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SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE: 10th Year Anniversary, 2002-2012

An 8-week radio retrospective on the Collective’s diverse body of work.

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Over the past ten years, Soundwalk Collective has won international recognition for their work of abstracting and re-composing narrative sound pieces through fragments of reality, and by forging evocative journeys in sound that are exhibited in the form of sound installation and performance. This Anniversary Series will showcase selected works that have both defined and defied the soundscape genre.

In collaboration with and live broadcast in
Resonance FM 104.4 FM, London [UK]

Kill the Ego
New York recordings 2002; Nov. 3, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
Death Must Die
Recordings from Varanasi India 2004; Nov. 10, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
Ulysses Syndrome
Recordings from the Mediterranean Sea 2008; Nov. 17, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
Empty Quarter
Recordings from the Rub’ Al Khali desert 2009; Nov. 24, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
The Encounter
Recordings from the Schwarzwald, Germany 2010; Dec. 1, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
Medea
Recordings from the Black Sea 2011; Dec. 8, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
Ayahuasqueros
Recordings from the Amazon, Peru 2012; Dec. 15, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT
The Only Good System Is A Sound System
Recordings from Berghain, Berlin, 2012; Dec. 22, 2012 // 2:30 PM GMT


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MEDEA LIVE PREMIERE, VIDEO FROM CENTRE POMPIDOU

MEDEA live premiere at Centre Pompidou, Paris 2012.

FILM PREVIEW

Film by Stephan Sednaoui


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SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE LIVE AT LILLE FANTASTIC

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Soundwalk Collective performed  Medea & excerpts of Last Beat at Lille Fantastic 2012, earlier this October in Lille.

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We had the opportunity to work alongside international artist suchs as Nick Cave, Jean Francois Fourtou, Fujiko Nakaya, Anton Ginzburg, and many other outstanding artists.

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INSTALLING MEDEA AT LILLE FANTASTIC

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Soundwalk Collective is currently preparing the sound installation of MEDEA, for Lille Fantastic 2012, October 5-14.

The artwork, consisting of 8 Nagra tape machines, tape loops & video, will be exhibited inside a peniche in the centre of Lille.
It will open for private view and Press on October 5th; two performances will take place on October 7th.

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REVISITING CROSSING THE LINE

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line festival kicks off this Friday.  Last year, Soundwalk Collective produced five audio pieces set on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, praised by The New York Times as “the closest to an out-of-body experience”.  Each walk featured specially commissioned texts by New York-based authors Teju Cole, John Giorno and French writers Olivier Cadiot, Philippe Claudel, and Camille Laurens.

Click here for more information and a link to download all five audio pieces for free.

Read 2011′s Critic’s Notebook review of the exhibit.

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Fiction & Non-Fiction featured in New York Time’s Critic Notebook, created by Soundwalk Collective in collaboration with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line 2011 festival. Click here to access free download page with more info about each author. Article by Gia Kourlas.


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AYAHUASQUEROS ON NPR

AYAHUASQUEROS // Recordings from the Amazon, Peru 2012

FILM PREVIEW

Film by Stephan Crasneanscki
A RADIO ESSAY BY JEREMY NARBY
Featuring Victor Nieto and Ushamano Walter Martinez

AUDIO PREVIEW

French 

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English

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In their visions, ayahuasca shamans say they see the essences that animate living beings, the first property of which is to emit melodies. These essences are considered powerful beings, and ayahuasqueros learn their melodies by singing along. Singing like powerful beings, they learn to see like them, and this gives them knowledge. The melodies that shamans bring back from their visions are called “icaros”; they help navigate the space of ayahuasca consciousness, and can also serve as lifelines when overwhelmed by visions. Grab onto the icaros: these songs are made of knowledge.

In collaboration with Francisco Lopez
Environmental recordings from the Peruvian forest

Mixed by Dug Winningham

A program proposed by Frank Smith
In collaboration with Virginie Luc

Avec la participation de RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse
Special Thanks: Victor Nieto, Gaël Klein, David Duponchel

International Radio Release, 2012 // Scheduled Broadcasts

Listen on NPR‘s Hearing Voices from September 5-12.  Click here to find when it’s playing in your area.

Radio France Culture // La poésie n’est pas une solution // 93.5 FM // Friday, August 24th, 2012
free103point9 // Online or 90.7 FM // Friday, August 24th, 2012, 1:00 AM EST
Resonance FM // Online or 104.4 FM // Friday, August 24th, 2012, 8 PM GMT
PS1 Clocktower Radio // Online // Monday, August 27th, 2012
CFRC // Online or 101.9 FM // Monday, August 27th, 2012, 11 PM EST
Datscha Radio // Online // Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Jet FM // 91.2 FM // Thursday, September 13th, 2012, 6 PM CEST


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BERGHAIN: VIBRATION & RESONANCE

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Soundwalk Collective is collaborating with Berghain, by recording thsounds of the architectural structure of the club shaking in response to the music.

Bsending frequency sweeps to the sound system, at a volume between 98dB SPL and 108 dBSPL, each interior surface of the building reacted by filtering the sound and producing newharmonics, vibrations and textures, that are normally unheard by the human ear.

Photo by Kamran Sadeghi


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CUTTING RECORDS FOR BERGHAIN

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Cutting Records for Berghain (work-in-progress): A double-sided vinyl record containing the raw and treated sounds of vibration & resonance, of the architectural structure of the Berghain building, shaking to the breath of the music.

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Berghain Studies: Vibrations & Resonances, Excerpt #33 [Panoramabar, Dancefloor, Metal Pipes]
Photo by Simone Merli

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ARCHITECTURAL RESONANCE AT BERGHAIN

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In 2012 SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is collaborating with Berghain, by recording the sounds of the architectural structure of the club shaking in response to the music.

The Collective used a series of custom made contact sensors placed upon a vibrating area of the building to capture the resonances of the architecture, without the direct sound.

Each material that constitutes the structure of the building: the glass windows, the metal pipes, the handrails, the metal staircases, the air ducts, the electrical power rooms, the glass bricks, the empty water tanks, the concrete walls, the water pipes; would absorb the sound frequencies and tones in its own unique way, producing in each turn a new sound that often contained a melodic element, allowing the building itself to be played as a musical instrument.

What came out of these recordings is an internal pulse, the sensation of a beat experienced as a seismograph, as well as an internal sonic harmony that is proper to the Berghain building itself.


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SONGS OF THE AYAHUASCA

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Still image from a soon-to-be released project on the musical practices of the Ayahuasca shamans.  In the heart of the Amazonian jungles of Peru, the icaros of the shamans are songs of great power, the mode of communication between humans and the spirit world for healing, protection, or attack.  More details about the project to follow soon.  Created in collaboration with Radio France Culture. Image by Stephan Crasneanscki.


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