News about the 4th edition of the Festival that will take place in Berlin all through the year 2008. The information about the former editions that were held on 22-26 november 2006, 13-22 february 2007 and 1-29 august, 2007 are still to be found somewhere in the jungle of this blop.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

29. August Kunsthaus Glogauer, Berlin Kreuzberg

On the last day of the festival we will be again in the garden. And I hope this time the haunting clouds won't chase us to the second floor. The guests of this evening are here to my pleasant surprise. Kate Donovan is here because she has to. At the last festival she presented the suite for three walkman: "post porn movie for 1". It is sunday and I still haven't heard from her. But I am sure she is on her way.

Carsten Stabenow I had spotted at the two premieres of the first two editions. As one of the creative forces behind the Staalplaat Sound System, he travels around the world. He who travels has many tales to tell, and lots of occasions to record new sounds.

On a compilation CD from gruenrekorder there is one track by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay. I approached him to ask if he was interested to join the long internetradio day. His answer was that he was coming to Germany in August. My reaction was to invite him to the festival. My pleasure and an honour to have him with us!

Peter Prautzsch came out of the blue. A good proof that the noble art of field recording is practiced by more people then we usually see in the fine venues here in Berlin. After Yehlin Lee, another artist to look forward to.

Carsten will bring his 8 speaker surround system. All the artists are kindly allowed to use this system. A big thanks to Carsten!

Here is what they say in their own words:

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay presents:

a soundscape design based on field recordings
collected from Varanasi, India. (7 mins)

2.Landscape in metamorphoses:
an audio essay designed according to
the sound actuality of a site called
'tumbani'. ( 28 mins)

3. On the move:
a soundscape design based on
my phonographic exploration
of suburban rail in Kolkata.
(5 mins)

Carsten Stabenow presents:

pure, unprocessed fieldrecordings from taipei, one take of a nightwalk

Peter Prautzsch presents:

Live recordings directly on location
mixed with recordings from Japan, Ireland and other places.

Kate is cooking.

Kunsthaus Glogauer
Glogauerstrasse 16
Berlin Kreuzberg

doors open 20.00
shows start approx 21.15

in case of rain,
we will suffer a delay,
because of logistic problems.

entrance fee 5 euro


Blogger rinus said...

Those who visited the very first day of the festival might remember that it all started with a provocation: in fact some of the performers insisted on playing sounds that suggested to be field recordings rather then the actual recordings themselves. There was a large amount of pop like moments, but rarely any sequences that one might expect at a field recordings festival.

Well, on the last day the laptop stroke back. Carsten Stabenow and Budhaditya Chattopadhyay quietly pushed play and retreated from the stage to join the audience. All around them was an eight speaker surround system. A listening environment was created, where the main actor was the microphone, as it was used long ago in Taiwan or in India. No messenger came running in to tell the story of those places, but a computer with a lightning screen played that part. Everyone sat in silence. I was there to listen to Budha's sonic essay, a warm trip in a world free of motorised traffic, maybe inspired by his study as a sound engineer at the university of Kolkata. Carstens work I heard at the front entrance, and it mingled very well with the cries and whispers from Berlin Kreuzberg.

Standing at the door I also missed Peter Prautzsch's work. But I didn't miss Katty's enthousiasm; she wanted to ask Peter to make a piece for her, so that she can dance to it. Peter lives in Berlin. I will surely set up more field recording related gigs, and thus will be able to hear and see him in concert one of these months.

All the time Kate Donovan was cooking way up on the second floor. As a kind of Cindarella who hadn't made it to her carriage at midnight, she was doomed to cook pumpkin stew for the whole evening. She had brought her set and her friends. Her set was a cassette menu: five walkman and five cassettes. I heard of one visitor who had walked out on the streets, followed the nearby Landwehrkanal while listening to the chants in his headset. I guess this one visitor allready defines the succes of Kate's performance. For the rest you should have been there in the kitchen, it must have offered some fine cabaret as well.

And that was it for this year.

1:57 pm


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