Tuesday, August 12, 2014

colabo radio aporee

Tonight, Tuesday August 12, from 7pm to 6am Berlin time, radio aporee is on air on
senderberlin.org FM 88.4 (Berlin) and 90.7 MHz (Potsdam),  and of course online on radio aporee.





As some already know, the permanent radio of radio aporee plays random selections of sounds from the global map -- unless listeners tune in. then a bunch of "agents" start working backstage, bringing back sounds from listener's locations, scanning open microphones (from the locusonus project and others), creating mixes based on text searches, phones calls etc. pp.
 In a way, this radio "listens" to its listeners, their activities, locations, various events, sensors, and so on. recently, "live" has become important, i.e. entering the more or less archive-based stream with ad-hoc performances, sonic interventions from daily situations, or just a few minutes of actual ambience. some are doing that for a few month now, see the log of some past sessions at archive.org (the radio has an archival function which can record a session to archive.org automatically).

although that all is unstable media, and highly experimental, it has proven to work quite nice. so, the idea in mind is a participative radio, created by and shared among interested persons and parties, in between live and archive, sites and situations. it's not about the usual forms and formats of radio production, rather the transient, ephemeral and unexpected. Tune in tonight and get an idea!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World Listening Day 2014

"Listen To You"

radio aporee participates in the 5th World Listening Day.
read more about the WLD at the World Listening Project's website





you are invited to participate, please send your audio recording to radio aporee, and help creating a sonic snapshot of the world, on July 18, 2014:

Monday, May 12, 2014

mobile streaming continued

a bit of tech info today...

while the raspberry PI (see older posts below) is a nice, rather inexpensive and portable solution for mobile radio streaming, it has shown some problems during daily use. first, it sometimes crashes for no obvious reason, leaving the system in a unusable state. may have been a problem of the SD-card in use, not sure. anyway, it's good to backup a working configuration and have a second card at hand, otherwise the session may be over. second, since it has no display or keyboard, and has to be controlled from a phone app over the internet, it can be quite confusing because of drops and delays, depending on the available network. I think a PI based setup is fine for semi-/stationary audio broadcasts, but for true mobile performances, something else is needed.

so, I've digged into the matter a bit deeper, and this is the best option I've found so far:

studio in a pocket
it's a used iphone 4s, a tascam IXJ2 preamp, and a pair of DIY microphones based on Primo EM172 capsules. the koalaSan streaming app has proven to work stable and reliable. the whole thing can be controlled from the phone's browser, with the radio aporee web app.


metada editor for live sessions
control streaming from html5 web app
since a while, i'm using it often for short live sessions on radio aporee. I'm quite pleased with the results and overall handling. the connection between phone and preamp is a bit fragile, maybe it'd be better to use a cable or fix it with something.

if you like, you can always find a log of some of the most recent sessions at archive.org.

anyway, now that some of the tech problems are adressed, i'll try to concentrate on what all this is meant for. new radio... stay tuned...


Friday, March 21, 2014

walking in split electro-acoustic realities

Electrical Walks by Christina Kubisch is a work in progress. It is a public walk with special, sensitive wireless headphones by which the acoustic qualities of aboveground and underground electromagnetic fields become audible.

electrical walk (photo by Patrick McGinley)
During the Audiograft Festival, Felicity Ford and I have performed a walk through both the acoustic and electromagnetic realities of Oxford Brooks campus. The signals from Christina's headphones were mixing with the sounds from a microphone, and broadcasted live on  radio aporee. It was quite interesting to see if and how our expectations of the hidden electromagnetic/sonic field correlated with the actual site and its audible environment.

Here's a log of our walk, including all glitches, noise, clipping, network drops and stream fallbacks etc., which naturally belongs to the acoustic patina of radio aporee live performances...


electrical walk part 1


electrical walk part2

Thursday, March 13, 2014

audiograft festival Oxford 12-23 March 2014



 I've been at the audiograft festival in Oxford, continuing with my experiments on localized radio, performative broadcasting and affective geographies. During the festival days, i've performed walks, attended meetings and approached situations. This happened more or less spontaneously, so people could tune in to radio aporee at any time to follow the audiograft activities. Many of these sessions have been documented on archive.org, see audiograft live session recordings


broadcast from an audioHEARth event at an Oxford pub


broadcast from an audioHEARth event at an Oxford pub


The following two are from the nice Oxford City Market at early afternoon, which i've visited together with Patrick McGinley. Felicity Ford joined us later.






Oxford City market part 1


Oxford City market part 2



Friday, February 28, 2014

radio aporee ::: Marrakesh broadcasts

Marrakesh Souk
Today I've made a series of soundwalks through the Souks (markets) in the Medina of Marrakesh. Some of theses places and encounters I've shared live with listeners on radio aporee while walking, or resting in the shadow. Here are some sonic logs of today's promenades radiophonique (beware, there are glitches and dropouts of all sort in the recorded audio. That's because of the instable media I'm using, live streaming over more or less reliable mobile networks and the like. To expect and not  problem at all. Also, these recordings are made with the radio aporee stream recorder directly to archive.org, without any editing etc.):



Cafe Laksour, noisy street ambience


at the edge of Jemaa El Fna square


walk over Jemaa El Fna square


Medina, somewhere lost in the Souks


Medina, in the Souks, Qu'ran radio


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

trading urban stories - سوق حكايات المدينة





radio aporee is invited by Berlin based artists Berit Schuck and Julia Tieke, to collaborate on a 12h experimental radio program during the Marrakesh Biennale.


"Trading Urban Stories" reloads and combines "A Sonic Map of Alexandria containing twenty audio pieces about the Egyptian metropolis by the sea with"Here an Now. Voices of Marrakech", a radio happening inside and around the Old City of Marrakech.

Curators: Berit Schuck and Julia Tieke

Artists: Anna Raimondo, Burak Arikan, C-drík, Doudy Brocolis Widdy, Ennajraoui Noureddine, Greta Tiedje, Lisa Tiedje, Ghassan Waïl, Hassan Hajjaj, Kamal Laftimi, Jalal El Allouli, Radio Papesse, Udo Noll, residents of  the Medina of Marrakech and special guests

Tune in to nessradio tomorrow, Feb.27, at noon