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16:00: A COLLECTIVE LISTENING BY THE UNTRAINING THE EAR TEAM FEATURING ARTISTS THAT PERFORMED IN THESE SESSIONS THROUGH THE YEARS: (in order of listening): Audrey Chen, Listening at Pungwe: Robert Machiri and Memory Biwa, Pamela Z, Tara Transitory, Ute Wassermann, Audrey Chen, Bani Haykal, Jose Maceda conducted by Marie-Luise Calvero and performed by workshop participants, Martyna Poznańska with Peter Cusack.

The sound piece has been created by Abhishek Nilamber, Beya Othmani, Kamila Metwaly, Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Ola Zielińska, and Mahnoor Lodhi, whose voices and reading concept excerpts, you hear.

16:26: In the fourth session over the radio we welcome KMRU into a conversation with Arlette-Louise Ndakoze, followed by the premier of the artists’ sound piece entitled DON’T LINGER, THEY MIGHT SEE YOU.

Inspired by dreams, uncertainty and the unseen, DON’T LINGER, THEY MIGHT SEE YOU explores sounds, field recordings, silences and noises giving sense of occurrences, and continuous experiences of time. “They”, here, is a metaphor of nothingness connected with our continual stream of thoughts and consciousness, unlimited to any specific time and space, this can be in real life, dreams or in “other worlds”. The piece explores sounds which are unseen (electromagnetic), which are always in around us and mostly unnoticed. Although they are somewhat silenced, these sounds have a connection/interaction with the environment, just like our bodies.

HOW TO LISTEN: Look inwardly, experience images, thoughts and emotions (draw them in your mind). Be part of the listening experience: if something strikes you as strange or incomprehensible, don’t panic. Welcome the confusion and enjoy the sounds without preconceived ideas or predetermined goals.

KMRU  is a Kenyan sound artist, experimental ambient musician, currently based in Berlin. His works deal with discourses of field recording, improvisation, noise, ambient, machine learning, radio art and expansive hypnotic drones. He is currently a student at Universität der Künste Berlin for sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master’s Program. KMRU is a regular at Uganda’s Nyegenyege Festival and performed acclaimed sets at Berlin’s CTM (Music Makers Hacklab), Gamma Festival, Mutek Montreal (AI Lab) and Unsound festival (intermission), to name the most notable, and exhibited in Abuja Art Week in Nigeria. He has presented online works for Sonic Agency Festival, in between spaces, Gamma lab XR and ADE 2020. He earned international acclaim from his ambient works, such as the 2020 full-length Peel released on Editions Mego, ranked “Great Records You May Have Missed: Summer 2020” by Pitchfork, Jar on Seil records amongst dozens of self-releases on his Bandcamp. KMRU debuted his RA mix in 2020, presents a monthly show on Internet Public Radio, guests on NTS and Rinse FM, organizes workshops for Nairobi Ableton User group, and is a core member of Black Bandcamp.