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october 20, 2006.

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Early in the morning of sunday october 8th, driving from Amsterdam to Maastricht for the RAudioscoop placard (organized by Raudio in cooperation with Kim Laugs and the Stichting Intro), Peter and I passed by Ate M. Hes's farm just outside of Utrecht. Ate's Philicorda There we picked up a Philicorda organ and Rhythm Ace drum machine that Ate was kind enough to donate for divers ookoi and Raudio usages ... [ For a sonic and visual impression of Ate's idiosyncratic use of his former Philicorda, do have a look at his "Philicorda2" installation (video at YouTube's) ... ]
A good thing that we did ... First because of the as ever heartily welcome and fine coffee in Ate and Susanne's spacy farm kitchen, but also because it was but upon arrival in the Klankwerkplaats in Maastricht that I noticed that I had completely forgotten to bring the small suitcase that contains most of the sound equipment I usual put at work at these and similar occasions (dictaphones, casio, crackle-box, mixer, cables, screws, metal sponges ...).

Sort of remarkable, indeed, that over these past few years, from 0 ok, 0:1 to ookoi, our live improvisactions developed in such a way that it hardly matters any longer what precisely we will be using at a given occasion ... That placard sunday, october 8th, in Maastricht there was but the Philicorda ; so the Philicorda it would be ...

The Maastricht placard was scheduled to take place from 15h until 23h, and roughly divided into two parts: we started the afternoon with a series of contributions from outside the Klankwerkplaats( * ). The event started with a stream by Paul Devens, from his home just a few blocks away. From Maastricht we switched to Ate M. Hes in Utrecht, for "Jubel, Trubel, Keiterheit", and then on to the bend_it_band_its of ana-R, streaming from FlexRex's place in Montreuil, just outside of Paris.

As a fourth and final 'outside contribution', Björn Eriksson (miulew) streamed his Calvino frequency from Sweden, apparently while simultaneously attending to a friend fixing a buggy ... chainsaw ... "Just 5 minutes into my set it was knocking on my front door," Björn wrote, "and my long time friend Mats was giving a surprise visit - wanting to see how things were with the chainsaw I have loaned from him to chop up some trees. It was not working so well last weekend. So I was a bit on two places from 5 minutes to 15 minutes - him tweaking on the chainsaw fixing it - and I running back and forth getting tools and then down to laptop with oily fingers ..." ( ** )

1024In our own - I'd almost say 'usual' - devious manner, that sunday in Maastricht we presented the very 1st copies of the very 1st twenty four page gathering of our 'Raudio Paperpub'. Also in a corner there played continuously, without beginning, without end, almost as if left on by accident and no-one around bothering to stop it, the very 1st copy of a β-version of our freshly finished '1024' dvd, for the curious few passing by without headphones to look at and listen to ... Another version of '1024' (the one currently streaming as the ninth edition of Raudio's mainstream) provided sort of a bridge to the 'live at the Klankwerkplaats', the inside, evening program. It started at 18h sharp with ookoi doing yet another - but radically different - version of '1024', this time consisting in the reading of a randomly picked permutation of the first 1024 numbers( *** ), accompanied by the sound of the wonderful Philicorda transistor organ and its squeaky built-in reverberation spring ...

1024-1 1024-2 1024-3

FPCM did an absolutely marvelous job reciting the numbers, an act obviously reminiscent of our participating last year in the 5 hour long public year data reading at De Appel as part of On Kawara's 'One Million Years (past and future)' ... A quick calculation learns you that, when you say a number every one and a half second, it will take about 26 minutes to say one thousand and twenty four of them ... An estimation that turned out to be pretty accurate ... [ You can watch and listen to a nine minutes video extract from ookoi's '1024' performance in de Klankwerkplaats in Maastricht on charly167's YouTube page ... ]

The RAudioscoop placard continued with the Feebacksociety's Behringer Boys Band (Kim Laugs and ...) who - literally - took the floor for a well filled full hour. They were followed by a cut-up radio set by Michael Peters, who drove over from his home near Cologne, a german town that actually is not so very far from Maastricht.

feedbacksociety element-aire

Element-Aire (Jean-Jacques Duerinckx and Fabrizio Rota) came to Maastricht from Brussels. (We met again the next day in Amsterdam, where on monday october 9th we performed together at the DNK on the Overtoom in a 45 minutes duo-solo-trio set. But in Maastricht Element-Aire played as a duo.)

The setting of a placard, with musicians performing wearing headphones, and the audience listening wearing headphones, inspires something of a 'natural calm', a reverence, also in those of the public that are not actively listening, and who more often than not will whisper while conversing. It's almost funny to observe. I myself often find it intriguing to listen to the acts without headphones, especially, but not only, to those that, fully or partially, use acoustic instruments (like for example Jean-Jacques sopranino saxophone) and which therefore may be listened to in two different ways : through the headphones one hears the 'intended mix', headphones off brings you an 'acoustic projection'. It is a reflection that I already made several times, but actually I still did not get around to making that 'double recording' of a headphone performance ... But then maybe that is because we are making so many recordings already ?

intro piano
rinus van alebeek

Now whereas Element-Aire asked the audience to be even more quiet than they already were ("Please try not to move!") so as to avoid environmental sounds slipping into the sensitive stereo mikes used by Jean-Jacques, and into their act, Rinus van Alebeek, on the contrary, gave precisely these sounds a central part in his performance ("Please make some noise!") ... Rinus had come over to Holland from Berlin for a couple of gigs, in Deventer, in Maastricht and in Amsterdam, where I saw him on friday evening october 6th at the Consortium as part of a rather disappointing evening centered around what were announced to be 'live-radioplays', organized there by Extrapool from Nijmegen.
In Maastricht he opted for a minimal set-up : three (I think I remember) dictaphones and microphone(s). No mixing, no nothing. Just some cassettes. A voice to speak and sing with, feet to walk up to the Klankwerkplaats' piano, hands to play that piano with, and a thingy to record its sounds with. Meanwhile the audience listened and watched Rinus move about the place. Or they talked and watched. Or they did both.
I liked it. Very un-concert like.
Afterwards I told him that at some point it had crossed my mind that the whole of his actions, the all-of-it-together, that somehow here this seemed very zen ...
Rinus replied that he did not know what that means.
But then, of course, neither did I ...

From Lille in the north of France came the electronic/electro-acoustic free - multiform - improvising duo kuz.b (Gilles Anquez and Eddy Depoorter), using diverse electronic and other instruments alongside their 'palette', software that uses supercollider, with an interesting graphical interface.
Kuz.b completed what quite unintentionally had become - appropriate of course in view of Maastricht's 'role' in recent european history - a pan-european bill, with live contributions in the Klankwerkplaats from artists from Holland, Belgium, France and Germany, and additionally streamed outside live contributions from Holland, France and Sweden ...

After kuz.b we had the pleasure to welcome two acts originating from Maastricht même. First there was the third volume of the "Hör und Gehirnspiel" by Wilhelm von Trippenhofen (1972-1999), who - as I learned from a review in the excellent belgian (mangenerated) 'Noiseblog' - in his too short life, ending with a tragic demise shortly before the dawn of the new milennium, has built an extensive corpus of "wichtige partiturliteratur for very important people avec Kopfschmerzen". I must confess having not the slightest reminiscence of Wilhelm's ghost-appearance at the RAudioscoop placard. But I do have a copy of the CD, that was found and picked up from the street just outside the Klankwerkplaats and given to me by two of the charming girls from among the placard's audience; it must have been during or shortly before kuz.b's performance ... So you see... that is how these things go ... :)

kuz.b john's funky shit

I do remember John's Funky Shit, though I was under the impression that it actually was Gustav - but maybe John will correct me on this? - that was sitting there - leaning back, stuffing and smoking a lascivious hookah while nodding along to the Funky Shit playing from a CD (again, I do have a copy !) through everyone's headphones, and keeping an eye on the Maastricht placard audience from behind a pair of sunglasses ... ?

We ended the RAudioscoop placard with a session that I had baptised 'Diktaat', as I originally had something in mind along the lines of the Diktat concert with Rinus, Rébus and Jean Bordé, at Project 101 in Paris earlier this year, confronting a number of dictaphonists with one or more instrumentalists. As myself I had left my dictaphones in Amsterdam, what actually was being sculpted during this grande finale, involved Rinus van Alebeek as the sole dictaphonist weaving voices emanating from his cassette recordings rolling along and bumping against waves of pure digital, acoustic and vintage electronic 'zZz0undZzz', as they were being brought forth by kuz.b, Michael Peters, Element-Aire and the Behringer Boys Band - apart, or all together - while ookoi kept hitting their newly acquired Philicorda, hitting and hitting it, hitting it, hitting it hard ( **** ) ...

finale

It was one of the day's highlights, and its recording foms the core of the first Raudioscoop Placard Podcast s, which besides starts and ends with short extracts from Element-Aire's and Michael Peter's sets. (There'll be excerpts from the other sets, and from the outside streams in two more forthcoming Raudioscoop Placard Podcasts ( ***** ) ... )

...
So here's many thanks to all.
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You were amazing :-) ... !
...


About the Placard international Headphone Festival on the SoundBlog:

(june 20, 2003) - live chronicles
(july 13, 2003) - gaité lyrique
(may 13, 2004) - tafelmuziek placard
(may 31, 2004) - old bears new tricks
(june 18, 2005) - zandoog placard & cd
|→ (july 27, 2005) - tafelmuziek: placard & cd
(july 31, 2005) - tafelmuziek: paradiso placard
(july 07, 2006) - de_'tails of lite house keeping'
(july 30, 2006) - "le zida ne passera pas par moi..."
|→ (august 14, 2006) - placard : la générale
(october 20, 2006) - Funky Shit!
(november 05, 2006) - Cellarlar Heroes
(february 12, 2008) - Karlheinz's Song of Praise
|→ (august 08, 2009) - (Le) CLeUb, Placard, CLeUb
|→ (august 04, 2012) - 72 Hours of Post-Nuclear Survival


[ Next related SB-entry : cellarlar heroes :: Earlier related SB-entry : placard : la générale ]

notes __ ::
(*) As on similar occasions (like earlier this year when we streamed from the Ameland lighthouse), this meant that we had to guide and instruct the distant contributors in how to get a stream going. Each of them was given this year's "open, click, go" placard #9 max streaming patch, and - even though the patch did work just fine for us - none that tried seemed to be able to get the thing to work ... all for different reasons. Fortunately we took care to always have an alternative solution ... which in two out of four cases was the far from optimal (but workable as well as sort of cute) solution of using skype to get the sounds to us in the Klankwerkplaats, from where we relayed it on to the streaming server .... [ ^ ]

(**) Excerpts from the from-outside streams in time will pop up in the forthcoming raudio podcasts documenting the RAudioscoop placard ... Meanwhile, you may already listen to and download from their respective websites: Miulew's full Calvino Frequency contribution, a selection from ana-R's contribution, and all of Ate M. Hes' Jubel, Truble, Keiterheit ... [ ^ ]

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(****) It withstood most of the brutality of our assaults and attacks throughout the day, though at the end its little orange 'on' light blackened out, and the 'on/off' button stopped functioning. Just a matter of plugging/unplugging it now, for it's still going strong ... [ ^ ]

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