Show 991: Verse & Chorus by Dominic J. Jaeckle & Nadia De Vries (Resonance FM)

Jason Shulman, ‘Lenticular Marilyn,’ © 2017

by Dominic J. Jaeckle & Nadia de Vries

Verse & Chorus
Readers, in order of appearance

Nadia de Vries;
Cíntia Gil;
Diamanda La Berge Dramm;
Mark Lanegan;
Stanley Schtinter;
Becket Flannery;
Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset;
Matthew Shaw;
& Duke Garwood.

An exquisite corpse of an “I” played out in a multiplicity of voices, Verse & Chorus is an experimental act of collaborative reworking that quilts and collages cuts from two manuscripts (Jaeckle and de Vries) into an imagined third object. In order of appearance, the piece assembles readings from Nadia de Vries, Cíntia Gil, Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Mark Lanegan, Stanley Schtinter, Becket Flannery, and Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, with an accompaniment of borrowed songs and original music from Matthew Shaw, Mark Lanegan, and Duke Garwood.

Jaeckle and de Vries writings are excerpted from two collections published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe; Jaeckle’s 36 Exposures and de Vries’ I Failed to Swoon, 2021. Verse & Chorus was first broadcast on Montez Press Radio (New York), 29.01.21, and was broadcast thereafter as an element of the online programme for the 2021 edition of Rewire Festival (The Hague, Netherlands), 06.05.21.

This twitter-verse feed takes philosophy personally, mixmasters it up with best friends and late-night movie simulations. While there are encounters by the galore, and biographical instants dropped like crumbs on a forest walk, the focus here is not on the story, but the lighting, the staging, the choreography of digression. Talk about talking. In these mirrors are reflections of a lost brother, an almost date, an almost self, on the times we used to have, the blood rites we shared until we couldn’t. […] Pensive, coiled, we are dropped in the midst of a drama that will need to bury a few Russian philosophers before life can begin again. And coursing through it all this essential belief: that the right painted apple, the right sentence, the right thought: would change the world. The revolution is in the waiting room.

Mike Hoolboom, on Jaeckle’s 36 Exposures

I Failed to Swoon fails to swoon; it relays; it blurts; like someone breaking bad news to you, but about themselves and with no bedside manner, who then moves to sit somewhere else while maintaining eye contact; De Vries is a poet of barbed brevity, brutal idiom, figgety desire and delicious deadpan, like fresh white spit on a patent leather shoe; what can you do but hold up your fist of horns and believe her entirely?

Jack Underwood, on de Vries’ I Failed to Swoon

With aphorism, deep pith, and humour, Nadia de Vries delivers her sly lines and contrarian point of view with great force, making an uncomfortable music. I Failed to Swoon keeps it real. It has menace.

Peter Gizzi, on de Vries’ I Failed to Swoon

Artwork Jason Shulman, ‘Lenticular Marilyn,’ © 2017

Show 990: The Whole World Stopped for a Balloon, Kanal 103 (Skopje)

“The Whole World Stopped…” is a collaborative compilation of field recordings, a patchwork of making music and narrating, underedited ad hoc experiment, and also a celebration of friendship, a soundscape where two friends meet—Joana and Stefan, both of them colleagues at Kanal 103.

Joana is a multi-instrumentalist, though her main focus is classical guitar. She does use both classical and electric guitar throughout the recording, as well as bontempi electro-acoustic keyboard and goblet drum. Three minutes into this experimental piece, you can hear Stefan’s voice, first telling about a street scene he witnessed downtown Skopje, then reading a poem from Elizabeth Bishop (“At the Fishhouses”) and a short story from Franz Kafka (“Before the Law”). Finally, in the conclusion, a fusion of washing machine centrifuge and a mandola played with a violin bow.

The work is an undisguised communication between music and storytelling, scarcely premeditated, if at all. Most of it is recorded at Partizan Print, a studio of independent artists in Skopje, and very good friends and collaborators with Kanal 103.

Created by Joana Risteska, classic guitar master and multi-instrumentalist, and Stefan Alijevikj, fiction writer and sound seeker. You can follow their radio shows on Kanal 103 Sunday and Tuesday evenings respectively.

Show 989: Poetics of Imagination for Soundart Radio, Devon

Researchers and artists from the Schumacher College Poetics of Imagination group at Dartington Hall, sing us into the forest to meet with ancestors, beasts, to move from individual identity to a collective, merged self. There we confront life, death and rebirth, through multi-ingual mixed modalities.

The Poetics of Imagination course explores orality, story and culture, examining how we have conjured stories from the earliest times to the present day.
The course is centred around oral telling but opens to a broader spectrum of the arts, examining the work of ancient to contemporary storytellers, writers and artists. Students explore the idea that when humans imagine, they tend to imagine in story. What is trying to be told right now?

Created by Cosima von Seefried, Mimi Brown, Annabelle Simmons, Grace Wilshaw Chanter, M, Will Wilson, Isa Schoier, Flo Barshall, Sophie Craven, Lee Morell, Dan Hamner.
Produced by Alice Armstrong and Lucinda Guy at Soundart Radio, South Devon, UK. With thanks to Emma Bush.

Show 988: “Sheela-Na-Gig” by Carine Demange For Radio Campus Bruxelles

SHEELA-NA-GIG is an improvised and multiplied encounter on the banks of the Meavy river. An attempt to let the invisible invite itself and take its place in our daily practices.

Welcome to Dartmoor’s hidden rain forest, in the wooded valley of Dewerstone (Devon, England), inhabited by mossy rivers and welcoming faeries, tangled oaks and beech fruits, talking stones and spying sheeps, pagan radio fellows and Mabon cooking voices.

A idea from : Carine Demange, Gihan Marasingha, Kerry Priest & Maggi Shade
Editing : Carine Demange (Radio Campus Bruxelles)

With gratitude for the good vibes and voices of :
Alice Armstrong, Anne-Marie Bala, Premal Bhatt, George Brock, Stuart Crewes, Pauline Day, Hannah Drayson, Cat Guy, Lucinda Guy, Jess Langton, Sarah Lawrence, Mark Peacock, Roshani Ramass, the Meavy river, the sources of Plym and all Dartmoor energies and invisible inhabitants.

This creation is a collective work done in two days and broadcasted on ACCESS FM on the 17th of september 2023.
A collective radio piece produced during Dartmoor radio residential with Stellaria Media and supported by FUTURES on air project. Many thanks to them and to Soundart Radio.