march 20, 2006.

It had been raining a lot - snowing even (*) - in Amsterdam lately, and on tuesday the 14th it was cold. But otherwise it was a fine 'n' sunny day. Great day for an open air audio mix. In my bag a handful of reel-to-reel tapes from the 1980's and five or six vinyl disks from my pile of records found in the streets over the last year or so. All of them picked pretty much in a haphazard fashion.

(*) On saturday night much of town was covered by a nice thin white layer. It was freezing and the skies were clear, when I biked over to the occi to see Toecutter ... ("Toecutter ?!?") ... which, well ... it's another story ...

Mix @ Cosman's

Nothing had been planned, really. We just went to the Waterlooplein, shook hands with mr. Okhuizen, and mounted our tapes on the machines (Revox, Akai) in his booth. I picked and connected a record player and put a vinyl on this. Then, about 11h, I pressed several 'play' buttons ... Each of the sources - as usual in Okhuizen's booth - was connected to its own amplifier with its own set of speakers, so the little 'mixing' that was done, boiled down to slightly adjusting the volumes of the different amplifiers.

dhr. Okhuizen Mr. Okhuizen, who has been selling audio equipment on the market for about forty years now - five days a week setting up his stuff early in the morning, and taking it all down again at the end of the afternoon - is a nice guy, though not very talkative. He seemed to be amused enough by our somewhat bizarre enterprise, and, hey!, we also bought some stuff (a Dual record player and an Akai tape machine), but most of the time he kept somewhat at a distance, drinking coffee, eating a 'hagelslag' sandwich and going about his business 'as usual' ... At some point though, he did comment aloud on the unusual sounds now emanating from within his booth, and one can hear him ask me in the recording - in Dutch - whether 'no one ever put a stone through our window, with them sounds' ... ? ("Gooien ze nooit er 's een steen bij jullie door 't ruit, met dat geluid?") ...

Okhuizens nering

Our 'CosMix' ran for about an hour. I recorded it on MD, from inside the booth most of the time, but sometimes also while walking around; Peter recorded both image and sound on video, from which there's a couple of stills illustrating this entry. Several longish excerpts from the recordings together make up the (20th) Raudio podcast.
I will provide a detailed list of the sources used later. (I've got them in Amsterdam, and am writing this in France). Most were about as 'vintage' as the equipment they were being played back on.

The (microphone) recordings made on tuesday march 14th, though, are - of course - sort of '(staged) field' recordings, which together with the 'past sounds' preserved on the tapes and records playing in the booth also registered the 'sounding present'. Listen and observe how this 'present' continuously sneaks in, to layer itself upon the 'sounding past' ... ! ... In some of the short spoken comments, for instance (like that of Okhuizen cited above), and through other 'environment' sounds originating in and around the booth.
Along with our tapes and records, also some of the radio's in the booth continued to play. In the podcast you can hear a couple of short news bulletins broadcast while we were doing 'the mix', sassenheimmost notably one recounting the escape of a young detainee from a nearby prison. The boy succeeded in undoing a stool, and used that to smash the security glass and bend the bars of his cell. ["De jongen die vannacht ontsnapt is uit de jeugdgevangenis in Sassenheim heeft dat gedaan door met een kruk het beveiligde glas in te slaan. Vervolgens is het hem gelukt de tralies te verbuigen. Bewakers probeerden hem te pakken, maar hij ontsnapte via het dak. De politie is nog steeds op zoek."]

Also the sounds of sirens wailing that can be heard at several spots in the recording (and very prominently for example at around 9'40" through the podcast) were not part of the tapes or records that we played, but part of a present that relentlessly was ... fire We afterwards found out the reason for their sounding. During our 'CosMix' a house in the Valkenburgerstraat, not far from where we were, caught fire. The house owner, a news paper mentioned, was the same as that of the Sea Palace, an enormous chinese restaurant floating not far from the Central Station. Several of the people trapped by the fire that morning turned out to be chinese immigrants, remaining 'illegally' in the Netherlands. (The management of Sea Palace declared that - 'of course' - none of those concerned were being employed there ... )
One of them jumped out of the window, and later on died from his wounds in the hospital. We dedicate the 20th Raudio podcast to this man.

[ Added very early 2011: I received an email on January 2nd, 2011, from a cousin of mr. Okhuizen, who informed me that his uncle Marcel passed away in the last week of December 2010 ... 😢 ]

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Read about the ookoi and Raudio and Stduio on the SoundBlog:
(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 !
(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, 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, 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 [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.)

Read about the ookoi in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:
Gonzo #88, september/october 2008 - Zelfcomponerende Klankstukken

ookoi - The works:
(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

[ Earlier related SB-entry: cosman's mix ]

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