SLIDING AROUND THE WORLD

RADIO ARTS PROJECTS

I was born in the radio age and television sends me to sleep most of the time. I dont think video killed the radio star, in fact, as far as I am concerned it released the star that is radio. Radio maybe hasnt properly realised this fact yet, but there are some places to go to hear what I mean. Australia for instance, where radio has played a perhaps unprecedented part in survival and communication, makes creative radio on many levels. Internet radio and real time audio on the web is making many new and exciting things possible (although I sometimes miss the crackle and hiss) and I am very comfortable working in this new old creative environment. 
Some of the Radio Arts Projects that I have been involved in recently – 

BEACH CROSSINGS – PACIFIC FOOTPRINTS – (1 hour) The genesis of this piece was Pino Saulo asking me to do a piece for the RAI in Rome. I suggested swinging something around the Bob Dylan song Masters Of War. He told me it was one of his favorite songs and liked the idea even more when i suggested trying to do it like Albert Ayler might have approached it.

The subject was the Pacific Ocean Nations 60 years after World War 2. which would start with the first Europeans arriving in Tahiti and end in the 20th century with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Text that was to be linked by music, improvised by small groups of musicians following a graphic score and conduction indications from me and several songs, including Masters Of War.
The musicians eventually taking part were myself, Alvin Curran, Richard Nunns, Luca Venitucci, Elio Martusciello, Toto Pilato, Mario Camporeale, Enrica Vatteroni, Pasquale Innarella, Stefano Acunzo, Cristiano De Fabritiis and Federica Santoro was the reader. My super eight film Planet Pacific-Pieces Of Heaven was also screened as a backdrop and is part of any future live performances
Recorded 31st May 2005 at Rai Studios in Rome/Italy produced by Pino Saulo. The entire piece was eventually released as a c.d. on RAI Trade Records in 2007.
I am open to offers of further versions in other languages and different combinations. See the BEACH CROSSINGS page for more…

RADIO LINES: La Voce – ( 2 hours ) A radio performance made with Elio Martusciello, under the group name Schismophonia and in collaboration with Claus Bebber, Ron Schmidt, Jannie Pranger and Arno Peters. A co – production with RAI ( Italy ) Radio Bremen 
( Germany ) NPS ( Holland ) and the Goethe Institute, Rome. An innovative radio event featuring the voice, singing, speaking, imitated, recorded, mixed, re-mixed and estranged. Broadcast live Sunday September 19th, 1999 on Rai and Radio Bremen and pre – recorded broadcast Monday September 20th on NPS. Also heard in Real Audio ( www.rai.it ) with graphics and text by Mike Cooper on web site –

http://www.goethe.de/it/rom/itpmusik.htm

RESONANCE FM RADIO- The London Musicians Collective (LMC) organised Resonance FM as part of the Meltdown 98 festival, at the South Bank Arts Complex in London, in June 98. Creative radio for a whole month 24 hours a day. Viv Corringham introduced a program which featured my composition Abuse of Trust and several parts from the Trouble With Trousers set that we did for the RAI 3 Audiobox program. LMC – http://www.l-m-c.org.uk

TROUBLE WITH TROUSERS – ( 50mins.) – with Elio Martusciello and Jean Marc Montera. A radio project in seven parts, for three musicians playing guitars and electronics, improvised and broadcast as played, for the RAI 3 Audiobox program on September 30th 1997. Also broadcast on Resonance FM – London in 1998. 

EVERY LIVING THING – ( 20mins ) A solo radio project made as my contribution to the world-wide radio and internet project initiated by Ars Acustica and Kunstradio in Vienna, Austria and subtitled Rivers and Bridges. Broadcast 5th September 1996, via RAI 3 Audiobox, to 30 channels of 24 international radio stations. – http://thing.at/orfkunstradio/
e mail – kunstradio@thing.at

ABUSE OF TRUST – ( 43mins.) A solo radio project, made in two parts, commissioned by the RAI 3 (Italian Radio) Audiobox programme and broadcast 24th August ( my birthday )1996. Made in response to re – commenced nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean by the French Government. Also broadcast on Resonance FM – London in 1998.

JE PROPOSE – ( 4mins.) Solo radio piece selected for entry in Prix Phonurgia Nova 7th International Concours (Arles – France) promoting creativity in radio. The piece was made from samples, selected in 1996 for the hundred years of sound broadcasting and sent to all participants on c.d., of archive material from the BBC, CBC, IINA, IIAS, RAI, RSR, RTL, Polskie Radio etc.etc. – http://www.giardini.sm/pn.htm