#255. Onafhankelijke geluidskunst, radiofonische projecten en andere audio-non-visuele misverstanden en vondsten. Two shows from the Radia network by Mark Kanak and James Greer & Neil Luck.
1. “We all emerge some hours later, baffled” by James Greer and Neil Luck.
2. “Tractatus illogico-insanus” by Mark Kanak.
“We all emerge some hours later, baffled” by James Greer and Neil Luck (for Resonance FM).
Tokyo is a city in a continual state of performance, a panoply of lives compressed into a dense metropolis. Underneath all the glossy commerce, all the confronting pop culture, all the tourists, however, is the city’s strange and fascinating underbelly – a rich strata of human subcultures. Over one humid, woozy summer weekend James Greer and Neil Luck traverse the marginalia of Tokyo at night, negotiating its train lines, visiting deserted bubble-era ghost towns, underground jazz venues, salaryman drinking spots, and a tiny bar repurposed as a theatre. “We all emerge some hours later, baffled” is their disorienting mix of reconfigured field recordings and half remembered reflections.
“Tractatus illogico-insanus” by Mark Kanak. (Radio Helsinki).
“Tractatus illogico-insanus” is a mixture of parody (of Wittgenstein’s famous „Tractatus logico-philosophicus“ which he wrote exactly100 years ago in the summer of 1918), also influenced by Walter Serner’s “Last Loosening” and Hermann Burger’s own “Tractatus logico-suicidalis”. In short, it’s the author’s musing on the surveillance state – a situation that is at once absurd, manic and cutting, inherently illogical— wherein all participants acquiesce to being monitored, spied on, surveilled—and in the end, do nothing. In this tractatus, the author is travelling through a night time soundscape where the “Program” is always running, everything is being watched on the hiding everywhere—even in your own head.
In short: The limits of the surveillance state are the limits of our world.
Based on the book “Tractatus illogico-insanus”, upcoming early 2019, Ritter Verlag, Klagenfurt (AT). Full German and full English version.
By Mark Kanak.