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The Dog That Licked Up A Star – Orchid Mix
by GABI SCHAFFNER

“The Dog That Licked Up A Star – Orchid Mix is a radiophonic
suggestion for deceleration. The composition features (among others) a
singing dog from the town Hengchun, in the South of Taiwan. While I sat
in the patio listening to his voice, a cloud passed. The other afternoon
I sat under a tree next to the lake of Luan and recorded short wave
radio in the rain. The dog and I also went up to Maokong mountain in a
gondola where we met with Mr. Hu and the Orchid Lady. On the way down we
noticed something glittering in the mud. It was a tiny star.

Recordings for this piece were made in: Treasure Hill Artist Village,
Bamboo Curtain Studio and Maokong mountain in Taipei; Yilan, Yilan
District; and in Hengchun and Hengchun Folk Museum, Houbihu and
Longluantan, Pingtung District, South Taiwan.

Mr Hu is the eldest inhabitant of Treasure Hill Village. 93 years
old, he likes to study books on the history of China and he loves to
sing to the ladies. Translator: Catherine Lee, director of Taipei Artist
Village (TAV).

Margaret Shiu is the founder and artistic director of the Bamboo
Curtain Studio, an ecologic artist residency in Tamsui, New Taipei.
Excerpt is taken from our ‘Plum Tree Talk’, February 2019.”

[Gabi Schaffner, April 2019]

GABI SCHAFFNER

Gabi Schaffner works as an interdisciplinary sound artist and curator.
In her artistic practice, she merges ethnography with poetics and the
arts of transmission. She also she cofounded “Datscha Radio”, a
temporary garden radio station that connects the spheres of radio art,
gardening and ecology. She is active as a radio artist, writer,
translator and poet. Since 2005 Schaffner has realised productions with
Deutschlandfunk, HR2 Kultur, radia.fm and ABC Australia. Gabi Schaffner
lives in Berlin.

Find out more about her projects at schaffnerin.net and at www.datscharadio.de.