Saturday Night Séance: RadioCona's wolFMoon Series
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Wave Farm's WGXC is pleased to present a durational broadcast of ten works commissioned by radioCona in Ljubljana. radioCona is a temporary project radio for contemporary arts. The ten works presented here were first broadcast in January 2017 as part of the series "wolfMoon." The program includes:
Borut Peternelj (Amper-o-mat): DMT1510 (26:02)
DMT1510 is a sound reflection made during a night walk across the removed areas of the Savinja River, which has culminated in the present audio work on the following day at exactly 3:10 pm. DMT stands for the substance called dimethyltryptamine, which is being released while sleeping or being awake during the night as well as in deep meditation. Each of these states is captured in this audio work, while the work itself can also induce them. Apart from the field recording of the Savinja River, which is in itself completely direct and rough, the work intertwines subtler energies found in the space between midnight and 2 am, combined with subsequent feedback on the nocturnal experience by the river.
beepblip: AM_on_FM / sine_wave (14:05)
The AM waves of amplitude modulation broadcasting are highly susceptible to static disruptions. The recordings for the track consist of oscillations, which are especially present at night, when changes in the ionosphere cause specific sine-wave noises. They are taken at 4:05 a.m. when my mind is sharp and saturated.
Agapea (Saša Spačal): Tides (23:11)
Tides, constant waves on the surface of Earth, are trying to find that perfect balance of waters for specific spacetime conditions. Sometimes tides have deviations. Sometimes humans cause them. Sometimes there comes a time for flood or drought to reset the cycle. To reset the population. To reset the time.
Petra Kapš (alias OR poises): Transluce, moonlight into porcelain cups (23:59)
A quote from “the red room”. Transluce, Moonlight into Porcelain Cups is an echo of times past. The audio field recordings of intimate performative situations and walks touch the listener through hearing. OR poiesis explores the poetry of the moment through the voice, attempting to release it from its linguistic meaning. Can the silence of a place be distinguished from the silence of the spirit?
Tea Vidmar and Ana Kravanja: Ponoči so vse ptice črne (At night all birds are black) (22:01)
While dreaming, the wings of our personality open up to travel the manifest and latent landscapes of our individual mental and biological processes. Conscious and unconscious soundscapes created by the two vocalists by producing different voices, are at the same time pulling the listener to his centre as well as carrying him away. All recordings were created as vocal improvisations to the theme Unoccupied nocturnal landscape and dreamscapes as a biopsychological dimension. The track was created using only acoustic vocals, without additional recording.
Miha Turšič and Špela Petrič: Voyager/EME (30:23)
An artistic action “Voyager/EME” was performed on 18th October 2014 at a Dwingeloo radio telecsope to establish a difference between the actively generated signal of “Voyager/140AU” project and passively received signal, moonbounced from the Moon surface. Signal was produced within the artistic research of possible art forms in outer space.
Brane Zorman: It’s in my Nature (59:55)
As certain spaces and times have become oversaturated due to urbanisation and the population explosion, certain (animal) species have began withdrawing to unpopulated landscapes and unoccupied times – into the night. We understand these withdrawals as a search for solutions that could lead to a ‘better quality of life’, an existence that would be better than the one offered to us by the oversaturated space-time.
Robertina Šebjanič: Črne kaplje / o kapljanju (Black drops / about dropping) 20:00
Drops that resonate in the darkness of the caves, are condensed representation of a complex and extreme environment that is still full of mystery, darkness and a special beauty, where the geological and biological time are seems to happen in different time span. In the caves the sound of the water dropping has a strong presence, as is the sound that is breaking the silence. This little drops are the "information transfer", getting the info about the living conditions from above that are coming deep into the cave and they are the source of food for biological life as the building material for the geological structures.
Brane Zorman and Maja Smrekar: Wolf Howling (12:27)
Because of the culling, disease, and the shrinking of the living environment of the already decimated wolf packs, humans are counting their members, mapping their paths, and statistically recording their minimal growth or decline. In their search, humans imitate wolves’ howling and listen to their response. More often than not, there is no feedback, only the echo of dogs barking in the distance. The work includes sound recordings of calling in wolves, which were taken at Menišija in August 2013 in collaboration with Miha Krofl PhD. The field day was part of Maja Smrekar’s research for the project K-9_topology:Ecce Canis, produced by Kapelica Gallery. Brane Zorman has reworked the original sound recording to prepare a 20-minutes long track of unrealized communications.
Andrej Hrvatin: No Wolf, just Wind and Void! (22:40)
When unsuccessful “howling” - http://www.volkovi.si/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/navodila_howling.pdf - gets transformed into a journey into the emptiness of an unpopulated forest landscape. Snowy slopes, the cold, emptiness, the wind in the trees, and deep darkness weave together melodies of loneliness, which transport the two lone recorders into different imaginary films. Nature is magnificently indifferent!