Magneto Mori: Vienna (Audio)
May 22, 2020
Created by Mark Vernon (2019). Introduced by Karen Werner.
Magneto Mori: Vienna was produced by Scottish radio artist Mark Vernon. Mark Vernon has been creating a series of radio pieces, including this one, out of semi-degraded audio tape. Using a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, he records sounds from a place, in this case Vienna, Austria. Then he cuts up the tape and in Vienna buried it in a muddy garden with local souvenir fridge magnets to further erase parts of the tape. After a few days he exhumed the tape and spliced it back together in random order. Meanwhile Mark Vernon went to Viennese flea markets collecting cassettes and Dictaphones and the like. Out of all this material he created “a portrait of Vienna in both place and time; an archaeological excavation of found sounds, lost fragments, buried memories and magnetic traces.” Mark Vernon’s Magneto Mori: Vienna was commissioned by Kunstradio in Vienna and first broadcast in 2019. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2019/2020, Karen Werner.