Alessandro Bosetti was born in Milan in 1973. He lives in Berlin, the USA and Italy, and works as a musician, writer for radio, composer and sound artist. Many of his works deal with the sounds, irregularities and "errors" of speaking and translating. Most recently he was awarded the Phonurgia Nova prize 2012 for his composition “636″ (RTBF 2010) and the IDAF prize 2013 for his performance “Mask Mirror” an instrument and software that reorganizes speech for musical purposes enacting an electronic ventriloquism.
Stefano Giannotti, born in Lucca, Tuscany in 1963.
He has produced international award-winning radio compositions and radio plays since 1989.
Winner of the SWR Karl Sczuka Prize for the second time for "Geologica" (following "Il tempo cambia" in 2002).
"Good evening ... we're playing 'Telephone' on air." These words opened a four-hour broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur's medium and long wave frequencies on 21 March 2009. On the World Day of Poetry the sound artist Alessandro Bosetti transformed the medium of radio into a gigantic sound poetry generator. Broadcast messages on the edge of intelligibility were received by listeners around the world, transcribed, and returned to the radio station from where they were broadcast once again until this became an abstract, musical, mysterious and humorous sound composition.Arcoparlante is a "speaking arc". An international electromagnetic festival of language games, absurdities, creative transmission errors.
Johannes S. Sistermanns, born in 1955, is an internationally renowned composer, installation and performance artist, and lives near Cologne. Numerous awards, including the SWR Karl Sczuka Prize in 1997 and the WDR German Sound Art Award in 2008. From 1997 to 2010, he was vice-president of the DEGEM, German Society for Electroacoustic Music.
Production SWR - Short List Phonurgia Nova Awards 2013
Selected for Ars Acustica EBU broadcasting.
On the outskirts of Baden Baden lies the Convent of Lichtenthal. Cistercians nuns have been praying and working here since 1245. Their life is conditioned by working for their living. In earlier times, this was only agriculture, but today the sisters have their own school and artists' workshops, or they accommodate guests for a temporary stay. How can this life be "heard" via the media of microphone and sound mixer technology, how can that be artistically represented which can not be said but only shown?
Dr. Viktoria Tkaczyk, born 1976 in Lindenberg (Allgäu), is Assistant Professor for Arts and New Media at Amsterdam University, and researcher at Max Planck Institut for the History of Science Berlin. She has studied theater science in Munich, Berlin and Madrid, and she has worked for major German newspapers as a journalist and theater critic.
Marcus Gammel, born in Bremen in 1975, studied musicology, literature and philosophy in Berlin, Paris and New York. Works as radio producer, dramatruge and music journalist. Since 2009, he directs the sound art programme of Deutschlandradio Kultur. Prix Phonurgia Nova 2005 for "Europas Wahn" (with Viktoria Tkaczyk).
Prix Phonurgia Nova 2005
„Europas Wahn“ (Europe's Craze) is translating the European continent’s founding myth into the sounds of present-day life. The Rape of Europe – the ancient story of Zeus transforming into a bull in order to capture the Phoenician princess – is retold with the voices of European women who work with bulls: peasants from southern Germany, a French bull breeder, and a German butcher. Their statements are interwoven with the ancient calls and hollers that have always accompanied the encounter of (wo)men and animals. The only male voice of the piece is reciting the myth’s earliest existing version, written by Moschos in the 2nd century BC.
Andreas Bick, born in Marl in 1964, lives and works as a film and radio composer in Berlin. His sound composition "Dripping" was awarded the Prix Ars Acustica 2000 by the WDR. His piece "Windscapes" produced for Deutschlandradio Berlin received the Karl Sczuka Prize in 2002. In 2006 and 2007 the two radio plays fire pattern and frost pattern were created with which Bick won the Phonurgia Nova Award in 2008. The composition Chronostasis received the Silver World Medal for best sound at the New York Festivals Awards in 2009. Andreas Bick also wrote the music for the dance theater choreography The Waste Land by Ismael Ivo, which premiered at the Biennale in Venice in 2009.
"The two related sound compositions fire pattern and frost pattern listen to the sounds of fire and ice, and, through their identical structure, emphasize the acoustic relationship between the two temperature poles. Fire pattern deals with the sound phenomena that occur during combustion processes and high temperatures. Centre stage is given to sound recordings of volcanoes and geysers from Vanuatu, Costa Rica, Iceland and Sicily. Besides this, the prolonged tones of the singing flames and a spectrum of the quietest heat and fire noises, recall the role of fire as man's constant companion throughout the course of civilization." (Bick)
The forbidding barrenness and beauty of Arctic deserts are the starting point for the sound composition "Frost Pattern". Sounds produced only by ice are the focus of an acoustic journey. It leads from Greenland's enormous glaciers to the barely audible tinkling of ice-covered trees in native climes. A permanently frozen world is acoustically described, beneath the surface of which enormous tensile forces are acting. In fascinating original recordings, the action of these forces can be imagined: with glaciers calving, icebergs rolling and bursting and cracks forming in the icy surfaces of frozen lakes. This extremely loud explosive sounds are contrasted with the microscopic sounds made during the formation of frost structures.
This acoustical poem confronts us with the fragility and mortality of the body,
with the subtle signs which it radiates, as
well as with hidden beauties, which appear unexpectedly.
Audio point of departure is the Theme of the E-flat major Variations by Robert Schumann. The singer heard the melody through headphones and improvised upon it.
Speaker: David Johnson
Singing voice: Carla Johnson
born 1959 in Deventer, Holland. He studied piano at the Conservatory of Arnhem and later studied composition.
He became artistic director of the CEM-Studio (Centre for Electronic Music) in 1999.
He is also working as editor / producer, for the department of contemporary music at VPRO Radio's Channel 4.
Chantal Dumas, born in Quebec in 1959, sound artist, composer and author of radio plays. She has won a number of awards including the Hungarian Sound Art Prize EAR 1997 and the French Prix Phonurgia Nova in 1997 and 2001. "Les petits riens" was awarded the Prix Bohemia 2010.
"Der Duft der Frauen" (The Perfume of Women) is a sound study of the major migratory movements in civilizations and in nature. It correlates the mysterious cyclical movements of the waters of the Atlantic with the emigration of Europeans to America. Part Two is a kind of parody of the longing for "Elsewhere" and the new Part Three deals with crossing and respecting every sort of boundary. This third part was awarded the "EAR 97" at the end of 1997, the Hungarian Radio's Prize for acoustic art. And the entire three-part work received another award in January: Chantal Dumas won the "Palmarès", the most important French radio play prize, awarded annually in Arles, in the Acoustic Art category.
Hanna Hartman, born in Sweden, lives and works in Berlin. Studied dramatics and literature at the universities of Uppsala and Stockholm, as well as Radio and Interactive Media at the DI and Electro-Acoustic Music at EMS in Stockholm.
Karl-Heinz Mauermann, born in 1958, works in the border areas between visual art, music and literature.
Karl-Heinz Mauermann und Frank Niehusmann have appeared live as the duo "khmfn" with video-sound performances for some years now.
Frank Niehusmann, born in 1960, is an author and composer for theatre and film, video and sound installations, concerts and CD productions. He worked as a radio and television author before he became known internationally as a composer of electronic music and a live performer on open reel analogue tape machines. Winner of numerous awards, including 2002 at the International Competition for Electroacoustic Music in Bourges for "Untertagemusik Nr. 1" (Underground music No. 1). "Maschinen - ein Hörspiel" (Machines - a radio play) which he produced with Karl-Heinz Mauermann won the 2006 Phonurgia Nova competition.
Engines rattle, pile drivers thunder, electric beepsaccompany mechanic, hydraulic and pneumatic sounds. Karl-Heinz's Mauermann's fragments of text mix themselves into Frank Niehusmann's symphonically compacted sound space. Grim machine haters have their say as do emphatic future optimists. The reports are of loud machinery from an almost bygone age, but also of new and different equipment. All of the sounds are original 20th century. Although some are already extinct, the last generation machines scrapped, the spirits of "our" machines continue to haunt us.
Nord Rute, is the first of four ambisonic projects, inspired by the literary works, drawings and soundscapes of the Sámi multi-artist Nils Aslak Valkeapää. "Nord Rute" takes the Norwegian Sámi as its central thème. They are the only ethnic group in the European Union classified as an indigenous people. They are a minority that inhabit four countries – Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia and have their own language and culture in which music and art have emerged as influential tools in the process of maintaining community and identity.
Part docu-poem, part music score, part folk tale and part sound montage, Nord Rute captures the events of a reindeer migration to their spring birthing pastures on the shores of Porsangerfjord, northern Norway. Ross travelled 450 kilometres across vast plateaus, through valleys and over frozen lakes with Klemet Amund Eira and his ‘siida’ – a collective of Sámi herding families – and their reindeer. Klemet’s family have been travelling with the reindeer from time immemorial. Ross recorded the age-old journey together with mountain recordings of Ingor Antte Ailu Gaup Joiking – an improvisational expression of self and nature intended to translate the ‘essence’ of a person or place into song – and his contemplations on the Noaide (Sámi Shaman).
Incorporated into the narrative is an interpretation of Valkeapää’s poem ‘No.272’, from his book ‘The Sun, My Father’, with spoken word by Synnøve Persen and processed Mbira performed by Ross. Synnøve was recorded in woods near her homeplace in Porsanger. Poem No.272 is about a reindeer herd on the move examining the Sámis’ complex terms for describing reindeer and sounds of the arctic tundra.
Amidst the dense, gritty field recordings and sound design, poet Ánde Somby travels between city soundscapes, tundra and underworld offering thoughts on his connection to the tundra, dreamtime, the gift of the reindeer from the ‘underground people’ and what the hunted animal has to say to the hunter, whilst echoing Valkeapää’s message on the importance of traditions, the bringing together of cultures and what people and industrialisation can learn from indigenous, ancient knowledge systems.
Nord Rute was performed live through a 12 speaker ambisonic array at the Barents Spektakel Festival in Norway from the centre of a giant ice maze beneath the northern lights. A stereo version was adapted for radio on Deutschlandradio Kultur.
of departure for this sailboat trip is Opus 72 by Franz Schubert. By the use of
analog and digital electronics we sail
on a sea of fantasy and distance ourselves step by step from the original. The landing is uncertain..
Speaker: David Johnson
Text: Friedrich Leopold, Count of Stolberg-Stolberg
Felix Kubin, born 1969, graduate psychotronician. Experimental musician and radio artist. Composes futurstic chamber music and performs live throughout the whole of Europe. He explores the effects of noise phenomena, specializing in Dadatronic and Sci-Fi Pop for his own label "Gagarin Records".
In the late 1950’s, the first vinyl audio recordings for home use appeared. They had names like „The Set“, „Music to Underlay“ and „Sounds in Stereo, with Alignment Grooves and Announcements“, and were directed primarily at „the home-movie maker, and friend of audio and slide shows“. In the piece presented here, Felix Kubin compiled a polymorphic sound library based on this format, which aims to free sounds from the catalog. A combinatorial game with real and fake names throws modes of listening into ever greater confusion, and cedes to the audio artefacts’ own communication with one another. Identification grooves begin to flicker. A sound log dissolves into its constituent parts. The previously well-arranged recorded past attains a new archaic presence of multiple audio fictions.
Fragments of classical music are not always the point of departure of a composition. In "Some funny stuff" I blend a Bouzouki melodic fragment together with sentences from a pocket novel. Together they sound like a "yearning loop".
An homage to summer. Sound pictures of intense moments, elusive moods.
Familiar sounds introduce a summer day, but are soon covered and colored by strange ones.
Joaquin Cofreces, born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, lives as a composer and writer for radio in Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego). Numerous awards, including Prix Phonurgia Nova 2009.