#29. A program with independent sound-art, radiophonic projects and other audio-non-visual misunderstandings. Two soundworks from the Radia Network; Hotel Europa by Toni Dimitrov and Stone, Flax and Tears by Diana Combo.
Jingles; Dr Klangendum Voor meer info, zie; Radia.fm en Klangendum.nl Stone, Flax and Tears – Diana Combo (Radia/RadioZero) This is an edit made with recordings from the series ‘O Povo que Canta’, directed by Michel Giacometti, that Diana used for a gig at Associação Recreativa Amigos do Minho, in Lisbon. The title makes reference to the context of the recordings, all made in places of the Minho region, in the north of Portugal: workers in a quarry, women scutching the flax and a mourner (carpideira). This piece includes the live recording of a performance by Diana and Nuno da Luz for the opening of his work ‘Laissez Vibrer’, in Vila do Conde. Together they played a version of James Tenney ‘Having never written a note for percussion’ adapted to cymbals, accompanying a recording of wind. Diana Combo has a degree in Sound and Image and has been working solo or in collaboration since then, exploring various possibilities for action in the field of sound. She taught Sound Arts at ESAD in Caldas da Rainha and participated in several workshops, this resulting in the expansion of the practice to other areas, such as the construction of electronic instruments and the exploration of interactive software. Her performative work includes a project using vinyl records and improvised concerts with Andrea Neumann, João Martins, Ana Veloso, Liz Allbee, Antoine Chessex, Mário Costa, Werner Dafeldecker, Eduardo Raon, Nate Wooley and many others. Hotel Europa – Toni Dimitrov (Radia/Kanal103) Evropa (Europe) was the main hotel in Oteshevo tourist complex, built around 90s at the end of the socialist era. Rated 5 stars, it was one of the most luxurious hotels in former Yugoslavia and was promising that this region will continue to attract tourists from all over the world. Sadly after just couple of years the circumstances (crushing of the socialist system, corrupted privatization process…) led to closure of the entire complex and today it is just a ghost town. This place brings old memories to lots of people who remember the time when Oteshevo was a big tourist attraction. A sound recordist, a singer and a photographer gathered and entered this haunted building with an intention. They were capturing photographs and the sound of the space and the surrounding. Did recordings of the beautiful voice of Genoveva singing, catching the natural reverb of the large halls, but also the sound of the huge broken windows scattered around the floors. This is a picture of the atmosphere of that abandoned hotel, corresponding with the current atmosphere of the land with the same name. Close your eyes and try to feel the energy of the environment and the crush of the civilization of the new era. vocals: Genoveva Kachurkovaphotos: Petar Petkovskisound/concept/editing: Toni Dimitrov.