#163. Independent sound art, radiophonic projects and other audio non-visual misunderstandings and findings. Les Harry’s, a radio project with and about autistic youngsters.
Last June in Worm, Rotterdam, a radio project /workshop/performance was organized in cooperation with Dr. klangendum. This broadcast is all about that event.
The Harry’s Project started out as a radio project with and about autistic youngsters and developed into a live happening. Les Harry’s consists of five autistic artists of the Parisian day care centre ‘L’hopital de jour d’Antony’, which works together with Franq de Quengo, the organizer of the Parisian avant garde festival Sonic Protest. This cooperation extends from radiomaking – they still broadcast every week on the Parisian Radio Libertaire- to touring together to play (improvised) music with the local music scene. In this case with 4 musicians from Rotterdam: Yuri Landman, Janneke vd Putten, Henk Bakker and Lukas Simonis.
The starting point was an exchange. Because autistic musicians are really only able to play in ‘the now’, they are very interesting to play with to people who have a background in improvising. Improvising is natural to them and has a totally different idiom because of that, compared to trained musicians who suddenly start to ‘just play something’.
They made radio, talked and played. The Harries made a nice video of the project: