It has been many months now that we’ve all been asking ourselves : how’s life in the time of viruses? The answers have been constantly changing and probably still will.
During the long months of lockdown in Italy, Radio Papesse joined forces with the artists and producers at USMARADIO and became an amplifier for the CROWN project. Like many others, fighting the lockdown through radio.
So… what’s happened exactly? For 30 days, every day, artists from all over the world came together for a live improvised session of radio, music, words and sound experiments together with Roberto Paci Dalò.
To play together from different locations, yet united through radio. To listen together, from different locations, thanks to the medium of radio.
This RADIA show presents bits and pieces from some of the CROWN sessions, sewn together by fragments of a long conversation with Roberto Paci Dalò.
Included in this show are excerpts from:
CROWN n.11 _ Johann Merrich / L’Impero della Luce CROWN n.30 _ with Lello Voce CROWN n.22 _ with Paolo Dellapiana CROWN n.23 _ with Zahra Mani
+++ Warning: THIS AUDIO CONTAINS HIGH-PITCHED FREQUENCIES! If you suffer from musicogenic seizures, you may find this content disturbing. +++
Control is a sonic journey through stories of people living with epilepsy. The composition was created in collaboration with the multimedia project A Life Electric, from which few stories were chosen and re-interpreted.
The composition is an artistic exploration of the world that surrounds epilepsy, a world often made up of silence, indifference and fears, but also of pure energy, inexplicable phenomena, and still today enveloped in charm and mystery.
Dedicated to all those people who don’t have a voice.
Produced by Luca Piparo Texts and arrangements by Fraser Morton, Luca Piparo Music by Domenico Scjaino, Luca Piparo Voices by Damara, Fraser, Sandra, Shameek, Steffi, Suki, Veronika, Zelah Copyrights CC-BY-NC -@ Luca Piparo
In collaboration with Far Features Ltd:
A Life Electric is a multimedia documentary project exploring epilepsy experiences globally with the goal of bringing humankind’s most misunderstood brain condition out of the shadows through art and education. The project draws upon a hybrid of multimedia techniques to connect people, communities and society to the “lives of epilepsy”.
We enter epilepsy through doorways of personal experiences via interviews, letters, free-writing, biographical filmmaking, documentary techniques, abstract photography, typographical design, sound design, audio storytelling, digital media, print books, magazines and exhibitions to create a multimedia project accessible to all.
The A Life Electric project is personal for writer-director Fraser Morton, which started in his notebook, inspired by the life of his older brother, Blair. Since beginning the project in 2018, Fraser has held more than 100 interviews in person and over the phone. Along with his partner Eszter Papp, the pair have also collected a series of portraits, which will be displayed in photo exhibitions. The A Life Electric feature film is in development and book also coming soon in 2020. Please write to Fraser about book enquiries here: email@example.com
Book release 2020 Photo Exhibitions coming 2020 Feature Film in development Creator/Writer/Director: Fraser Morton Photographer/Producer: Eszter Papp Editor: Sadiq Mansor Designer: Ali Kelly Mentor/Writing Editor: Jade Richardson IT: Mike Cashin Additional Reporting: Risyiana Muthia, Rob Bain Produced by: Far Features Ltd
I wish our activities were more social, and social in an anarchic way.
– John Cage
KIN by Usmaradio and Roberto Paci Dalò is a radiophonic city scale performative project that began the week before the performing arts Santarcangelo Festival (Italy) with a workshop session by The School of Radio, then continued throughout the official program with 120 non-stop hours of radio. Santarcangelo has been occupied with the airing of a programme which included artists present at the festival, the citizens themselves and original materials created by the working group. All this has been diffused throughout public and private spaces with listening points (including an outdoor large P.A.), improvisations, electronics, and collaborative radio performances with artists not physically present at the festival. Texts by Franco Bifo Berardi, Paolo Fabbri, Gabriele Frasca and Donna Haraway. KIN is for Paolo Fabbri (1939-2020)
KIN team Francesco Angelini, Teresa Chiauzzi, Bárbara Ermeti, Sara Guazzarini, Irene Aurora Paci, Roberto Paci Dalo, Paolo Petrangolini, Alessandro Renzi, Margherita Wolenski.
participants / authors Tobia Bandini, Gloria Barbanti, Claudio Basso, Davide Buglisi, Margherita Kay Budillon, Alessandra Cappelletti, Chiara Cecconello, Alice Citarella, Paolo Dellapiana, Elena Lunghi, Federica Marra, Alessandro Mazzoni, Mariagloria Posani, Roberto Scappin, Francesco Toscani
speakers Franco Bifo Berardi, Andrea Borgnino, Tiziano Bonini, Anna Bromley, Janete El Haouli, Pinotto Fava, Gabriele Frasca, Anna Friz, Ilaria Gadenz, Lorenza Ghinelli, Gianni Gozzoli, Carola Haupt, Wissal Houbabi, Eleftherios Krysalis, Hardi Kurda, Federica Minzitti, Graciela Martínez Matías, Johann Merrich / L’Impero della Luce, Leonardo Montecchi, Iolanda Pensa, Oderso Rubini, Rodolfo Sacchettini, Nathalie Singer, Stefano Spada, Christiane Voss, Jonathan Zenti, Elisabeth Zimmermann
production Usmaradio, Giardini Pensili in collaboration with Scuola di Radiofonia – The School of Radio, Santarcangelo Festival 2050, ImperfettoArt, Radio Lada, Galerie Mazzoli, Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino, Centro Studi e Ricerche José Bleger, Radio Papesse, Scuola comunale di musica G. Faini – Associazione Banda Città di Santarcangelo, shift.fm – bauhaus.fm – Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
radioworks for this radia programme (running order) 1. Respirare camminando – Federica Marra 2. Impero notturno part I – Gloria Barbanti 3. Futuro Fantastico – Alessandro Mazzoni 4. Avvistamenti ep I – Margherita Kay Budillon, Chiara Cecconello and Francesco Toscani 5. Il mondo è un bel posto – Alice Citarella and Davide Buglisi 6. Racconti dall’Apocalisse part VIII – Claudio Basso and Paolo Dellapiana 7. Messa per l’Apocalisse – Tobia Bandini 8. Respirare. Audioguida per post-umani – Alessandra Cappelletti 9. Manifesto per un futuro futuribile post queer – Maria Gloria Posani, Claudio Basso, Margherita Kay Budillon and Elena Lunghi
Pictures by Chiara Bruschini, Claudia Borgia, Francesco Angelini, Alessandro Renzi
USMARADIO is the Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per la Radiofonia (Research Centre for Radiophonic Studies), a workplace of The School of Radio to develop an innovative radio pedagogy. Workshops, work sessions, meetings, presentations of live performance as sections of the project. Produced by UNIRSM Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino. usmaradio.org / theschoolofradio.org / unirsm.sm
Mix Me Tape #1: Trumpet Solo is a piece composed exclusively from previously published trumpet solos. The original material has been cut and rearranged to form a completely new piece of music.
The used trumpet solos appeared on the albums Brt Vrt Zrt Krt (Al Maslakh – 2005), No Cuts / No Overdubs / No Use of Electronics (Discrepant – 2019) and Cuts, Overdubs and Use of Electronics (Discrepant – 2019).
Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese comics author, visual artist, and musician born in Beirut in 1975. He is widely considered as one of the initiators and key players of the Lebanese free improvisation and experimental music scene. He is co-founder of Irtijal, an annual experimental music festival held in Beirut since 2001 (www.irtijal.org), and of Al Maslakh, the first label for experimental music in the region operating since 2005 (www.almaslakh.org). As a trumpet player, whether in solo performances or with long-lasting groups like “A” Trio, Kerbaj pushes the boundaries of the instrument and continues to develop a personal sound and an innovative language.
In 2015, Kerbaj was the recipient of a DAAD one-year artist in residency in Berlin. He lives and works in the German capital since.
Subespai – “City circles”: sound collage on urban canvas Scene. A nondescript hum smothers the echoes of a distant playground. The eeriness intensifies as the afternoon loses the daily battle against the evening soundscape. “Where is this?”. The sonic familiarity puts the name of a place on the tip of the tongue right as the movement changes, or does it? The hum left unannounced, that’s a fact; now there’s something else filling the space, something deeper, more spiritual even. Repetition gives way to flow; quietness prevails, for a while at least. Feedback turns into flares as the night falls. “Is this still the West?”. Continental lines may or may not have been crossed, the only way to find out is to wander further, facing novelty until everything becomes known again. A faint sadness lingers in the air. End of scene. Composed & performed by Subespai (Mauri Edo). Recorded by Matthew Syres. Subespai is Mauri Edo, a Sydney-based sound artist working with found sound, repetition and volume to explore and express complex thoughts and ideas on existence, society and the individual. www.subespai.net
Amauta Mixtapes is one of a four-part experimental acoustic reportage focused on epistemologies in resistance and sistered struggles. Assembled by Nomad Agency/Archive of Emergent Studies, a research studio and transdisciplinary platform that intersects advanced resilient practices, promotes studying against the grain, and claims the political space of research as the right to know and the right to imagine together. NÆS walks with artist David Muñoz Alcántara and curator Giovanna Esposito Yussif. This was commissioned for Latitude on Air – Unsettling Power Relations, 4-7 June, Berlin 2020, a project by the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with reboot.fm and the Radio Netzwerk Berlin.
Jaka Berger is one of the most active, creative and versatile drummers, composers and improvisers on the Slovenian music scene in the last ten years. In 2006 he released his debut album with Samo Šalamon and Achille Succi for Italian label Splasch records. Since 2014 till today he is regularly publishing music for prepared drums that he is constructing by himself. His albums are reviewed by international media on improvisation and electroacoustic music. He is part of experimental project Partija with visual artist Matej Stupica, member of bands Ludovik Material and Darla Smoking. Performed in independent theatre shows Gremo Vsi!, Novo mesto Readymade and Nein. Toured with EBM legends Borghesia. In 2015 he released an album of graphic composition Treatise by Cornelius Cardew. In 2016 he performed his most complex piece Audiable life stream tentet for ten musicians. In 2017 finished a tour and released second album with the international trio Rieko Okuda and Antti Virtaranta. Currently, he is performing free jazz with Mezei Šalamon Berger trio, Džuklje Berger duo and Šalamon Džukljev Berger – Fresh Dust trio. He has just released his new electro acoustic album dedicated to composer Morton Feldman with pianist Dejan Berden, Fresh Dust trio album at FMR records UK and integrating modular synth into his prepared drumset.
A contribution for Radia Network show 796 is BRGS’s recently released album Plastic Whales, dedicated to all the creatures exposed to the pollution of the oceans and freshwaters.
“It would be beautiful to be conscious of our past, remembering the mistakes we have made. Unfortunately, presence is full of division among reds, blacks and whites, while we should look forward to the future, each day less certain because of our ignorance to the effect we have for our environment.” #savetheoceans #stopplasticpollution
Writes Karen Werner, “To make this radiophonic quilt, programmers at Wave Farm’s radio station WGXC came together for a day to make short radio art pieces about RADIO. We approached this theme in an imaginative, associative and at times literal way: radio as invisible waves, as a metaphor for communication and longing for community, as nostalgic soundscape, as a relationship between senders and receivers, as an amazing little box.”
Quilt sections in order of presentation: An SOS from Planet Earth by Liz LoGiudice The Mountain Blocks the Signal by Alanna Medlock Continue by Paulus Van Horne Tableaux Drawing by Max Goldfarb WGXC Piece by Thatcher Keats Radia Segment by Tom Roe
Threads and borders throughout the quilt: Gardens of Discordantia by Heather Martin Voicemails 1 and 2 by Sam Sebren Edited interview with Garrett Roche Edited interview with Carline Murphy Edited interview with Azouke Legba plus samples from the quilt sections above
A Radiophonic Quilt will broadcast on the 30 international stations that comprise the Radia network, June 22 – 28, 2020, Season 44, Episode 18.
A Radiophonic Quilt was collectively produced as part of a Wave Farm Radio Art Workshop led by Karen Werner, the 2019/2020 Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow, who sewed the quilt together. Many thanks to the whole Wave Farm crew for organizing this event and to everyone who participated. And to Radia for creating an international broadcast platform for radio art.
Accelerated by a virus, we have suddenly found ourselves in a possible future. The existen-tial threat appears as if through a magnifying glass, allowing us to perceive the state of the world with increased clarity. With astonishment, we have seen political taboos and unques-tioned assumptions falling by the wayside, allowing our institutions to take action. All of a sudden, the tried and tested arguments of interest-driven politics – economic constraints, technological barriers, unchanging behavioural patterns, individual responsibility – no long-er seem to be guiding the decision-making. Behind this is a growing awareness that the cur-rent socio-political range of actions will be insufficient to cope with future crises, which are just as threatening, but of a completely different nature.
While the world is under pressure to emerge from the coronavirus crisis as intact as possi-ble, the virus has catapulted us to a crossroads. Can we rise to the challenge of the corona-virus phenomenon with answers from yesterday? Or will we look for the answers of tomor-row which also fulfil the various challenges surrounding sustainable development?
The virus has made it clear: the future is now
Dr. Sabin Bieri, Prof. Dr. Thomas Breu, Dr. Andreas Heinimann and Prof. Dr. Peter Messerli