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  1. New podcast: PROBES #15, on experimental uses of the more intractable folk instruments. Curated by Chris Cutler Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes-15-1-chris-cutler/capsula In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of 'music'. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do. In PROBES #15 we look at experimental uses of the more intractable folk instruments: bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and harmonica. Is nothing sacred? You can find the complete series so far, here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag Enjoy!
  2. New podcast: Conversartion with Alvin Lucier Link. http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/alvin-lucier/capsula A key figure in post-Cage experimental music, Lucier is one of a kind, a composer who, as James Tenney says, makes his fellow musicians find themselves “having to revise our basic (and often unconscious) assumptions – our self-evident axioms about music.” Driven by a curiosity to understand “how things work” (an innocent and unprejudiced curiosity that Tenney compares to that of a child), Lucier always seems ready to disappear within sound. It is as if his fascination with the sound phenomenon leads him to avoid interfering in its manifestation. His work is thus by no means based on self-expression or on compositional interventions. Instead, he allows sounds to “be themselves” without pushing or directing them in any way. To coincide with his 85th birthday, SONA features a conversation with Lucier (that took place in Boston in 2014) in which he talks about the need to listen carefully, the composers that have accompanied and influenced him over the years, and the role of space and technology in his work, among many other things. Near the end, he also explains some interesting facts about “I am Sitting in a Room”, one if his best known and most enigmatic works. Many happy returns, Mr Lucier! Background music: "Music on a Long Thin Wire 1", 1977 Timeline 00:00 Not just listening 00:46 Revealing implicit sounds 02:53 Let it happen: on "Music for Piano and Magnetic Strings" 07:18Transparency of sounds 08:35 The question of space 10:48 Music that happens in a loudspeaker 13:16 Letting the players play 14:59 "I'm Sittting in a Room"... live: something wonderful about real time 17:30 "All I wanted to do is to tell people what I was doing"
  3. New podcast: In Objecthood #3, anthropologist Martin Holbraad and artist and curator Quim Pujol discuss monsters, otherness, hybrids, agency and fetish. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/objecthood3-martin-holbraad-quim-pujol/capsula Curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros This podcast is about objects, but more importantly, it is about some of the recent theories that offer new conceptualisations of objects in contemporary philosophy and art. In the previous episode, Florian Hecker and Erick Beltrán talked about zombies, vampires and chimeras. This third installment of the series delves into those ideas, under a completely different light, as anthropologist Martin Holbraad and artist and curator Quim Pujol discuss monsters, otherness, hybrids, agency and fetish. Timeline 00:10 Introduction 07:20 Interview with Martin Holbraad 07:27 Emancipating the thing; three strategies 15:36 On messianic ontologies 18:57 Fetish 27:17 The power of signatures, a thought experiment 29:56 Concepts = Things = Concepts 36:42 Things in art 42:03 Quim Pujol, an audio essay 42:04 Pokarekare Ana (1) 42:47 Alien Resurrection 44:21 Amanda Piña’s two-dimensional performance 44:52 Cargo Cults (1) 46:44 Solaris 48:15 Tim Etchell’s ‘Drama Queens’ 48:55 Cargo Cults (2) 50:49 Pokarekare Ana (2) 52:11 Michael Fried’s ‘Art and Objecthood’ 52:59 Cargo Cults (3) 54:04 Colonising the coloniser 54:31 Performance as a genre 54:56 Cargo Cults (4) 56:07 Melon soup 57:49 Pokarekare Ana (3) More OBJECTHOOD: >> #1 Graham Harman and Luciana Parisi http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/objecthood1_graham_harman_luciana_parisi/capsula >> #2 Florian Hecker and Erick Beltrán http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/objecthood2-florian-hecker-erick-beltran/capsula Enjoy!
  4. MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Eric Isaacson. Part I Produced by Rosanna Arbon Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-eric-isaacson/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140313/Memorabilia_Eric_Isaacson_eng.pdf Collecting music began as a private pursuit for Eric Isaacson, from the age of five he was recording songs off the radio and making his own mix tapes. His biggest undertaking was reconstructing the Beatles back catalogue, track by track, album by album entirely off the radio which took him four years to complete. That kind of behaviour might lead you to believe the young Isaacson would grow to be one of the breed of sound collectors that William Bennett refers to as the completists, but Isaacson is far from it. Around 300 records make it into his personal collection at one time, it seems a small amount for someone who runs a record label but Isaacson's collection is constantly on the move – he gets hold of records as quickly as he gets rid of them because ultimately what matters most is the contemporary relationship he is having with each record in his collection. 'I'd go insane otherwise,' he says, 'my interests go in such different directions, I would have to have 50,000 records to represent what I'm into and that's impossible.' In lieu of a physical collection, Isaacson's notebooks which are filled with lists of songs that either have or might make their way on to a Mississippi release are a testament to the extensive amount of records that have been a part of his life over the past ten years. Isaacson's unique design sensibility adorns the covers of Mississippi releases, early influences include Daniel Johnston and punk rock zines, whilst more recent influences include the cover art of Folkways Records and Indian Tantra art, but as with Isaacson's sound collection, his artistic influence is vast. Isaacson says his style was created by his limitations: 'I had to find a unique voice because I couldn't use tricks or skills, flashing lights or dazzling techniques'. Isaacson's cover art is bold, colourful and raw, the imagery is almost cryptic at times and as such Mississippi releases can't help but stand out on any shelf. You can find the complete MEMORABILIA. Colllecting sound with... podcast series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/memorabilia_tag/ Enjoy!
  5. New podcast: INTERRUPTIONS #16. On duration: silence is unavailable, please buy time or switch dimensions. Curated by Dave Phillips A mix that manages to cram in over three hundred tracks, opening with Napalm Death and closing with Hanatarash (both bold statements!), is obviously something more than just a collection of musical snippets. Simply stunning for its unapproachable character, the crudeness of its content and the brilliance of its execution, Dave Phillips' sonic jigsaw puzzle is a true assault on the senses that reflects on extreme durations in music and our relationship with the temporality of sound. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/dave-phillips-on-duration/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140220/16Interruptions_eng.pdf You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/interruptions-tag/ Enjoy!
  6. New podcast: PROBES #6.2 Auxiliaries. A musical selection curated by Chris Cutler Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes6-2_chris_cutler/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131217/Probes6_2_eng.pdf The PROBES Auxiliaries collect materials related to each episode that try to give a broader – and more immediate – impression of the field. They are a scan, not a deep listening vehicle; an indication of what further investigation might uncover and, for that reason, most are edited snapshots of longer pieces. We have tried to light the corners as well as the central arena, and to not privilege so-called serious over so-called popular genres. This sixth auxiliary investigates further preparations of stringed and brass instruments, in the quest for novel sounds.
  7. New podcast: FONS ÀUDIO #21. Eric Baudelaire Born in Salt Lake City but based in Paris, Eric Baudelaire uses various formats to explore politically-charged historical events and documents. In FONS ÀUDIO #21 he discusses the background and context of the ideas and procedures behind 'The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images'. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/fons_eric_baudelaire/capsula More info: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130827/Fons21_eng.pdf In 'The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images' Baudelaire creates a transmedia piece (a film shot on Super 8, but also photographs and printed documents) that brings to light the personal stories, the political intrigue and the life journeys of these three iconic figures linked to the Japanese Red Army in the course of almost three decades living underground in Lebanon. Like other works by Baudelaire, this piece emphasises multiple tensions, between yesterday and today, between the real and the fictitious, the absent and the present, over-documentation and oblivion, actual events and memory. Always focusing particularly on Masao Adachi, the Japanese filmmaker and political activist who, in the sixties, developed a methodology for critical analysis based on the observation of the landscape. Baudelaire’s work thus stems from an experimental approach, almost in the scientific sense: what happens when you apply a theory that is virtually an unexplored mystery to the person who created it? An experiment that, Baudelaire claims, raises other interesting questions, regardless of the end result. Is it possible to reconstruct those twenty-seven years of exile in Beirut through the study of the day-to-day surroundings of its protagonists? What narratives can we deduce from the remains of certain architectural and power structures? How do we, in general, reconstruct history through fragmented and terribly subjective fragments? What role do images play in this reconstruction? Timeline 00:20 Introduction to the work 01:33 The characters and their journey 03:22 Masao Adachi's Landscape Theory 08:36 Anabasis as analogy 12:03 Adachi and the permanent revolution 13:56 The revolutionary potential of a camera You can find other features related to cinema and filmmaking here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/cinema
  8. New Podcast: INTERRUPTIONS #17. Vietata la vendita. Sonorizzazioni e commenti sonori: library music made in Italy. Curated by Raül G. Pratginestós http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/raul-pratginestos-library-music/capsula Italians have always had a unique way of mixing music and drama, a special sensibility that accounts for the dominant role of music in the history of Italian film to the extent that many of the most highly admired soundtrack composers (Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bruno Nicolai, Piero Piccioni and innumerable others) are Italian. It's no wonder then that Italy, which had its own major international film industry during the fifties and sixties, generated an enormous demand for music for films of the most diverse genres (from neo-realist or psychological dramas to spaghetti-westerns, peplum, gialli, spy movies, poliziotteschi, comedies and erotic films) and engendered a parallel music industry with composers from the most disparate fields (from jazz to 'serious' music). This prominent sub-industry was the backdrop to the fascinating and still relatively unknown world of library music 'Made in Italy'. A scene with very particular traits that is stirring up increasing interest in the strange parallel world of 'library music'. You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/interruptions-tag/ Enjoy!
  9. OBJECTHOOD #2 Curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/objecthood2-florian-hecker-erick-beltran/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140613/Objecthood_2_en.pdf This podcast is about objects and, more importantly, about some recent new theoretical conceptualisations of objects in contemporary philosophy and art. In this second episode, sound artist Florian Hecker discusses the idea of sounds as objects and the notion of decomposition in his recent chimerical pieces, and Erick Beltrán addresses different aspects of epistemology, the self and identity that have been part of his artistic practice.
  10. PROBES #8.2 Auxiliaries. Curated by Chris Cutler Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes8-2-chris-cutler/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140808/Probes8_2_eng.pdf The PROBES Auxiliaries collect materials related to each episode that try to give a broader – and more immediate – impression of the field. They are a scan, not a deep listening vehicle; an indication of what further investigation might uncover and, for that reason, most are edited snapshots of longer pieces. We have tried to light the corners as well as the central arena, and to not privilege so-called serious over so-called popular genres. This auxiliary explores extended techniques for strings. You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag
  11. New podcast: PROBES #8, curated by Chris Cutler In this eighth instalment, Chris Cutler presents modifications of string instruments that seek to move away from tonality while maintaining coherence. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes8-1-chris-cutler/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140710/Probes8_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140619/08probes_transcript_eng.pdf In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common-practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of ‘music’. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do. This programme explores ways to coax some highly unusual sounds out of strings. You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag
  12. MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Eric Isaacson Part II Eric Isaacson, founder of Mississippi Records, presents a compilation that seeks to capture the magic of home recordings. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-eric-isaacson-collection/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140508/Memorabilia_eric_isaacson_partII_eng.pdf “This mix is all over the board. The theme is simply home recorded music, whether by the artist themselves or by field recordists who came over to visit. Some of the artists are very well known like Bo Diddley, who would work out his compositions at home on tape before hitting Chess studios to record, or Charlie Feathers who recorded at home all through his 40 year career using the same equipment... As a result you can’t tell the difference between a recording made in 1955 or 1985 when it comes to Charlie. Some of these artists are not very well known – like Scott Dunbar who never left the small town of Lake Mary, Louisiana. Some of the artists are stalwarts of the Mississippi label like Michael Hurley, Marisa Anderson and Abner Jay. The point of this mix is to show that the bloated magic sounds of the studio can take you pretty far in one direction... ain’t nothing wrong with that studio sound when its used right - like on Phil Spector’s genuinely psychotic wall of sound or George Martin’s bizarrely perfect rock on the Beatles Revolver album or stuff like that. I will grant that a fancy pants studio can achieve some magnificent things that a home studio never could. Conversely, home recording can achieve some amazing things that a studio never could no matter how hard it tried. Some things just can't be manufactured outside the home... “ Eric Isaacson
  13. New podcast: PROBES #7.2 Auxiliaries. Curated by Chris Cutler Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes7-2-chris-cutler/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140424/Probes7_2_eng.pdf The PROBES Auxiliaries collect materials related to each episode that try to give a broader – and more immediate – impression of the field. They are a scan, not a deep listening vehicle; an indication of what further investigation might uncover and, for that reason, most are edited snapshots of longer pieces. We have tried to light the corners as well as the central arena, and to not privilege so-called serious over so-called popular genres. This auxiliary investigates preparations for percussion and extended techniques for piano. You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag
  14. Most listened podcasts – March 2014 - Ràdio Web MACBA 1- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Eric Isaacson. Part I It may seem obvious looking back but Eric Isaacson had no idea that a childhood obsession with The Beatles and an armful of Daniel Johnston cassettes would be the foundation for his work as founder of Mississippi Records label and shop and the keeper of a uniquely free flowing record collection that is detached from time. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-eric-isaacson/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140313/Memorabilia_Eric_Isaacson_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2- INTERRUPTIONS #16. On duration: silence is unavailable, please buy time or switch dimensions. Curated by Dave Phillips Dave Phillips' mix is a true assault on the senses that reflects on extreme durations in music and our relationship with the temporality of sound. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/dave-phillips-on-duration/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140220/16Interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3- PROBES #7. Curated by Chris Cutler PROBES #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes7-1-chris-cutler/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140305/Probes7_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140130/07probes_transcript_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4- SONA #188 Bartomeu Marí, Beatriz Preciado and Valentín Roma talk about the conceptual structure that will drive the MACBA's programming from 2014 to 2016. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/conceptual-structure/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Brian Shimkovitz. Part I The tale of how a student of ethnomusicology from Brooklyn spent a year in West Africa buying tapes off street markets... and how he managed to turn that bizarre collection into one of the most revered record labels in recent years. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/Memorabilia_Brian_Shimkovitz_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6- FONS ÀUDIO #25. Eulàlia Valldosera Eulàlia Valldosera talks about the early stages of her career, about her use of light, her status as a woman, her creative processes, and about some of her works in the MACBA Collection. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/fons-eulalia-valldosera/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140327/Fons25_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7- SONA #187. Interview with Diedrich Diederichsen The cultural critic and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen talks about the role of criticism in contemporary art, the social dimension of today's music, and the links and differences between the art and music worlds. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/diedrich-diederichsen/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part II A selection of records that use eccentric voice manipulation techniques; from human existentialism and sound poetry to electronic, mechanical and computer distortion. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel-collection/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140113/Memorabilia_andy_votel_partII_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9- SONA #187. Diedrich Diederichsen. Deleted scenes We dig up some unreleased fragments of the interview with the cultural critic and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/diedrich-diederichsen-deleted-scenes/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part I Over the past twenty years, Andy Votel has travelled far and wide in a quest to buy as many records as he could. His main motivation is to listen to music, and the only way to get the music he likes is generally to buy and collect it. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131212/Memorabilia_Andy_Votel_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy!
  15. Most listened podcasts – January 2014 - Ràdio Web MACBA 1- SONA #187. Interview with Diedrich Diederichsen. The cultural critic and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen talks about the role of criticism in contemporary art, the social dimension of today's music, and the links and differences between the art and music worlds. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/diedrich-diederichsen/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2- INTERRUPTIONS #16. On duration: silence is unavailable, please buy time or switch dimensions. Curated by Dave Phillips. Dave Phillips' mix is a true assault on the senses that reflects on extreme durations in music and our relationship with the temporality of sound. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/dave-phillips-on-duration/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140220/16Interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3- FONS ÀUDIO #24. Antoni Abad. Antoni Abad charts a course that begins with his early sculptural works and ends with his current community-based mobile communication projects, by way of his video installations and net.art. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/fons-antoni-abad/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140213/Fons24_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part II A selection of records that use eccentric voice manipulation techniques; from human existentialism and sound poetry to electronic, mechanical and computer distortion. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel-collection/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140113/Memorabilia_andy_votel_partII_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Brian Shimkovitz. Part II. Islamic, Christian and traditional praise music, all have a place in the market stalls across Africa, and are widely represented in Brian Shimkovitz's tape collection. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz_collection/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/Memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz_partII_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part I Over the past twenty years, Andy Votel has travelled far and wide in a quest to buy as many records as he could. His main motivation is to listen to music, and the only way to get the music he likes is generally to buy and collect it. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131212/Memorabilia_Andy_Votel_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7- PROBES #7 Transcript. Curated by Chris Cutler PROBES #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice, before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano. PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/probes7-chris-cutler/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8- INTERRUPTIONS #15. Cumulative Tails. Curated by Vicki Bennett Since the late eighteenth century, speech therapists, linguists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians have nurtured the dream of emulating human speech. In this mix, Genís Segarra offers a personal overview of a subject that fascinates him, with the story of voice synthesis as a narrative thread. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/vicki-bennett-cumulative-tails-/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131230/15Interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9- INTERRUPTIONS #13 The inhuman voice. Curated by Genís Segarra Since the late eighteenth century, speech therapists, linguists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians have nurtured the dream of emulating human speech. In this mix, Genís Segarra offers a personal overview of a subject that fascinates him, with the story of voice synthesis as a narrative thread. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/genis_segarra_inhuman_voice/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130626/13Interruptions_eng.0.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10- SONA #188 Bartomeu Marí, Beatriz Preciado and Valentín Roma talk about the conceptual structure that will drive the MACBA's programming from 2014 to 2016. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/conceptual-structure/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy!
  16. New podcast: PROBES #7, curated by Chris Cutler PROBES #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes7-1-chris-cutler/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140305/Probes7_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140130/07probes_transcript_eng.pdf In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of 'music'. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do. You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag
  17. SONA #187. Diedrich Diederichsen The cultural critic and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen talks about the role of criticism in contemporary art, the social dimension of today's music, and the links and differences between the art and music worlds. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/diedrich-diederichsen/capsula
  18. Most listened podcasts – January 2014 - Ràdio Web MACBA 1- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part II A selection of records that use eccentric voice manipulation techniques; from human existentialism and sound poetry to electronic, mechanical and computer distortion. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel-collection/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20140113/Memorabilia_andy_votel_partII_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part I Over the past twenty years, Andy Votel has travelled far and wide in a quest to buy as many records as he could. His main motivation is to listen to music, and the only way to get the music he likes is generally to buy and collect it. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131212/Memorabilia_Andy_Votel_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3- SONA #185. Interview with Maite Muñoz Interview with Maite Muñoz, Head of MACBA Archive, about how the material in the Archive is organised and strategies for dissemination. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/maite-munoz/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4- INTERRUPTIONS #15. Cumulative Tails. Curated by Vicki Bennett Since the late eighteenth century, speech therapists, linguists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians have nurtured the dream of emulating human speech. In this mix, Genís Segarra offers a personal overview of a subject that fascinates him, with the story of voice synthesis as a narrative thread. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/vicki-bennett-cumulative-tails-/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131230/15Interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Brian Shimkovitz. Part I The tale of how a student of ethnomusicology from Brooklyn spent a year in West Africa buying tapes off street markets... and how he managed to turn that bizarre collection into one of the most revered record labels in recent years. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/Memorabilia_Brian_Shimkovitz_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6- OBJECTHOOD #1. Curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros A historical overview and some new perspectives on objects in contemporary philosophy and art. Featuring interviews with Graham Harman and Luciana Parisi. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/objecthood1_graham_harman_luciana_parisi/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130823/Objecthood_1_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7- PROBES #1. Curated by Chris Cutler This programme sets the scene and investigates early reconsiderations of pitch: probes that postulate new scales to be constructed through the ever-greater subdivision of the inherited intervals of equal temperament. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes1_chris_cutler_/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20121023/Probes1_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20120718/01probes_transcript_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8- INTERRUPTIONS #13 The inhuman voice. Curated by Genís Segarra Since the late eighteenth century, speech therapists, linguists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians have nurtured the dream of emulating human speech. In this mix, Genís Segarra offers a personal overview of a subject that fascinates him, with the story of voice synthesis as a narrative thread. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/genis_segarra_inhuman_voice/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130626/13Interruptions_eng.0.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9- SONA #186. Interview with Sylvain Levy An interview with DSL Collection co-founder Sylvain Levy about collectors and museums in times of crisis, the motivations behind the collection, and the ecosystem of Chinese contemporary art. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sylvain-levy/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10- INTERRUPTIONS #14 Mattergy. Curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff Carl Michael von Hausswolf opens our ears to the most obscure side of the radiowaves: a very strange place in the electromagnetic spectrum, where energy turns into sounding matter. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/carl_michael_von_hausswolff_mattergy/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130812/14interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy!
  19. New feature: PROBES #7 transcript is now available online. Curated by Chris Cutler Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/probes7-chris-cutler/capsula Probes #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano. Between not touching it at all and reducing it to firewood many techniques have been proposed. The new episode will be available soon! You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag Enjoy!
  20. Most listened podcasts - December 2013 - Ràdio Web MACBA 1- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Andy Votel. Part I Over the past twenty years, Andy Votel has travelled far and wide in a quest to buy as many records as he could. His main motivation is to listen to music, and the only way to get the music he likes is generally to buy and collect it. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia-andy-votel/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131212/Memorabilia_Andy_Votel_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Brian Shimkovitz. Part I The tale of how a student of ethnomusicology from Brooklyn spent a year in West Africa buying tapes off street markets... and how he managed to turn that bizarre collection into one of the most revered record labels in recent years. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/Memorabilia_Brian_Shimkovitz_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3- INTERRUPTIONS #13 The inhuman voice. Curated by Genís Segarra Since the late eighteenth century, speech therapists, linguists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians have nurtured the dream of emulating human speech. In this mix, Genís Segarra offers a personal overview of a subject that fascinates him, with the story of voice synthesis as a narrative thread. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/genis_segarra_inhuman_voice/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130626/13Interruptions_eng.0.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4- PROBES #6.2 Auxiliaries. Curated by Chris Cutler This music selection investigates further preparations of stringed and brass instruments, in the quest for novel sounds. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes6-2_chris_cutler/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131217/Probes6_2_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5- EN CRISIS #4. Reflections at a critical juncture: Daniela Ortiz, Marcelo Expósito and Miguel Noguera. Overwhelmed by the institutionalised discourse of politics and economists, we invite artists, philosophers, researchers and poets to share their ideas about what is happening to us, to comment on the positive and negative implications of this structural crisis, and to imagine an uncertain future. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/encrisi4/capsula ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6- PROBES #6. Curated by Chris Cutler There's no end of things that have been laid on, tied to, screwed into or otherwise attached to alter the sound of conventional instruments. This sixth programme draws a map and explores some of the outer reaches of string and wind preparations. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes6_chris_cutler_/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130909/Probes6_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130909/06probes_transcript_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7- INTERRUPTIONS #15. Cumulative Tails. Curated by Vicki Bennett Since the late eighteenth century, speech therapists, linguists, entrepreneurs, artists and musicians have nurtured the dream of emulating human speech. In this mix, Genís Segarra offers a personal overview of a subject that fascinates him, with the story of voice synthesis as a narrative thread. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/vicki-bennett-cumulative-tails-/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131230/15Interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8- PROBES #5, Curated by Chris Cutler This fifth programme sets the scene for a wide range of very different approaches to the exploration of timbre and looks at ways of modifying or preparing the traditional piano. Link : http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes5_chris_cutler_/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130806/Probes5_eng.pdf Transcript: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130801/05probes_transcript_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9- INTERRUPTIONS #14 Mattergy. Curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff Carl Michael von Hausswolf opens our ears to the most obscure side of the radiowaves: a very strange place in the electromagnetic spectrum, where energy turns into sounding matter. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/carl_michael_von_hausswolff_mattergy/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130812/14interruptions_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10- MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH.... Brian Shimkovitz. Part II. Islamic, Christian and traditional praise music, all have a place in the market stalls across Africa, and are widely represented in Brian Shimkovitz's tape collection. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz_collection/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/Memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz_partII_eng.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy!
  21. INTERRUPTIONS #15. Cumulative Tails Curated by Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/vicki-bennett-cumulative-tails-/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20131230/15Interruptions_eng.pdf Cumulative Tails is a pun upon the 'cumulative tale', where each part of a story relates to that which just preceded and followed it. This radio mix, curated by Vicki Bennett, has been created using that process – a succession of audio tracks picked in conceptual relation only to that which was previously played. You can find more mixes for this series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/interruptions-tag/
  22. New feature: Conversation with Peter Muldavin on his sound collection This is an email conversation with 78-rpm and 45-rpm record collector Peter Muldavin, which took place between Winter 2012 and Summer 2013. Info: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/conversation_peter_muldavin/capsula PDF: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130903/memorabilia_peter_muldavin_conversation_eng.pdf Transcript of the email conversation with 78-rpm and 45-rpm record collector Peter Muldavin, as part of the research process for the podcast series MEMORABILIA. Collecting sounds with... Peter Muldavin (also known as The Kiddie Rekord King) is acknowledged as the world's leading expert on vintage 78-rpm records. An avid collector since the early nineties, his 78-rpm and 45-rpm children's record collection is amongst the largest in the field and is mainly focused on nostalgic treasures. Muldavin is also the author of the book 'The Complete Guide to Vintage Children's Records: Identification & Value Guide' (Collector Books, 2007).
  23. New podcast: PROBES #5.2. Auxiliaries Curated by Chris Cutler This music selection investigates further ways of piano preparations: will the torture never end? Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes5-2_chris_cutler_/capsula Info: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130813/Probes5_2_eng.pdf Mp3: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/probes/probes5_2.mp3 The PROBES Auxiliaries collect materials related to each episode that try to give a broader – and more immediate – impression of the field. They are a scan, not a deep listening vehicle; an indication of what further investigation might uncover and, for that reason, most are edited snapshots of longer pieces. We have tried to light the corners as well as the central arena, and to not privilege so-called serious over so-called popular genres. Enjoy!
  24. New podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Brian Shimkovitz. Part I Produced by Matías Rossi The tale of how a student of ethnomusicology from Brooklyn spent a year in West Africa buying tapes off street markets... and how he managed to turn that bizarre collection into one of the most revered record labels in recent years. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_brian_shimkovitz/capsula When Brian Shimkovitz went to Ghana on a Fulbright Scholarship for ethnomusicology in 2005, he was confronted with a rich, bizarre, puzzling and extremely varied array of music, mostly released on cassettes. 'I had never really considered going to Africa,' he says, 'but I had this interest in popular music in cities.' And the African music scene turned out to be just the ideal fieldwork project for Shimkovitz. For a whole year he was based in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, but occasionally traveled to other locations in West Africa such as Mali, Togo and Burkina Faso. In all of these places, street markets and stalls provided him with a seemingly endless supply of out-of-the-way material. By the time he went back to Brooklyn, having interviewed a substantial number of MCs, DJs and producers, he had amassed an impressive collection of tapes, but had no master plan for them. Starting a blog to channel his findings ('communicating it to people without dumbing it down completely', as he recalls) seemed like a reasonable enough idea. The name of the blog was pretty self-explanatory: Awesome Tapes from Africa. Steering away from the stereotypical afro-exoticist formulation that had been associated to the World Music market for decades, Brian made an effort to simply share his own excitement for the sounds, the artwork and the richness of his fragmented collection: 'a non-encyclopedic approach to this very, very broad and deep array of music that's out there – that I'm certain my 4,000 cassettes is only scratching the surface of 0.01% of music that’s commercially available.' It was probably this straightforward approach, combined with the viral potential of the web that made the project grow beyond his wildest expectations. Some years later, what began as a fairly underground resource for close friends, some connoisseurs and digital crate-diggers, has turned into a full-fledged record label. Awesome Tapes From Africa reissues all sorts of African tape rarities, from folkloric pop, to left-field dancefloor gems and hip-hop bangers, shedding light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent. The label has received major acclaim from publications worldwide for its reissues by re-discovered legends including Ethiopian accordion and keyboard maestro Hailu Mergia, Somali funk and soul group Dur-Dur Band and Malian chanteuse Nahawa Doumbia, underscoring the broader mission of Awesome Tapes from Africa: contributing to building the international market for African music and helping a few of his favorite artists find new audiences through touring and reissues. You can find the complete MEMORABILIA. Colllecting sound with... podcast series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/memorabilia_tag/ Enjoy!
  25. New pocast: PROBES #5, curated by Chris Cutler This fifth programme sets the scene for a wide range of very different approaches to the exploration of timbre and looks at ways of modifying or preparing the traditional piano. Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes5_chris_cutler_/capsula Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130806/Probes5_eng.pdf In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the certainties underpinning the world of art music), and the invention of a revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of ‘music’. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do. This fifth episode looks at timbre and the many routes to its extension, and then explores the somewhat exotic range of modifications, preparations and ways of subverting pianos that have been tried to date. The transcript is available here: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20130801/05probes_transcript_eng.pdf You can find the complete series here: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag Enjoy!
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