For the project On Listening, Radio 80000 curates the two-day program Fewer Ears than Sounds at the Lothringer 13 Halle. On October 14 and 15, protagonists of Radio 80000 together with invited guests will realize a variety of radio contributions, consisting of lectures, sound performances and recorded audio pieces. These will be made available both via the website and on site, and will also give visitors and listeners an insight into the practice of today's radio making. During these days, the Lothringer 13 Halle will be a place for listening over drinks and conversations.
Technics, Theory and Physics. How we listen and what influences our listening experience?
Andreas Friesecke studied audio engineering from 1991 at the SAE Munich and Middlesex University in London. He worked for several years in the field of acoustics, studio planning, and speaker development, where he delved into topics such as radiation characteristics, sound, and time alignment of multi-way speakers. In addition, he developed, built, and programmed audio studio technology, either visualizing sounds on measuring devices or optimizing speakers. He is the author of several books, including the "Audio Encyclopedia." Today, he teaches aspiring audio engineers at the SAE Institute in Munich.
Author Amelie Kahl lives in Berlin and is radio host of the experimental show Seasonal on Radio 80000. Seasonal airs monthly and focuses on nature-related themes and soundscapes. the soundscape of the black grouse is an extension of her work documenting the last gurgle cackle and screech of an extinct bird.
(Recorded Audio Piece)
In discussions of avant-garde sound, the narrative is frequently steered by iconic figures like John Cage and La Monte Young, emblematic of a white, Eurocentric canon in post-classical music. But what about the pivotal sounds and traditions that have been appropriated, referenced, but seldom recognized as integral parts of its fabric? Featuring work and influences from Gita Sarabhai, Halim Al-Dabh, and Leo Brouwer, this mix is a (micro)inquiry beyond the established fringes. It illuminates the contributions of those outside the traditional paradigm and highlights the often-unacknowledged influences that have actually shaped the avant-garde landscape.
Ilaaf Khalfalla is a cultural researcher focused on history and culture at the so-called „margins“. She‘s usually based somewhere in Europe and thinking about how to possibly remember better.
Arnica Montana is a sound artist and synthesizers maker based in Marseille. She calls her music soft noise and her synths look like from deep seas creatures. The performance is creating suitable grounds for chaos, listening to silence at the same level than anthems.
Robyn Rocket Steward on Listening
Robyn Rocket is the artist name of Robyn Steward. Robyn is Autistic and has been teaching people about autism for over 15 years. She has written 3 books The Independent Woman's Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum, The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods and The Autism-Friendly Guide to Self-Employment as well as being published in Make Academic papers. Robyn co-hosts the BBC Podcast 1800 Seconds on Autism. As a musician she runs Robyn's Rocket, an Inclusive Conscious gig series at London's Café OTO. Inclusive Conscious means to see who is not in a space, invite them in, ask for feedback and then do the feedback, so more people can access music. Robyn plays space trumpet and makes visual art. Currently she is working on an album called Robyn Rocket And People You May Have Heard Of, bringing together people from 3 communities she is part of. Café OTO, The Total Refreshment Centre and Arts charity Heart N Soul. The latter she is a creative associate of. Heart N Soul believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities (sometimes described as intellectual disabilities) and autistic people. They do not provide therapy but support people to explore creativity and make their ideas happen. Robyn also has a radio show on Resonance FM where she invites people with and without leaning disabilities/autisic or non autistic.
La Superficie Pulida de las Cosas. Movements I and III
(Recorded Audio Piece)
La Superficie Pulida de las Cosas (The Polished Surface of Things) is inspired by the poem titled "Amor" by Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos, which contains the following verse: "Enough. The ear does not want more, for its hollow may overflow and the hand can no longer reach beyond touch." This poetic image serves as a guide for the two pieces presented today, which are part of a trilogy. While composing this music, I tried to think of the ear as the beyond. As the untouchable, liminal space between signification and affect, between the self and the other. Between the individual and the collective. The piece was initially composed as a binaural sound piece to be listened to with headphones.
Instrumentation: Binaural soundscape recordings, voice, electric cello, electronics.
Aimée Theriot (MX) is a musician interested in understanding the world through sound and vibration. Her music draws from free improvisation, ambient, ASMR, and soundscape recordings, with a heavy dose of experimentation using live electronics, cello, guitar, and voice. She lives in Amsterdam.
Rewind – Where we come from
The performance Rewind - Where we come from engages with the perception and imagination of children based on personal audio recordings. Through references to plotting and storytelling, it conveys not only exceptional childhood fictions but also the times and environments of the narrators and their unbiased processing of individual and shared experiences.
The role of siblings in this project is particularly significant. They share their own experiences and stories, contributing to a shared culture of memories. This audiovisual work is based on an audio play recorded on a cassette recorder in the 1990s, created by siblings for their siblings. The eldest sibling encouraged experimentation, play, and imagination. Together, we crafted our own world of stories and joys. How did we perceive that time? What do we think about it today?
Since 2017, Carina Güttler has been a volunteer member of Munich‘s online radio, Radio 80000. She is involved in projects related to culture, art, and education. The Munich native works as a DJ and as a freelance graphic designer.
Poltergeist or some scene else
(Recorded Audio Piece)
Poltergeist or some scene else is an essayistic site-specific broadcast by Yulia Carolin Kothe that takes the Barras Market's (Glasgow) syntax of artefacts as a starting point for creating an expanding and ever-evolving tableau of intense, uneasy acousmatic atmospheres. The conspicuous and omniscient narrator takes the listener on a rambling walk through the Barras entering private and public spaces, a remote cottage and various ambivalent territories home to disembodied voices and close up traces of life like a wet ring of a coffee cup just plucked from the scene.
This new piece of radio art is rich and heavy in material. Kothe's own electronic compositions are juxtaposed with re-articulated local oral histories, chopping up DIY recordings on cassettes purchased from the Barras Market, and combining with avantgarde German poems by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874–1927), Thekla Lingen (1866-1931), Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806) and Anna Ritter (1865–1921).
Centring the figure of the Poltergeist, Kothe explores the etymological possibilities of the word as a ghost responsible both for unruly physical disturbances and moving objects — 'Genstände bewegen' in German — which could be understood as 'moving forward with a subject', e.g. the suggestion of an unconventional idea. In this sense, the broadcast lingers like a poltergeist, making metaphorical and geographical suggestions then playfully pulling out the chair from underneath you just at the last moment.
Text: Caitlin Merrett King
(Recorded Audio Piece)
Bog musics' is an hommage to the mediterranean rivers and wetlands of southern France. Based on field recordings taken in the Camargue region and around Marseille, the sound artist Diane Barbé developed a series of flutes, percussions and whistles made from the local river cane (Arundo Donax, Canne de Provence) during a residency at the Euphonia studio of Radio Grenouille, a long-standing eclectic station based in Marseille. In September 2023, she brought together a series of participatory workshops to develop collective compositions and spontaneous musics. Strange birds, imaginary insects and rogue amphibians begin to form a crooked symphony of the reed beds...
Amid The Soothing Loops
Amid The Soothing Loops deals with sounds that describe an absurd liminal state of waiting and calming down, but never serving the purpose of active listening. This synthetically generated background music is meant to create artificial vibes and to put us, partly compulsively, into a state of well-being far detached from reality. Countless Youtube videos promise us inner balance, relaxation and focus to increase our productivity with “natural” sounds, mostly in combination with soft, flowing visuals (Sleep, Study, Focus). Dreamy ambient sounds loop endlessly after a finished programme of a sports streaming service, while spherical sounds in hotel lobbies are supposed to make us forget the “[…] oppressive rhythms of daily live […]” (14, Michael Bull: Sound Moves, 154-157).
In this piece, these various forms of ”commercial ambient” get sampled, layered, distorted, processed and reused to create a strange atmosphere that exaggerates the absurdity of this phenomenon of our post-digital world.
(Recorded Audio Piece)
A sequence of black club music tracks, slowed down by 50-80%, exploring the concealed intricacies and alternative beauties that often escape notice in the club and other Eurocentric, accellerationist listening environments.