The Prix Palma is awarded each year by the Ars Acustica Group to an outstanding radio art production. The group includes radios and editors from all over Europe and beyond. This year's meeting took place in Zagreb at the invitation of the Croatian Broadcasting Corporation, and after a joint listening session, the Czech submission was awarded from a shortlist of five productions. Submissions to Prix Palma come from all over Europe, and three pieces produced by Kunstradio were also among the top five.
“twisted mindpalace of very confused person who is standing on the roof of a building”
Silent Roof is an electroacoustic composition consisting of five movements guiding the explorer/listener around a four-storey house. Individual movements represent individual floors, where the listener obtains information and instructions from the guide. The house premises are meant to represent the internet environment and especially social media, inducing feelings of confusion, insecurity, futility, and helplessness. The composition uses a wide palette of timbres, syntheses, and virtual instruments to create the impression of diversity and chaos of the online world. The composition was created with the software Ableton Live in combination with a range of composer's own Max/MSP patches used to create rhythmic structures and perform spectral analysis of the voice. Acquired data is then used to create pseudo-orchestral parts and resonance effects. Listening with headphones is recommended due to the use of HRTF filtering (binaural audio).
Helsinki routes, Keskusmetsä
In his recorded piece Keskusmetsä, Haapoja focuses on the densifying city of Helsinki to nature - especially to the forested central park, which is under the threat of shrinking.
In the central forest, stadial birds call, numerous different deciduous and coniferous trees, ring roads, sounds of outdoor concerts and mountain biking, deer footsteps, but also electrified ‘jouhikantele’ and Emmi Kuittinen's folk song 'Itku' recorded in Pitkäkoski forest in Helsinki Central Park'. Man has come to these from the Vantaanjoki estuary and Helsinki to the shores of the cape to stay, from different directions. But how about our most succulent forests, lovely airs, the most expensive lungs'?
The piece Keskusmetsä, recorded with binaural techniques, is meant to be listened to primarily with headphones.