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Show 231: Lines of Flight – A Sonic Community, by Gilbert May & Sally Ann McIntyre

This, the inaugural contribution to the Radia Network from Radio One (Dunedin, New Zealand), offers an impressionistic account of the biannual, and somewhat secretive, experimental music and film festival “Lines of Flight”. Running in Dunedin since 2000, “Lines of Flight” has provided New Zealand improvisational and experimental musicians with an intensive platform for performance and interaction and has organically evolved a space for a much stronger formation of a sound practioners’ community. Although the improv./experimental scene from which the festival grew – recall the musicians associated with the labels Metonymic and Corpus Hermeticum in the 1990s – has changed considerably since the festival’s beginnings, Lines of Flight has become a kind of default constant, a fluid forum, a relatively regular ‘symposium’ for many in that evolving scene.

Radio producers Sally-Ann McIntyre (a.k.a. ‘Radio Cegeste’) and Gilbert May took the opportunity which the 2009 Lines of Flight festival offered to interview a number of the organisers and performers (particularly those who have had a long standing relation to the festival) to obtain their reflections on the history and significance of the biannual event. Combined with an equally partial selection of music, a limited and impressionistic editing process provides a far from comprehensive, yet nevertheless enlightening, introduction not just to the “Lines of Flight” festival, but to a part of a wider New Zealand scene.

[Featuring: Peter Stapleton, Kim Pieters, Peter Porteus, Alex Mackinnon, Bruce Russell, Matt Middleton, Dean Roberts, Rachel Shearer as well as samples from Sleep, Flies Inside the Sun, Birchville Cat Motel, Handful of Dust, Crude, Eye, Rotor Plus, Tillakaratne and Adrian Hall’s Red Carpet. Many thanks to all involved…]

Show 230: Flare by Eva Ursprung

Real Energy World / Niger Delta

Since the 1960s, oil extraction by international corporations has been destroying the environment and ecological balance in the Niger Delta, and thus, the basis of life of the local population. The composition works with the sounds of gas flares, as well as interviews with activists and theoreticians from the region, contributed by Sokari Ekine (

Show 229: Magic Soundbox Redux

What is radio?
What has your experience with radio been?
Did you ever wonder what a radio host looked like? How the voice would match the face?
Did you ever feel like your radio was talking only to you? Like you could almost see the lips of the radio host nearly pressed up to the microphone, almost uncomfortably so, that the host almost… entered your room?
Have you ever felt trapped by the radio?

Radio has a way of introducing you to thoughts, ideas, perspectives, things and sounds you may have never otherwise found. At any moment, there is something going out over the airwaves, dictated by the whims of the broadcaster. This faceless broadcaster, who enters and leaves through the revolving studio door, creates a relationship with an invisible audience: a one-sided dialogue.

Community radio welcomes the voices of the underworld that have fallen through the cracks to reside in the nooks and crannies in our society, and invites them onto the airwaves.

Radio is access: access to a number of worlds you may never be able to enter physically.

On July 16th, in a darkened box somewhere in Montreal, we invited listeners to sit with a room full of strangers, separated by only space and a thin black clothe from more than a dozen amateur and veteran radio-makers, and asked them to leave themselves to the whim of the radio broadcast. Now we invite you into Radioland – CKUT’S magic sound box – to indulge in musical soundscapes, story-telling, exploratory sonic installations and poetry.

All the sounds, including random sounds emitted by the audience, were captured by microphones dangled above the room, and broadcast over the airwaves of CKUT, reaching the ears of unsuspecting audience members in their cars, bedrooms, living rooms and bathtubs. This piece is a remixed of this very special eve.

Contributors include: Emilie Mouchous, Jay Gillingham, Andrea-Jane Cornell, Neil Griffith, Maria Mavrig, Chris Albinati, Tony Vaughan, Rafael Sacramento, Liz Pieries, Nick Dodd, Kaitlin Prest, Fortner Anderson, Courtney Kirkby and Rachel Ni Chiunn

Magic Sound Box Redux
by ckut / Emilie Mouchous / Jay Gillingham / Andrea-Jane Cornell / Neil Griffith / Maria Mavrig / Chris Albinati / Tony Vaughan / Rafael Sacramento / Liz Pieries / Nick Dodd / Kaitlin Prest / Fortner Anderson / Courtney Kirkby / Rachel Ni Chuinn
production: Courtney Kirkby / Rachel Ni Chuinn

Show 227: In Babel

The intention for the next half an hour was to switch into the subject of CITY – refering to the small east German City Halle and the metropolis Chicago – we decided to choose Babylon as the tertium communis.
“In Babel” can also be used according to the Great Oxford – “babel” means a: a babel of voices, a noisy medley, mostly in today’s lingua franca which is English, b: confusion, a scene of confusion, c: as “Tower of Babel” a gigantic project, and finally d: the biblical confusion of languages.
So this musical-linguistic Babel-project is also a prophet and medium of ancient voices from the lowest levels of the tower of Babel.
material: soundscapes in Halle and in the streets and in the elevator of Sear’s Tower in Chicago. music recorded and played by Bernd Born -bariton sax Halle- Wolfram Dix -glasses and percussion, Leipzig- Peter Koch – Cello – Dresden- and Christoph Winckel – kontrabass – Leipzig- and Pinguin Moschner -tuba -Halle- in underground water tank in Halle.
Lyrics and voices by Wilhelm Bartsch

Bernd Born is a composer and musician -living in Halle/S. and Wilhelm Bartsch is a writer- working and living in Halle.

Show 226: Rugradio by Maria Papadomanolaki

Rugradio is produced by Maria Papadomanolaki and free103point9 (US) for Radia (EU). Rugradio is an improvised, modern, yet outdated sci-fi exploration of Mariaâs collection of music, sounds and sonic memoirs, compiled exclusively for radio. The program contains: field recordings from Athens and Crete (Greece), Wave Farm (Acra, New York), mixed with voice, radio and radio static, digital noise and audio glitch, samples from a song by the Carpenters, poems by T.S Eliot and Yiannis Ritsos, and finally original and borrowed (Thurston Moore), guitarscapes.

Show 225: dem tag die nacht vorspielen — danu noć odsvirati. Inhaling the invisible

At midnight on the 11th of July 2009, a parallel acoustic and electro-acoustic-radio-drama, took place in the middle of the woods on the Czech/Austrian border in Litschau and at the music-pub Maršal in Vienna.
The two locations where linked via a satellite connection and their stream was live-broadcasted and used by Borut Savski at Radio Student Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Tilos Radio Budapest and rebroadcasted at the Radiofabrik Salzburg, Austria.

Dok se bečko pisanje istorije svjesno odricalo dokumentirane istorije na boemskom, mađarskom, moravačkom ili slovačkom, danas to čini sa hrvatskim, bosanskim, slovenskim, turskim ili kurdskim. Što se to promijenilo?
Svaki dan prolazim kraj jedno te istih lokala kao gospodin Bratfisch sa donerom u ruci i svaku noć vidim jedan plakat, dva plakata, tri plakata, sve plakate, koji mi osim ispunjenja ljubavi, oslonca i sklonosti, istovremeno obećavaju i rješenje i paraliziranje svih snova.
Sentimentalnost je sestra brutalnosti – u kosmosu od duše, suze, noći i ljepote, u 19. kako i u 21. vijeku.

Während die Wiener Geschichtsschreibung bewusst auf die dokumentierte Historie in Böhmisch, Ungarisch, Mährisch oder Slowakisch verzichtet hat, tut sie dies heute in Kroatisch, Bosnisch, Slowenisch, Türkisch oder Kurdisch. Was hat sich geändert? Jeden Tag gehe ich an denselben Lokalen vorbei wie Herr Bratfisch mit einem Dönersandwich in der Hand und jede Nacht sehe ich ein Plakat, zwei Plakate, drei Plakate, alle Plakate, welche mir außer der Erfüllung von Liebe, Halt und Zuneigung, die gleichzeitige Einlösung und Paralysierung aller Träume versprechen. Sentimentalität ist ein Geschwistra von Brutalität – im Kosmos aus Seele, Träne, Nacht und Schönheit, im 19. wie im 21.Jahrhundert.

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The project “danu noć odsvirati—-dem tag die nacht vorspielen” itself involved on a artistic level several aspects of historical and contemporary assimilation strategies within Austrian society (music scene) and their invisible participants.
As part of the project a new acoustic band was created. “Being ‘n’ Beč” includes the performer Herbert Gnauer, the accordion-player Veronika Humpel, contrabass-player Andrea Fränzel, the saz-player Düzgün Celebi and the guitar-player Marco Marušić. They were interpreting old and contemporary Viennes Songs in German, Turkish, and Serbian.
The Electroacoustic musicians Stephan Roth, Christian Friedrich, Stefan Fraunberger, and Caroline Profanter used a high resolution parallel audio-stream and transformed the Viennese concert into a new radio-drama-performance in the middle of the woods. The performer Gina Mattiello and Herbert Gnauer interpreted contemporary literature by Sophie Reyer, Ana Vlaj-Marwan, and Lale Rodgarkia-Dara.
Traditional Viennes “folk”music (Schrammel) that used to be played a restaurants, small stages and wineries, that was highly influenced and created by migrants from Bohemia, Morawia, and other peoples of the former Austrian Hungarian empire, yet did only survive in the historical conscience in its German variant.
And todays Viennes “folk” music played at restaurants and locations of the 1st,2nd, and 3rd generation of migrants from former Yugoslavia and Turkey in todays Vienna
which is more or less invisible but highly active in Turkish, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian.

A project by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara. A product out of speis 2009 ( ) in cooperation with Schrammelklangfestival 2009.
Support-Internet and AV-Streaming: Christoph Jokubonis, Alfred Male, sosat, Orange 94.0
Support locations: Dean Philipp, Ljubiša Ilijin
Translation: Ena Dozo

We are no victims of parallel societies, we are reproducing them.

Show 224: The Forester And Me

Maarten Lauwaert and Joris Van Damme both graduated last June from RITS Brussels, an audiovisual arts college, with distinction in the area of ‘radio’. For their Masterclass Audio, they went to Poland, to the last primeval forest in Europe, the Bialowieza Forest. In short, a forest where there was no human influence in the last 4000 years; the last place in Europe where you can see real prestine and untouched nature! They interviewed locals, forest preservation workers, scientists,… At first they made a radiodocumentary with the material they recorded, but they also made a more subjective and abstract audio piece with it. The piece is called ‘The Forester And Me’ with the subtitle ‘Burning Ice’…

Show 223: Fragments of Stratford Shopping Centre by Martin Williams

A patchwork portrait of the shopping mall at Stratford , east London , blending music, field recordings and spoken narratives.
Stratford Shopping Centre. I go there every day. It’s unmissable. Not because of the magnetic pull of Percy Ingle’s cheese and onion pasties or the many bargains to be found in the 99p Shop. And not because the place itself is distinctive or eccentric in any particularly appealing way. If anything it’s an unremarkable small shopping mall, with its chain stores and discount shops, bright lights and the sonics of a crowded swimming pool. It’s unmissable—for me and thousands of others—simply because it is the only way to get from Stratford town itself to the very busy tube and rail station there. In a feat of hubristic urban planning the shopping centre sits in the middle of a teeming ring road and is the only route from one side to the other. I’m funnelled through this dystopian high street every day, and respond with a conflicting mix of feelings about the place. So this programme is both paean and protest, a tribute with its tongue in its cheek.

Show 222: this means war by Andrej Ancevski

This weeks radia show with title “This means war” is produced by andrej ancevski recent kanal103 colaborator and dj that hosts morning program. About this show he sais: “As the mass-media continues to spread mass paranoia over chemical and nuclear warfare, rogue nations and terrorism, the classic radio-drama on little green men butchering us all makes a comeback”