A COPY OF THIS PROGRAM CAN BE ORDERED FROM THE "ORF TONBANDDIENST"
piece „Transatlantique“ by Frieder Butzmann and Marie
Goyette was selected by the artist and performer John Duncan on the
occassion of the 25th anniversary of Kunstradio. Duncan, born in Kansas
in 1953, lives in Italy. The photography and media art initiative Fluss
has invited him to give a workshop at the Museumszentrum Mistelbach
(Lower Austria) on the search for sound, its production, manipulation
and use as a material.
“I like Butzmann's work since first hearing it on an LP in Tokyo. I like TRANSATLANTIQUE for its transparency”, says Duncan on his choice.
Frieder Butzmann, born in Konstanz in 1954, is an important personality of the Neue Deutsche Welle and is regarded a pioneer of Industrial music: He has collaborated with artists such as Throbbing Gristle and Blixa Bargeld. The piece “Transatlantique” (1993) is based on his love affair with the Canadian musician and radio artist Marie Groyette, a transatlantic love which depends on telecommunication via satellite transmission and seeks to overcome all language problems, geograpical and technical obstacles. It is the motif for another, much more fundamental story told in „Transatlantique“: the history of telecommunication, with all its failures and occasional misunderstandings.
Frieder Butzmann has reconstructed transatlantic phone calls. Some texts are comprehensible, others have been manipulated with effects. The dialogues are accompanied by sounds from the acoustic sphere of morse signs, time codes, computer generated voices etc. Since the production of the piece, the space of telecommunication, which is referred to in „Transatlantique“, has of course changed severely.