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Ars Acoustica Group

Ars Acustica Group


In 2007 the Ars Acustica group is joining the international Art's Birthday Parties for the third time. Most of their contributions take 100 years of radio as a point of reference and will be broadcast within the framework of this year's EBU Ars Acustica Special Evening. Radio's 100th anniversary goes back to the first wireless transmission of sound and voice by Reginald Aubrey Fessenden on Christmas Eve 1906. This transmission was the starting point from which
"Fessenden went on to develop the theory and practice of continuous wave transmission that we use today for AM and FM radio broadcasts." (Peter Courtemanche).

For this international event, the Ars Acustica Group has designed a way to organize the contents which are contributed as sound "presents". Via ISDN-lines or the Internet the contributions are collected at two main points, in Vienna (ORF) and Stockholm (SR), where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). Both satellite channels (R and V) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications.

Satellite Schedules
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Schedule Channel VERDI

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:15 Live from Stockholm (SR)
19:15 – 19:45 Live from Madrid (RNE) 
19:45 – 20:15 Live from Florence (RAI) 
20:15 – 20:45 Live from Dortmund (WDR) 
20:45 – 21:15 Live from Helsinki (YLE) 

21:15 – 21:45 Live from Brussels (RTBF)

Art's Birthday Party - Live from Brussels (RTBF)

'Steam and ström'
The contribution by the Belgium radio will be an electro-violin live performance in their studio in Brussels, by Cécile Broché (electric violin) and David Fortez (electroacoustic), on the basis of sound recordings made this summer in Stockholm, with a special focus on 'waves': waves from the harbour, or radio waves from a small transistor scotched to the ear of an harmonica player in the street. The introductive sequence will be an allusion to 'Dear old Stockholm', by Miles Davis.

Cécile Broché
studied classical music, contemporary music, improvisation, and followed jazz courses.
She graduated at the Conservatory of Liège and Brussels (Belgium), where she got a First Prize of Violin and a First Prize of Chamber music . She also followed classes with people such as Philip Hirshorn, Arnould Massart, Garrett List, Malcolm Goldstein, Barre Philips,
Parallel to her musical training , she works on movement and body awareness techniques (yoga, feldenkrais,) with various specialists, and with performers of other disciplines (dancers, actors).

David Fortez
Passionate about sound and composing music from sources ranging from ambient atmospheres to the most sophisticated synthesis techniques, I try to keep an experimental approach on every project. The sound processing is done mainly through Max/MSP, with a special focus on user interfaces enabling natural gestual interaction (Wacom graphic tablet, webcam or various sensors). Originally professional Sound Engineer for TV (worldwide reporting), film (Le Maître de Musique), music and artistic direction of CD productions. More recently, studied Architecture (La Cambre, Brussels), then Acousmatic Composition in Mons, and got 1st Prize (2003) in the class of Annette Vande Gorne.
21:45 – 22.15 Live from Paris (Radio France) 
22:15 – 22:30 Live from Moscow (Radio Russia)
22:30 – 22:55 Live from Stockholm (SR) 

Schedule Channel RAVEL

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:30 Live from Hainburg, Austria (IMA)
19:30 – 20:00 Live from Zagreb (Croatian Radio)
20:00 – 20:30 Live from Prague (Czech Radio)
20:30 – 21:00 Live from Bratislava (Slovak Radio) 
21:00 – 21:30 Live from Belgrade (RTS Radio Belgrade) 
21:30 – 21:40 Live from St. Barbara (August Black) 
21:40 – 22:00 Live from Antwerp (Radio-No-Radio) 
22:00 – 22:20 Live from Netherlands (VPRO)
22:20 – 22:40 Live from Vienna (ORF) 
22:40 – 23:00 Live from Vancouver (Western Front)