RADIOPHONIC CULTURES - SONIC ENVIRONMENTS AND ARCHIVES IN HYBRID MEDIA SYSTEMS
Museum Tinguely, Basel
Developed into a crucial form of communication over the course of the 20th
century, radio is currently undergoing processes of fundamental reorganization
that can be summarized by the byword digitalization. When considered using the
much older term radiophonics, these processes unleash conceptual possibilities
that far surpass any simple scheme to economize or accelerate production- or
broadcasting-forms. In the practices associated with broadcasting and listening
on and with electromagnetic waves, noise — i.e. the sonic components not
notatable in conventional musical scores—becomes part of the composition.
The “Radiophonic Cultures” Conference assumes that radiophonic art
experimentally and self-reflexively negotiates the boundaries of what is
defined as music in the following three ways: (1) When understood in terms of
radiophonics, the defined limits of music and sound shift. (2) The cultural
techniques of radiophonics transform compositional techniques, which concern
not only the structure of music but also the spatial effects produced through
studio techniques and broadcast structures. For this reason, (3) the concept of
radiophonics challenges media-theoretical reflections on the production of
collectives, connectivities, and historically-specific subjectivities.
In negotiating these aspects of radiophonics, the history of radio proves
itself to be a history of producing the future through experimentation,
modelling, and experience. Producing the future (not only the future of radio)
is hard work. It is not without reason that in acoustics there is no equivalent
for what in the visual realm would be called “vision”. The radio has to be on
air, to be at all.
The interdisciplinary conference “Radiophonic Cultures” investigates the
history of radio and its sounds as a history of the tensions and interactions
among its technical, aesthetic, and political dimensions and thus plumbs the
depths of future radio’s potentials.
The conference is organized by the SNF-Sinergia research project “Radiophonic
Cultures - Sonic Environments and Archives in Hybrid Media Systems“ at the
University of Basel’s media studies and musicology departments, the FHNW
Hochschule für Musik Basel, and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in cooperation
with the Museum Tinguely<https://www.tinguely.ch/>.
The conference is free of charge. Registration is not necessary, but helpful
for our planning.
Conference languages: German and English
For a detailed program visit our website: http://www.radiophonic-cultures.ch
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