Raudio #06

october 12, 2005.

Playing now the first in a new series of PARK4DTV's Raudio web streams ... raudio As part of the core of this latest Raudio stream, you hear:
..Out takes from the recordings we made of this summer's Inside/Outside Paradiso placard, with performances by FukNRol, Vacca and Hoelzl, and 0 OK, 0:1.
..Five extracts from Bastilles Ensevelies by FlexRex (Eric Houzet), electro-acoustic variations on the soundscape of the parisian place de la Bastille.
..The fine Dunstanburgh Castle piece, by Daniel Patrick Quinn, appears courtesy of the scottish Suilven Recordings label.
..Five tracks by Friendly Rich, from Brampton, Ontario (Canada). (The selected tracks, including the short 'e-story' Magnified Lyle, all have a definite zappaesque feel to them. I guess that's partly due to me choosing. Richard's work is highly 'eclectic', and the CD's he sent me some time ago actually do show a great diversity in styles ...)
..Synchronize, by Frans van Lent (the Netherlands). The work is part of the 2005 edition of the Web Biennal, and "to be used with headphones on portable audio" ... I guess you'll 'see' why when you hear it come streaming along. (Frans's contribution was the reason that I also added Pastorale to this Raudio edition, from the first volume of my Sound Chronicles. The two tracks do form an interesting pair, I think; matching as much as they contrast ...)
..I picked some of the atmospheric and ambient pieces among Eric Saliege's (France) Sleeping tracks.
Ate M. Hes ..Five new 'plunderphonicy sound bites' by Ate M. Hes from Utrecht, the Netherlands (see picture).
..ciao jazzclub is a project of 'roaming dutchman' Rinus van Alebeek, this particular project being a cooperation with Tibor Macek. Among the many noteworthy events Rinus has been involved in lately, I particularly like the illegal concert in Ragusa, "a very beautiful baroque town in the south of Sicily". Tourists visiting Ragusa "often find it difficult to find the way, since the old town is full of narrow winding streets," the trio explained on their Urban Scoring Kit (Kit per la Sonorizzazione Urbana) web page [ no longer available online ]. So one august morning this summer, Rinus, Antonio Mainenti and Dario Sanfilippo (aka Tirriddiliu - you may have heard some of his work as part of Raudio #01) decided to 'help them out' ...: "We put up some signs, in the wrong direction of course, leading pass the courtyard where we held our illegal concert ... " ...
..Three tracks by redTHumbs, from Tisanesound's online catalogue of some eleven CD's worth of thoughtfully crafted sound works (Mark Webster - an englishman living in Paris - and friends) ...
..Among the sounds/tracks that I contributed myself there is the short "Nature_s" series, composed just before the summer mainly from sounds/recordings provided for that purpose by students from Jay Needham's (last year's) class at the R&T department of the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
..Most recent among the tracks now playing at Raudio's are parts of takes from rehearsals by Cosmodrone, an impromptu eclectronica ensemble, made up of Emmanuel Ferrand, Eric Houzet, Cyrill Hoffmeyer and myself, by now all set to perform over the weekend of october 14th (twice; first on friday evening during the soirée moûles-frites, then once again on saturday), in Châlons-en-Champagne, at the 1st European UFO Congress ... ("Careful with that link, Eugene!" ... "aaargggrhaahhhhh ...!" ... though I'm sure that it does not hide anything vicious, on my Tibook it is something of a browser crasher at times :-) ...

Cosmodrone Cosmodrone

What, together with the conference's over-the-top web site, really convinced me that I should come along on this curious trip into the wondrous worlds of 'weird science' was the Bontempi HF201 electronic organ that I found, just a couple of weeks ago on the pavement near my local supermarket. Now that was a sign if ever I got one! The idea of playing the Bontempi and my Korg MS20 in the very midst of some of the world's greatest connaisseurs of flying saucers and ET's, contemplating the truths of all that's out there and among us while feasting upon plates filled with french fries and mussels ... would you have been able to resist? ... And no, none of us has the slightest idea of what to expect there in the Parc des Expositions of the town of Châlons.

But then, of course, that is part of the fun ...

[ link: Wikipedia on Ufology ]

Bontempi Cosmodrone

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Read about the ookoi elsewhere:
ANNUAL, 1, december 2023 (Korm Plastics) - Green-tainted hyperbole, quailish quirks and summer-flies. The inscrutable genius of the ookoi.
eContact! 21.2, july 2023 - Towards an Unhearable Music. Conceptualism in the ookoi's art.
Gonzo #88, september/october 2008 - Zelfcomponerende Klankstukken

Read about the ookoi and Raudio and Stduio on the SoundBlog:
(2023, december 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (ii) - A Year in the Rear (2023)
(2023, december 16+) - Awesome Foursomes (xi) - No. 178
(2023, december 16+) - Awesome Foursomes (x) - No. 789
(2023, december 16+) - Awesome Foursomes (ix) - No. 329
(2023, august 20) - Three days of residency at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels
(2022, april 25) - Awesome Foursomes (viii) - No. 664
(2022, march 31) - Awesome Foursomes (vii) - No. 138
(2022, february 20) - Awesome Foursomes (vi) - No. 419
(2021, november 01) - Awesome Foursomes (v) - No. 954
(2021, august 20) - Awesome Foursomes (iv) - No. 793
(2021, july 18) - Awesome Foursomes (iii) - No. 562
(2021, july 09) - Awesome Foursomes (ii)- No. 284
(2021, june 21) - Awesome Foursomes (i) - No. 019
(2021, may 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (i)
(2020, january 26) - STDUIO Arti: aLife @Hal-fIve
(2020, january 25) - STDUIO Arti: The LⒶst Weekend
(2019, march 03) - ookoi 2.0: the remake of a spect[r]al b[r]and
(2017, april 12) - 1024
(2015, march 07) - The men once in green are now writing a book!
(2014, may 09) - You are NOT Hier!
(2013, july 03) - How to keep devils away
(2013, may 06) - Next Numbr!
(2012, june 24) - Ninja Fruit Plus Instruments
(2012, may 06) - Y.3 = Yltra !
(2012, may 06) - Our final gig / Ons laatste optreden
(2010, may 23) - 'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'
(2010, april 02) - [Second Life and WudyWudy]
(2010, january 05) - ookoi: onderood
(2009, november 17) - Soli Deo Gloria !
(2009, october 10) - Project Icarus OST
(2009, august 24) - ookoi ShakeNRoll
(2009, july 18) - Pure . Reactive . Music . Hack Day
(2009, april 07) - "Blood and Bottom" (Raudi0GaGa)
(2009, february 21) - Insular arithmetic (ookoi toont)
(2009, january 31) - A glimpse of Heesbeen
(2009, january 15) - Rien à voir
(2008, october 02) - The right to be slow
(2008, june 06) - Raudio Graffiti: almost live !
(2008, february 24) - The Great Washing
(2007, december 04) - I'm an island
(2007, november 20) - Live Beyond the Paradiso, Amsterdam
(2007, september 04) - leve ookoi! (3)
(2007, august 22) - leve ookoi! (2)
(2007, august 12) - leve ookoi! (1)
(2007, april 12) - Back to Berlin [Raudio 11/15]
(2007, march 24) - Vicky, Killers and Avatars
(2007, february 15) - Every presentation is a premiere
(2007, january 25) - 1024 Waarden, by ookoi
(2007, january 19) - Preparations for a Second Life
(2006, november 05) - Cellarlar Heroes
(2006, october 20) - Funky shit
(2006, august 14) - placard : la générale
(2006, july 07) - de-'tails of lite house keeping'
(2006, may 06) - jam karet?
(2006, april 04) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [3] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 20) - raudio @cosman's
(2006, march 12) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [2] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 03) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [1] [Raudio 07]
(2005, october 12) - Raudio #06 [Raudio 06]
(2005, september 25) - 0 OK, 0:1, life on ze road
(2005, july 31) - Outside - Inside Paradiso
(2005, june 18) - Sand-Y da-Y #5-7 [Raudio 05]
(2005, june 05) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #04 - da birds
(2005, may 26-24) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #03, #02, #01 - Crew cut ; "The truth is out here" ; ::
(2005, may 14) - 9 Beet Stretch [Raudio Special]
(2005, march 31) - Raudio #04 :: "GespRek 1982-2005" [Raudio 04]
(2005, february 10) - raudio #3 (drie/three) [Raudio 03]
(2004, december 08) - pure sound [Raudio 02]
(2004, november 24) - other, and good news! [Raudio 01]
(2004, october 10) - raudio launched
(2004, september 24) - made in ameland
(2004, june 09) - boyzz buzz # listen!global corpus
(2004, may 20-31) - >∞-îl_o_tré

Read some of the ookoi's papers in pdf:
(2014) - Localized Sounds, Sounding Locations.
Presented at the International Symposium "Locative Media and Sound Art", Kortrijk (be)
(2007) - ookoi - Uptime Publishing Demonstration. (With Jay Needham.)

ookoi - The works:
(2015—now) :: writing b.ookoi: pick a number!
(2017) Weekly, 10'24" :: ookoi dooki podcast
(2014) HIER - iPhone app, 4 track album of localized Future Popp
(2013) Y ¬ Y.1024 (HTML5 web app)
(2013) Wandelzand - iPhone app, soundwalk for the Dutch isle of Ameland
(2012) Palm Top Theatre V2
(2010) WudyWudy, machina movie, filmed in Second Life by Evo Szuyuan (trailer)
(2009) ookoi_@_E@rport, Amsterdam - channel 19 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2009) ShakeNRoll, Project Icarus OST - scenes for the RJDJ reactive music iPhone platform
(2009) iRingg®, iPhone ringtones
(2009) 2525 (video)
(2008) L'Ecoute - public space screen video
(2008) Jam Karet I & Jam Karet IV - pocket movies
(2007) Live beyond the Paradiso (USB-stick data-dump)
(2007) Leve ookoi! - channel 16 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) 1024 (DVD)
(2007) 1024 Waarden - flash animation
(2006) "Roam Stroam" - channel 12 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2006) Tijdrekken - flash animation
(2005) Sand-Y (Zandoog) - channel 7 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2004) Muziektafel-Tafelmuziek (CD)
(1980) Signs and Symptoms

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october 12, 2005.

A couple of weeks ago, on sunday september 25th, C. and I briefly attended the 4ème Festival de théâtre radiophonique francophone (festival of 'francophonic radio fiction'), that was being held (on september 23, 24 and 25) in the Maison du Geste et de l'Image in the rue Saint-Denis, Paris Ie. Somewhat curious indeed, to find such a 'sound only' event taking place in an institution that - when taken literally - was named so very 'visually' ... home of gesture and image ... :-) ... But on the other hand - taken only slightly less in a literal way ... could anything be more full of both gesture and image than some of the best musics and well conceived sounds?
And the mgi does provide a wonderful space right in the center of Paris ...

The festival's 'infrastructrure' proved to be impressive enough. Visitors could choose between three ways to listen to the 'audio projections' of the radio plays. We tried all three of them.

Started listening in a 'dusky lounge' space, where we heard a 'fantasy play' with the intriguing title Reconstruction phonétique d'une vérité historique ou les couleurs perdues d'un ptérodactyle, by Vincent Ravalec and Jean-Matthieu Zahnd. Not a bad place to sit and listen, except for the fact that the settees placed along the wall were pretty uncomfortable, allowing one neither to properly sit, nor properly lie back in. Which made the fifty minutes passed in/on them seem on the longish side.

We then heard Babe Touré's Où est ton frère ?, in the far bigger 'theatre', where we sat in rows, like in the movies, watching the two big loudspeakers up front ... Well, it's an old story, of course, but there is no way getting used to sitting with a bunch of others in a theatre and only listen without having something/anything, however vaguely related (images, musicians, actors, dancers ...), to look at. Be it, like here, a radio play; or an 'acousmatic music' concert ... Has been observed again, and again, of course. Lots been written about this, much within the context of 'tape music' concerts. Often also the audience has been blamed. For being spoiled, or not willing to make an effort. Yeah, they should just sit still, close their eyes and 'deep listen' ... Well, I have tried. Often. And I dare say that I am a very experienced listener. Willing to make the effort, and appreciating - often very much so - the sound works and musics that I thus heard. But I continue to feel that there's something not quite right about it.

I am sure by now that this experience of 'discomfort' is not merely a matter of 'not being used to', of being confronted with a novelty (well, one hardly can name it a 'novelty' any longer ...); something that in time might be 'overcome' ... No, I think that the reason why 'crowds' never, never will rush to their neighborhood 'audio cinema', in order to, all together now, enjoy the latest 'movies for their ears' - no matter how good and/or entertaining they are - is that there is something profoundly 'private' and 'introvert' about listening only. As opposed to the 'extravert, communal quality', the opening up of a 'public space' that 'looking' provides ...

And indeed, the third 'way to listen' at the Radiophonies festival proved to be the best one ... We listened to Petits Gouffres, by Claudine Berthet and Patrick de Rham, through the wireless headphone sets that one could pick up, while sitting and/or walking around the mgi's entrance hall. Headphones. These do give you precisely that 'closing off' of the surroundings, give you the 'privacy' that 'listening only' asks for ... It seems pretty evident, really.

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