Gentlemen, soundart and miniskirts

march 25, 2007.

[ podcast :: rpc 34 ... s ]

On friday march 16th, 2007, FPCM and I drove from Amsterdam to Zwolle (the capital of the province of Overijssel, in the east of the Netherlands), where that afternoon we were the guests of Jan Turkenburg and his weekly Vreemde Geluiden ('Strange Sounds') broadcast on Radio Zwolle.

jan turkenburgRegular viewers may know Jan (aka Splogman) as a contributor to 365 Days, his 1987 grand tour and the 52 weeks project (2004). Radio maker, musician and obsessive collector of auddities (audio oddities) of all sorts and in all styles, ('Meneer') Jan is also a committed teacher, who with an enthusiasm that doesn't seem to know any limits, teaches music at primary schools ... I bet you all would've loved to have been taught music by Meneer Jan! ... And it therefore also hardly came as a surprise that upon arrival in Zwolle we found ourselves steering through a residential area where apartment buildings were baptized 'Symfonie', and streets carried names like Vivaldistraat, Beethovenlaan, Bachplein, Andantenpad, Telemannstraat ...
At Jan's we got a warm welcome. From two dogs. And two cats. And of course from Jan and Wilma, who served us a hot cup of coffee and sandwiches to build up some new strength, after which Jan took us up to his study, where we had a look at his vinyl collection. And a great set of acoustic instruments, all hand-built by his father, Cor Turkenburg.

We then drove to the studio of Omroep Zwolle, in an industrial area on the other side of town, for the live broadcast of Vreemde Geluiden. This week's edition was called Heren, Klankkunst en Minirokjes, that is Gentlemen, Soundart and Miniskirts. This is a title that did not fail to inspire us, and it must at least be part of the reason why the afternoon became such a memorable one.

Radio Zwolle killer TV

With the occasional strange sounds drifting in from behind the microphones, we talked with Jan about pop fictions, found tapes, field recording and tape montages, ookoi, 1024, and many other things beside, while listening to a great many sound examples. Remco Takken came along with breaking news: there seemed to be still some tickets left for the Dolly Parton concert, that sunday march 18th in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle; after which it was time for the weekly 'symfo-corner', which this time exclusively was filled live by ookoi, with a little help from Meneer Jan ...

You may listen to the recording of ookoi's symfo-corner as part of the 34th Raudio Podcast sono. The complete recording of the two hour broadcast can be downloaded from the Vreemde Geluiden Archive; Jan is planning to make the recording permanently available at

tape zwolle[ added nov. 30th, 2007 : When we drove back in Jan's car from the studio to his house, on the corner of the Marsweg and the Geerenweg I spotted a tape ... blowing in the wind ... Of course I urged Jan to stop the car, which he did. I jumped out and went after it, while Jan took some pictures. It is #437 in the Found Tapes Exhibition, and part of the exhibitions's 79th acquisition.

It is some sort of a fact of experience actually, that 'a tape seldom comes alone' ... Very, very often, when I pick up one tape, not far and not long after, I pick up a second - and different! - one. Happened again that day in Zwolle. For when we got back into Jan's car, and drove on along the Marsweg, just a couple of hundred meters further I spotted another one, firmly mixed up in thorny shrubbery. Again I made Jan stop the car ... that was #438 ... ]

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Vicky, Killers and Avatars

march 24, 2007.

Killer TV is a series of HD internet broadcasts by De Waag Society in Amsterdam. On wednesday march 14th, 2007, ookoi was on Killer TV, as part of a broadcast featuring interviews and discussions with net researcher and artist John Hopkins and choreographer André Gingras.

The live broadcast took place in the Waag Society lounge, on the fifth floor of pakhuis de Zwijger, where ookoi appeared to be present, and performed.

Something between then and when.
Somewhere between here and there.

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killer TV killer TV

The evening started at 19h, with a premiere of ookoi's kibibyte, 1024. Then, shortly after 21h, there was another premiere of sorts, when ookoi joined AOM, the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, live in Second Life, for a performance - the thirteenth - of Vicky's Mosquitos.
This event was hosted by the Pomodoro Bolzano group, at the Art.Think.Box Netherbeck.
Doing a Vicky's Mosquitos in SecondLife was an initiative of Miulew Takahe, aka Björn Eriksson, who - as you may recall - in september of last year organized another great Vicky event, in real life, in an old oil cistern on Svanö, an island in the swedish river of Ångermanälven.

aviophone One of the challenges in doing Vicky's Mosquitos in SecondLife, was (except for Vicky's voice) to use sounds found in and taken from the virtual world, and for the avatar orchestra to play the sounds inside the SecondLife space. For this to be possible, Miulew compiled a collection of sounds, and Bingo Onomatopeia of the Pomodoro Bolzano group created an instrument to play them: the aviophone (see the picture). By clicking on the pointed end one selects one in a list of 18 sounds, that than can be played by hitting the other end.
vicky choreography Miulew came up with a score for the performance. The orchestra players were divided into three groups: there were A-, B, and C-players, each having their own order of the aviophone-sounds to be played and to be changed every minute. Apart from playing, Miulew also directed the orchestra, indicating time and dynamics, and streamed parts of Vicky's reading from his home in Sweden; one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end.
Vit Latynina, also of Pomodoro Bolzano, proposed a sketch for a choreography for the performance (see picture). Moreover all orchestra players came in uni-form ... in ookoi tails ...

VM13 VM13

Between then and when ...
Between here and there ...

Arguably, VM13 has been the most thoroughly rehearsed Vicky performance to date, with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse meeting several evenings in the weeks before the performance, to do run-through's and discuss the event. Through its having been part of the Killer TV broadcast, it certainly is the best documented one to date... Also because of the series of podcasts that Miulew devoted to VM13, and which enable you to listen - in full - to three of the rehearsals [ 27.02.2007 - 12.03.2007 - 13.03.2007 ] as well as to the actual performance on the 14th of March.

[ YouTube: screen shot footage of ookoi@KillerTV and of VM13 by AOM. Earlier related SB-entry: VM12 :: picture book ]

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:
(2024, june 17) - Long live ookoi! (Leve ookoi!): a b.ookoipera / een tehoorspel
(2024, march 04+) - The « ot-o ki do ki » (Awesome Foursomes (xviii) - No. 624
(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

Not Diktat

march 23, 2007.

[ podcast :: sbpc 13 ... s ]

For the evening of saturday march 3rd, 2007, evening of a total lunar eclipse, at La Comète 347 ("nouveau lieu dédié à la culture non marchande, qui vient d'ouvir en plein Paris") we had planned a concert of Diktat with Raphael Raccuia of Blinde Kinder completing the trio of Rébus, Bordé and myself.

But then Jean had the misfortune one night of the week before the concert to stumble down the stone staircase relaying the two levels of the street where he lives, and waking up the next morning in the hospital. With a concussion. Fortunately not too much damage seemed to be done, but of course it made sense to be prudent, and not too overdo things for some days.

So Jean couldn't play. And the Eclipse@La Comète, as Rébus baptized the event, was 'not Diktat'.

eclipse comete

La Comte 347 is a great place to perform. With us playing on what resembles the bottom of an empty swimming pool, and the audience gathering on the brim looking down upon the performers, it felt somewhat like a roman theatre.

For the two half hour sets at La Comte our 'not Diktat' trio was completed into a quintet. We had the pleasure of being joined by Michael Ghent, le matre des lieux, who played his self-built 'metal machines', and by Cécile Zylberajch (Mme. Z.), mezzo-soprano, who added real-life vocals.

For an impression, do listen to this soundblog edition's podcast sono, which is a recording of the last seven to eight minutes of our first set.
There is also a short video sequence to be found at YouTube ...

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