israel martínez - my life

 Photo by Israel Martinez

Photo by Israel Martinez

Mi Vida (My Life) was produced by Israel Martínez in 2006. Courtesy by the artist and Arredondo \ Arozarena gallery. This piece was awarded a prize of distinction, Prix Ars Electronica in 2007.

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Israel says:

I made this work in 2006, using some recordings I captured on a MiniDisc a few years before while learning how to make recordings on portable and digital equipment. I went to a junkyard in Guadalajara, Mexico and played with all auto parts I found, then assembled most of the tape into this piece, adding in sounds from a library, including the sound of the car crash and siren.

I wanted to make a non-linear narrative of a ride ending in a crash. I mean, this is the story, but the "events" are presented differently, going back and forth and connected through acoustic and gestural similarities - composition. I was influenced by literature and films based on this kind of structure.

I decided to create a work using car sounds to protest the abuse of the automobile in Mexican cities, and as a criticism of its status as a cult object. 

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Israel Martínez (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1979) is an artist who works from sound to different media such as video, photography, text, publications, installation, actions and interventions in public spaces, with the aim of generating diverse social and political reflections in a critical way, and often exploring the stealth as a pertinent communicational tool. Creditor in 2007 of a Distinction Award in Prix Ars Electronica and awarded by CTM 2018 Radio Lab Call, has exhibited individually and collectively in MACBA, MuseumsQuartier, Moscow Biennial, daadgalerie, Haus Fur Elektronische Kunste Basel, Cultural Mission Center for Latin Arts, MUAC, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Museo Arte Carrillo Gil, MAZ, among other museums or spaces mainly in Europe and Mexico. In 2012 and 2017 he has been part of the Artists in Berlin Program from DAAD, and in 2014 of the MuseumsQuartier’s residence program in Vienna. He has published recordings and editorial work through Sub Rosa, Errant Bodies Press, Aagoo, The Wire, Hatje Cantz; and is co-founder of the Mexican record labels and collectives Abolipop and Suplex

Look out for upcoming projects including Love and Rage, a performance that will premiere at CTM Festival, Berlin, January 2019, and PAUSA, a new compilation CD which will be available worldwide available on January 2019 via Aagoo Records.

paolo pietropaolo - ode to the salish sea

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Ode to the Salish Sea was produced and composed by audio documentary producer, writer and composer Paolo Pietropaolo. It was commissioned by CBC Radio's Outfront and the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio Arts. It premiered on Outfront across Canada on May 15, 2009 and in octophonic surround sound at the Deep Wireless Festival in Toronto, Ontario on May 30, 2009.
It features the sounds of the Salish Sea and the voices of George Harris of the Chemainus First Nation, geographer Briony Penn, and monarchist Keith Roy.

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Paolo says:

In 2010, a new, collective name was made official for the inland waterways off the coasts of British Columbia and the State of Washington: the Salish Sea. These waterways are also known individually as the Strait of Georgia, Juan de Fuca Strait and Puget Sound. The collective name was created to honour the area's original inhabitants, the Coast Salish peoples. 

The Ode to the Salish Sea is a composed documentary I produced prior to the official acceptance of the name by the U.S. and Canadian governments. 

As the title suggests, my aim was to compose a lyrical tribute to the unique beauty of this coastal region by capturing and recomposing the sounds and languages of the Salish Sea. I also wanted to explore the complexity of the relationship between the indigenous and non-indigenous cultures that call the Salish Sea home.

There are three voices heard in two languages (the Coast Salish language Hul’qumi’num and English): George Harris of the Chemainus First Nation; Keith Roy, spokesman for the Monarchist League of Canada; and Briony Penn, a geographer and environmental activist. 

The sounds are those of the waters: creeks, waves, boats, ferries and ambient sound, and the sounds of wildlife that depend on the Salish Sea for survival. 

I like to think of the Ode as a dream-state balancing the reality of what these waterways sound like today with imagined past and future sounds of the Salish Sea.

And to this day, whenever I turn on my mics to record anything, anywhere, I always think of the pileated woodpecker that called out and swooped above me seconds after I started recording ambient sounds for the Ode in Roberts Memorial Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.

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What or who is currently inspiring you both inside of the world of audio and outside of it?


In the world of radio, right now I’m most inspired by my friend Jarrett Martineau, who is opening my ears to indigenous music from around the world on his CBC Music show Reclaimed, and also by CBC journalist Connie Walker for her investigative podcast series on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, a very difficult topic that she handles with a combination of toughness, sensitivity and journalistic integrity I don’t see enough of in the world of podcasting and radio.

Outside - it’s hard not to be inspired by Wolastoqiyik artist Jeremy Dutcher, winner of Canada’s Polaris Music Prize this year for his astounding album based on his research into old archival recordings of traditional songs of the Wolastoqiyik people.

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Paolo Pietropaolo is an audio documentary producer, writer and composer who lives in Vancouver, Canada, also known as the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, by the shores of the Salish Sea.

Paolo is a two-time winner of the Prix Italia, most recently for The Signature Series, a 24-part classical music mashup series taking a whimsical look at the personalities of the key signatures of music, as though they were astrological signs (I know, weird), and previously for the 8-part documentary series The Wire: the Impact of Electricity on Music, which also won a Peabody Award.

An inveterate baseball fan as well as a musician, Paolo has spent much of his life trying to explain the intricacies of the arcane to the uninitiated. After one year of undergrad science at the University of Toronto, Paolo gave up on his marine biology dreams in favour of that most secure of career paths: music. Shockingly, this strategy somehow worked when a taiko drumming gig led to a career in radio. 

Since 2012, Paolo has also been the host of In Concert, the award-winning classical music performance program on CBC Music. In Concert can be heard worldwide on Sundays at cbcmusic.ca. @paolopp


aurélie lierman - iota mikro

 Image of child in headphones by Aurélie Lierman

Image of child in headphones by Aurélie Lierman

iota mikro was produced by radio producer, vocalist and composer Aurélie Lierman. The piece first aired in April 2012 at Studio I, Den Haag (NL). It won the Third Prize in the Short Form category at the Grand Prix Nova 2013, Bucharest (RO). iota mikro is dedicated to Lierman’s adorable two year old Rwandan Belgian godchild, Jerom Dom.

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Aurélie says:

In Summer 2011, I travelled for four months throughout East Africa, following my ears instead of following roadmaps, freely walking around and hunting for sounds as if they were endangered butterfly species. It's then and it's there I got the idea to start an ongoing personal archive of field recordings, and I baptized my project "Africa on Tape".

Back in Europe from that epic trip back in my studio, I experimented with all the field recordings from my Africa on Tape archive, and my first opus became iota mikro in 2012. There is no real synopsis for iota mikro as it's leaning towards abstract sound art. Translation is also not needed as most of the Rwandan words are used as pure sound poetry and non-semantic abstract sound bits, distorted or manipulated in another way.

I'm Belgian by adoption, and Rwandan by birth. I was born in a tiny traditional canopy hut on the foggy and chilly slopes of volcano Karisimbi and the Virunga mountains of Rwanda, far away and in big contrast with the sterile white maternity hospitals as we know them in the West. Curious about a specific sonic environment in which I spent the first period of my life, I back to the spot where I was born in 2011. Good to know, back in 2003, I already had made Nyrabikali, a realistic radio documentary about my first trip back to my roots in Rwanda. So on my trip in summer 2011, I no longer felt a need to make a veracious reconstruction of my past.

This time I got way more interested in an artistic reflection on my complex identity and a meta reconstruction of my life experience. iota mikro is set up like a dream sequence balancing between haunting flashbacks, desired and imagined memories. All sounds in iota mikro are completely derived from my field recording sessions in Rwanda in 2011, crafted together through a very old school straightforward analog editing technique. It was my wish to fuse both my passions and professions, radio and composition into one composition. ‘iota mikro’ is Greek for small iota. Iota is the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet, and ‘mikro’ just means small but could also refer to a microphone. And since my real paper birth certificate in Rwanda is actually missing, I created, with iota mikro, my own sonic birth certificate.

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Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman was born in Rwanda but grew up in Belgium from the age of two. She’s an independent radio producervocalist and composer. Lately Lierman is trying new directions by fusing radio art, vocal art and composition. Her main focus is her personal field recordings: a large collection of unique sounds and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East‐Africa. Sound‐bit by sound‐bit she’s transforming and sculpting them into something she would call “Afrique Concrète”. Lierman’s work has been broadcasted, exhibited and performed throughout Europe, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.

In October 2018 Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman won the CTM Radiolab in Berlin. In January 2016 Lierman was awarded the Sally and Don Lucas fellowship at Montalvo Arts in California. In May 2014 she won the First Prize at Monophonic 2014 (Brussels) for ‘Anosmia’, a radio composition reflecting on the Rwandan Genocide. In 2013 she won the 1st prize at Sonic Art (Rome) for her radio composition KARIAKOO ( a sonic portrait of a lively neighborhood in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania). In the same year, Lierman also won the 3rd prize at Grand Prix Nova (Bucharest) for her radio composition ‘iota mikro’ (based on field recordings from her birthplace, the Karisimbi vulcano, in Rwanda).

Lierman released two albums with the British cult-group Nurse With Wound, collaborated with visual artist Vincent Meessen (Belgian entry for Venice Biennale 2015) on his recent exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel and Bozar. And in summer 2015 she toured the USA premiering her solo sets for voice and tape.

Currently Lierman is preparing new electro acoustic work commissioned by Gaudeamus, for ensemble But What About to be premiered September 2018 and March 2019.