Show 022: from Radio Cult

First part of Radia 22 consists of a sliced and diced recordings
of experimental gatherings of Bulgarian artist working in the field of
ambient, minimal, micro-sound, noise and experiments. It is a edited and mixed 2 captures of the jam sessions that happened during the second edition of The Ambient Festival in Sofia, 2005.

Performed in a live session as part of Ambian Festival, Sofia 2005 by:

Dimitar Pascalev – Bluba Lu
Emilian Gatzov – Elbi
Todor Stoyanov and Stefan Hristov – Ambient Anarchist
Ivo Petrov – Skylined

Performed in a live session as part of Ambian Festival, Sofia 2005 by:

Tzvetomir Krumov – Backpullver
Konstantin Katzarski – Bluba Lu
Alexander Daniel – Ambient Anarchist
Strahil Velchev and Konstantin Petrov – MicroWhat

The second part is a capture of the Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Orchestra.
A concept, in which Tammen as a conductor is inspired by Miles Davis’
subtle style of conducting.
Hans Tammen works with a wide collection of mechanical devices on his
“endangered” guitars, and uses an interactive software of his own design to rework his sounds in realtime. Projects include site-specific
performances and collaborative efforts with dance, light or video. He
works as a production manager at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York, responsible for managing the audio, audio postproduction and video studios, the education program and for overseeing all projects related to Max/MSP/Jitter or Physical Computing.

These recordings were taken during the Out of Context performances of the Third Eye Orchestra at St. Anastasia island and Sofia in August.
The concept was broadened by utilizing the laptop as the only instrument used in the orchestra.

Part of the Third Eye Orchestra were:

Hans Tammen – USA
Carol Parkinson – USA
Mloski and RES – Bulgaria
KEi – Bulgaria
Acid Fake – Macedonia
Yoko and Dusty – Bulgaria
KiNK – Bulgaria

Show 019: Virtual Nature by Bill Fontana

In May 1990, ORF KUNSTRADIO, the radio-art program on the National Austrian Radio, and the WIENER FESTWOCHEN (the annual international festival of Vienna), collaborated to assist in the realisation of “LANDSCAPE SOUNDINGS / KLANGLANDSCHAFTEN”, a live sound and radio sculpture by Bill Fontana. For two weeks, 16 microphones that had been most carefully positioned by the artist captured the sound events taking place in the Stopfenreuther Au, a part of the Danube marshes near Hainburg on the Slovakian border.

By means of a collage of various transmission technologies these sound-events were delivered live to an improvised studio at the Museum of Art History and distributed to 70 speakers, again carefully placed and arranged, along the facades and in the cupolas of both the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History and in the formal garden between them with its monument to the empress Maria Theresia. A stereo mix of the live signals was transmitted simultaneously and continuously to the ORF Funkhaus in Vienna where the producers were free to use the sounds at all times. Within a few days and with increasing frequency the live sounds could be heard on all of the radio channels of the Austrian National Radio. The success was so overwhelming that following a suggestion by Ernst Grissemann, the radio broadcasting director at the time, the last five minutes of the sculpture were eventually broadcast live on all ORF radio channels simultaneously: for 5 minutes the space of Austrian radio (at the time a monopoly) became the site of a live sound sculpture blotting out any other radio content.

During the 14 days of its realization LANDSCAPE SOUNDINGS developed into a project which paradigmatically touches upon some of the most important aspects of telematic/radio art: the phenomenon of simultaneity as well as the dissolution of the traditional concept of the (‘finished’) work of art; the co-authorship between artists and non-artists as well as the new definition of the role of the artist who, when preparing his work within the public, i.e. institutionalized domain, becomes an initiator, (project) manager, facilitator responsible for motivating other people involved to find, if necessary, highly unorthodox solutions.

LANDSCAPE SOUNDINGS not only highlighted the poetics of a fragile and endangered natural environment by and through the live transmissions but, by eavesdropping on nature, also adressed the surveillance character of new recording and transmission technologies which are infiltrating every aspect of the social space.

Two CDs were produced by Bill Fontana in connection with the project; LANDSCAPE SOUNDINGS, 1990 and VIRTUAL NATURE, 1994.

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Bill Fontana – Landscape Soundings

Show 018: random, voices, choir, questions

consists of 3 pieces from 3 different artists:

„Feif Minuten“
Caroline Hofer (text, voice), Jens Döring (music, production), Max Czerwenka (voice, recording) – additional voice contributions by Resonance FM and riist
Feif Minuten is a random play. Made of: music, ambience and speech – mixed into a piece of 11.294 seconds – in any combination, as often as you want. This way mini-radioplays emerge which can be used as inspiring appetizers or in-betweens. The sentences are taken from every-day life, fantasy, the present, the past and the future.

„Von AHA bis WELL“
Lale Rodgarkia-Dara
Each language has its own filler words and filler sounds which give time for thoughts to develop and build bridges from one sentence to the next. The piece creates an international conversation exclusively made of these words and sounds. Interviews with people speaking different languages are used as audio footage.

“Will it become a choir? – An acoustic world-tour across Vienna”
Ilse Chlan
“Will it become a choir?” takes the polylingual atmosphere of Vienna which is constituted by the coexistence of the different languages as a starting point. Migrants speak about their life and their experiences in Vienna. They came to Vienna for all different kinds of reasons: as refugees, students, artists, looking for work. They speak in many different languages. Will their voices become a choir?