Where was I? And where was I, again?
Ms Schaffner is pleased to announce her upcoming radio show on
Colaboradio, this Tuesday, 23rd October,
10 pm, on 88.4 Berlin and 90.7 Potsdam
Wedding – Texas. Hin und Zurück.
A conversation about a journey not so long ago. With Tina Marie Friedrich.
Lobo Butt Light
A sound story from the deep Southwest
Unknown Mexican band playing in Juarez, excerpt of Leonard Cohen song performed by Eick Hoemann, Frankfurt/Main; modified sample from concert by Ben Sheffler, Austin. „Frozen Warnings“ by Nico/John Cale performed by Hank Topless. All concerts’s location: Lobo, Texas.
The Commerce of the Prairies. Josiah Gregg. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife.
University of Nebraska Press. 1926/1967
Read by John Howard Ernst, New Jersey, on occasion of our re-meeting in town of Terlingua.
Locations: Lobo, Valentine, Marfa, Marathon, Mexico
Recordings and Composition: Gabi Schaffner 2018
Special thanks to Tina Marie and John!!!
More Info for people who like to read more text:
Horizons and skies, crickets singing in the mesquite bushes and the Southern Pacific passing at a close distance: The town of Lobo next to the highway 90 comprises nine houses, a motel, a gas station and for most time in the course of years it lies in dreamy silence. Yet, for 4 days this September, it sprouted a three-day cinematic and music festival that attracted travelers and artists alike.
Twenty miles further to the East lies Valentine, once inhabited by about 3000 people, with lovers coming from wide and far to have their post cards stamped there for Valentines Day.
A creaking windmill in the fields, a Mexican band playing, the Southern Pacific…: The sounds of the South Texan prairie revolve around notions of transit and distance, of silence and feast, labour, car maintenance and weather, crisscrossed at irregular intervals by the hooting and rattling locomotives.
Some say, anagrams are „nonsense“, I say they reveal „the other side-potential“ of our vocabularies. Take the world of employment, for example. One may not have thought of a „mushroom sensor“, a „lightning aside“ or, quite philosophically, of „fissility time“ while seated at one’s work station. Yet, they exist… (here in German language). Horror and bliss, angst, ozone hospitals and hateful socks are waiting for you:
In Kurzstrecke #79 on the 29th October, ten brandnew „Anagrammatic Work Place Scapes“ will be presented. These pieces are funny, semi-cynical, weird… and painlessly short: 45 sec > „Anagrammlandschaften zur Arbeitswelt“.
Don’t weep if you don’t understand the language! There is music too (derived from the fabulous chance-operated letter-to-note melody generator P22) and unreal speakers.
Online and on air retrievable within the format „Wurfsendung“.
Kurzstrecke ’79, Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Date: 29. October 2018
Presenter: Julia Tieke. Wurfsendung. DLF Kultur
Concept & Compositions: Gabi Schaffner
Ms Schaffner is pleased to say that her radio feature on the Finnish artist and documentary filmer Erkki Pirtola will be re-broadcast on the 26th October 2018! Erkki died way too early in January 2016. This radio show pays homage to his life and work about Finnish outsider art. Language is German, yet there is also English and Finnish, sounds and music. If you get lost: Enjoy it!
Date: 26th October
Broadcasting Station: DLF Kultur
Produced by: Tina Klopp
German Press Text:
Ist es Volkskunst, Wahnsinn oder Methode? Am 23. Januar 2016 starb der finnische Performancekünstler und Vorreiter von ITE, Erkki Pirtola. Mehr als 30 Jahre seines Schaffens widmete er ITE – einer Kunstrichtung, die in den Tiefen der finnischen Wälder und Tundren ein einzigartiges Dasein fristet.
Der Begriff ITE, kurz für „Itse Tehti Elämä“ – selbst gemachtes Leben – fasst Kunst und Leben, Mensch und Natur in eine Formel, die sich in außergewöhnlichen und oft surrealen Kunstwerken manifestiert.
ITE ist billiges Blech oder geflochtene Birkenrinde, ITE ist trashig und transzendental zugleich, ITE ist von Aliens inspiriert oder vom Geist der Vorfahren, ITE kann ein Möbel sein, ein Löffel, ein Tapir aus Metall im Birkenwald oder eine einzelne, durch den Raum gespannte Saite.
Pirtola erhielt für sein Werk 2011 den Staatspreis der Bildenden Künste Finnland. Anhand von Interviews und Tonmaterial, das während einer langen gemeinsamen Reise entstand, entwirft die Autorin ein Porträt des Künstlers und der ITE-Kunst.
Exhibition starts today in Berlin: Earthy extracts from the Datscha Radio archives, wall paintings, drawing, text and an audio loop broadcast on 91.7. By Gabi Schaffner, Kate Donovan, Niki Matita and Helen Thein. Support: Tina-Marie Friedrich.
Tune in and enjoy puzzled Ms Schaffner figuring out what is displayed on these ominous, 30×30 cm sized squares. This time they were retrieved from a friend’s treasure vault and they feel… well… „plushy!“.
Within the frame of illustrious CoLaboRadio’s Tuesday program
Date/Time/Place: 26th June/7pm/Das Kapital, Berlin
Frequency/online listening: 88,4/
Nominated for the Berliner Hörspielfestival and now soon on the airwaves: Die Gemäldeakustikerin [The Painting’s Acoustician] (remix!) will be featured within the show „Tandem“ in SWR2, presented by Katrin Zipse.
When: 23. May 2018
Time: 7:05 pm
About: Ruth Claussen’s job is a bit special: She cleans the paintings of the big museums from acoustic dirt and remnants left behind by the visitors. And she can hear the paintings talk…
Speakers: Michaela Schimun, Mathias Scheliga
Further Speakers: Lyndsey Buckingham, Tanja Nittka, Ulrike Stöhring, Sebastien Terrie, Gabi Schaffner
Text, Recordings & Mixing: Gabi Schaffner
Note: This version is a variated remix of the Audio Guide Staedel Version 2015
Additional material from freesound.org: „Slow Trumpet“, by: unfa, „Creepy Classical Vinyl Glitched“ by: notembug, „Clicking Dial“ by: Zott 820
Pleased to say that my piece „Coconut Milk Massage“ was accepted for Joan Schuman’s „Skin Rubbed Smooth“ sound art compilation. There are 14 more artists and it’s well worth exploring the site – least but not last for the excellently written texts there! http://www.earlid.org/posts/skin-rubbed-smooth/
Earlid’s fourth annual Liminal Sounds listens to short works with a focus on what lies beneath, skin next to other skins, the outer interior of objects, excised stories.
Listen for the palimpsest of bodies and cities and snow; the skin of audio tape; objects rubbed relentlessly. The very texture can be held in the hands, turned like pages. Parchment is respected for its once belonging to part of a living creature; roe deer running, caught by traffic or a hunter’s gun. The surface has the imprint of veins, grain of the skin, layers of translucent collagen. Its opacity sits below the surface, like a shallow pool.
Almost to late… but then there are the radia.fm archives! Verena Kuni of radio x/Frankfurt invited me to present the Resounding Bangalore show (radia edit).
“Resounding Bangalore” is a 25 minute sound collage that assembles selected field recordings of the city (and some rural locations) into a four-dimensional sound field.
Date: 13. February 2018
Place: Titanik Gallery. Itäinen Rantakatu 8. 20700 Turku, Finland
While the acoustical backdrop consists of two ordinary speakers, a low-range radio transmitter broadcasts a parallel track simultaneously. For the performance at Titanik, the radio part gets adapted to a set-up with speakers only.
Disguised as a local radio program (containing samples of Bangalorian radio, static, selected poetry and snippets of local interviews), the parallel track makes the soundscape spatially extend into the audience.
“Resounding Bangalore” is an invitation to cherish an indigenous sound world played back through the ears of a “stranger”. In my work this cultural information becomes often framed as musical concepts. The interplay of distance and difference resounds as a multileveled choir of codes that may be read differently.
Dears, check this out:
30 days of radio art in Halle are just now being transformed into a book! This is so great I need to share it.