Guillaume Apollinaire was an avant-garde poet, probably the first surrealist poet, since he probably coined the word surrealism to describe his theater play “Les Mamelles de Tirésias”. He was one of the original first-generation “bohémiens”, which around 1902 meant chilling in Paris with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and the legendary Gertrude Stein, at a time when Hemingway was still crawling around in nappies, that is.
A 1 hour dive into Apollinaire’s sound world, using creative commons and public domain stuff.
Alpage Secret / Geheimalp was broadcast by Framework Radio. I’m very happy about this, since Framework Radio is probably the best field recording programme on the aether.
Alpage Secret / Geheimalp is a field recording composition. The process by which living organisms change their environment to suit their needs, thus counter-balancing natural selection, is called autopoiesis. Cows sculpted these pastures, and while domesticating their herdsmen, created this form of self-organising biomusic.
Premiered on OpenBroadcast Radio Zurich, listen to on Soundcloud, 1 hour.
Epa Sonidos is a Netlabel from Valparaíso, Chile, founded in 2001 by Miguel Jáuregui, André Baradit and Felipe Baradit.
All tracks can be downloaded from the Label’s site: http://www.epasonidos.cl
All tracks are under CC-NC License
Chord progression in Bb minor by livecoding My first experiment with Dark Energy. Progression in Bb minori : Bb – F – Bbiv : Eb – Gb – BbVI : Gb – Db – Gb recording each note separately and mixing with Ardour, oldschool reel-to-reel style.
… yet if I suppressed what will seem extravagant and incredible there would be nothing left. The hitherto withheld field recordings will count in my favour; for they are damnably vivid and graphic; notwithstanding a strangeness of technique which art experts ought to remark and puzzle over. It is an unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my associates have little chance of making an impression where matters of a wildly bizarre or highly controversial nature are concerned.
The invention of the Theremin in 1928 embodies a never fulfilled vision for the future of music. Theremin players are retronauts, explorers of past utopias of sound and technology. Playing the Theremin is a major challenge, not so much because of the unique physical principles applied in the construction of the instrument, but because of the extreme musicality required to play in tune. Theremin recordings are rare and precious. Each one of the following recordings, produced between 2005 and 2010, is a labour of outstanding musicianship and a quest for the essence of sound itself.
This piece called "Pumpen und Fahräder" was recently nominated for a contest organized by Goethe Institute in Belgrade, Serbia. It didn’t get the prize but if you have 3 minutes (and 6 seconds) to spare, and are willing to spend them listening to field recordings of pumps and bicycles recorded in Amsterdam, here it is:
Kultur & Stress: Darius Ciuta I listen to a lot of experimantal indie productions. Most of them are interestingly original and creative, some are excellent and from time to time there’s a real jewel of mouth-gaping awesomeness: V for R by Darius Ciuta from Lithuania, released through aReW recordings. Darius Ciuta works with short-wave and
Das große Frühlings-Mashup by Kultur & Stress English Text This is a compilation of some fine Creative Commons material mixed with field (literally) recordings. Originally, it was a radio show, broadcasted in Spring 2011. Check the playlist for artists download links and licenses. Part I: Winter slams the door and leaves. Part II: Spring awakens