Show 600: Special Collage by Chuse Fernandez (Tea FM)

600 is a wonderful number. Can you hear it?

The Radia Network emerged from a series of meetings, clandestine events, late night club discussions and a lot of email exchanges between cultural radio producers across Europe.
The topics vary and the reasons for forming a network are many, but Radia has become a concrete manifestation of the desire to use radio as an art form.
The approaches differ, as do the local contexts; from commissioned radio art works to struggles for frequencies to copyright concerns, all the radios share the goal of an audio space where something different can happen. That different is also a form in the making – radio sounds different in each city, on each frequency. Taking radio as an art form, claiming that space for creative production in the mediascape and cracking apart the notion of radio is what Radia does.
On 3–7 February 2005, there was a first meeting of radio stations in Berlin under the banner of NERA (New European Radio Art). The decision was taken to start a broadcast season the following April, and an email discussion list was set up on which the name Radia was finally settled on.
The originally Radia found members were 9 radio stations and now we are 29 radio stations, webradios and art-radio projects that broadcast the Radia weekly show and produce shows in turns.
Can you hear it? This is creativity and sound art. This is RADIA. Welcome.

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Show 599: Noisy Casseroles by Geronimo, lyl6baz, ArtU ( Radio Panik )


Mardi 12 juillet 2016, 8h du matin. Bruxelles, Quartier Européen, en pleine semaine de négociations autour du TTIP, ce traité entre les États-Unis et l’Europe discuté depuis des mois dans le plus grand secret. La population s’indigne et exprime son mécontentement à travers « TTIP Game Over », une série d’actions de désobéissance civile. 300 personnes se postent devant le lieu des négociations, casseroles et cuillères à la main, pour faire du bruit à l’arrivée des négociateurs. Pendant que le peuple bat la casserole, à quelques mètres, trois individus, situés dans un espace parallèle, créent un autre bout du réel. Quand un slogan est crié à tue-tête sur le trottoir, incitant la fin des négociations, la voix lointaine d’un objet perdu se remémore son terrible chemin vers une grande surface. Quand une cuillère frappe le tintamarre sur une casserole, un ongle gratte le dos d’une poêle striée.
Ce trio explore la situation sonore en portant ce réel dans une fiction radiophonique, comme témoin in situ et acteur de ce prolongement. Le dispositif utilisé reprend celui des activistes : casserole de métal, poêle en fonte, bidon d’huile, boîte de conserve, etc., tout ce qui peut faire du bruit. La démarche consiste à offrir une expérience sonore au public non présent sur place : celui qui écoute la radio, en l’occurence, ici, une radio libre bruxelloise, Radio Panik ( Le collectif a travaillé sur un dispositif d’ustensiles de cuisine et de micros contacts permettant de nuancer les sonorités, de démontrer la portée de la casserole, cet objet de tous les jours et de tout le monde, dans sa dimension musicale.
La démarche est empreinte d’un esprit de liberté et d’une idée de réappropriation : les différents objets-instruments se sont passés de mains en main durant la performance et chacun a pu les expérimenter selon sa sensibilité. Cette pièce sonore est une improvisation.

Tuesday July 12, 2016, 8 am Brussels, European quarter, in the midst of a full week of negotiations about the TTIP, this treaty between the United States and Europe, which has been discussed for many months in deepest secrecy. The population reacts and voices their disapproval through civil disobedience demonstrations, known as “TTIP Game Over.” Three hundred people take up positions at the site of the negotiations, pans and spoons in hand to create a hullabaloo at the arrival of the negotiators. While the people beat their pots and pans, three individuals situated in a parallel space, create another version of reality. While a slogan is shouted loud enough to be heard across the land, encouraging the end of negotiations, the lone voice of a lost object looks back on its terrible journey towards a supermarket. While a spoon hits on a casserole, a nail scratches the back of a grill pan.

This trio explores the auditory soundscape, transporting this reality into a radiophonic fiction, as a witness in situ and as an agent of this ongoing event. The devices used are similar to the ones used by the activists: metal pans, cast-iron pans, oil cans, cans etc., anything that can make a racket. The objective is to recreate a sound experience for the public who is not on site: the radio audience, a community radio from Brussels, Radio Panik ( The coalition has worked on a device based on kitchen tools and contact microphones creating fine nuances of sound, to demonstrate the significance of the pots and pans, these everyday tools for everyman, showcasing their musical dimension.

The proposed procedure is characterised by freedom and an idea of appropriation: the different objects-instruments were passed from hand to hand during the performance and everyone experienced them according to their own perception. This sound piece is an improvisation.

Geronimo | lyl6baz | ArtU
Radio Panik (Bruxelles)

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show 598; Xylotheque by Eli Gras (radio Worm/Klangendum)


Eli Gras;

I was kindly invited to do a residency at the Worm, for to develope a work related to the idea of a hypothetical psychology of furniture and a possible communication, sort of a language amongst them in relation with “the human world”, that evolves and spreads to other household materials, resulting in a group of tracks trying to somehow express it with a certain narrative; like an electroacoustic sounds theatre fantasy, close to music, but not totally music, it’s in some way an “animistic” sound work.

I mounted it in between talking parts, forming sort of a little parody, almost a homage to the para-scientific radioplays, to prepare the listening mind and orientation of the concept, also explaining a little tale in order to add a ‘language’ touch to the bunch of absurdity that contains the edited work.

The sounds were taken from the Rotterdam city environment (hostel stuff, supermarkets, streets…), the Worm building (the rooms, furniture, synthesizers…), in Barcelona (houses of friends, parties, supermarkets…) Really every dot has a little history.


Locutions: Jesús Brotons, Eli Gras.

Mastering: Albert Guitart (<>

Thanks to:

Lukas Simonis and the Worm/Klangendum crew for the opportunity and patience, Ramon Faura for the rhythm pattern and to allow me to record his grandma’s home objects, to Antoine Manent and Florenci Salesas for the extra ears.

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Show 597: Minigolf (Orange 94.0)

In the very end of last year the viennese radia team discovered the undervalued sport “minigolf”. Memory serves its function in the mother tongue, Minigolf inspired Yoga and Family Affairs will await you in this show. An acoustic golf-course in 18 holes filled with emotions, advanced rules, deep insights into the structure of black holes and Sieghardt Quitsch by Florian Bauer, Maria Herold, Barbara Huber, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara and Karl Schönswetter.

Special appearance: Maria Sulzer, Kaspar, Aria Rodgarkia-Dara, Veronika Mayer and Fiona.

Hole 1: Kick-off
Hole 2: Minigolf Championship

Hole 3: Miniature Golf Poem
Hole 4: Dangerballs
Hole 5: Family Affair

Hole 6: No one’s interested

Hole 7: Rules
Hole 8: What’s your name?
Hole 9: Overboard
Hole 10: Emotions
Hole 11: Minigolf Yoga

Hole 12: Ambiguousness
Hole 13: Reminisce
Hole 14: How to built a miniature golf course?
Hole 15: The black hole
Hole 16: Sieghardt Quitsch
Hole 17: Brotherhood
Hole 18: Final

You can listen to this transmission @ cultural broadcasting archive.

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Show 596: our act to time has come by [q_a] (Radio Corax)

political protest is always about delivering a message. about sending a signal to the public.

in this piece i tried to catch the signals to the public of a day in frankfurt, 150318, when the new ecb-tower was opened to the public and when massive protests took place. i made some soundwalks this day and this piece is a version to listen to the music of the streets wrapped up for radio.


[q_a] is a sound artist from halle/saale. he experiments with special soundscapes, random noises and acoustical devices, mostly cello. he is a member of the improvisation group “sohne” with whom he performs since 2013. Also he played at improhazard-festival 2014 and 2016 and at blurred edges festival 2015 and 2016. Starting from october 2016 he will study time-based-arts at the burg giebichenstein kunsthochschule halle.

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Show 595: Quinnilicious by CFRC

This CFRC produced show had one contributor this time around, our own Quinn Giordano (The Programming Manager provided the name for this episode). Quinn provided five pieces, in order, with explanations:

Overcast Soul

“Overcast Soul” was composed as the result of a very long stretch of grey days prior to the first holiday break of my first year at Queen’s University. An exam season spent studying through the nights and meandering off to strange corners of Youtube for interviews with my favourite Jazz musicians, composers, directors and artists, had transformed me into a nocturnal, isolated and somewhat depressed person. The sound of the piano loop that was recorded and eventually used on this track was a sound that had been stuck in my head for days as I would leave my building to find coffee and non-nutritious snack foods, serving like a representative of my languid mood and temporarily abstract routine. The loop itself was slowed down in order to correspond to a particular manner of sauntering that I had taken to on my coffee breaks. I set against the backdrop of this piano loop an entirely separate vocal collage composition, titled “Voices of Jazz” in order to practically represent the warm, incessant murmur of voices that I would hear throughout the day from passing through public spaces on campus and leaving old interview recordings running continuously while I would compile and review exam notes. As they did in those contexts, the voices on “Overcast Soul” are woven together such that the content of the spoken words are generally lost and only the pure sound of the speech itself can remain. Overall, the sound of “Overcast Soul” evokes images of damp pavement, pale grey skies, somber people and a perpetual movement forward. It is a snapshot of a formative time in my life.

Saturday February 27

“Saturday February 27” was composed by crudely cutting a lengthy recording into two-minute long blocks and layering the segments on top of each other in order to create a single fragmented impression of the evening. Emily paints, I play piano and together we talk about our lives. Rather than documenting the meeting in its entirety, this rough-cut approach captures an attitude associated with the event and the nature of Emily’s painting.

Black in Daylight

“Black in Daylight” features a minimalistic drumbeat buried beneath a thick orchestral rendering made from excerpts of the music of Luciano Berio and various other composers that I admire. The music represents a personal and philosophical struggle to grasp at happiness and truth, a concept that can be heard discussed in the background vocal track featuring Dr. Cornel West. Mimicking the form of Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question”, where a lone trumpet repeatedly poses a question or “serious matter” to a serene, natural backdrop of gorgeous strings and woodwinds, “Black in Daylight” poses its own question, except in this case it contends with a fiercer, more complex setting of individualistic musical elements competing loudly for supremacy. Here, as with Ives’ “The Unanswered Question”, we find no clear answers, just deeper tensions and frustration as the question posed is drowned out by alternate attractions.

Requiem No. 1 and No. 2

“Requiem No. 1” and “Requiem No. 2” were composed as a reflection on the idea of dying and leaving one’s body. I had been overcome by a memory from high school of a classmate who tragically died before graduation, his funeral, which incidentally had been held on my birthday, and then the funerals of several of my relatives. I began to imagine what death might feel like in comparison with the act of falling asleep or entering a state of deep meditation and was then compelled to reflect on my own inevitable death and what music I would choose to be played at the funeral that would follow. These compositions feature a synthesis of many pieces and brief moments of music that I had chosen in response to that morbid, nagging question.


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Show 594: o u r t i m e t o g e t h e r by Isabelle Stragliati (Radio Campus Paris)

o u r t i m e t o g e t h e r

o u r t i m e t o g e t h e r
an audio collage / a radio piece / a sound diary/an impression / a perception of this very time/July 2016

“What is the chance to meet through experiences, events, etc. ? It seems that time is what will ensure that we can meet.”

Gibus in Le Jardin, Radio Brume – Grenoble, 1998

with field recordings and voice by Isabelle Stragliati, a few vinyl rareties, and excerpts from the following tapes archives and pieces:

DJ Sprinkles ‎– Sloppy 42nds (IS Orlando Tribute Version)
Sloppy 42nds is A Tribute to the 42nd Street Transsexual Clubs Destroyed by Walt Disney’s Buyout of Times Square
On IS Orlando Tribute Version, Sloppy 42nds is stretched 12.0616 times
Ultra Red – Cruise Control
Ultra-red defends the LA park gay cruising scene on their vinyl debut, ‘Ode to Johnny Rio’
Le Jardin (Radio Brume, Grenoble, 1998) with the voices and works from Sophie Decoret, E.N.O.S., Emmanuelle, Gibus
Julian Beck – Je n’ai pas le droit de voyager sans passeport
Gongs of Cambodia and Laos, recorded by Laurent Jeanneau – Kink Gong
Suaves Figures – Nouveaux Gymnastes
Augusto de Campos – Cidade City Cité
Ultra-Red – Movement for Airports-Single Version
Chang Fo Ji, recorded by Laurent Jeanneau – Kink Gong
Square Dance – Jerome Tillié à L’Eurovision : Luxembourg 2001 Instrumix

And extracts from the following texts:
Voisins / Neigbors by Dorothy Allison
Chez moi by Philippe Corbé
Don Quichotte / Don Quixote by Kathy Acker
Vision myope depuis la Baie des Anges by Charles Danzig

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Isabelle Stragliati is a sound artist, field recordist, radio producer, musician and dj living in Grenoble (France).
Coming from the visual arts, she turned to the medium of sound in 2002 through DJing, as an extension of her approach to film editing (under the moniker Rescue). She then practiced numerous aspects of radio production ( radio host, producer, music programmer, technician and program director) before reconciling it with her creative work. Her productions use field recording, documentary, musique concrète or techno, and have been broadcast on national radios (France Culture, Radio Campus France), in festivals and events in Europe (Longueur d’Ondes, Futura, Brouillage, Take You There in France, Radiophrenia in Scotland, CinemaInYourHead in Luxembourg) and in contemporary art centers (CNAC de Grenoble, La Criée à Rennes, Casino Luxembourg).
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Show 593: “a patch of nettles: a selection of works for radio”, compiled by the Audio Foundation and Artbank for radio one 91FM

13950621_1785808168330032_1074615372_oradia season 37, show #593 (radio one 91FM. dunedin, new zealand), playing from august 9 to august 15, 2016.

a patch of nettles: a selection of works for radio
compiled by The Audio Foundation and Artbank

emerging from a collaborative project seeking the development of new short works of radio art within the far flung breadth of New Zealand’s artistic communities and networks, this program compiles some of the submissions to an open call for works (all under 7min) by Auckland based sound art organisation The Audio Foundation, in collaboration with the programme Artbank on independent radio station bFM, Auckland, and radia partner Radio One 91FM, in Dunedin.

the original call asked for submissions which, in a reflection of the aims of the radia network, “need not adhere to any specific theme, however preference will be given to works which attend to the various histories of radio, or engage it as a medium for artistic creation/presentation.” the works subsequently chosen for inclusion in this ‘radio art compilation’ display such aims via a generous diversity of approaches, genres, proclivities and obsessions, but all arguably share a singular focus, as well as a finely honed understanding of radio as a specific form, medium or set of conditions.

after individual works’ initial appearances as part of the programming of Artbank, the curated compilation of works which make up this programme for radia was first broadcast as a discrete, unannounced programme on the evening of Wednesday 3 August 2016, by Sam Longmore over the airwaves of the Audio Foundation radio station AFM, located at the Audio Foundation’s premises in the old Parisian tie factory in central Auckland. this programme was intercepted and recorded by Sally Ann McIntyre in a domestic room in Dunedin, and the recording was then ‘packaged’ as the radia show you are about to listen to. this relay down the length of New Zealand added an extra dimension to the work by causing it to pick up extra sounds related to its roaming, and extra sonic materiality, while traversing the geographical distance and the particular transmitting and receiving sites / rooms between participating NZ partners. maybe this extra information / degradation can be considered as a form of ‘transmission artefact’, via a transmitting / receiving / re-recording process enacted on the local level before the show heads to various parts of the world to become a programme for the multiple stations that comprise the radia network, with all their varied geographic locales, and associated sets of cultural contexts & conditions. which is another way of saying that both noise and signal are equally important in this listening experience: while we are quite far away from many of you, in New Zealand, the radio can paradoxically bring us together, while at the same time emphasising the untranslatability of distance.


00.00 – 03.36: A Patch of Nettles: ‘One Stoch 4 at 950m’
03.20 – 04.28: Bernard Clarke: ‘It’s Not True I Had Nothing On, I had the Radio On’
04.19 – 06.21: Brittany Covich: Samples from ‘Yes-ter-day’
06.15 – 11.16: Celeste Oram: ‘Vera Wyse Munro’
10.44 – 16.19: Daniel Beban: ‘Big Ben Tape Improvisation #1’
16.19 – 17.19: Lefa Wilson: ‘A Small Lineage’, ‘Devo List’, ‘Family’
17.19 – 22.22: Mark Williams: ‘1956’, ‘Taking Sips’, ‘Singers’, ‘Buck Clayton’,
‘A Trombone on Drums’, ‘Inferno’, ‘Sorry’, all from ‘Particles’
22.20 – 25.50: Paul Timings: ‘AMAF’
24.40 – 28.25: Susanne Kahlich: ‘Caesura’

artists and works:


One Stoch 4 at 950m 

This track was recorded live near Tantawangalo on the ranges of the NSW South Coast, in remote National Park area. The location features a historical hut, and is surrounded by a natural amphitheatre formation. (-36.719463, 149.463257). The track reflects  the immersion of sound occuring in this environment, from the immediate predawn, through the sunrise. The recording was made with a single stereo microphone and portable recording equipment. Natural sounds were balanced by distance and reverberation against sounds produced by an unattended stochastic drone machine running from battery power. No mix level adjustments were made during recording, nor changes to the controls of the drone device. The recording setup was left to run unattended. At regular time intervals, the equipment was moved along the course of a stream, then finally onto an ascending bush track. Each time, the recording balance was again established by open air positioning, and the drone machine was set to complement the immediate ambient sounds. The result is a dramatic interpretation of a naturalist ‘sound walk’. The final collection of tracks has been presented here with simple fade in/out layering of the discreet recordings; without additional multitracking or effects based manipulation.

a patch of nettles is an experimental sound project originating from Australia, in a small rural town on the New South Wales south coast. Actively experimenting since 2012, A Patch Of Nettles has developed techniques in adapting field recordings to acousmatic arrangement styles, constructed numerous unique electronic instruments, found collaborators around the world and participated in local installations, shows and workshops, along with regularly contributing to the SoundCloud Disquiet Junto group of artists. A representative portfolio of work can be found at :


It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on 

The great Australian radio artist Colin Black is administrator on an excellent Radio Art page on Facebook. Alas, despite repeated pleas from Colin to keep the page about Radio, many continue to post links to my band, my song, my concert, these sunglasses –and so on. One day Colin put up an illustration of six radios in different colours and his repeated plea for the page to deal in Radio and nothing else. I was struck by the similartiy to Andy Warhol’s paintings and decied to make a piece that drew on Marilyn Monroe and briefly, Elvis Presley, or rather an Elvis imitator. So we have Monroe’s voice: “Why, I’d go anywhere in the world with you now…” -in different ambiences, the same spoken sentence eleven times but in six different radio treatments (AM, FM, MW, LW etc.,) a la Warhol multiple times in a grid of radio statics and tunings -just like our radio societies the world over; where personas are manufactured, commodified, make noise to pass the time and can be downloaded and consumed like products, repeatedly. For me Marilyn Monroe sums up radio today and especially in the light of digital technologies-an invitation to go anywhere anytime.

bernard clarke (b. 1967) is an award-winning radio broadcaster with RTÉ lyric fm, Ireland. His new music programme, Nova, has won five consecutive PPI Radio Awards (National Irish Radio Awards) and one New York Festival’s award; he’s also won prizes for documentaries on Patrick Kavanagh, Glenn Gould, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix. Clarke has also been shortlisted for the Prix Italia (Cagliari, 2008), the Prix Europa (Berlin, 2011), the Prix Phonurgia Nova (Paris, 2012); and the Black &White International Audio Festival (Porto, 2013). In 2014 he won Best Audio at the Black &White International Audio Festival (Porto, 2014); and also the Grand Prix at the 26th International URTI Radio Grand Prix, (Turin). In 2015 he was tied-second at Prix Phonurgia Nova (Paris); was a headliner at the VI Norient Music Film Festival in Bern, Switzerland; made the Top 5 in the Grand Prix Radio Drama Awards (Bucharest); was shortlisted for the Prix Europa (Radio Drama); made the last 9 in the Prix Italia (Radio, New Formats) and won Best Audio at the Black &White International Audio Festival (Porto, 2015) for the second year in a row. This year he was a headliner at the CTM Festival in Radio Art, in Berlin; and was narrator with the Ergodos players at Café OTO, London. Though he has extensive radio experience, his work in radio art is still fairly new with his radio art pieces being broadcast in Ireland, Germany, France, Austria, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Spain, USA and Australia. He is a member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group and his interests include sound, sound, and sound. Link to work on SoundCloud: Link to work webpage :



is a project that is focused on modes of translation between different formal languages. It focuses on an algorithmic transference between graphic design and musical languages, using the frequently covered Beatles song Yesterday as a common point of reference for ‘reading’ the work from the point of view of either discipline. In each track, the original song has been deconstructed, and recreated in a way that solely focuses on that specific music fundamental. The Form, showing the AABABA structure. The Dynamics, showing the loudness. The Texture, showing the introduction and interaction of instruments. The work submitted is a sample of original work from the project Yes-ter-day, 2015. 3/7 tracks submitted, each at 02:02min. Complete album 00:14:14min. Stream all tracks on Soundcloud:

brittnee covich is a multidisciplinary designer based in Auckland, New Zealand. She recently graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Graphic Design, where her yearlong graduate research project initiated her explorations into sound design. Her interest lies in the algorithmic transferences between sound and design. She now works at a multidisciplinary design studio in Auckland, whilst she also continues on collaborating in sound based design projects.


Vera Wyse Munro

The piece is a mini-radio-documentary about a little-known microhistory of sound in New Zealand: the life and creative practice of experimental amateur radio broadcaster Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966). More information about Munro can be found at

celeste oram is a New Zealand composer presently based in San Diego, California, where I’m pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego. I completed by BMus(Hons) in composition at the University of Auckland in 2012. My own recent work investigates new media and new strategies with which to create musical scores for instrumental performers, namely video scores and audio scores. I’m also very involved at present with re-enacting the work of Vera Wyse Munro; in the pursuit of that, I’m building historically authentic radio circuits that can function as instruments in improvisatory, live electronics contexts. More info and recent work is at


Big Ben Tape Improvisation #1 (5’30”)

recorded 2010, London by daniel beban

The Elizabeth Tower houses one of the most famous clocks in the world, whose biggest bell, Big Ben, has tolled through London’s streets from more than 150 years. For many decades the BBC World Service has played the chimes of Big Ben on their radio broadcasts at the top of every hour. To do this, a microphone was placed high up in the bell tower, and through a long copper wire it was connected to the World Service studios at Bush House, a few kilometers away. Every mixing desk at the World Service studios had one fader named “BEN”. You simply push the fader volume up at the right time and you would hear the sound of the bells in real time. For the rest of the hour you could hear the sound of London traffic far below. From 2002 – 2011 I worked for the BBC World Service as a Studio Manager. On long night shifts I would spend many hours listening to the bells and the street sounds through the Big Ben microphone. I developed a practice of setting up several reel-to-reel tape machines with long loops just before midnight, in time to record and manipulate the midnight chimes of Big Ben. Sometimes these tape improvisations would go on for a full hour, distorting the pitch of the bells through the tapes, and using EQs in combination with tape delay to make heavy psychedelic feedback. This piece is a short edit of one of those tape improvisations. I like the way the variable tape speed plays with the pitch of the bell, in a sense warping time and turning the solid clock tower into a fluid structure.


‘A Small Lineage’, ‘Devo List’, ‘Family’

These works were made in 2014. These relate to other video performances spoken works such as ‘Denny’s Eyes’ from the joint spatial intervention with Ayesha Green at OLGA early in 2016, in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.

Leafa Wilson (b. 1966, in Tokoroa – villages in Samoa: Vaimoso & Siumu) is an accomplished artist, curator and writer based in Waikato, New Zealand. Her commitment to art spans twenty-eight years where she has become a pioneer for curatorial practices. In 2004, Wilson was appointed the role of Curator of Contemporary Art at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, making her the first person of Pacific descent to hold an institutional role as an art curator. Wilson’s primary practice is performance-based art multimedia installation art. She was recently invited as one of the international group of performance artists to participate in the inaugural ‘Morning Hills Performance Art Residency’ in Haryana, India, February 2016. Other key works in her practice have been collaborative works with Faith Wilson, Olive Wilson and George Watson. 



“The year is 1956. I’m sorry”. Particles is a collection of re-worked jazz and voice recordings from the estate of deceased Wellington radio announcer Cavell Nicholl, who for many years in the 1970s presented a show on radio station 2YC entitled ‘Cavell Nichol’s Cavalcade of Jazz’. Nichol’s career as a radio broadcaster fueled his participation in the Worldwide Record Club, an international network of Jazz enthusiasts who exchanged recordings on 1/4″ reel to reel tape. Williams purchased a house lot of Nicholl’s tapes (plus a 1/4″ Akai reel to reel tape machine) at Nicholl’s estate auction in 1999 with the intention of using the tape for his own original recordings. Upon listening to the reels he discovered a series of recordings by jazz enthusiasts from Finland, New Zealand and elsewhere. Amongst Nicholl’s collection were not only Jazz standards by Thelonius Monk, Billie Holliday and others, but home-made performances of classic tunes by members of the group, tirades against technology and surreal musings on what makes a good jazz performer. Particles is a series of seven minute episodes for radio which rework the original material to reveal the strangeness at the heart of the the jazz standard lyric, and the loneliness of the home taper indulging their passion inbetween domestic frustrations. Lena Horne’s ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ is overlaid with the sound of a barking dog; Buck Clayton’s ‘Nobody’s Business’ is undercut by a half-speed recording from the other channel of the stereo field which, next to the cheering of the audience brings out the maudlin heart of the lyric. Interspersed between the music a Finnish announcers halting English is subtly reworked as a series of Haiku poems musing on ‘the Lion’, ‘singers’ and strange messages to another group member – ‘A lot of things have been said about you, Tony’.

Mark Williams is a musician based in Wellington and is a member of Cookie Brooklyn and the Crumbs, MarineVille, Bad Statistics. He also runs the soon-to-be-launched tape label Burning Log. He purchased Nicholl’s collection for $16 in 1999. Recorded in the pre-digital age and distributed amongst group members via post, Nichol’s collection is a labour of love that Williams found hard to tape over or throw away. Over the past 17 years Williams curiosity about the tapes and question of what to do with them has been balanced with the slog of carting the tapes from house to house, and his basic disinterest in Jazz standards. By revealing the essential strangeness of these recordings, Particles both pays tribute to Nicholl and his cohorts and simultaneously frees himself from the responsibility of Nicholl’s archive.


AMAF by Paul Timings

I am a New Zealand sound artist who performs experimental music, and makes field recordings and electroacoustic recordings. I enjoy using hand-held portable devices to engage with roaming or dynamic environments. More recently I’ve been developing compositions and installations via algorithmic soundscapes, using source material primarily derived from field recordings. When I was a kid I really enjoyed the using the radio. I liked how the soft noise between stations sounded on AM. I liked how you could use the dial to swing back and fourth through the spectrum to create this peculiar, pluralistic marriage of popular music over a range of decades, classical music, the horse races, advertisements for lawn mowing companies, etc, each second. I thought I’d submit a something that reminded me of this feeling of using the radio when I was a kid. I really enjoy using granular synthesis at the moment, and have found that using large grains on an input with multiple sources, with the grains occurring over a random duration, can have this effect similar to using the radio, where each discreet source blends around the next to generate a new, unexpected single source. Sources for the submitted piece include electric guitar, string duet, radio, Steve Reich recording, field recordings.


Caesura by Susanne Kahlich

the first movement from the project The Beautiful Now, an opera electronica for electronic music and acoustic vocals in response to the Works for Radio open call for expressions of interest. It is 5:35:28, music composed by Jack McNeill, text composed by Susie Kahlich.  Recorded by Jennifer Hutt in Paris with Eric Lucrezia, Mhairi Wilson, Igor Bedrinov and Amina Zoubir, mastered in Berlin.  The movement is the first movement of the opera, titled CAESURA, The Beautiful Now is an Opera Electronica that follows the journey of life through 7 movements. Based on texts written for a 4-part spoken word chorus, live performance incorporating vocals and ambient sounds, and interactive video creates auditory effects that are captured, manipulated and fed back through digital software, computers and electronica elements to create an immersive musical experience in real time that affects performers and audience members alike. Through each of these three elements — words, art, music — all of life, the cycle of life, is represented on stage to bring us into the moment: You Are Here. Now. And it’s beautiful. The Beautiful Now is being designed for large venue performance spaces to premiere in Autumn 2016.

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radia season 37 – show #592 (radio x) – THE JOURNEY OF THE EARTHWORM (RR) by GABI SCHAFFNER
– playing from august 1 to august 7, 2016 –


The earthworm travels on radio frequencies, earthy hacks and conglomerates of audio matter. S/he passes through mosquito clouds (yes, this earthworm can fly!), bird songs, thunderstorms, attends a Finnish summer theatre show, listens to a boy and his mother singing, visits the acoustic remnants of a German garden show, finds happiness in the ringing of porcelain bells and, finally, merges into silence and is gone.

Voices by:
Teuri Haarla, on occasion of his exhibition at Galerie Hilbertraum, January 16, 2016, Berlin, Germany – Unknown but stunningly convincing actors of a “kesäteatteri” in Mid Finland, 2010 – Gibrain and Virpi Nurmi in their garden in Gießen, Germany, 2014.
Teuri Haarla is a Finnish self-taught artist who works with drawings, performance and architecture. For his performances he goes into a state he calls “bio drunk”. He also built the “Plantheon” tower, 17 metres high and based on the geometry of nature.
During the opening we had a talk in which he explained some of this work and philosophy. Find out more at

Field recordings by raw audio/Gabi Schaffner with snippets and remixes taken from:
momoscas1 by galeko, – vartioh__loud-transmissions, – spectrm__radio-interference, – noisecollector__magnetorcradio, – singing saw “fake birds” by Mimosa Pale, Berlin, Germany, 2011 – guitar in “Birdcage” and flute improvisation by FX Schroeder, Hamburg, Germany 2011 – kompost20140711_2047.0.25s, programmed by Pit Schultz, 2014.

RR = RADIA RAW = This piece is a special pre-edit for radia by raw audio.


is an interdisciplinary sound artist, curator, writer and photographer based in Berlin.
Travelling forms a vital part of her work – as a source for sound and language recordings but also as “a rite of passage” enabling the artist to explore alternative narrative structures. Her works in the field of radio art have been broadcast internationally, including commissions for Deutschlandradio, SWR, ABC Australia and many more. In 2012 and 2014, she staged in collaboration with Pit Schultz/ a garden radio station in Berlin and in Giessen, Hessia, both featuring international as well as local artists and gardeners. Since 2011 she has been creating several shows for .

Find out more about her projects at and at


radia production: miss.gunst [GUNST + radiator x]
production date: july 2016
station: radio x, frankfurt am main (germany)
length: 28 min.
licence: (cc-by-nc) GABI SCHAFFNER

great many thanks to GABI SCHAFFNER
and to all artists and sound collectors who contributed to the journey of the earthworm!


additional info:
includes radia jingles (in/out), station and program info/intro (english)

radio x & radiator x:
GUNSTradio & radiator x:
Gabi Schaffner:

(c) Gabi Schaffner


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Show 591: La Pierre du vivant (extraits) par Pascal Queru pour JET FM


Homme d’image, plasticien de formation, le son est pour moi une matière texturée épousant l’espace et le temps. Sons électroniques ou concrets, rencontre de l’aléatoire et du cycle, va et viens entre structures dodécadécimales et jeu de fréquences natives des sons malaxés, jeu de spatialisation des sources sonores pour l’auditeur contribuent à un paysage singulier et expressif.
Ma rencontre avec Evelyne Jolivet, chorégraphe, a été l’occasion d’appliquer cette approche sonore à son projet de triptyque de danse contemporaine “la pierre du vivant”, étendu à 5 tableaux dansés.
Dans cette collaboration, au delà de l’expression au service de l’intention poétique du chorégraphe, des questions se sont vite imposées : Comment avancer ensemble, Evelyne Jolivet dans son écriture du mouvement, moi dans la construction de ma réponse sonore ? Comment composer dans l’espace scénique et dans le temps imparti au corps humain (les danseurs) ?
Une approche commune de la création et de nombreuses étapes (itérations) ont contribué à l’aboutissement de ce projet : Evelyne et moi accueillons les aspérités, ruptures, accidents et autres imprévus de la matière de l’un comme de l’autre. Il en résulte un spectacle aboutis et caractérisé …une expérience stimulante.
Après quelques essais fructueux de part et d’autre, Evelyne et moi développerons ensemble quelques performances improvisées et y combinerons d’autres disciplines.

Merci à Anne-Laure Lejosne (JET FM) pour ce montage et cette invitation à la diffusion.

crédits photo : Paul Pascal


“Man of image, trained as a visual artist, the sound is for me a textured material which moulds space and time. Electronic or concrete sounds, meeting of random and cycle, back and forth between dodecadecimal structures and games of mixed sounds native frequency, games of sound sources for the audience to contribute to a singular and expressive landscape.

My meeting with Evelyne Jolivet, choreographer, was the opportunity to put this sound approach into practice to her project of contemporary dance trilogy “la pierre du vivant”, spread out to 5 dancing scenes.

In this collaboration, above the expression serving the choreographer poetic intention, some questions were quickly asked: How to keep on going together, Evelyne Jolivet with her movement writing, me in my sound answer building ? How to compose in the stage area and in the timing allowed to a human body (the dancers) ?

A common approach of creation and several steps (iterations) contributed to this project completion : Evelyne and I are welcoming the sharpness, breaks, accidents and other material mishaps from the one to the other. It follows an accomplished and distinctive show… a stimulating experience.

After few prolific trials here and there, Evelyne and I will be developing improvised performances adding to it other disciplines.

Thank you Anne-Laure Lejosne (JetFM) for this mounting and invitation for diffusion.”

crédits photo : Paul Pascal

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