protect us from disappointment and frustration but creating a series of frustrating reciprocal effects.

Maria Herold
Barbara Kaiser
Lale Rodgarkia-Dara
Karl H. Schönswetter
Peter Wetzelsberger

Thanks to:
Maria Sulzer & Family
Manuel Waldner

You will find this radia-transmission also on the CBA Archive.

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