NM SK – Radiophrenia Commission

Sisters Akousmatica were commissioned for a new radio art work by Radiophrenia Scotland in 2017.

Radio: drag the dial across frequencies at any given time, any given place and you will hear a cacophony of sounds. Static, pops and crackles, whistles, the tap, tap tap of the world and the universe going about its electromagnetic business. In between those sounds are stations: broadcasts that are music, news, chatter, cryptic messages and espionage. Stretching out around the world in a network of terrestrial communication, bouncing off the heaviside and landing back again to be collected by radio-listeners – in cars and in kitchens. Sisters Akousmatica are always listening – seeking out the strange broadcasts destined for…

NM, SK begins to examine some of the recordings they have made in their quest to research “the silent key” – a series of broadcast messages that they discovered in the winter of 2017.

The RADIOPHRENIA station is managed by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns and is funded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding with additional support from CCA Glasgow and Outset Scotland.

This work has since been re-broadcast by Resonance FM and Wave Farm on WGXC.

Sisters Akousmatica

Sisters Akousmatica was the first collaborative project between Julia Drouhin and Phillipa Stafford. This project has grown to become an umbrella for their collective practice.

Sisters Akousmatica and 3CR were awarded the CBAA Excellence in Music Programming award at the 2017 CBAA Conference.

Featuring eves (NZ/VIC), Angie Garrick (NSW), Kate Geck (VIC), Rosalind Hall (VIC), Shani Mohini-Holmes with Georgie Darvidis (VIC), radio cegeste (NZ/TAS) and Ela Stiles (NSW)

Performance and talk
Thu Mar 17, 7pm | The Channel, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Read more
Performance, walking tour and broadcast
8 May 11am–6pm | Departed from Signal, North Bank

Live on 3CR 855AM and streamed online at 3cr.org.au

11–21 May | Signal

Sisters Akousmatica is a city-scale radio orchestra. Over seven hours, seven female artists perform on the banks of the Yarra River, their sounds broadcast via radio transmission. Meanwhile, armed with a collection of portable radios, Radio Queens Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford lead a procession through the streets of Melbourne, stopping at various locations along the way to tune in to each live performance.

Radiophonic transmission and the city soundscape fold together to become an acoustic web that changes hour by hour and culminates in an installation work at Signal, capturing, multiplying and archiving the performance works as a radiophonic acousmonium.

Sisters Akousmatica was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Liquid Architecture for Next Wave Festival 2016.

Sisters Akousmatica website

Sweet Tribology

SWEET TRIBOLOGY is a collective response to the fading beauty of forgotten memories, de/re-generation, and sharing music in public space. 40 women digested ghostly voices from the past. 

Artists from 10 countries were invited by Julia Drouhin, guest curator for LABoral (Spectrum – LABoratorio de sonido FM radio and L.E.V.) in 2015, to interpret a custom minute sample of popular music played on wax cylinders recorded at SPAT (Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania). 

SWEET TRIBOLOGY is a radio picnic with edible chocolate records inspired by wax cylinders.

Camille Antoine, Felicia Atkinson, Frieda Beukenkamp, Dinah Bird, Maya Boquet, Emma Bugg, Tania Buisse, Andrea Cohen, Lou Conboy, Selena De Carvalho, Kate Geck, Emmanuelle Gibello, Rosalind Hall, Hanna Hartman, Carola Haupt, Julie Honoré, Cat Hope, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Zoe Irvine, Coraline Janvier, Shannon Johnson, Anne Laplantine, Sally Ann McIntyre, Mish Meijers, Miss Despoinas, Rosa Menkman, Maria Papadomanolaki, Edith Perrenot, Nadège Philippe-Janon, Sally Rees, Eve Risser, Elissa Ritson, Anne-Laure Robin, Sabio Design, Pip Stafford, Rachel Tribout, Maia Urstad, Valérie Vivancos, Tricky Walsh, Sarah Washington.

SWEET TRIBOLOGY Box is a Pandora Box made by Frieda Beukenkamp, carrying the original picture discs and their sleeves with the content of 26 sound artists and 15 visual artists. SWEET TRIBOLOGY Box will carry the original records to the radio studios to be played on a record player, broadcasting the SWEET TRIBOLOGY programming through radios speakers in the picnic garden, where the audience will receive the electromagnetic FM waves sound signal on their radios, when eating the chocolate records. As a ghost boat, the SWEET TRIBOLOGY box will travel the world and will be the remaining art work to be seen, played, eaten & exhibited.

Sweet Tribology has been performed/heard at LABoral Centro De Artes, Spain; Radio Revolten, Halle, Germany; Mona, Hobart; Motto Gallery, Berlin.

ANNE LAPLANTINE Crois-moi 00.03.50
PIP STAFFORD Stop look listen 00.02.49

Artwork by Lou Conboy


Sweet Tribology Website

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