radia season 26 – show #329 (radio x) – TIK RADIO: BRATISLAVA SHORTCUTS
– playing from july 18 to july 24, 2011 –

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in march 2011, members from of TIME INVENTORS’ KABINET (TIK) met in bratislava for a week of collective research on radio as a tool for investigating alternate traces of time.
we used a wide range of methods (a.o. city walks, field recordings, investigations in individual as well as collective imaginations, deliberate data dreaming) to explore topics like time bending, hazy time, wind time, lichen clocks, ecotime zones, shortcuts – the latter to become the focus topic for our radio show.
based on our observations and findings we developed, performed and broadcast a live radio show on friday, march 18, 2011, as part of the research week’s public closing event at hacklab progressbar.

TIK RADIO: BRATISLAVA SHORTCUTS is a collaborative effort by
Guy van Belle (BE), Michal Cudrnak (SK), Nina Czegledy (HU), Barbara Huber (AT/SK), Kruno Jost (HR), Marton Andras Juhasz (HU), Michal Kindernay (CZ), Laszlo Kiss (HU), Verena Kuni (DE), and Jürgen Rendl (AT/SK).

is a collaborative artistic research project at the intersections of ecology, art, and media,
taking an ecological approach to observing patterns in time and time control systems.
find out more about TIK at

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special thanks to all radio active time inventors;
barb huber and michal cudrnak from for organizing the TIK radio research week;
hacklab progressbar ( for hosting us;
eu culture programme and goethe institute bratislava for funding us.
in addition to that, miss.gunst wishes to thank the following artists and sound collectors for additional material that has been used for the post-production of the show:
bent grandfather’s clock based on the sound of a grandfather’s clock recorded by digifish from freesound;
cuckoo clock recorded by morgantj from freesound;
find out more about freesound at

radia production: miss.gunst [TBC radio + GUNST + radiator x]
production date: july 2011 [based on a live radio performance + broadcast, bratislava, march 18, 2011]
station: radio x, frankfurt am main (germany)
length: 28 min. (and 11 secs.)
licence: cc-by-nc-sa TIK radio collective

radio x & radiator x:
GUNSTradio & TBC radio:

verena kuni (cc-by-nc-sa)

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Show 328: LA RADIO A PEDALI by Alessio Ballerini

radia season 26 – show #328 (radio papesse) – LA RADIO A PEDALI by Alessio Ballerini
– playing from july 11 to july 17, 2011 –

‘La radio a pedali / Radio on wheels’ is a project produced by Radio Papesse in collaboration with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre and Radio 3 Rai.
‘Radio on wheels’ is a participatory project with which Radio Papesse tried to trigger a reflection around the ideas of energy – released by art and culture – and sustainability of both cultural consumption and environmental habits.

On the occasion of the last Nuit Blanche of Florence, on april 30th, 2011 we invited cyclists to join a parade, to bring their own radios and to tune in to Radio 3 Rai, that would have aired the live concert at the Maggio Fiorentino Theatre that very night: Beethoven and Liszt interpreted by Daniel Barenboim and the Maggio Fiorentino Orchestra, under the direction of Zubin Mehta.
We invited the sound artist and musician Alessio Ballerini to record the sounds of the parade and the show he has produced for Radia – along with the sound postcard of the ride – is just a bit of the entire and multilayered audio project he is still developing:

“Along the run with many other bikers I held a 4 channel portable audio recorder in one hand, forward facing the two onboard mics and fastening the two other external mics on my backpack. That allowed me to record sounds both in front of me and in the rear.
This was meant to allow me to postproduce the field recordings in two different forms. On one hand I decided to use and mix the frontal stereophonic recordings with other field recordings, original scores and extracts from Beethoven and Liszt; the output are both a 25 minutes long radio piece and a 6 tracks release. On the other hand, thanks to the 4 channel recordings I recreated the acoustic environment of the bike parade just adding more sounds to enhance the imaginary/imaginative experience of those visitors who will listen to it in a dark room absorbed by a quadraphonic reproduction.
I decided to start with the recording of an interview* with Zubin Mehta released by Radio 3 Rai just before the beginning of the concert. I think Mehta’s words are good food for thoughts about technology – at large – and the role of music in the evolution of our society since the beginning of the XX century. I find those words even more meaningful since I recorded them in Piazza dell’Indipendenza where more than 200 bikers came together tuning in their portable radios to Radio Rai, waiting the parade to begin. I recorded chit-chats, background noises, Mehta’s voice coming out the radio speakers and the resulting field recording was appealing to me also in terms of poetics; everything was connected, Beethoven, Zubin Mehta, people ‘playing’ their radios and myself recording them. I did use Beethoven and Liszt, along with original scores and field recordings, according all of them the same standing. This experience has been both a generational comparison and a way to find a common ground between two opposite poles: internet and vinyls, cars and bicycles, till my compositional approach that combines rough recordings and post-production mix. The discourse around technology though is hopeful- be my creative approach to it, be Mehta’s call for a more conscientious use of it or the dreamy memories of a group of old men who remember the time when cars and the Mille Miglia Race were synonyms for technology; all these facets positively decline the technological issue.” [A.B]

* Synopsis of Zubin Mehta’s interview translated from Italian:
The interview concentrates upon the diverse media through which people have been listening to music since the age Zubin Metha started playing and directing: the long play was yet to come and people did think that a record was definitive. Mehta has always felt unconfortable with this idea and on the contrary he still thinks that changing interpretations in music are the real miracle.
He also reflects on the return of people to live performances and – once having got the highest quality of the cd – to the first person experience of the concerts. Mehta also remembers a conversation he had around the beginning of the 70s with Arthur Rubinstein who already reported the issue of the ‘new audience’. Comparing with the 20s – when more than 25% of his audience was educated to the music he used to play – he had witnessed a shift in the music education and knowledge of people. Internet flourished on that already changing ground; Mehta credits internet the much broader flux of informations but invites the youngest generation to interpret and try to disentangle the flow of available informations in order to turn them into education. For his part he appreciates Youtube but he hardly manages to have free time; he also admits to behave childishly: once started he would never quit the ‘game’.

Radio Papesse
Radio Papesse – Sound Postcard by Alessio Ballerini
Alessio Ballerini – Homepage & Projects
FB I: La radio a pedali on Facebook
FB II: La radio a pedali on Facebook – Photo Galleries

Show 327: nitropic by Karl Schoenswetter


this sound collage is an offer to contemplate “expectations”. intros and interludes are little sound sculptures which are preparing the listeners for the main feature. this time you will have to deal with the fact, that the emotional energy of these little ‘push-ups’ is potentially increased by consuming only this type of sound. the question is – what will happen to you when you are listening to such a great amount of emotional uplift? Do listeners really believe in the power of music or will they rather be afraid of the epic shift in consciousness?
technical info: you are listening to original samples. there are no effect overdubs on this mix.

artists in sort of appearance:
can, the roots, eminem, brian eno & david byrne, pink floyd, dj shadow, five deez, polarkreis 18, gorillaz, gustav mahler, neu!, muse, gorillaz, within temptation, alkbottle, peter gabriel, massive attack, boards of canada, octogon man, palmskin productions, basement jaxx, sigur rós, gustav, dr. dre, east flatbush project, jimi hendrix, john forgerty, manu chao, gianna nannini, iron maiden, james lavelle, kinderzimmer productions, mono & nikitaman, kraftwerk

conducted and produced by karl schönswetter
for Orange 94.0, Vienna, and the network
speaker maria herold

please note that this radio show is not distributed under creative commons licence

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