Musica per la radio

#Radio Art #Experimental Music

A series of concerts conceived for the radio and transmitted exclusively on the radio

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It was and remains necessary to see the radio not only as a medium but also as art.
Radio art is discordant with radio and music in their traditional perceptions. Music in particular, in its classical diffusion, does not adapt efficiently to the radio medium, because it is not designed for this medium and does not take consideration of its specificities and its paradigms.

Radio should avoid dealing with finite temporal objects with a beginning, a middle and an end, as to avoid to have comprehensible form and avoid the way of predictable apparence. That means having an open acoustic final result and welcoming the idea of losing the control. Considering that we never know how the music is heard, every radio listeners’ ear perceives a different piece and creates its final version from a framework of possibilities.

This restriction has always shaped this kind of art more than could the restriction of the five staves from the musical notation storage medium ever define composition. And we believe that all this paradigms have to be considered while creating music for radio. From the side of the broadcaster and the side of the listeners.

Broadcast: Colaboradio Berlin (88.4UKw), Radio Campus Brussels (92.1UKw), Resonance Extra UK (DAB)
Event: Radio
Date: 2018
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri
Artists: Olga Kokcharova, Simon Grab, Joke Lanz, Antoine Läng, Massicot, Strotter Inst., Alexandre Joly, Karen Geyer, Flo Kaufmann, Sapin Magique, Martina Lussi
Producer: Pro Helvetia, FSRC/SRKS

Nomination for Prix Europa 2018 Category Radio Music

Porte à porte sonore

#Radio Art #Music #Fieldrecording

Porte à porte sonore, des sons collectés dans les maisons du quartier du Chant d’oiseau à Bruxelles.

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Un projet radiophonique documentaire et musical de Jonathan Frigeri et Maxime Lacôme. La composition musicale a été entièrement créée à partir de sons domestiques collectés chez les habitants, du quartier qui ont ouvert leur porte pour nous faire partager leur son de prédilection, favori ou redouté. Cette approche vise à mettre en relation les sons de l’espace intime et la potentielle musicalité qui en découle. A l’issue de la collecte, les sons sont agencés pour créer une composition musicale qui sera réintroduite à l’intérieur des foyers par le biais des ondes radios. Ces sons intimes sont devenue, le temps d’une émission, une ouvre sonore collective.

Location: Quartier Imaginaire, Brussels
Event: Radio
Date: Summer 2018
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri & Maxime Lacôme
Producer: BNA BBOT

A Jukebox!

#Sound Installation#Interactive#Mapping#Music#

Vorgeschlagen von Jonathan Frigeri
Für Sou-Sou #7 werden Arbeiten von Künstlern präsentiert, die namentlich nicht bekannt sind. Jonathan Frigeri stellt dafür eine selbstgemachte Jukebox ins Kassenhäuschen. Darauf kann Musik abgerufen werden, die im öffentlichen Raum auf der ganzen Welt gespielt wurde.


Die Aufnahmen wurden im Rahmen des von Jonathan Frigeri und Daniel Kemeny initiierten Projekts Calle Records gesammelt, wo sie auch auf einer webbasierten Plattform verfügbar gemacht werden. Neben dem Sammeln und Katalogisieren unterschiedlicher Formen von Strassenmusik geht es bei Calle Record insbesondere auch um den Kontext, in dem die Musik gespielt wird. Mit den jeweiligen akustischen Bedingungen und den Nebengeräuschen, welche die Aufnahmen kontaminieren – seien es menschliche oder tierische Laute, mechanische, industrielle oder andere Naturgeräusche –, wird die Musik in einen sozialen, politischen oder historischen Kontext gestellt, der erst den vollen Wert der Aufnahme ausmacht.

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Location: Cinema Rex, Bern
Event: Installation
Material: Map, Arduino, Soundsystem
Date: November.2017
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri


#Radio Sculpture#Wave#Cosmos#

The sounds I am listening to every night at first appear to be human voices conversing back and forth in a lan- guage I cannot understand. I find it difficult to imagine that I am actually hearing real voices from people not of this planet. There must be a more simple explanation that has so far eluded me.” – Nikola Tesla 1918


La radio a depuis toujours manifesté chez l’humain une fascination envers la technologie et un mystère magique. La voix et la musique envoyée par les airs sous forme invisible, imperceptible et ensuite reconvertie à des kilomètre de distance, a été toujours et reste encore, une sorte de “tric” magique qui fascine. Des marabouts techniciens qui proposent d’écouter les voix de l’au delà par le biais de vieux récepteurs radio à valves, sont toujours à la mode.

La radio est donc technique et occulte en même temps. Ce qui est paradoxal car la méthode de connaissance utilisé par l’occulte (qui désigne ce qui est caché) est aux antipodes de la méthode scientifique.

Cependant, même dans ses manifestations aberrantes ou naïves, l’occultisme se place sous le signe de la connaissance et nous ne sommes jamais loin de la gnose eternelle.

Location: Everywhere
Event: Performance
Material: Loop Antenna, AM Antenna Tuner, Audio Filter
Date: June.2017
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri

Bardo Version

#Sound Installation#Liminal State#Cosmos#



The Tibetan word bardo (བར་དོ་ Wylie: bar do) means literally “intermediate state”—also translated as “transitional state” or “in-between state” or “liminal state”. Used loosely, the term “bardo” refers to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena.

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Location: Transformers Gallery Brussels
Event: Exhibition
Material: Statuettes, Reel to Reel, Tape, Shells, Transducer
Date: April.2017
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri & Elenora Polato

Altered states of objects

#Theater#Improvisation#Sound Sculpture#Founded Objects#


This is an orchestra where each object connected to a transducer becomes a loudspeaker, each of which has its own sound identity, its unique voice.
In reality the object becomes more than a loudspeaker, it becomes an instrument into itself and not just an instrument of reproduction.
 An attempt to revisit the aural component of different materials; suspending objects in a state between a diffuser and a sound source in itself.
A sound field (like a forest or a city) where disparate sound are regrouped into one aural frame.

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The “objet sonore” is not to mistake with the “corps sonore”, where a sound fact (fait sonore) provide a considerable sound diversity and alters the identity of the objects itself. The border between the sound fact (reality) and psychogeniques sound of dreams and hallucinations is suspended and blurred. Link to video

Location: QO-2 Brussels
Event: Outcome Residence
Date: 17.09.2016
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri & Elenora Polato

Radio Zero

#Field Recording# Etheral Culture# Lucid Dream# Active Listening#




Radio Zero is an itinerant sound project born from the encounter of a musician and a sculptor. Concerned about global disinterest in the world of sound, they decided to reappropriate this audible matter through empathetic interaction with everyday life, in order to draw attention back to collective and individual sound atmospheres.

This work is an attempt to analyse the sound landscape and remodel those same spaces. Its goal is to raise awareness of the sounds that surround us and yet which we no longer pay attention to, acting as if they were dimmed.
The idea of an open project is fundamental here, so as to allow constant evolution of its content.



The work is divided into three phases:

1st phase: Recording             2nd phase: Remodulation             3rd phase: Retransmission

The approach towards the work is the same throughout all three phases and is also the catalyst to the whole project: improvisation.
This is the creative form that most resembles everyday life.

This process is very clearly explained in a text by Fred Frith on improvisation:
«Being able to do what you want to do; being alert to, and present in, the moment; awareness of your physical and social environment; the ability to listen alertly and in detail and instantly to translate what you hear into a possibility or an opportunity; and the ability to change your course of action without hesitation if the situation demands it.»

1st phase: Recording

Method: Field recording
The approach is heavily reliant on the environment, which might be geographic and/or social. This approach is shown in the diagram below


The sound is recorded, all the while trying not to influence the sources of the sound in order to preserve objectivity (capturing real life). This approach is shown in the diagram below.


2nd phase: Remodulation

The sound material is then analysed, classified and visualised on an intuitive score. Next the sound composition is created, using the sound instruments classified beforehand.
The sound composition, made with the help of computers, is subject to a process of improvisation enacted by the composers.


3rd phase: Retransmission

The sound composition is retransmitted to the world it came from. Through web radio, the captured sound can return to the ears of the world. Each member of the audience will listen to the composition from the perspective of their personal memories. This personal listening is subjective listening that differs for each person. During the radio show, an open chat allows the public to communicate with the creators and other listeners. This chat is a place where the different subjective visions can be compared. The intimate act of radio becomes a new space for communication and collective exchange.


The decision on the thematic sound compositions have been influenced by the daily life that we were going to live in Madrid during the month of September 2012.

Location: Intermediae, Matadero, Madrid
Event: Participar by Goethe Institut and Instituto Cervantes
Date: September 2012
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri & Daniel Kemeny

Radio Sendung

#Live sound#Radio Interference#Fm Emitter#Hidden Signals#



The sound is broadcasted trough an fm emitter to a bunch of radios where unexpected interference fuse with the original sound.
Performed live with tape player and loop pedal.
No speaker – only radio!

Location: Alte Kindl-Brauerei, Berlin
Date: June 2014
Author: Jonathan Frigeri


#Sound Installation#Live Music#40 Speaker#


AZ abbrevation of “alle zusammen”, “Autonomes Zentrum” or a wink to the babel tower and his muddle of languages.
To see is a tower or better a ruin tower made of speaker.
To listen is the crackle of a fragile structure.
Every 30 minutes a live act give breath to the tower.

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Location: Bernhard Bischoff Gallery, Bern
Date: October 2007
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri, Renaud Marchand, Olmo Guadagnoli and Heloise Thibault

Calle Record

#Mapping Music#Street Music#


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Calle record is an online archive project that intends to develop, through a multimedia platform, the recording, documentation and accessibility of music played in public spaces.

The Calle Record project developed out of its creators’ interest in music and its diffusion in public spaces. Musical performances on the street combine different factors such as: the absence of a stage and consequent reduction in the distance between the music and the audience, the active role of the latter and their possible intervention and, last but not least, the influence of the surrounding soundscape.
These factors in addition to the typical random nature of the event make street music unique in its genre.

The research, cataloguing and distribution of street music are one of the main points of interest for Calle Record. The opportunity to trace a certain song or piece of music to a precise time and location remains something the project is predisposed to. Beyond musical archiving and the usages that derive from this (analyses, research, entertainment, etc.), Calle Record is also interested in the contexts where these performances take place. The recording location, resonance and contamination with the sound of daily life (people, animals and mechanical, industrial and natural sounds) all have a fundamental value in that they often lead to new, sometimes accidental, surprising and innovative compositions, but above all, they contextualise the music in a current situation (be it social, political or historical).

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One of the aims of the Calle Record project is to create an archive of the sound and musical heritage of a given region, which can also be used to analyse cultural and political influences (migratory flows, communities, etc.) as well as the age-old traditions at the roots of street music. Music is a document that can evoke the sounds of the past; it is a useful guide in the study of auditory habits and perception. This remains an unexplored area as historians and critics are fundamentally concerned with presenting the creation as fruit of the artist’s imagination or other musical forms. However, even composers live in the real world and are aware of the conscious or unconscious influence of the sounds and rhythms of their age and culture in their work.

Location: WWW
Date: Since 2015
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri and Daniel Kemeny


Radio Picnic

#Experimental Radio#No Format#



Invite exponent from various artistic disciplines to consider the role played by the radio
Provide tools and situations in order to develop thoughts and creations
Facilitate the efforts of those who believe in the destiny of the radio art
These are the mains rules of Radio Picnic

Broadcasting live on: LapTopRadio Geneva, Radio Campus Brussels (92.1Fm), CoLaboRadio Berlin (88.4Fm)

Location: Berlin between 2013-2015 / Brussels since 2015
Founder: Jonathan Frigeri
Curators: Jonathan Frigeri & Selene Mauvis

The conference of the birds


48 radio show

Theme of the festival: Immigration
Theme of the radio: Migration

The conference of the birds refer to a long and celebrated Sufi poem written in Persian by the poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

In the poem, the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their king, as they have none. The hoopoe, the wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh, a mythical Persian bird roughly equivalent to the western phoenix. The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represent a human fault which prevents man from attaining enlightenment. When the group of thirty birds finally reach the dwelling place of the Simorgh, all they find is a lake in which they see their own reflection.

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Location: 48 hours Neukölln Festival in Berlin
Author: Jonathan Frigeri
Contributors: Ergo Phizmiz, Felix Kubin, Taigen Kawabe, David Fenech, Lifeloop, Francesco Cavaliere, Alexandre Joly, Johnny Haway, Liviu Poenaru, Dr. Nezumi…

Music Hole

#Virtual Space#Totem Music#Interactive Listening#


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The music we usually compose has more often than not been solely based on the traditional narrative structure of beginning middle and end, the notion that the performance is going to be heard in exactly the order in which it was composed. In Music Hole the linearity is replaced with interactivity. Meaning that as a listener you can chose the order, the form or even influence the structure of the music.

Music Hole is a virtual space composed of desertic space and islands of totemic music. As a player you have to find your way. You can meet and speech with others user or you can be alone. You have free zone where you can walk and try to find area of interest where totem are installed.

Different totems are present in the space. Autonomous musicals totems and interactive musical totems. The autonomous totems are subjected to a contemplation attitude instead the interactive totems are playable by one or more user at the time. You can move part of the totem to define the volume of each part of the musical composition as a musical conductor.

Music hole is subjected to update and magnification. It could be a musical instrument, a radio station, a music box or a meeting place.

Location: WWW
Event: Outcome Residence
Date: January 2014
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri & Boris Ramonguilhem
Software: Meshmoon

The sound of destruction

#Intaractive Sound Installation#Sound Archive#Objets Sonore#



A sound research.

Ceramics, glasses, figurines, technic, furniture, kitsch, presents that you never liked, etc
With a  help of hammers, feet, crowbars, dynamite, towels, boards, gravity, acid, etc
objects are destroyed and their sound recorded.

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Location: Radio Picnic, Berlin
Event: 88.4Fm
Date: 2014
Authours: Jonathan Frigeri, Markus Stein, Fritz & Lola

San Lucio



San Lucio é una zona di frontiera tra la Svizzera e l’Italia. All’epoca era una zona di passaggio dei contrabbandieri tra la Val Cavargna e la Val Colla.

Il giorno 16 agosto, festività di San Rocco, il passo ospita una affollata sagra che richiama visitatori sia dall’Italia che dalla Svizzera: i più sportivi salgono al passo camminando, i più pigri mediante un più comodo elicottero che viene noleggiato per l’occasione. La festa ricorda i tempi in cui il confine tra Italia e Svizzera era delimitato da una alta rete metallica sorvegliata a vista dalle Guardie di Confine armate contro i contrabbandieri, che solo il giorno della sagra veniva aperta permettendo alle popolazioni delle due valli di venire a contatto e festeggiare insieme la solennità (qualche volta anche con troppo “calore umano”, ovvero memorabili risse favorite dalle abbondanti bevute di vino.)


Location: Border between Swiss and Italy
Event: Radio Tramontana – Via Vai
Date: August 2015
Author: Jonathan Frigeri & LTR Crew
Fieldrecorders: Jonathan Frigeri, Andrea Marioni, Eleonora Polato, Simon Riat, Lou Masduraud, Nicola de Marchi, Daphné Roulin, Ramaya Tegegne, Laurent Schmid e Memorie audiovisive di Capriasca e Val Colla.
Producer: Radio Tramontana

Fly Radio

#Radio#Improvisation#Reading Book#Listening Music#


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We occupy for an evening the new book and music store located at the Labo Art Gallery in Geneva. This store is composed essentially of independent editor active in the art book scene and in the experimental music scene. The radio show is composed exclusively with material founded in the store. Reading part of book, commenting image or playing records from the collection. We had few surprise when some editor or artist, which they have editions in the store, poped up in the radio and commented their work or improvised interview. Anything have been prepared, everything improvised. Surprises on the shelve.

Location: Labo Art Gallery, Geneva
Event: Opening of the book and music store
Date: 28.02.2014
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri & Renaud Marchand

Le grand orchestre de la nature

#Sound Sculpture#Augmented Sound Perception#Imaginary Space#

Dans la forêt, la biodiversité s’écoute plus qu’elle ne se voit


Projet d’installation pour le tunnel piéton qui relie la Place du Tunnel à la Place du Nord à Lausanne.

Le projets Le grand orchestre de la nature veut suggérer la présence d’un espace de détende cérébrale en plein milieu urbain, un espace imaginaire. Le tunnel est un lieu de passage, qui se transformera en lieu de transit entre la conscience et la suspensions de conscience. Un lieu qui permet, à traver son induction au calme, de laisser le cerveau travailler pour récupérer et traiter les informations souhaitées. Une façon de se préoccuper de notre écoute, de se concentrer sur notre environnement sonore.

Le grand orchestre de la nature est un projet qui s’élabore en fonction d’un intérêt social donnant accès à une perception sonore augmentée.

Location: Place du Tunnel – Place du Nord – Lausanne
Event: Project not realized
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri


#Sound Installation#Performance#Ritual#Folklore#


Music, performed from the altar of the Sanatorium by musicians and following the codes of a possible rite, is here exalted as a means of transcending the functionality of the laptop that becomes instrument and medium of a personal and shared manifestation of the sacred.

In the folklore of a period, the religion, mysticism, rites, and faiths, play a major role. In the past, places devoted to the sacred were temples, churches, crypts, or other places of worship; in our case the place devoted to faith and contemporary religion defined “Sanatorium” lies in the basement of a gallery to represent the contemporary sacredness related to the truth of emotion expressed through the medium of music.

The folkloric music, once played on homemade instruments, has always been a simple way to celebrate the sacred side of life. The “neo-folkloric” music proposed at the Sanatorium, as in the past, is also performed with the most simple instruments, except that here, guitars, lutes and bag pipes have given way to the most common and functional of present-day instruments: the laptop, the new popular instrument.

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But there is humor also in the sacred. Thus, as in typical representations dedicated to this subject, here too there lacks no irony. As evidenced by the Mac standby-spiral projected above the altar, that, recovering the austere gothic motif of stained glass, represents ironically the main hope of the Sanatorium community. For, in the same way as the gothic rose window were observed by believers during mass, today, it is precisely when we expect a computer to start working again, that we give our hopes to faith more than to technology.

Location: Labo, Geneva
Event: Mega Byte
Author: Jonathan Frigeri

Augmented reality

#Soundtrack#Augmented Reality#Jukebox#Public Space#Music Film#


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In the every day life there are dimensions that are unperceived, due to several reasons, some are the absence of a contemplative time, the absence of revealing and exaltation tools.
These dimensions can be revealed through media or events.
By introducing knowed music from film in a determinated reality the perception of the same reality change.
As Brandon Labelle analyze on the opening scene of the movie Saturday Night Fever, where John Travolta walks through the city of New York accompanied by the music of the Bee Gees, the body of the actor reaches a full harmony with the city and becomes part of the cityscape thanks to a musical rhythm that supports the desires and the fantasies of the character.
In this case is clear that the music brings an emotional and psychic power to the daily ritual, and reveals the hidden forces.

Location: Several public space in Berlin
Date: 2013
Author: Jonathan Frigeri

Musurgia Volucris

#Birds Song#Music#Fieldrecording#

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Showcase for music publication
Location: Milkshake Agency, Geneva
Event: Showcase
Author: Jonathan Frigeri
Producer: Edition Ripopée


☞ Music CD (12 audio track) and five stickers – Edited by Editions Ripopée, Nyon, Switzerland

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Margarethe Radio Box

#Music Box#Radio#Performance#
A music box is an automatic musical instrument, inside a box, that produces sounds.

Margarethe Radio Box is a human musical instrument, inside a human scale box, that produces sounds.

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Margarethe Radio Box have been set in music by Jonathan Frigeri, Daniel Kemeny, Rico Schalueck
with contribution from Astro Pietra, Cabinet de logique, Jay Pennington and many others…. Link to video

Margarethe Radio Box have been builth in Berlin and a copy of the MRB in miniature scale was in Bologna at Interno 4. The miniature box in Bologna recived the radio streaming from the box in Berlin.

Location: Picnic Berlin
Authors: Jonathan Frigeri, Daniel Kemeny, Rico Schaluck