[artinfo] *Phonographic Migrations 3:SoundscapeFM*

by way of Adele Eisenstein <adele at c3.hu> derek at x-i.net
Tue Jul 27 18:20:21 CEST 2004

*Phonographic Migrations 3:SoundscapeFM*


SoundscapeFM is on the air in Stralsund, Germany at 94.6 MHz FM, and streaming
on the internet at:


---Phonographic Migrations 3: SoundscapeFM
"Phonographic Migrations 3: SoundscapeFM" is a collaborative sound work which
takes place during the Garage Festival in Stralsund, Germany from 23 July to 14
August. It takes the form of an FM radio broadcast, combined with a
user-uploadable database filled with field recordings taken from all over the
world. In this way, the local radio is made an interface to the global as the
residents and visitors in Stralsund suddenly have the chance to immerse
themselves in an Amazonian rainforest, a Baltic ice-flow or a Vietnamese street
market--sometimes mixed together into one acoustic environment.

---SoundscapeFM at Garage Festival
In the weeks before Garage, various field-recordists and soundscape artists 
invited to contribute recordings made in locations ranging from Iceland to
Malaysia. All sound material is held on a server which is installed at Garage
Festival, and which creates an algorithmic mix of all the tracks submitted. New
tracks can be continuously added via a website or uploaded locally at the
Festival, resulting in a wider range of possible new soundscapes which can
develop. These soundscapes are broadcasted locally with an FM transmitter,
streamed to the internet and made available through an online database where
listeners can find out more about the sounds and the artists as well as
download their favorite soundscapes.

The basis of "Soundscape FM" comes out of the "Phonography" community, which is
a loose-knit group of amateur sound hunters, sound artists, electronic
musicians and professional sound recordists who collect and share field
recordings taken from various places around the world. Their personal interests
range from wind and water sounds, wildlife recordings and natural radio
emissions of the ionosphere to urban environments, improvised situations and
the resonance of solid objects. Likewise, their treatment of these sounds
varies from individual to individual, some preferring a "pure", un-composed
approach while others make extensive edits and post-processing to get the
sounds they are listening for. The Phonography community gets together largely
through a website http://www.phonography.org/, a handful of mailing lists, a
Yahoo group http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/phonography/ and recordings on
various labels such as Seattle's And/OAR records http://www.and-oar.org/.

---Phonographic Migrations
"Phonographic Migrations" is the name of a series of remote projects based on
exchanges of field recordings. The first two projects in the series are
coordinated by Yannick Dauby and Dale Lloyd, and have been or will be published
by Tiramizu and and/OAR Records, respectively. Its principle is to invite
phonography enthusiasts to involve their recordings into a process of
collaboration, that will be materialized into a publication or a public event,
physical or on-line. The aim of these projects is introduce the possibility for
participants to share sound information about one's environments through
divergent channels, and consequently to enact a collective soundscape. There is
no copyright on the "Phonographic Migrations" concept, and anyone is free to
initiate a similar project.

---Want to Participate?
Send your name, email and a short description of the sounds you would like to
upload to: derek at umatic.nl or derek at x-i.net

---Organizers: "Phonographic Migrations 3: SoundscapeFM" for Garage Festival
Yannick Dauby: yannick.dauby at free.fr
Derek Holzer: derek at umatic.nl, derek at x-i.net
Sara Kolster: sara at umatic.nl, sara at x-i.net

---Artists Involved

Yannick Dauby
Derek Holzer
Sara Kolster
Justin Bennet
Aaron Ximm
Patrick McGinley
John Grzinich
Jeff Carey
Maksim Shentelev
Ward Weis
Dale Lloyd
Phil Thomson
Jon Tulchin
Jarra Schirris
Scott Smallwood
Katarina Soukup
Yuko Nexus6
Christophe Havard
Olivia Block
Acoustic Space Lab
John Hegre
Jodi Rose
Sophia Lerner

---Special thanks to:
Marc Boon for his Pretty Hot Programming-lessons and endless patience!
Olaf Matthes for his behind-the-scenes assistance!

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