A fleeting composition of 48 parts, each part received from a different radio station and re-assembled into an instantaneous radiophonic experience. “radioPHØNIX“is an event series by Timo Kreuser & PHØNIX16. In eight sound installations they engage in phenomena of radiophonic practice.
Radio is a cultural production space, centre of information, propaganda instrument, pioneer of live reporting, musical trend setter and closely linked to military technology. The mass media of the 20th century paved the way for Pop, Techno, and Noise and long maintained its rank against the rise of television. Online radios, as did pirate stations, amplify musical and cultural niches. Community building, exchange and archiving become important.
For “radioPHØNIX“, PHØNIX16 will tune into 24 pirate radio stations, each broadcasting on their stereo frequency two isolated parts of a prerecorded vocal and electronic piece. An improvised live remix turns these signals into a fleeting multi-channel sound installation. Through interferences, dropouts and delays the technology expresses itself. Only having a fraction of the information at their command, the broadcaster leaves its hegemonic position as information centre. The receiver is the one who defines the aural message.
Radio is enabled by an arrangement of physical-technological functions: microphone, tuning, sound, signal, sender, waves, receiver, and loudspeaker. The eight editions in this series address these functions through renderings of experimental approaches of artists, who break or broke traditional radio functionality and push(ed) its evolution, as a radical interhuman practice.
100 years after the first German radio program went on air, the “radioPHØNIX“ project opens with two concerts at Radialsystem that investigate the MICROPHONE with BEATRÍZ Fereyra and indulge in TUNING with KARLHEINZ Stockhausen.