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Radiophonic Cultures – Sonic Environments And Archives In Hybrid Media Systems

7th May 2018 - 9th May 2018

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International Conference
Museum Tinguely, Basel

Organized by SNF-Sinergia research project, Radiophonic Cultures, at University of Basel’s media studies and musicology departments, the FHNW Hochschule für Musik Basel, and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in cooperation with the Museum Tinguely.

Developed into a crucial form of communication over the course of the 20th century, radio is currently undergoing processes of fundamental reorganization that can be summarized by the byword digitalization. When considered using the much older term radiophonics, these processes unleash conceptual possibilities that far surpass any simple scheme to economize or accelerate production- or broadcasting-forms. In the practices associated with broadcasting and listening on and with electromagnetic waves, noise — i.e. the sonic components not notatable in conventional musical scores—becomes part of the composition.

The “Radiophonic Cultures” Conference assumes that radiophonic art experimentally and self-reflexively negotiates the boundaries of what is defined as music in the following three ways: (1) When understood in terms of radiophonics, the defined limits of music and sound shift. (2) The cultural techniques of radiophonics transform compositional techniques, which concern not only the structure of music but also the spatial effects produced through studio techniques and broadcast structures. For this reason, (3) the concept of radiophonics challenges media-theoretical reflections on the production of collectives, connectivities, and historically-specific subjectivities.


Presentations by: Roland Wetzel, Ute Holl, Gilles Aubry, Astrid Drechsler, Anja Erdmann & Nathalie Singer, Andres Pardey, Ole Frahm, Christina Dunbar-Hester, Frances Dyson, Camilla Bork, Andrea Bohlman, Angela de Benedictis, Michaela Melián, Marcus Gammel, Wolfgang Ernst, Berit Schuck & Julia Tieke, Simone Conforti, Duo Valerio Tricoli & Norbert Möslang, John Dack, Colin Lang, Julia Kursell & Armin Schäfer, Cathy Lane, Maren Haffke, Eran Schaerf  & Eva Meyer, Liselotte Tännler (Zürich), Bernhard Siegert (Weimar) & Christoph B. Kelle and Ute Holl.


CRiSAP Director Cathy Lane will be presenting Am I Here?


Read more about the conference on the Radiophonic Cultures website.


7th May 2018
9th May 2018


Radiophonic Cultures
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Museum Tinguely
Paul Sacher-Anlage 2
Basel, 4002 Switzerland
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