Show 344: October 26th, 2011 by Béatrice André

Welcome to my October 26th, 2011. A baby, pedestrian streets, danse and art performances. All sounds are extracted from recordings of this very day, in a circle of one kilometre in the very centre of Macedonian capital city. Partly collective, as people from the old town got involved in the direction the microphone took, as well as Swedish performers, arrived for a festival in Macedonia.

Author colaborator for KANAL 103 is Béatrice André, (in residence) in Skopje. Créatrice sonore and journalist from France. Special thanks to Marko, Aziz, Arif. And to Markus Doverud and Mårten Spångberg – for their off-voices and performances.

Show 343: Cabaret of Complexity, Radio Zero

Last 21st October 2011, radio meet cars meet musicians in the garage bellow Maus Habitos, Future Places Festival HQ in Porto, Portugal. Two radio stations, Radio Futura 102.1 MHz and Radio Manobras 91.5MHz provided their frequencies to carry music and chaos into six audio tuned automobiles from the Portuguese community. Peter Principle composed a loose composition, grouping cars, musicians on frequency, garage sounds and more musicias. The complex setup worked into two floors of music, performance and radio, where out of sight musicians where channelled into these powerful, personalized, sound system on wheels.

Performance for 2 radio stations, six cars, one composer, and an innumerable number of musicians.

Show 342: See What I’m Saying by Shelley Hodgson at Soundart Radio

Originally I wrote the ‘Chiaroscuro’ piece as a the first part of a series of three texts discussing conversation with this piece looking into what might happen if a conversation of some importance goes awry. I then re-appropriated this same text as a script for radio when working toward my final Masters piece to see how such a piece could ‘work’ on the radio. Using a medium where listeners are used to hearing fresh content everyday, I played this piece for 8 days consecutively at the same time in the hope that the listener would get a sense of what was to come over that time. I then began to experiment with soundscapes such as this particular piece in which I have overlaid different readings on top of each other.

The original piece was recorded by many people to see how the script would be ‘translated’ from the page by each of the performers. When I gave the script to these performers I gave them no indication of ‘how’ to read it the idea being that this freedom would allow for greater input from each of the performers. This is why there can be such a huge discrepancy in terms of length/pace/emotional investment from each of the performers you will hear in this piece.
The fumblings for words, the pauses while each performer reads ahead on screen/page can be difficult to listen to and in this context the silences are intended as an example of the notion of ‘ear-strains’ in spoken word that Steven Connor has spoken of.

Each piece remained unchanged from whichever rudimentary form of recording device/software it was created in until this point in the experimentation process. I have not edited any of these readings I have simply created a ‘chorus’ of voices for this piece so as to bring in questions of ‘hearing voices’ and to hopefully extend the idea of ‘chaos in the mind’ further.

Looking at the state of mind of an individual using technological references (such as ‘the communicating without wires’ moment) and ‘received’ stories – such as the like of the dog episode in this piece which feels like a moment spent exploring an urban myth- is I think an interesting method of exploring the notion of ‘autobiography,’ which is what many of my works have dealt with. Hopefully this work in particular takes on some of what Gregory Whitehead is looking for from this form by using this approach of overlapping truths/awareness and mental health issues when he states in his ‘Speleology’ essay,

“The goal of radio text is not to distort or impress, but to bring deeply buried desires and insights back into the light”.

The speakers are
Amy Delgado, Jenny Wellwood, John Barnes and Takako Kido.

Show 341: “Home Made” by Déborah Fabré for Radio Campus Bruxelles

” C’est un voyage musical, porté par deux enfants qui font un concert dans un salon, avec tous les instruments qu’ils trouvent dont un morceau de bois avec des clous et des élastiques reliés à un ampli guitare. Et puis il a des ateliers musicaux, réalisés dans un centre pour personnes handicapées mentales. Des chansons populaires, de la création musicale, une petite chansonnette, des bruits, des rires et de la fête. Voyage sous forme de carte postale sonore, les sons juste juxtaposés, une découverte de deux univers différents mais où la musique reste le vecteur principal. ”

Déborah Fabré is an active member of Radio Campus. This show is her first contribution to Radia nework.

Show 340: And the sun came up

And the sun came up is the first sound piece of a project which, since 2010, focuses on the soundscape of the small Russian village of Paanajärvi. Isolated in the thick primary forest of oriental Karelia, Paanajärvi is somehow living out of the time and its inhabitants -among them the latest of the disappearing Karelian culture – live a tough life strongly bond to their environment.

In the beginning of May Paanajärvi plunges into spring. The snow eventually melts, the river breaks free from the ice and everyday, new birds arrive, new insects overrun the swamps quickly followed by thousands of frogs. For the inhabitants it’s time to go outdoor and resume their activities: preparation of the fields for the coming cultures, repairing and putting the row boats back to the river, fishing etc…

This is the first of four sound pieces that will each explore one season of Paanajärvi.

Since 2007 Nicolas Perret and Cedric Anglaret joined their own practices of sound, documentary and performative art into a common project of collection, creation and diffusion : La danse de l’ours.

The Four Seasons of Paanajärvi received support from the SCAM, Défi Jeune, the Juminkeko foundation and Radio Grenouille.

Recordings made in Paanajärvi in May 2011
No additional effect

Listen And the sun came up HERE