OSCILLATION RADIO MARATHON
In resonance with the lockdown and the social distancing restrictions, the belgian festival "Oscillation" reviewed its programation by building laboratory for near-continuous broadcast. We've selected some of the fourthy artists who participate during three days of broadcast.
* The future of communication—alienation—downstage.
* Parametrical sound and movement manipulation of the projected images using custom-developed interfaces.
* Inputs do not necessarily lead to expected outputs.
* Causes do not have predetermined consequences.
* No limits. No borders.
Digging in his radio souvenirs, Michael Kreitz of Meakusma came across an early 90s radio show from the now-defunct radio station Rewi, based in a small town in Eastern Belgium. He fondly remembers having to stand in one of the corners of his older brother’s room, with the antenna in his hands, to be able to get a clear signal. The radio show was hosted and created by Bernd Kaulmann & Marc Schumacher with the musical input of Sascha Todd. What you will hear here is a digitised tape of one of the radio shows, a historical document of disorderly youth looking for their own identity in the rural areas of the German speaking community in Belgium. Recorded then and available again now, 28 years later.
Since 2019, Laurent Güdel has visited and worked in several electronic music studios across Europe: EMS Studio in Stockholm; Radio Belgrad, KSYME in Athens; and Willem Twee in Den Bosch near Eindhoven. Each have different histories with roots going back to the 1950s and earlier. Through a series of interviews, exploration of archives and musical creation, he seeks to understand the political, economic, technological and institutional issues related to the emergence of a post-war modern sound. Is early electronic music a “state music”?
Guided by owls and flutes, the listener is ushered through a night of rivers and parades, new wave symphonies and micro-house soccer games. Many of the materials already have a mix-like quality. By reworking them, we get a remix in the form of a mix, if not an invisible composition hiding in the trees.
Juniper Foam is a project by Gary Schultz, director of the concept label Care Of Editions. It seeks out new forms of authorship informed by the world of mixes and microstreams.
A binaural mix providing a new innerspace for lockdowners. One to listen with headphones.
Two interviews with people working in and thinking about informational access, autonomous publishing, contagious education. Sean Dockray is an artist and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and Aaaaarg, both of which use sharing technologies to propose models of learning and accessing information parallel or alternative to institutional education. Brooke Palmieri is a historian, publisher, and rare book antiquarian. In their 2013-2017 PhD, Compelling Reading: The Circulation of Quaker Texts, Palmieri details a relation between Quaker methods of text distribution (crucially tied to the early printing presses) and metaphors of the plague, used to describe a spread of information seen by the Church as uncontrolled, contagious and potentially deadly. At stake in both interviews is the possibility of a (potentially insurgent) public defined by the ways that it transmits texts.
This feature was created around conversations with diverse artists, musicians, and organisers based in Colombia and active in different experimental fields including electroacoustic music, noise music, circuit bending, sound art, hip hop, queer club culture, and electronic music. “Como crear de la nada?” – How to create from nothing?
With testimonies and contributions of: Ana María Romano (Festival En Tiempo Real), Juan Betancurth (El Parche), Carlos Bonil (Posfordismo), José Marulanda (Pildoras Tapes), Jacqueline Nova (Musica Nueva), Diego Cuellar Sarmiento (Las Hermanas), Laura Katic and Ximena Delat (Caperooza/Circuito Sonoro Laboratorio), Lady Hunter and Cobra Tamara (House of Tupamaras).
A multi-lingual collection of recordings scored by sound sculptor AGF. Thirty international feminist contributors, individuals or collectives, were asked to send a short recording on fascism and the importance of feminist struggle against it.