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Ars Sonora Mix

14 May, 2011 in works

Contribution of RNE to Ars Acustica/EBU-ABP 2011
Selection and mix: Ana Vega-Toscano / José Iges

From Radio Clásica we invite everybody to a travel that we could name 25 / 20 (Ars Sonora Mix): that means 25 years in twenty minutes with a double birthday celebration: the art’s birthday itself and the twenty-five years of Ars Sonora, the program of Radio Clasica focused on the creation of sound art and especially on radio art. For this double birthday we made a quick flight for a few of the many productions by Ars Sonora in these 25 years, using the wings of the word and human voice, an essential element in radio art. Whispered words, imagined, remembered, clean in silence, rescued in a landscape, voices tuned and orchestred with real or imagined sounds…

A tour for 12 works, 12 proposals from the language of radio, with the voices -by order of appearance- of Susan Milnes, Belma Martin, Esperanza Abad, Marisa Manchado, Carolyne Frazier, Agniezska Waligorska and many anonymous guests…:

- Call me yesterday (Antje Vowinckel, 2005)
- A-Roving (Eduardo Polonio, 1994)
- Metalógica (Belma Martin – Pedro Lopez, 1998)
- Del Amor y de la Guerra [From Love and War] (Marisa Manchado, 1999)
- Los juegos [The Games] (Abril Padilla, 2003)
- Música en bruto [Raw Music] (Mercé Capdevila, 2007)
- EAJ-12 (Javier Darias, 1994)
- The Last Words of Ulises (Leopoldo Amigo, 1998)
- Hot&Cold (Agniezska Waligorska – Pekka Sirén, 1992)
- Deriva nÂş 2: Venecia (Pedro ElĂ­as, 1990)
- Atardecer en un patio [Sunset in a Courtyard] (Edith Alonso, 2008)
- Hieros Logos (Manuel Rocha, 2010)

The end of the mix is taken from the piece “Hieros Logos” by Manuel Rocha Iturbide, a commission by Radio Clásica, which premiered at the Alicante Music Festival 2010: “This work deals with an abstract imaginative narrative, where the characters are represented by the sounds of the voice and the human language, not mattering their linguistic origin (Spanish, English, Hindi, etc), the sound source (a baby, a man, a women, an old man), or possible idiomatic meaningless signification (invented electro acoustic sound poetry, etc). The theme that flows through the story is the power of the voice and the speaking language as signs of communication, primarily in the emotional and intuitive planes. These sonic elements, always charged with energy, have been able to transform us through praying, labor singing, sound poetry, and recently with the creation of a new music based not in Melody, but on the different sounds of the human voice.”

The program Kunstradio (ORF) has broadcasted “Ars Sonora Mix” the Sunday 10-4-2011 as well as “Hieros Logos”, by Manuel Rocha Iturbide. You can listen it on:


26 February, 2011 in works

In 1999 ROARATORIA was 20 years old, in 2000 The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer are 600 years of age. Therefore, as a birthday gift and in honour to two wise Men of the past millennium:

On the basis of the roaratorie score a new realisation has been made in cooperation with Het Toneelhuis in Antwerp, the Belgian Radio 3 and the ensemble Zefiro Torna: “Chauncecleer, a Medieval Circus on the Canterbury Tales”.
Even though the original score was meant for radio play, with Chauncecleer we made a piece of music-theatre in the Cage tradition: a reader stands in space and performs the text. Five solo musicians (two soprano’s, lute, fiddle and flute) perform 14th century English, French, Italian and Flemish music. A computer-based multi-track system distributes the more or less 1870 sounds of the two lists through 16 loudspeakers. The audience is free to walk amidst all this. As each listener is in a unique place, and every sound source distributes different sounds, everybody hears a different concert.

How the piece will sound is – because of the spatial setting – not exactly predictable, or at least not for everybody in the same way. But it is beyond doubt that it will be an hour of pretty chaotic and dense sound. A Cageian circus = a lot of noise. This is remarkable for the composer whose entire work is centered around one concept: silence.

Radio version (produced by DLR Berlin)

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1 hour with 25 stories of The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English idiom, in a cut-up version spoken by 1 reader – 5 musicians play, independently, 14th century music on authentic instruments
1 lighting decor based upon colour patterns of The Canterbury Tales
16 loudspeakers constitute a huge sound decor.

texts & voice: Tom Hannes
musicians: Jurgen De Bruyn, Els Van Laethem, Liam Fennely, Aline Hopchet
sounds & sounddesign: ward weis
light: arne lievens