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Tonight: Jacob Kirkegaard at LEAP Berlin +Lafidki and Alpha Couple live+opening of a pleasure “radio” dome by DuChamp

Upcoming events in the land of milk and honey…(you were missing it, isn’t?)

[#] Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard presents in LEAP Berlin his new sound installation called “Pivot”, created from video and sound recordings from Alexanderplatz’s tv tower (Fernsehturm). Jacob Kirkegaard was granted a special permit to access the machinery that keeps the globe in its constant pivoting motion. Using vibration sensors, he recorded the sounds emerging from the heavy mechanical engineering – a striking contrast to the slowly and silently revolving look-out above. For the installation at LEAP video is projected onto a curved white canvas that stretches from floor to ceiling. The curved canvas reflects the shape of the Fernsehturm’s dome and panoramic view of Berlin revealing a view of the city as seen from within the dome. Simultaneously the view from Leap’s windows reveals an up close sight of the colossal landmark, allowing for a double perspective of the city to take place.

 Jacob Kirkegaard is a Danish artist who focuses on the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time, sound and hearing. His installations, compositions and performances deal with acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain imperceptible. Using unorthodox recording tools, including accelerometers, hydrophones and home-built electromagnetic receivers, Kirkegaard captures and contextualizes hitherto unheard sounds from within a variety of environments: a geyser, a sand dune, a nuclear power plant, an empty room, a TV tower, and even sounds from the human inner ear itself. Based in Berlin, Kirkegaard is a graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. Since 1995, Kirkegaard has presented his works at exhibitions and at festivals and conferences throughout the world. He has released five albums (mostly on the British label Touch) and is a member of the sound art collective freq_out.
Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance
(Berlin Carré 1. Stock)
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13
10178 Berlin
[#] Alpha Couple (CA) and Lafidki(CA) live in Loophole!
Canadian duo Alpha Couple — former gallery owners Kristel Jax and Mark Wohlgemuth — craft kaleidoscopic sound collages comprised of textural instrumentation and found soundbites. At once conceptual and emotionally raw, Alpha Couple’s compositions are haunting in their ability to communicate ineffable psychic states.
Lafidki makes “Spacy winter lo-fi maximalism hymns and impatient post-pop.” from Avant-Avant
DJ AUBREY BEARDSLEY Loophole Boddinstr. 60, 12053 Berlin
[#] Launch party of  INeedRadio Funkhaus at Funkhaus Grünau, a wonderful ex ddr radio station! 

From 6: 00 P.m. live concerts, party till…French sound artist Zabo Chabilant will perform as well.
Regattastraße 277 Grünau

Tonight! At 11 pm special concert in StaalPlaat with radio streaming by DuChamp

Tonight! At 11 pm special concert in StaalPlaat with radio streaming on

Staalplaat: Flugafenstrasse 38-laden EG rechts Berlin (U8 Boddinstrasse)

Miguel Negrão (drone, PT/NE)

Steindór Kristinsson (ambient, IS/NE)

Miguel Negrão is a sound artist born in 1981 in Lisbon, Portugal. Under the alias ZLB he has been active with Drone and Ambient music projects, having released one album “I Was Vaguely Aware of Something” on Friendly Virus, an independent record label and collective of which he is part and helped create. He has performed or presented pieces for the Wave Field System of the Game of Life foundation, Acousmonium sound diffusion system of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales and for the SoundWalk installation of Miso Music Portugal. He has played in Lisbon, Porto (PT), Den Haag, Utrech, Leiden (NL) and Vigo, A Corunã, Ferrol (ES). With a Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics, he has recently finished a Masters at the Sonology Institute in the Den Haag Conservatory on the topic of Strategies in diffuse spatialization, specifically, using the 192 speaker Wave Field Synthesis system of the Game of Life Foundation.

Steindór Kristinsson (a member of the Icelandic electronic duo Einóma) is an electronic sound artist currently situated in Den Haag. He has (for the last 6 years) been studying at the Institute of Sonology and performing electronic music in various projects: around Den Haag and other Europien cities. At this point Steindór’s performance focuses on a fusion and interaction between experimental electronic sounds and rhythms.

Hurry up! subscribe to DETECTION workshop!! by DuChamp

Conceveid and directed by Martin Howse and Martin Kuentz

12-13 March 2011, h 11.30-19 @ Ausland
Workshop fee: 30 Euros
Subcriptions and info here:

But… But what is detection if not confession?
[NIcholas Roeg’s Bad Timing, 1980]

The conditions of the sentience had been here, he imagined, fulfilledin the method of collocation of these stones –in the order of their arrangement, as well as in that of the many fungi which overspread them, and of the decayed trees which stood around –above all, in the long undisturbed endurance of this arrangement, and in its reduplication in the still waters of the tarn.
[Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839]

A two day workshop exploring the work of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and ITC (Instrumental Trans Communication) practitioners such as Friedrich Juergenson, Konstantin Raudive and Klaus Schreiber under the twinned practical methodologies of excitation (pick your carrier) and paranoid detection (everyday forensics). Detection is rehearsed in its widest sense, as a “making sense of that which is”. The detection workshop points towards playful techniques for the investigation of materiality and message which are positioned to one definite side of scientific, economic or teleological examinations; this revealing is necessary. And finally, to ask the question, experimentally, of what exactly constitutes detection and the work of the detective?

1st day schedule
Examination of classical EVP techniques with an emphasis on light/provision of carrier and subsequent detection/recording, and on the practical repurposing of electronic detection hardware (radios, tape recorders, video machines).
A series of experimental platforms ranging across radio, ultrasonics, white noise, light and vibration will be constructed alongside a set of experimental apparatus for use during the following day’s excursion. A small overnight test situation also will be set up at a new location.

2st day schedule
Fieldtrip to an to-be-specified location for primary inscription and playback of the stone tape. Other activities will include geophony, amateur geo-forensics and the construction of ad-hoc seismometers, dowsing, excavation, and forensic enquiry.
The workshop will close with a public presentation/performance with willing workshop participants at Ausland.

That which participants could bring
Any form of recording or transcribing device (tape/HD recorder, camera, pencil, paper), materials for excitation and subsequent detection (for example, minerals), and dowsing rods/pendulums.

Radio Streaming this week end by DuChamp

Really cool radio streaming all over the week end…


+ Partner: Galeria Plan B

+ Date: 28 – 30 January 2011: The broadcast will start on the 28 January and will end on the 30 January
+ radio k’bvh;b is a three day experimental radio station marathon: 72 hours of playful subversions, aural conversations and hybrid mutations through which radio’s inherent capabilities, specificities and limits will be tested out and the medium’s vitality and significance reasserted.  Amongst boundless technological shifts and innovations concurrently being played out in the sphere of recording and direct distribution platforms (live/ recorded, mediated/unmediated file sharing and self-broadcasting) radio art’s currency as an avant-garde tool for charting out new experiential territories seems to be at stake. We wish to address this by focusing our attention on radio’s polyphonic possibilities, immediacy, real – imaginary space/time conjuration properties, sonic sensibilities and listening habits.

+ the broadcast programme will include:

/// radio experiments around ideas of ‘liveness’, interaction and medium translation which would involve amongst other things: simultaneous broadcasts of listener sent material regarding their current aural conditions as listeners of the radio programme at a certain moment in time and in a certain physical location, collaborators translating different experiences from Berlin/London/elsewhere into writing and sound;

/// hybrid forms such as film/ sculpture/ drawing/ writing/ abstract idea as radio/sound art;

/// sound collages, soundscapes, feedback experiments, concrete poetry, electroacoustic and experimental music;

/// a series of open performances taking place in the broadcasting studio which will further explore ways of participation and the limits of radio.

Many Berliners and not partecipating artist, including

Tatsumi Ryusui



+ Iku Sakan


+ Ion Dumitrescu



+ Part Objects


+ Vindicatrix

+ DuChamp


+ Matpogo


+ Thomas Zunk


+ Bobby Jewel



+ Diana Duta


+ Joseph Fellows


+ Jack Andrew Lantern


+ Simon Rose


Our inspiration part 2: number stations/le nostre ispirazioni parte 2: number stations by DuChamp

Numbers stations (or number stations) are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast  generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a spelling alphabet), tunes, morse code or just (apparent) noise. They are in a wide variety of languages mostly English, German, French and many Slavic languages). Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are used to send messages to spies. For the entire story, see Wikipedia article. But, aside of the really fascinating story, is totally worth to hear those hours of alienating, creepy and mysterious sounds: Irdial disc produced a whole 4-cd box of NS voices, called The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations, all downloadable legally for free from here.

And for your delight, here an excerpt….

Number stations sono stazioni radio a onde corte di origine incerta. In genere trasmettono voci generate che leggono flussi di numeri, parole, lettere (a volte usando spelling), suoni, codici morse o solo (apparentemente) rumore. Utilizzano varie lingue per lo più inglese, tedesco, francese e molte lingue slave). Alcune prove sosterrebbero l’ipotesi popolare per le quali sarebbero trasmissioni  utilizzate per inviare messaggi alle spie. Per l’intera storia, vedere l’articolo Wikipedia. Ma, al di là della storia davvero affascinante,  vale assolutamente la pena di ascoltarle, e godersi ore di ore di suoni stranianti, inquietanti e misteriosi: Irdial records ha prodotto un box  di 4 cd con voci NS, chiamato The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations tutti legalmente scaricabili gratuitamente da qui.

E per il vostro piacere, ecco un estratto ….

Our inspiration part 1: Electronic voice phenomena/Nostre inspirazioni parte 1: Il fenomeno delle voci elettriche by DuChamp

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are electronically generated noises that resemble speech, not the result of intentional voice recordings or renderings: common sources can be static, stray radio transmissions, and background noise.  EVP are claimed to comes from a of paranormal origin, or from some strange but natural phenomena such as apophenia (finding significance in insignificant phenomena), auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in their own language), equipment artefacts, or can be simply hoaxes.
Parapsychologist Konstantin Raudive, who popularized the idea in his book “Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication with the Dead” (1968) described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.  Many people have experimented with EVP,  as well listed in this Wikipedia article, and here we will not give our opinion about that. We are curious people, we like each weird, fun, interesting phenomenon, and EVP have a special charms in an aesthetic and philosophical manner. …for every other possible explication, we invite you to read William Burroughs’ “It belongs to the cucumbers”: its irony, intelligence, cynicism, surrealistic taste for weirdness says ALL.

“The more people knows, better is. Is time to put every secret on a table. Secret weapons, secret doctrines, all. They are less dangerous in people’s hand than in secret services’ hands or in the army. The knowledge belongs to those who know how to use it.” William Burroughs, from “It belongs to the cucumbers”

Il fenomeno delle  voci elettroniche  (EVP) designa rumori generati elettronicamente che assomigliano a discorsi, non risultati da registrazioni vocali intenzionali o manipolazioni: fonti comuni possono essere segnalistatici, trasmissioni radio casuali e rumori di fondo. Alcuni sostengono che le EVP  provengano da una origine paranormale, o alcuni strani fenomeni, ma naturali, come apofenia (trovare significato in dati causali o senza senso), pareidolia uditiva (interpretare i suoni casuali come le voci nella propria lingua), artefatti dati dalle attrezzature, o possono essere semplicemente delle bufale. Il parapsicologo Konstantin Raudive, che rese popolare l’idea nel suo libro “Breakthrough: Un incredibile esperimento nelle comunicazioni elettroniche con i morti” (1968) ha descritto delle EVP generalmente di breve durata, di solito la lunghezza di una parola o una breve frase. Molte persone hanno sperimentato con EVP, elencati in questo articolo di Wikipedia, e qui non daremo la nostra opinione in merito. Noi siamo curiosi, ci piace ogni strano, divertente, interessante fenomeno, e le EVP hanno un fascino speciale, in senso estetico e filosofico. … Per ogni altra possibile spiegazione, vi invitiamo a leggere il saggio di William Burroughs ‘”Appartiene ai cetrioli”: la sua ironia, intelligenza, cinismo, il suo gusto per la stranezza surreale dice tutto.

“Il popolo più ne sa, meglio è. E’ ora di mettere tutti i segreti su un tavolo. Armi segrete, le dottrine segrete, tutti. Sono meno pericolosi in mano alle persone che nelle mani di servizi segreti o dell’esercito. La conoscienza appartiene a coloro che sanno come usarla. ”                                                                                William Burroughs, da “Appartiene ai cetrioli”

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