Show 254: the unheard

Program themed ‘the unheard’ consisting out of 3 smaller parts.

Part 1: Retool Radio
Collage of ephemeral sounds recorded on the Retool Radio research night.

In December 2009 a number of artists were invited to investigate the space where radio can meet performance. Lilia Mestre is a choreographer who ended up in radiophonic spheres through her
antipathetic study of emotions in the performance arts. She’s looking
for ways to resist the dominant visual identification process and the
crystallization of meaning and narrative. As a choreographer she comes
from the theatre of movement and bodies to enter the theatre of sound
and nobodies. Nico Dockx is a visual artist, obsessed with data and archives. In one of his works he investigates the relation between sound and architecture. His film is suggesting that it’s not us, humans, who communicate, but communication itself, as Luhmann already pointed out. Who (or what) is sending? Who (or what) is receiving? Who (or what) is answering? Joris Van Damme is a former RITS student who won the Prix Europa for his fiction play ‘Ik zal het u vertellen’. Inspired by Ulysses, the piece was built up entirely of oral elements. Philosopher Samuel Ijsseling introduced the production. Dennis Tyfus, also a visual artist, ended the Retool Radio night with hidden guerrilla radio in quadraphonic setup.

The selected part contains a voice that was only broadcasted on the outside of the building and was unheard by the audience. Other sounds are mostly unintended, unheard or neglected bastard sounds from that evening, speech defaults, technical defaults etc. recycled, looped and edited. Some sounds are stolen from the talks or productions (for example the drumming).

Part 2: Servox
2 students (Elke Plancke & Eva Daeleman) looked to find the (unheard)
intonation of people deprived from their biological voice. People with
voice aids tend to have a very monotonous intonation. Through technical gimmicks they hoped to give them back some musicality. An extract of their search.

Part 3: Sample Minds
3 students (Joris Lenaerts, Vincent Van Reysseghem & Mathias Lewis)
are looking for the unheard in sample music. This fragment contains an
analysis of the samples used in ‘Voodoo People’ by The Prodigy

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