Commission by documenta 14

“Raw Field Recordings II : Electromagnetic Detritus” is a composition of Christian Galarreta that has been commissioned by documenta 14 radio ‘Every Time A Ear Di Soun’ (Athens-Kassel). It will be broadcasted worldwide by different radio stations between April and September 2017, as well as be part of the documenta 14 exhibition in Kassel, from June 2017 onwards. Below more information about the piece.
Link to listen the documenta 14 radio project:
A release with part of the composition was published in Peru by Aloardi label you can listen or buy on line it in this link
*At the end of this post you will find information about the content/concept of Galarreta’s piece and also the complete list with the names of all the commissioned artists
April 8 – September 17
Chrs Galarreta “Raw Field Recordings II : Electromagnetic Detritus” in
Every Time A Ear di Soun, a documenta 14 Radio Program
Broadcast schedule:
April 8 – 27 Paranoise Radio (Thessaloniki / Greece) & Cannibal Radio (Athens / Greece)
April 28 – May 17 Vokaribe Radio 89.6 FM (Barranquillo / Columbia)
May 18 – 27 RSI (Radio Sport Info) 92.3 FM (Douala / Cameroon)
May 28 – June 16 RURUradio (Jakarta / Indonesien)
June 17 – July 8 SAVVY Funk (Berlin /Germany)
July 9 – 28 Rádio MEC FM (Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brazil)
July 29 – Aug 7 RSI (Radio Sport Info) 92.3 FM (Douala / Cameroon)
Aug 8 – 27 Radio WPFW 89.3 FM (Washington DC, US)
Aug 28 – Sep 17 Radio Beirut (Beirut / Libanon)
Photo: “Chrs Galarreta sensing the electrosmog in the city” by Martina Zuzana Šimkovičová (Vienna, 12/2013)
Duration of the piece 47’48”
Conceptual text
When we accept necessities generated by the technological progress and its commercialization, we are reasserting our mutant condition as urban beings. For example, we live surrounded by imperceptible electromagnetic fields coming from our communication technologies. We accept them as normal in our daily life, despite the consequences they generate on our physiologies. This electrosmog can be seen as pollution from our modern societies. Recycling this invisible waste to induce a sound experience, is an acoustic sample of the physiological self-destruction and dependence inherent to the technological production and the human creativity.
Contextual text and credits
For Documenta 14, Christian Galarreta presents a composition consisting of electrosmog sounds. They are mono field recordings that he took during his different research projects, workshops, sound-walks and site-specific performances in the past fourteen years. They are selections of raw material with little equalization, fades and without overdubs nor effects. To record the electrosmog he used hand-made electromagnetic transducers. Their different types and their positions, as well as the spatial conditions, influenced the acoustic dynamics and saturations of these sounds.
Just the sounds between 13’40” and 32’43” minutes come from a stereo recording of one of his live performances, sensing and amplifying electromagnetic and mechanical behaviors from different electronic waste. This performance was recorded and mastered by Anton Mobin.
List of ther commissioned artists:
*Maria Chavez
*Nasan Tur
*James Webb
*Halida Boughriet
*Gilles Aubry
*Michele Ciacciofera
*Ylva Bentancor
*Alvin Curran
*Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
*Christian Galarreta
*Marco Montiel Soto
*Caroline Bergvall
*Aki Onda
*Rashad Becker
*MwangiHutter (Ingrid Mwangi/Robert Hutter)
*Charles Curtis
*Marina Rosenfeld
*Black Spirituals
*soundwalkcollective mit Simone Merli
*Samson Young
*Drog A Tek
*Hong Kai Wang
*Asli Cavusoglu
*Sanchayan Ghosh and Anshuman Dasgupta
*Serge Baghdassarians / Boris Baltschun
*Yan Jun
*Olaf Nicolai
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