theradius on 08/04/2014 at 07:49PM
PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.
PATCH 08: History
The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was a mass murder and war rape that occurred during the six-week period following the Japanese capture of the city of Nanjing (Nanking), the former capital of the Republic of China, on December 13, 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. During this period, hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers were murdered and 20,000-80,000 women were raped by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the Massacre, Ortmann constructed a three hour piece of electronic music to in some minor way, reflect on and/or interpret the inhumanity and abominable brutality of which humans are capable.
Lost frequencies is a sound art composition that started with a project called Bye Bye FM. Bye Bye FM responded to a political announcement that threatened to cancel the small and free radio stations in France. The collective H.A.K. (Ayato, Denis McCarty and Anton Mobin) began recording AM and FM commercial French radio stations. All radio sources were collected through a common sound bank and traded by email. All of the short sequences were placed sequentially, one after the other, to assemble the 24 minute composition.
Mono words. Memories of long nights tracing the airways; music and cross talking frequencies bleeding into each other. Subtune on one waveband, find apertures opening, disappear into the ether. A piece of atmospheres, drifting mixes, illbient textures. A soundtrack to an unmade film. An out of tune radio hovering between stations. Some private diary tapes sent between estranged lovers. MONO dips into a large archive of sounds, going back into childhood, in the days before internet, where radio was the instrument for transportation.