Sunday, 6. October 2019, 23:03 - 0:00, Ö1



musikprotokoll 2019: "Zero plays"
and other works by Anton Sarokin
Unheimliche digitale Klanglandschaften
in collaboration with the festival ORF musikprotokoll


Anton Sarokin is a media artist based in Minsk, Belarus, who in his work focuses on such issues as individual and collective memory, political dimension of sound and silence, relationship between music and social sphere, nonlinear perception of time. For Kunstradio and the festival musikprotokoll (Graz, 3.-6.10.2019), Sarokin has developed a new work for radio, to mark the end of this year’s musikprotokoll.


1) „Zero plays“

In his “Zero plays” project Sarokin investigates eerie digital soundscapes: audio and video that have been uploaded to web and never viewed, hidden pieces of sound which exist only witnessed by algorithms; the loneliest digital voices in the most overcrowded place - the network’s phantom collectivity. Drawn to the fact that most of the content uploaded online is invisible when searching due to filtering algorithms, Anton decided to explore the sound of the deep – of zero-viewed and zero-listened to pieces of others’ everyday.


2) „We get our language back through the language of others“
A found-footage-collage using the following material:

From the NASA Archives:
Sounds carried onboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft
Greetings to the Universe in 55 Different Languages
Sounds of Earth
Apollo Spacecraft Onboard Audio
Discovery Spacecraft Onboard Audio
Mercury Spacecraft Onboard Audio
Chorus Radio Waves within Earth's Atmosphere
Quindar Sounds
NASA Mission Transcripts
John F. Kennedy Moon Speech, Rice Stadium

We get our language back through the language of others, vocal sample
Michael Nyman - Where the bee sucks transposed to minus 12 semitones
Viber application sounds

Radio broadcasts, interviews and field-recordings from Syria
Mark Gergis, Sublime Frequencies
Radio Palestine: Sounds of the Eastern Mediterranean
Radio Abu Kamal

Daisy Bell - Gerald Adams
Daisy Bell sung by IBM 704, vocoder, vocaloid 4, myself
Hal 9000 sings Daisy Bell, taken from “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick

and some unknown

Music and SFX: Anton Sarokin


3) „101.2FM Ghostscape“

“This is pseudo-radio mix, reproduced from home recordings that I made 19 years ago, in 2000. It is dedicated to the alternative radio station based in Minsk, which I used to listen as a teenager. Using Sony Walkman tape player (identical to the one I was dreaming to have 17 years ago), I re-recorded two last programs of “Radio Style” from old tapes (which were found accidentally at parents’ home) and made a retrospective intro and a kind of invasion into the existing material from the past. The past which seems to be much more about the future than the present.” (A. Sarokin)

ORF musikprotokoll