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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) 

21:45 – 22.15 Live from Paris (Radio France)

Art's Birthday Party – Live from Paris (Radio France)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of radio, we are proposing two musical performances each lasting 15 minutes:

1) A tribute to Josephine Baker (born in 1906 – the year Lee de Forest invented the triode lamp which in 1907 was to lead to the first ever radio transmission). Xavier GARCIA , keyboards and sampler, and Lucia RECIO, vocals, will start off with Baker's best known song "J’ai deux amours" for a musical portrayal of the electronic world of radio technology.

2) A celebration by Arnaud REBOTINI of the beginnings of Concrete Music invented in 1948 with the radio tools created by Pierre Schaeffer. Live re-mixing of the first real works and showing the modernity of this musical approach which today echoes loud and clear in the electronic music scene.

Xavier Garcia
A composer and improviser who spends his time between studio music and group performances on stage. Is interested in… giving a work a personal trade mark, but also in collective research… in recording a work to a set medium (acousmatic, cinema, disc) but also in the ephemeral side of live concerts… in writing but also in improvising. He has produced and created about thirty electro-acoustic pieces with the INA's Groupe de Recherches Musicales, the Groupe de Musiques Vivantes in Lyon and in his own studio. A member of the ARFI since 1987 (Association for the Research of Imaginative Folklore), he plays the sampler and other sound processors in "Potemkine", "La Marmite Infernale", "L’Effet Vapeur", "32 Janvier", "la Grande Illusion", "duo Recio Garcia", "Villerd /Ayler quartet"… and also plays solo.

He works regularly with other musicians (Eric Brochard, Chris Cutler, Brian Eno, Gianni Gebbia, Heiner Goebbels, Alexandre Meyer, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Yves Robert, Carlo Rizzo and Norbert Stein …) and with the theatre (Jean-Paul Delore , Denis Guénoun, Cie Maccocco/Lardenois, Jean-Yves Picq, André Wilms), dancers (Stéphanie Aubin), jugglers (Cie Jérôme Thomas), the cinema, animation (Claude-Pierre Chavanon, Lorenzo Recio, Fabrice Fouquet…), 3-D images (Françoise Petiot) and urban events (Laboratoire / Phippe Mouillon)...

Lucia Recio
Originating from Andalusia, singer Lucia Recio lives in Lyon and has been involved in any number of projects and experiments: Cante Andaluz: a flamenco duo with Lorenzo Recio (guitar) – Lucia & Michel: an untypical popular duo, with Michel Robert (sax and clarinet) – Decir: Jean-Marc Montera (electric guitar), Juan Carmona, Eric M. (production GRIM, created February 98 – Cité de la Musique in Marseille.) – J-Virus by Michaël Riessler (solo and group performance) created in Nov 97, 38e Rugissants; Grenoble – Recevez l'assurance (show with Ulises Alvarez, dance and X.Garcia) July 99.
She also runs vocal learning programs and workshops and performs on stage and at many festivals in France and abroad. She has performed at improvised concerts with Erik M., Jean-Marc Montera and Dominique Brunier...

Arnaud Rebotini
The figurehead of French Touch electronica, Arnaud Rebotini has several identities - Aleph, Zend Avesta, Black Strobe, all of whom are testimony to his desire to explore the varied spectra and currents of contemporary musical creation.

A self-taught musician who learned his craft from the tunes of British pop music and distorted rock guitars, Arnaud Rebotini came to the beat of dance-floor hip-hop and techno music without denying a certain attraction for "contemporary music" - from Stravinsky to Dusapin to Manoury, from Lindberg to Ligeti to Stockhausen.
Arnaud Rebotini has blended all these influences to invent his own specific style revolving around some astonishing acoustic or electronic forms. Under his original name he has performed several creations for GRM.
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)