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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 6:06 pm    Post subject: FWD...DRIFT Radio: Resonant Cities Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

DRIFT Radio: Resonant Cities
9 - 15 May
Sonic Ghosts programme 1

DRIFT: Resonant Cities

How we listen and how aware we are of the 'noise' around us is at the heart of the wealth of works submitted and selected for Resonant Cities, a series of themed radio programmes curated by Robert H. King.

The programmes are presented in three distinct themes. First is ‘Sonic Ghosts’: the works presented for this strand of programmes are reconstructed and processed moments in time and space (John Levack Drever’s ‘Sound-Marked Frankfurt’), events now gone (Pippa Murphy’s ‘Postcard From Paris’), found sound atmospheres (Aaron Ximm’s hypnotic ‘Buriganga Canon’) and visceral rumblings (Alfredo Ramirez Castruita’s ‘Body Territory). Enjoy the journey from calm to unease. Sonic Ghosts programme 1 streams 9 - 15 May.

To listen to the stream, visit the DRIFT web site at http://www.mediascot.org/drift


DRIFT: Resonant Cities introduction

In 'The Art of Noises' 1913, the Futurist Luigi Russolo argued that the limited range of the current musical instruments could no longer satisfy modern man's acoustic thirst and he envisioned "entire symphonies composed of the sounds of everyday life," including "...the muttering of motors that breathe and pulse with an undeniable animality, the throbbing of valves, the bustle of pistons, the starting of a streetcar on the tracks, the flapping of awnings and flags." In the 1950's the American artist and philosopher John Cage was listening for what he described as " the subtle harmonies that were generated by chance in the natural and built environment".

From Glasgow to the Dominican Republic and from Berlin to Mexico City, sonic explorers have engaged with the fragmented city soundscape: the streets, people, snatches of conversation, traffic, obtrusive music, communication intrusions: mobile phones radio traffic, city wildlife and the general clutter of everyday life.

When the open call for submissions for Resonant Cities was issued I had no expectations as to what would be sent in, rather, just a hope that the idea for such a programme would strike a chord and that enough material would be submitted to compile a few broadcasts. When the closing date fell and the entries were sent through to me I was overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the works and their geographical origins. Selecting what would be broadcast was a difficult but enjoyable task. I feel that the works to be presented over the coming weeks show a real sense of originality and experimentation for what was after all a very 'loose' brief.

Those that have been selected come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds: home-taping enthusiasts, musicians, phonographers, artists and radio art producers alike all move between recordings from hand-held cassette recorders to those utilising state of the art in ear binaural microphones. The programmes shift effortlessly from pure documentation, meanderring narratives to processed and structured field recordings that will take you on a sonic journey without leaving the comfort of your own headphones.

The programmes are presented in three distinct themes. 'Sonic Ghosts': reconstructing and processing moments in time and space (John Levack Drever's 'Sound-Marked Frankfurt') and events now gone (Pippa Murphy's 'Postcard From Paris') and found sound atmospheres (Aaron Ximm's hypnotic 'Buriganga Canon'). 'The Narrative Journey': road movies without visuals that retrace paths taken and interact as the journey unfolds. From operatics in the street (Viv Corringham's 'Vocal Strolls'), conversations in the car (Sean Burn's sprawling 'North') to radiophonic fiction of tradition and belonging (Michael Rataj's ' African Beauty in Berlin'), 'The Remembered Journey': sonic postcards of urban architecture (Nicholas Economos's 'Under Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn NYC') to audio picture books (Adrian Newton's 'Resonant Cambridge') and (Lorenza Lucchi Basili's) street musician recordings in Buenos Aires.

Resonant Cities features work by Lorenza Lucchi Basili, Asa Maria Bengtsson, Sean Burn, Lidia Camacho, Claudio Yituey Chea, Heman Chong, Thanos Chrysakis, Joshua G. Churchill, Viv Corringham, John Levack Drever, Nicholas Economos, Simon Fildes, Camilla Hannan, Sebastiane Hegarty, Erdem Helvacioglu, Thomas Joyce, Fergus Kelly, Lara Kohl, Alistair MacDonald, Mhairi Macfarlane & Andrew McKee, Paul Matosic, Roger Mills, Michael McLoughlin, Julianne Monroe, Mario Mota Martinez, Pippa Murphy, Jay Needham, Adrian Newton, Ed Osborn, Herve Perez, Claire Petersen, Andrea Polli, Charlie Pulford, Alfredo Ramirez Castruita, Giuseppe Rapisarda, Michal Rataj, Michael Rodgers, Stanza, Anabella Solano Torres, Pete Stollery, Mark Vernon, Nicholas Virgo, Aaron Ximm.

Further information from the DRIFT website at http://www.mediascot.org/drift

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This is a terriffic site. There is a great deal of stuff to listen to here. It looks like this site gets funding from the government. It's glad to see peoples' taxes in Scotland going to something worthwhile.

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