Radio Otherwise: listening, ecologies and cybernetics

From Tuesday 29.6.2021 12:00 until 06:00 of the following day (CET) we broadcast our special program Radio Otherwise organized by Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes, together with Patrique Degen, Manuel Hoffmann, Dominika Majstrowicz, Giacomo Marinsalta, Jann Rasmus Petersen, Sophie Warmbrunn and Johanna Weber.
We will stream live from Berlin summer outdoors along with trees, concrete, frogs, bees, hums buzzes and bells, wood and woods, and many other hosts and guests. Radio Otherwise is an extension of a seminar taking place since April 2021 at the Uni Potsdam, in which participants explored the plurality of experiences involved in radio-making in connection to ecological thinking experimenting with different sound technologies and radio ecologies, with a special consideration for radio-making as a collective practice and shared listening experience.
Special thanks to Prinzessinengarten Moritzplatz, Gartenarbeitschule Wedding, Gilly Karjevsky, Rosario Talevi, Eliza Chojnacka, Hannah Lu, Niko de Paula Lefort, Nica Bue, Felicity Mangan, Martin Howse, Constantin Engelmann and Till Boverman (PLONK), and Martin Kuentz.
image credits: Dominika Majstrowicz and Giacomo Marinsalta

(CET) Titles
12:00 Opening
12:30 Live performance by Patrique Degen
13:00 Kochen und Giessen
13:30 Ohne Titel
14:00 Mulchen
15:00 Trees
15:15 In Circular Motion - hop on to the orbital railway Berlin
15:30 Ambivalent situation
17:00 HOOOPS
18:00 Radio Otherwise
19:00 Live Performance by Niko de Paula Lefort
19:30 Places and Placelessness
20:30 Shit Platypus Says
22:00 Aural Maps
01:00 calle tus ojos - shut up your eyes

Ambivalent Situation. EN. 60 Min

Organic ambiences and electronic sounds dressing a reshaped impression and relation to and of space and temporality throughout the pandemic.
credits: Giacomo Marinsalta

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 has the pleasure to interview transmission artist Ioana Vremer Moser.
credits: Niko de Paula Lefort

Calle tus ojos - Shut up your eyes. various languages. 30 Min

_Calle esos ojos: el silencio en tiempos de sordera – Shut up those eyes: silence in times of deafness _with sonic miniatures by art students from Bogota in Colombia and Berlin in Germany created during the covid19 pandemic in the spring of 2021.
credits: Anne Wellmer, Valeria Arango Garcia, Elena Hoyos Morales, Maria Paula Quintero Escorcia, Sofia Alejandra Stocker Tobler, Yigit Daldikler, Juan Pablo Gaviria Bedoya, Jiaweng Wang, Nerya Shohat.


Live conversation with hooops - a research club and travelling community library for books on medicinal plants and mushrooms. Hooops is a plattform for sharing, exchanging, and storing knowledge about the potentials of local plants and substances that could be used in contexts of healing and therapy. Hooops shares books, knowledge and recipes. 
  Currently hooops is based in Berlin and coordinated by sculptor and art therapist in training Astarte Posch (she/her) and Elisa Pieper (she/her) who is a bookseller in Kreuzberg. They will come by the nomadic outdoor Radio Otherwise studio to talk a bit about hooops and read from their research project Corn demonology/Brot der Träume which is collection of historical and contemporary narratives about ergot (Mutterkorn).
credits: Astarte Posch, Elisa Pieper and Jann Rasmus Petersen

Kochen und Giessen. DE. 30 Min

hören ist lernen

lernen ist leben

leben ist wachsen

wachsen ist lecker

credits: Manuel Hoffmann

In Circular Motion - hop on to the orbital railway Berlin. DE. 4 Min

Join Aline and me on a ride around the city with the famous Ringbahn - a transit railway system that circles Berlin seemingly never ending. How do you spend your time in this transit zone? How do you occupy yourself in this non-place? How do pass the time waiting to arrive - maybe nowhere, maybe where you started from?
credits: Johanna Weber

Mulchen. EN. 60 Min

Dominika, Jann and Monai in live conversation with Nica Bue from the Prinzessinnengarten Moritzplatz about the garden and its different composting systems, chatting about and playing current experiments on bioacoustics.
credits: Dominika Majstrowicz, Jann Rasmus Petersen, Monai de Paula Antunes and Nica Bue

Live Performance by Niko de Paula Lefort. 30 Min

Composer, musician, field-recordist and transmission artist Niko de Paula Lefort performs at the outdoor urban green studio a generative composition set up with different kinds of microphones and micro fm transmitters, through a modular synthetiser.
credits: Niko de Paula Lefort

Ohne Titel - Untitled. 15 Min

(Bitte Kopfhörer benutzen, wenn möglich.)
Ich habe ein Mikrofon im Hinterhof des Hauses vergaben, in dem ich wohne. Jeden Tag gehe ich dort runter und mache Aufnahmen mit diesem Mikrofon in der Erde. Ich will hören, welche Signale das Mikrofon von seiner Umgebung dort aufnimmt, aber ich höre auch gewissermaßen dem Mikrofon selbst zu, wie sich seine Funktion bedingt durch die Relation zu seiner Umgebung verändert. Durch diese Veränderungen entstehen neue Signale. Das Mikrofon ist dabei gleichzeitig auch eine Wanze, mit der ich den Hinterhof abhören kann. Und das Mikrofon geht kaputt, es wird unbrauchbar und damit nach und nach zu Müll, zum gleichen Schrott, der überall herum liegt auf den Straßen und in den Büschen der Parks in der Stadt. Müll als Material, dessen Partikel und Bestandteile nahezu allgegenwärtig geworden sind in dieser Welt. Ist es Müll, den ich nun hören kann? Oder wem oder was höre ich hier zu? Was sind die Relationen und Verbindungen, die sich hier ergeben, was vermitteln sie? Sind die Signale lediglich Störungen oder Fehlfunktionen oder nicht vielmehr Hinweis auf ein Soundscape, dass verborgene Ebenen einer Wirklichkeit wahrnehmbar macht als Ergebnis von allgegenwärtigen Relationen zwischen Umwelten und artifiziellen Objekten?

(Please use headphones if possible.)
I have buried a microphone in the backyard of the house where I live. Every day I go down there and make recordings with this microphone in the ground. I want to hear what signals the microphone picks up from its environment there, but I also listen, in a sense, to the microphone itself, how its function changes due to its relation to its environment. These changes give rise to new signals. At the same time, the microphone is also a wire with which I can listen to the backyard. And the microphone will be destroyed, it will become unusable, and thus, little by little, it will become garbage. The same garbage that is lying around everywhere on the streets and in the bushes of the parks in the city. Garbage as a material whose particles and components have become almost ubiquitous in this world. Is it garbage that I can hear now? Or to whom or what am I listening here? What are the relations and connections that arise here, what do they convey? Are the signals merely disturbances or malfunctions or are they not rather indications of a soundscape that makes hidden levels of a reality perceptible as the result of omnipresent relations between environments and artificial objects?
credits: Jann Rasmus Pettersen

Live performance by Patrique Degen. 15 Min

Experimental live performance with fm detector, effect pedals and synthesizer.
credits: Patrique Degen

Places and Placelessness. 60 Min

Ringbahn-soundscape, this mix could be used as musical background for your daydreams, traveling with the public transport, circling the city, watching the landscape pass by and thinking of something outside the orbital shape you’re in.
credits: Johanna Weber

Radio Otherwise. EN. 60 Min

Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes live conversation about listening, ecologies and cybernetics brought together by radio's complex materialities and cultural traditions.
credits: Kate Donovan and Monai de Paula Antunes

Shit Platypus Says. EN, 83 Min.

Episode 36: On Judas & the Black Messiah, Kill the Bill and Platypus Summer Readings Shit Platypus Says (SPS) is a podcast dedicated to reflecting on the current state of politics and culture in the post-Trump era. SPS takes its name from Platypus: a political organisation dedicated to education on the history of the Left and ultimately to the reconstitution of the Left internationally. We take our name from the strange egg-laying duck-billed mammal that seems to make no sense to natural history, whose characteristics make it hard to categorise. Like the Australian animal, Platypus brings disparate perspectives that usually would seem to not belong together. Platypus’s education provides a way of understanding the world -- history, politics and culture -- a way of providing a plausible explanation for what exists from a Left-centric point of view. In order to make sense of the present, amidst the crisis of Neoliberalism, we find it necessary to acknowledge the historical failure of Marxism and decline of the Left in the 20th century, to investigate the various positions on the Left, and to evaluate their saliency for an emancipatory politics of the present.
On this three-part episode of SPS, Sophia and Pamela catch up to discuss Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah (2021). They reflect upon the director’s interpretation of the Black Panther Party and how questions of black radicalism, the police and the authoritarian state bear on our present moment.
In the second segment Sophia sits down with Novara Media’s Commissioning Editor, Rivka Brown to consider the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSC Bill) and the anti-austerity Left. Rivkah touches on what the potential abolition of the police might mean for the ‘Left’. Finally, Platypus’ Chief Pedagogue, Chris Cutrone, introduces our Summer Reading Groups and gives a taster of what’s in-store.
You can find our more about our Summer Reading Groups here:
Summer Reading Group 2021: Adorno’s Negative Dialectics
Summer Reading Group 2021: Hegel and Marxism
Summer Reading Group 2021: The Black Question and the Left from 1776 to BLM
credits: Hosted by Sophia F., Pamela N. and Andreas W., with original tracks by Tamas Vilaghy, and editing assistance by Michael Woodson.

Trees. EN. 20 Min

Prinzessinnengarten is surrounded by an anthropogenic soundscape. There is a loud construction site nearby, street sounds, shops, restaurants, cafes, cars, bikes, people. This soundpiece is an attempt to bring attention to the sounds of the garden. The ones made by a small orchestra of trees. Movement of branches, leaves, amplified by the wind. Happening at the same time (as all of the sounds of the city), but sometimes lost in between. You will listen to three different species. First you will hear their movement separately. And then, all of their sounds, compiled together, as an attempt to grasp the soundscape trees create everyday for our ears. Sounds were recorded with PLONK microphones. If possible, wear headphones.
credits: Dominika Majstrowicz

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