Radio Otherwise

On Tuesday 31.8.2021 from 12:00 until 19:30 (CET) we broadcast the second edition of our special program Radio Otherwise organized by Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes, together with other radio enthusiasts and special guests. We will stream live from Floating University Berlin, the event can be heard on 88,4 FM Berlin / 90,7 FM Potsdam and here on our webradio. This episode presents pieces from Gabi Schaffner, Kate Donovan, JD Zazie, Kamikaze Jones, Meteoro and Arubu Avua & the Satellite Band of Proteus Hybrids

From 19:30 on, Niko de Paula Lefort hosts his show Aural Maps live from KM28, covering the Karlrecords showcase, which will trace aural cartographies while broadcasting three artists with recent or upcoming releases on Berlin's Karlrecords perform in trio formation: Aidan Baker (guitar, effects), Ale Hop (guitar, electronics) & Audrey Chen (voice, electronics).
Image credits: Giacomo Marinsalta and Dominika Majstrowicz

(CET) Titles
12:00 Radio Otherwise opening
14:30 Live Performance by Niko de Paula Lefort
15:30 stranding home
17:30 Goldilocks Zone
18:00 Radio Othewise
19:00 Over and Out
19:30 memorabilia
20:00 Aural Maps
22:30 memorabilia

Aural Maps. EN/FR 180 Min

A non-linear narrative exploration of Aurality throughout sounds, stories and interviews. Aurality is a concept describing the techniques, modalities, embodiments and effects of information 'carried on' or 'engraved in' sound waves and vibrations. The journey will lead us from outer space frequencies captured by giant telescopes to bioacoustics of our planet, from sound artists musique concrète to imagined ecosystems, from oral traditions to radiophony.
This episode takes place live from live from KM28 in Berlin, covering the Karlrecords showcase, which will trace aural cartographies while broadcasting three artists with recent or upcoming releases on Berlin's Karlrecords perform in trio formation: Aidan Baker (guitar, effects), Ale Hop (guitar, electronics) & Audrey Chen (voice, electronics)
credits: Niko de Paula Lefort

Goldilocks Zone. 23 Min

a piece based on mosquitos sounds and self made records on beewax. mosquitos sounds are taken from samples, field recordings by John Grzinich and Stijn Demeulenaere, recordings by Zywx and Forgo from the freesound soundarchive
credits: JD Zazie

Memorabilia. PT/EN, several versions between 20 and 30 Min

Memorabilia is a song-based generative album made by Arubu Avua (Victor Negri) with the Satellite Band of Proteus Hybrids, an imaginary band consisting of algorithms. It is presented as a regular album with 10 to 12 tracks — except they are different every day. The titles and running order, the arrangements, instruments, effects, mixing, along with the keys and scales, all change. On top of that, the vocals for each track are sung in a different order, which means the lyrics are also different. The album artwork varies as well, being distorted variations of a single original image. The album itself is shape-shifting and elusive like human memory, although it is being scrambled by the perfectly organized memory of a computer. The song lyrics (in Portuguese and English) are fragments of past events, constantly recombined and never fully remembered. It is an endless remix without an original version. The project is hosted by the Society for Nontrivial Pursuits (S4NTP) and its most recent version can be heard on s4ntp.org/memorabilia
credits: Victor Negri

Over and Out. 21 Min

Over and Out is an experimental radio play that mines the history of—and utilizes—CB radio to sonically investigate the underrepresented legacies of gay cruising culture in the trucker community. CB radio in the United States has historically subversive connotations: primarily as a tool to evade police detection during the 1973 oil crisis, in which a nationally mandated speed limit hindered truck drivers’ productivity and earnings. CB radios were further implemented as a means of organizing blockades to protest the speed limit and, concurrently, to discreetly facilitate sex work. The implicit risks of chance homosexual encounters on the open road (exposure, arrest, persecution) were significantly reduced by the ‘misuse’ of these devices. For this piece, in addition to the manipulation of archival and field recordings, Kamikaze will quite literally ‘cruise the airwaves’ of the Hudson Valley and incorporate the raw recordings of his encounters to explore the innately queer hauntologies and dissident materialities of CB radio. How does CB radio, an arguably outmoded tool that is nevertheless still used today, continue to inform sexual ideologies? Has the lineage of these technologies moved further away from—or closer to—a homosocial syntax? To what extent have these devices permanently sculpted the semiotics of queer consciousness? It is Kamikaze’s objective to immerse himself in these conceptual inquiries as both an active participant and a sonic medium, to receive and transmit some of the spectral mysteries that exist within these obscured correspondences.
Kamikaze Jones is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often explores extended vocal technique, queer hauntologies, and ritualized erotic transcendence. His recent practice has been focused on cultivating both sonic and sculptural sanctuary for the ghosts of public sex. He is a co-founder of The Anchoress Syndicate, a poetry and performance collective based in New York City. Instagram
credits: Kamikaze Jones

Radio Otherwise. EN. 60 Min

Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes in live conversation with special guests about listening, ecologies and cybernetics brought together by radio's complex materialities and cultural traditions.
Radio Otherwise
Together with a wide network of radio enthusiasts, Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes explore the plurality of experiences involved in radio-making in connection to ecological thinking. Radio Otherwise is an ongoing artistic research project motivated by the many knots which art, knowledge-making/sharing and communication encounter.

Thinking and doing radio otherwise means focussing beyond purely anthropogenic transmissions, recognising relationality within the spectrum of more-than-human radio ecologies: the sun's rays, lightning strikes, meteors, the radio memories held in soil from radioactive pollutants. It also means to research and reflect upon alternative histories and forms of radio-making through its complex materialities and multifarious aural traditions; special attention is paid to the spatial qualities of radio and radio-making, from experimenting with nomadic outdoor studios, building small-scale transmission ecologies (Friz), to observing how the frequency spectrum is occupied in place of rich biodiversity (Krause).
Radio Otherwise promotes radio's emancipatory potential, inspired by pirate, free and community radios, as well as the MiniFM movement (Kogawa), and supported by decolonial and feminist literature and practices. It recognises the recent turn towards bioacoustics and the connected practices of listening as ways to re-connect with 'nature'. But the power dynamics of listening can be just as violent as those of 'the gaze'. Radio Otherwise brings listening together in a constellation with ecologies and cybernetics, in an attempt to carefully and critically move beyond the human/nature dichotomy, to deal with messy boundary-crossings in order to recognise situated relationalities with/in place; we seek dialogical relations with environments, through the development of 'media' as well knowledge sharing/making processes, encouraged by the boundlessness of radio's artistic and cultural expressions. In this way, listening and radio-making can also be methods to sit with uncomfortable relationalities, the relentlessness of the Anthropocene.
credits: Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes

stranding home. EN. 120 Min

post-holiday stranded feelings and washed out memories of sommerlügen and sommerflüge. Giacomo and Johanna's ausklang from the holidays returning home.
credits: Giacomo Marinsalta & Johanna Weber







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