As part of the Ö1 Kunstsonntag, which is entirely dedicated to steirischer herbst, Zeit-Ton extended and Ö1 Kunstradio present "Altered State Solution" by Dani Gal and Ghazi Barakat, as well as "The Relative Art of Mischief" by Martin Brandlmayr & Peter Brandlmayr.
Under the motto "Liminal", the CTM Festival invited this year to an examination of border phenomena and transitional phases in which familiar orders are destabilized. "Music not only reflects the fragile conditions of our unsettled present," according to the organizers, "but at the same time opens critical experimental spaces for alternative ways of thinking and possible futures. And this year again, the CTM Festival and the editorial staff of Hörspiel / Klangkunst of Deutschlandfunk Kultur, together with the Goethe-Institut, the ORF festival musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and Ö1 Kunstradio, with the support of the British music magazine The Wire, commissioned works that were dedicated to the theme of the CTM Festival, combining the artistic possibilities of the medium radio with a live performance.
Foto: Störsender als Ausstellungsstück im Berliner Funkhaus.
(Deutschlandradio / Bettina Straub)
In "Altered State Solution", one of the two winning pieces, Dani Gal and Ghazi Barakat deal with the nature of information and its failure. During the Cold War, the Soviet communist East tried to bury under noise the messages that were considered hostile and that radio stations on the other side of the Iron Curtain sent out. In the process, the jamming stations developed their own sound aesthetics, which is now at the center of "Altered State Solution".
A co-production of Ö1 Kunstradio and ORF musikprotokoll - in this case together with SWR - is also "Die relative Kunst der Unfuge" by Martin and Peter Brandlmayr, the second radio piece to be heard in this joint program by Zeit-Ton extended and the Ö1 Kunstradio editorial team.
"No barrel knows a final bottom, no instrument that no longer resonates.
And thus: No last word, no last sound.
No fugue without mischief, just like vice versa."
The two brothers dig deep in our cultural memory, collaging and/or manipulating material by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Derrida, Ludwig van Beethoven, Anna Karina, Helge Schneider, Anton Webern, Billie Holiday, Stanley Kubrick, Susan Sontag, David Bowie, Gilles Deleuze, Monty Python, Jean-Luc Godard, and many more.
What is thus created is an abstract albeit strangely enlivened sound piece that seems to be equipped with a mysterious inner power. Martin and Peter Brandlmayr enable us to immerse ourselves in the pool of the auditory (sub-)consciousness of our culture and to trace the enigma of the lively and hence of that which is “somewhat recalcitrant, not at one’s disposal.”
ORF musikprotokoll 2020
CTM Radiolab 2020
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