Radio is one of the most powerful and appropriate extensions of the human nervous system, it is a direct connection and a private experience but in reality it is a subliminal resonant room. From the subliminal deepness of the radio comes this Echo, an echo that has the power to transform the society in a unique reverberant room or a reverberant cave. We can approach the theory of the radio with a speleological perspective and perceive the radio as “the cave of the imaginary”.
This project is about the exploration of places; the ritual in part forgotten and the new one that aggregates “different communities” (the young, the old, those who left, those who returned, those who never left). The inhabitants of a small village in South Italy are invited to come with their car in the central square of the village where a live radio show is broadcasted troughs an FM emitter. The sound and the voice of the show come out exclusively from the loudspeaker of each car, every spectator became a part of the show, became a speaker. The radio show, composed with the participation of a writer and another sound artist, is about stories related to the point of view of the audience when is seated on the car. It is about collective memories and disappearances, beliefs and ghosts.
ÉPIPHANIE DE CONNEXION
C’est dans cet espace, du rien, entre le lieu de diffusion et le lieu de réception que cette histoire se formule, prend forme ou se déforme. Un espace intangible dans lequel on peut y accéder par l’ouïe, un lieu d’écoute acousmatique, d’absence et d’effacement, une négation depuis laquelle quelque chose d’autre peut émerger par l’incitation de l’imagerie sonore. On peut situer ces divagations de pensée sous une forme hybride et, proche de l’idée d’une excursion désorientée dans les territoires spectraux.
The music on the radio is background and must support an existing structure and leave space for discussion, other sounds, other sound events. Une musique d’habillement that is not invasive and that allows other things to exist.
The radio imposes a passive aspect of listening, unlike the cd or the vinyl, which requires us to be operators in addition to listeners. The music that comes out of the radio does not depend on our will, we can only decide to listen or not to listen, but the listening in itself largely preserves the characteristic of an event whose programming is entirely under our control. It is the music that comes to us and not us who go to the music.
The product of this research is a performance / conference in which ideas are shared with the public. We can situate these divagations of thought, in a hybrid form, halfway between the fantastic tale, a scientific experiment, a history of ideas around the radio medium and a gradual transition to the occult. A ritual is set up to give the listeners an unprecedented experience of hypnosis, magic, witchcraft, and go on to progress towards a more collective form of communion.
“The sounds I am listening to every night at first appear to be human voices conversing back and forth in a language 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
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.
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.
The sound connects me to a world from which i had disengaged. From an early age we learn to analyze sounds and collect information about the world, based on acoustic perception. Nevertheless, sound is still considered ephemeral, and listening to an environment or a city is rarely considered. In the forest, still a highly acoustic place, biodiversity is listened to rather than seen. 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. It is an attempt to reveal a hidden layers of reality through the imagery of the act of listening. If you are disconnected from the awareness of the sounds, you risk being disconnected from your environment. Listening is a practice of life. The relation between listening and the land is the soundwalk. At the frontier between a poetic, ecological and spiritual act, the soundwalk is a practice, an act that relies heavily with the world.
RESIDENCE FOR CREATIVE RADIO
Radio Picnic is a laboratory for ideas and people,
a crossroad where new ideas blend and where radio is used as art
48 radio show
The conference of the birds refer to a long and celebrated Sufi poem written in Persian by the poet Farid ud-Din Attar.
GAME MUSIC – AN HOMAGE TO ROAMING AND SURPRISE
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.
RADIO FROM A BOOK AND MUSIC STORE
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.