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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) 
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)

Art's Birthday Party live from Vancouver (The Western Front)


The 100th Anniversary of Radio: network versus propaganda.
by Anna Friz, Glenn Gear (visuals), Steve Heimbecker, Roberto Paci Dalo' and Absolute Value of Noise.

The art's Birthday celebrations in Vancouver start already on the 14th of January with a live radio Performance between Vienna and Vancouver in the framework of the WIENCOUVER series AND GO ON UNTIL January 17th.

On January 17th during the daytime the participating artists are listening to streams from around the world and jamming/remixing with CHOWDOWN in  Regina, Society of Algorithm via Prague, and satellite in Europe via Kunstradio. In the morning they will start with the sounds of violins and animals and then move on to utterances of vowels and consonants from a virtual (non-existent) language. The contribution to the satellite will consist of the sounds of these vocal utterances mixed with background ambience.

Peter Courtemanche aka Absolute Value of Noise

Peter Courtemanche is a Vancouver based contemporary electronic media artist and curator. He works primarily in the realm of sound, radio-art, and interactive installation work.
As a curator and technician at the Western Front he has worked with many established and emerging artists in the production and installation of video, audio, and computer/electronic based art.

Roberto Paci Dalò

Italian artist Roberto Paci Dalò belongs to the innovative exponents of the European contemporary arts scene with projects created in music, performing arts, visual arts and film. He lives between Rimini and Berlin and has been recipient of the DAAD Fellowship. Since 1985 founder and director of the performing arts and production house Giardini Pensili. Since 2006 director of Velvet Factory - a space for sound, image, performing arts, multimedia (Rimni, Italy).
His work has won him international admiration from amongst others, John Cage and Aleksandr Sokurov.

Anna Friz

is a sound and radio artist who divides her time between Montreal and Toronto. For the past eight years she has predominantly created self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She creates dynamic, atmospheric works equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal interior landscapes.
Anna has presented installation and performance works across Canada and in international media art contexts such as the Third Coast Audio Festival, Chicago; Digitales, Brussels; Club Transmediale, Berlin; Ars Electronica, Linz; the Fifth International Biennial of Radio, Mexico City; and Arte Nuevo Interactiva, Yucatan. She has produced numerous original radio works for independent radio across Canada and the U.S., and for public radio in Canada, Austria, Denmark and Mexico.
Anna is a transmission artist, and a doctoral candidate in the Communications and Culture programme at York University, Toronto.

Glenn Gear

is a sound and radio artist who divides her time between Montreal and Toronto. For the past eight years she has predominantly created self-reflexive is a multi-media artist who is passionate about experimental, low-budget animation and digital video. His short animations, which often employ a range of traditional and experimental techniques, have screened across the world:  Antimatter, Victoria, BC, Canada; Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA; InterActiva, Yucatan, Mexico; FIARio, Rio de Janerio, Brazil; EthnoFilmFest, Berlin, Germany; Split Film Festival, Croatia; Flexiff, Syndey, Australia. Originally studying as a photographer and later as an installation artist, he has carried the knowledge of these various mediums into his current work and process. As of late, he has been working more collaboratively with other artists on performance-based projects in which sound is the catalyst and predominant form.