#802: 2022.05.22 [aki onda]

Aki Onda has channeled the spirit of the late Korean artist Nam June Paik via radio transmission in Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me (2017/2021). Paik is known for his association with shamanism, a practice that consistently surfaces in his works. With a portable radio in hand, Onda communicates with his spirit from a distance—collecting field recordings of cryptic broadcasts and messages on anonymous radio stations. The series of séances has been conducted in different cities across the globe, beginning in Seoul, Korea in 2010 and continuing in Cologne, Germany in 2012, Wrocław, Poland in 2013, and Lewisburg, United States in 2014. This work was originally commissioned by documenta 14’s radio program “Every Time A Ear di Soun” in 2017.
From March 26 to June 5, 2022, Aki Onda will present Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me, through microbroadcasting and printed matter at the Toronto Biennial of Art. Broadcasting over two frequencies (88.5 FM and 106.5 FM) that cover the exhibition site of 72 Perth Ave in Toronto, radios are placed as part of the exhibition to symbolize sound waves in the air. The audio work exists as invisible yet discrete and perceptible through the proper medium, recalling the ritual of channeling spirits. Bring your own radio to catch the frequencies.
Onda is also bringing Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me to the international radio waves in a series of international public programs. The program will play, uninterrupted and in its entirety of 50 minutes. For Onda, those broadcasts are a response to how Nam June Paik spread his ideas through TV cable networks and connected to a large number of people at a global scale.

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#739: 2020.12.20

we finish off the year with sounds from the greek/vietnamese collaboration of dalot and sound awakener, along with found wire sounds recorded in sweden by british artist jez riley french, resonated metal from france-based greek artist eleni-ira panourgia, explorations of intimacy by australia-based bangladeshi artist shoeb ahmad, sounds from penghu island by taiwan-based french artist yannick dauby, soon-to-be-released ghost sounds from a now-demolished house by estonia-based american murmer (that’s me!), sounds from the aporee maps from finland, sweden, slovenia, germany, and japan, and a framework introduction recorded for us by cain blanchard by an american campfire. that’s a lot of traveling for a world essentially in lockdown. […]

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#738: 2020.12.13 [john f. barber]

COVID Dreamscapes is a sonic narrative of dreams prompted by the COVID-19 (COrona, VIrus, Disease) pandemic (pan = all, demic = people). COVID dreams are widely reported as strange, intense, colorful, and vivid reflections of concerns and fears over contagion, loneliness, loss of control, stress over work and/or life. Medical researchers offer interpretations about meanings. Websites provide opportunities to share and even visualize COVID dreams.

COVID Dreamscapes uses field recordings and found sounds to portray spiraling sonic mashups both real and imagined associated with my personal COVID dreams. While different from what other people are hearing in their COVID dreams these dreamscapes may prompt thoughts about this unique overlay of sound in our lives. […]

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#737: 2020.12.06

two different sets of protest recordings made up the heart of this week’s show: fiona lee documented democracy protests in hong kong from june to september last year, while tomasz pizio recorded women’s rights protests in poland this past october. we hear these spaces transposed, as they are joined by glass and water sounds by tomoko sauvage, abstracted fragments from the free smartphone app developed by the langham research centre, sounds of a total solar eclipse from a pre-pandemic world by tim pilcher, and recent contributions to the aporee maps from south korea, germany and taiwan. […]

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#736: 2020.11.29 [mark vernon]

The Dominion of Din is a radio play made out of recordings from a single fixed perspective over an eighteen-year period. It is created entirely from field recordings made out of the rear window of my flat in the West End of Glasgow. In essence, it is a catalogue of exterior sounds that have annoyed, disturbed or angered me over the years living at this residence – and sounds that have largely disappeared during lockdown. […]

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#735: 2020.11.22

some sounds we’re really excited about this week, by our old friend emmanuel holterbach (as yet unreleased work for field recordings, objects and finnish poetry – labels take note!), as well as by three new names to the program, xiang, daniel kordík, and claudia ferretti. also aporee map sounds from croatia (the amazing sea organ that can be found there), lithuania, the u.s. and greece. and we began with a framework introduction recorded for us in the uk by richard bentley.

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#734: 2020.11.15 [kent macpherson]

As Covid-19 gripped New Zealand in March 2020, field recordist Kent Macpherson began documenting his surroundings. Making field recordings in his back yard for 65 consecutive days. From Lockdown level 3 through 4 then back again to level one, these recordings document the sounds of a rural village in the Waikato region of the north island. It is interesting to note the slow fade of the cicadas as the days become colder in May. Then the native New Zealand bird, the Tui begins its courtship song. The absence of human din means the fauna are allowed a certain freedom. The native wildlife begins to communicate with a clarity not known in its generation. Then as the quarantine lifts, the modulating white noise of motor vehicles once again cuts through that freedom.

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#733: 2020.11.08

i didn’t quite realise how long this playlist was going to be when mixing this show, but it is indeed – 26 individual tracks by 11 artists, but wow, are there some great sounds in here. yifeat ziv’s site-specific vocal experiments really shine in this mix, along with brett masteller’s unreleased works, sailboat sounds captured by marine drouan, campsite ambiance reworkings by doug haire, haikus by annette vande gorne, and this week’s selection of listener chosen favorite from the aporee maps. go and hunt these works down – they deserve to be heard on their own as well. […]

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#732: 2020.11.01 [thomas park]

Thomas Park and his wife Torrey are very happy with their abode– since moving in nearly 5 years ago, their favorite thing to do is to stay at home, visit one another and get things done.

You will likely never visit their home in Saint Louis, unless you know them personally.

Thomas wanted to express some of the joys of his house sonically– to invite others in to listen to the sounds that he experiences often in his favorite habitat.

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#731: 2020.10.25

not a lot to add this week – autumn sounds for autumn weather; the air is crisp and framework’s sauna-studio is cozy, but the shortening of the days (and changing of the clocks) is noticeable in the general atmosphere. pigeons, refrigerators, traffic, trains and trash all feature in this week’s show. light the fire and enjoy the sounds.

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#730: 2020.10.18 [ian-john]

And so,…how do recordings of sounds found in the environment function for various people? What kind of interactive possibilities arise? 8 sound artists and improvisers were invited to make sounds in response to a collection of recorded found sounds. In this program you can hear both the original recordings and the artists’ sonic interpretations.

현장녹음소리에서 인터페이스으로::Field_to_Interface

Guidance for participants::

First, listen to the sounds I have sent you, and think about how your sound making relates to it.
Next, use the sounds like a score and, part by part, build some kind of response using whatever stands out to you as a cue. Lastly, when ready, using a headphone on one ear and having one ear naked, simultaneously listen to and respond to the score…that’s enough. […]

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#729: 2020.10.11

lots of projects we want to say something about this week – we absolutely love vilde&inga’s upcoming release (their 3rd, apparently, although the first we’ve heard) how forests think. vilde&inga is a norwegian improvising string duo (violin and double bass) who record their works in various non-studio locations (reminiscent of the classic kiyoharu-kijima releases from the early 2000’s). on this double-cd release those locations are in and around the city of oslo, on the docks and in the forest, exploring and interacting with the natural acoustics of their surroundings.

jimmy peggie explores and interacts with the natural acoustics of his chosen locations, the ghost towns of the state of arizona, manipulating and mixing material gathered in them with his own sonic contributions. and sonicity has gathered together a collection of early morning soundscapes, mostly recorded on international dawn chorus day as part of the reveil 2020 project, and thereby presenting a snapshot of spring sounds during the early days of the covid-19 pandemic. all this, along with a self-released short work by austyn wohlers, recent listener-chosen favorites from the aporee soundmaps, and a framework introduction recorded in eastern tennessee by the purveyor of the park70 cassette label, cain blanchard. […]

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#728: 2020.10.04 [martin p. eccles]

this edition of framework:afield has been produced in the uk by martin p. eccles.. producer’s notes:

“From the start of the UK’s lockdown, every day I walked from my house, for 20 minutes in any and all directions; I mapped my route and recorded my walking. My walking had made Contención Island (contención is containment in Esperanto – an international name for an international pandemic) – and the walking became exploration of my island. I walk until easing begins – 42 days.”

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