The Radia Network emerged from a series of meetings, clandestine events, late night club discussions and a lot of email exchanges between cultural radio producers across Europe. The topics vary and the reasons for forming a network are many, but Radia has become a concrete manifestation of the desire to use radio as an art form. The approaches differ, as do the local contexts; from commissioned radio art works to struggles for frequencies to copyright concerns, all the radios share the goal of an audio space where something different can happen. That different is also a form in the making – radio sounds different in each city, on each frequency. Taking radio as an art form, claiming that space for creative production in the mediascape and cracking apart the notion of radio is what Radia does.
It is producing radio stuff that is hard to describe. Some of it can be labeled radio art, or experimental radio, or creative radio. Sometimes it talks, sometimes it doesn’t. It can be noisy, or a kind of soundscape, or a documentary, a document, a talk, a performance. Each and every week, one of the partners will provide the network program, commissioned and produced especially for this purpose : being broadcast by all the partners and made available online.
Some things have to be said about all those partners. They are radio stations, of the independent, non-commercial, community, cultural species. They all speak different languages, and this should create interesting problems. Although initially they were all European radio stations this has changed over time and Radia has become not only larger but also more diverse: 17 partners in nine countries and growing all the time.
1) Reheat: The Schnitzel
Every year now a strange kind of gathering takes place close to the very eastern border of Austria at a barn called the Kleylehof. Viennese artists of many backgrounds have taken over this barn and converted it into a multifunctional performance and studio space, complete with a homemade emergency slide and a swing garden hut. In August they celebrate the Reheat festival, that brings together local and international artists, performers and scientists who ride towards the hungarian border on home-made rocket propelled bicyles.
This years festival theme was ‘electromagnetism’ and therefore an ideal place to capture sounds for a radio show. The proceedings of the whole day included video installations, gps guided tours, lectures, many concerts and much more. The best way to represent this multitude was to send all recordings through the cut-up software called ‘Schnitzel’ written by one of the festivals co-organizers Dieb13.
It was a great festival, next year you should go there in person. Until then there is this show.
2) radia #195 + radia #119
mixing borders + tape beatles in concert
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eine stunde resonanzen mit zwei sendungen von resonance104.fm london.
zunächst ‘mixing borders’: eine reihe von akustischen grenzgängen, zu denen uns die teilnehmerInnen eines seminars von knut aufermann an der khm köln einladen.
im anschluss gibt es ausgewählte leckereien von und mit den legendären tape beatles aka lloyd dunn und john heck.
credits und hintergrundinformationen: siehe unten
one hour of resonances with two shows produced by resonance104.fm london.
the first part is called ‘mixing borders’: a series of acoustic trespassings conducted by participants of a workshop with knut aufermann at khm cologne.
“Listening to the radio is like traveling and when you travel you cross borders. How does it sound when you mix borders? Borders on your map, borders in your head. Enjoy a cup of tea, or a good cognac, while listening to Mixing Borders.” [K.A.]
A show produced by Selma Gültoprak, Keiko Takahashi, David Hahlbrock, Franziska Windisch, Julia Weißenberg and Oliver Salkic, one of the outcomes of the Airtime seminar at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.
for more info see: www2.khm.de/airtime
the second part offers selected delicatessen prepared for us by the legendary tape beatles aka lloyd dunne and john heck.
“Music collage from Prague-based duo produced for Radia on behalf of Resonance FM. Selection of works combine voice, loops, and layered sounds.
The Tape-beatles formed in Iowa City, USA in 1987 and have been based in Prague since 2000, when Lloyd Dunn joined John Heck there. Some works in the program were created during the production of the CD and film Good Times, but were not included. ‘Stolen Bicycle’ was created for a uncompleted compilation of works based on DJ Spooky samples. The later portion includes the most recent work, completed June 2007.”
Go to pwp.detritus.net for information on Tape-beatles, discography, and live performed cinema.
miss.gunst would like to thank the following artists and sound collectors:
jovica for the space machine, corsica s for some beautiful radiator sounds;
resonance104.fm, london, for two wonderful shows;
knut aufermann and the artists participating in his cologne airtime seminar for mixing borders;
the tape beatles for a hilarious series of pieces;
as well as radia.fm radio art network for being a crowd of incredibly creative partners.