In its fifth year, the CTM 2018 Radio Lab is dedicated to exploration and experimentation with the hybrid possibilities of combining the medium of radio with live performance. In 2018, the Lab will host one winning project commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, and the British music magazine The Wire.
"Great to see Ahmed Elghazoly aka ZULI as one of the applicants for this year's Radio Lab call. Recent works of his have made for fascinating and sonically engaging listen. His proposed method of using field recordings, everyday conversations and video footage to provide an insight into the turmoil experienced in Egypt during 2017 is a simple yet powerful idea. I can't wait to see the project take form as both an installation at CTM 2018 and as a radio piece." – Daisy Hyde, The Wire
The radio lab winner, Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sound artist from Cairo. He is co-founder of Kairo is Koming (KIK), a collective of six artists that played an important role in the rise of the city’s underground electronic music scene, and has published two releases via Lee Gamble’s UIQ label.
In his Radio Lab project “the Magma”, El Ghazoly composed diverse vignettes of life in Cairo, a grossly overpopulated city suffering political unrest over many years. In the artists word’s the city has “a feeling of a volcano on the verge of erupting but never actually does.” Having steadily recorded his surroundings over many years, ZULI proposes a series of vignettes that incorporate conversations held for example with taxi drivers, merchants, commuters at the railway station or metro, as well as his own original music compositions.
CTM Radio Lab 2018