Category Archives: Sound Art Radio

Roaminale #3: Tales of Molecules and Light

“Tales of Molecules and Light” will be shown during the Rominale #3 film festival in Berlin on Feb. 23. All movies were filmed in November 2023 at the Botanic Garden in Vácrátót, Hungary. The series comprises 16 videos, this exhibition presents four of them.

Credits:

Camera, text, sound, and editing: Gabi Schaffner
Additional samples/contributions:
Centerfold: Granular sound – lucyp123, 2021
In the Mountains: Prepared piano – Elo Masing, 2023
Lotus Receiver: Earth nose whistler recorded in stereo by Cluster 3 and 4 – Space Audio cc
Persuasion: Analogue Birds – Sarah Washington 2014; Piano – Anonymous, Finland 2008

Roaminale #3 screen is a screening weekend event dedicated to audiovisual artworks and moving images. The aim of Roaminale is to bring further visibility to works of various topics of concern and as well artistic creativity within distinguishable visions of each participant. Roaminale #3 screen is the third event in the series and is showing a selection of short films and video art in a variety of genres. The screening will take place parallel at roam project space and online.

Location: roam project space, Lindenstraße 91, 10969 Berlin & website https://www.roam-projects.eu/projects/

Time: Doors open at 6 pm; screening starts at 7 pm

  • Gaia’s Secret Passages
    Peeter Laurits, Martin Rästa, Kaiko Lipsmäe
  • Kömlődi Lösz \ Yellow Soil of Kömlőd
    Nemmivoltunk crew! \ We didn’t do it Crew!
  • Eliminated archive
    Polina Shcherbyna
  • On Ugodnichestvo
    Yelyzaveta Burtseva
  • Stories about Molecules and Light. 4 out of 16 videos
    Gabi Schaffner
  • New Year, New Me
    Robin Ellis Meta
  • Nothing
    Kiwa
  • Silver Bullet
    Holger Loodus
  • Habitat
    Peeter Laurits, Maido Hollo
  • Carnaval Caimanera
    Nathalie Grenzhaeuser
  • Powerplant – What Gives You Energy?
    Miina Barrera Pinochet, Lucia Westphal, Gahee Chung
  • Where to start?
    Vasylysa Shchogoleva
  • Wind in den Füßen \ Wind in the feet
    Kirstin Burckhardt, Nicole Wendel
  • Shadow feeling
    Louiza Andrus
  • Lioba von den Driesch
    ;paranoia publishing
  • Kiwa
    Second Earth
  • Ivar Veermäe
    Wild Hunt
  • Alexei Gordin
    Harm Contradiction
  • Julian Larger
    The Browse
  • Sten Saarits
    Gate X
  • Lioba von den Driesch
    Water Rises
  • Peeter Laurits, sound: Ann Reimann
    Fog of War
  • Anna Manankina
    Scattered and Found Files
  • Kelli Gedvil, sound: Natalia Wójcik
    am i a joke to you
  • Kristen Rästas
    last supper
  • Lioba von den Driesch
    30 Years of Optimism
  • Alexandru Mihai Budeș, Lisa Marie Schmitt

Turning a Leaf. Video and sound work, mimeographs. OMA, Budapest

Exhibition at Ordinary Music Archives Budapest, Dec. 1

Videowork: Micro Arboreta. 12 videos about plantscapes in the Botanic Garden of Vácrátót, Hungary

Performance: Turing a Leaf. 16:37 min. LowFi Loop #5

Mimeograph printings: 4 works on paper.

Many thanks to Nikolaus Gerszewski for hosting me and to the Hungarian Writers Association that facilitated the residency at the Botanic Garden Vácrátót.

Here are some images… and a poem.

Persuasion

Red is a language
without words.
It spells in colour.

Red in the language
of berries and birds
means food.

Red is persuasion.

                   Warning Permeation
Permutation Invasion

Red is a loud sound
Drumming
screaming maybe
if eyes were ears.

Birds are good with reds.
They know the hues
and the rules.

Humans fall prey

              to red, easily.
Blood and tears.

Red fruit and seeds
are carried far

          traveling in the bowels
across borders and continents

Red keeps spreading

         like joy
like war

Persuaded to weave wreaths,
or decorate our homes

                 Or our loved ones

We fall for red. And always will.

Radiophrenia: Critter’s Home Study + Loop #3 var.

Happy to annouce two contributions to this years Radiophrenia festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

For the full programme, please visit
https://radiophrenia.scot/schedule/

August 25, 8:00 am – 9:00 am (9:00 CET)
1 – Anne Marie Deacy & Rachel Doolin – Oscillithic: Hidden In Quartz. Sounding Stones. (9:58) 2 – Diana Duta – Ballade XI b (2:05) 3 – Pageboi – =]= noise gate (4:28) 4 – Wendy Kirkup – rough cut botanical (8:01) 5 – Guillaume Loizillon – temps-ordinaires (3:19) 6 – Gabi Schaffner – Critter’s Home Study – (12:15) 7 – Juliette Chartier – Space Cemetery (5:56) 8 – Emma Vickers – An Uprooted Voice (1:17) 9 – Tam Lin – Bench Loop 1 (7:39) 10 -Trần Uy Đức – Asking for Gyrations (1:54)

A seed concerto, piano keys, a radio. Imagine yourself small.  A gathering of sample recordings, mostly from instruments… performers. The difference between the analogue and the digital, is it like a fuel driven rocket to a time jump? I am sometimes afraid to listen (for the most manifold time) to a piece just created, just compiled from the file berths. Anyhow, this is about small places I think, “hiding corners’ (‘Versteckecken’) and broadcasting different materials (wood, plastic, wool, meta¬¬¬l).  And families of critters lounging in lichen deckchairs, all grouped around a buzzing radio. A bucket of salt water fits the scenery. Particles of mice, and straws.
All (prepared) piano and kalimba: Elo Masing and birds. Seeds, more sounds and oilcan guitar: Gabi Schaffner.

27 August 2023  12:30 pm – 1:00 pm   
LoFiLoop #3::Handmade Generative Music (Glaswegian Mix)

Loop #3 evolved from recent experiments in micro-looping and its influence on time perception. In 2021, sifting through tons of field recordings for the 22-hour {A Wave Novel} for radioart.zone, I dreamt of giant ‘musical waves’ generated for this mission by some really smart and lucid machine/program/spaceship. It did not happen; instead, I assembled everything by hand. At the  Seanaps Radio Lab in 2022, I took up that thoroughly composted idea of using micro snippets of ‘audio trash’, long-lived-with sonic crumbs, and further semi-redundant sound material of short duration as a pattern-weaving material. And lo behold: It worked out. At least I think so. Recordings, sampling and composition: Gabi Schaffner © 2023 Credits/Sound Sources in order of appearance: Mongolian Snip: “Sedna’s Glove“, video, Schaffner 2006. Portable record player: Oliver Augst 2014. Organ: Tobias Lange 2021. Cat: Augustin, 2019; Radio Snippet: Taiwan, 2019, Saurofon: Yrjänä Sauros, Kokkola 2007. Guitar Pick: Peter Apel, 2022. Road radio: Texas 2018. Museum voice: Bangalore 2017. Unknown Ukulele player /+ Musical Saw, Mimosa Pale, 2021. Others: Schaffner

Floating Transmissions – Hamburg

“R for Radio” and “Schweben” were both created for and exhibited at the Floating Transmissions festival in Hamburg.

R for Radio. Lower deck, MS Stubnitz

19:20 min. Narrow-cast installation for transmitter and pocket radios. 88,4 MHz. FM

R as in radiation, rocks, reminiscence, rockets
A as in Argonauts, ass, audio
D as in darling, dot, dispersal
I as in island, idol, India
O as in „oh, it’s you again!“, ocean, oblivion

R for radio
Full of electric ghosts and recordings of the waters huddling close to the body of the Stubnitz at her berth, R for Radio takes the listeners on a journey into a lo-fi acoustic maze.
Angels meet devils, and float together with dispersed shortwaves from different countries, with horror movie sounds and traffic songs, phonophernalia, and a woman reading some of the best ‘liked’ from Virginia Woolfe’s The Waves.

Credits
Bonnie song (Trad.): Sanne Drouhin-Kok, Readings from “The Waves” by Virginia Woolfe: Kate Donovan. Devil Story: Michael Fisher, Hobart, Tasmania. Beat: Ghostly Beat by Apple. Shortwave radio recorded in Hualien (with unknown song by unknown interpret), Taiwan; Bogong Village (“I only have eyes for you”, Harry Warren – unknown interpret), Australia. Other field recordings, sampling, micro compositions: Gabi Schaffner

Schweben. Baakenhafen

15:42 min. Geofenced audio. Listen via echoes.xyz

‘Schweben’ is an invitation to immerse yourself in a series of short narratives about out-of-body musings.

Schweben can be listened to only at Baakenhafen, which is a meeting point and chill place maybe 50 meters distant from the berth of the Stubnitz. The piece takes the “float” (=schweben) in the title of the exhibition literally. Guests, passerbys and members of the Stubnitz staff were asked about their experiences in floating or hovering in the air…  Other bodies of water and air whirl alongside, from vitamin tablets to ship ventilators.
The piano belongs to the Stubnitz, and is played in an improvisation by the crew’s cook, Ronan.

Credits
Stimmen/Voices: Claudia, HW, Karim, Jann, L., Mathias, Tina
Piano: Ronan.
Fieldrecordings: Gabi Schaffner. Other: „Ein Zimmer voller Sterne“, Schaffner, 2020.
Samples Freesound.org: 39900__aesqe__sea_water_churning; 267137__claudius__bubbles, 103104__jovica__layers-018-alchemic-hunting-125; 133863__vhlam__ext-red-sea; 433811__archos__vitamin-tablet.

THANK YOU, STUBNITZ!

For infomation about the festival, please go to https://www.instagram.com/floatingtransmissions/

Anfang September verwandelt sich die MS Stubnitz in eine schwimmende Radiostation. In experimentellen künstlerischen Formaten wird der «Fluss-Raum» über UKW und weitere Protokolle übertragen. Die teilnehmenden Künstler*innen, wie Sophie Allerding, Jack Bardwell, Benjamin van Bebber, Ludwig Berger, Kathrin Dröppelmann, Antje Feger, Ulf Freyhoff, Leo Hofmann, Hye-Eun Kim, Tilo Kremer, Niko de Paula Lefort, Felicity Mangan, Felix Raeithel, Gabi Schaffner, Paula Schopf, Benjamin Stumpf, Dong Zhou uvm. stellen ihre Arbeiten vor. Es entsteht ein Live-Radio-Programm, das aus künstlerischen Beiträgen – von multimedialen Klangskulpturen bis immersiven Performances an Elbe und Bille mit städteübergreifender Übertragung besteht. Neben Klanginstallationen, die sich auf vielfältige Weise mit den Soundscapes der Stadt auseinandersetzen, soll es außerdem Workshops und partizipative Projekte geben, die sich prozesshaft entwickeln.

FLOATING TRANSMISSIONS zeigt ästhetische Zugänge als «schwimmende Radiostation», um in immersiven Settings sinnliche Erfahrungen mit auditiven Medien zu ermöglichen. Das Programm, das temporär auf schwimmenden Expeditionen über Elbe und Bille treibt, wird ergänzt durch Konzertabende und kuratierte Sound-Listening-Sessions von Hamburger DJs und Labels. Die Formate werden über das Freie Sender Kombinat FSK, HALLO: Radio und TIDE.radio sowie Freie Radios in Deutschland u.a. übertragen.

Halffloor presents: Piece of Turf after Dürer

Pleased to contribute to HALFFLOOR‘s #103 episode of sound art and start their SEASON SIX with the summerly Piece of Turf No.10:

“It’s that time of the every other week again, and this one is just a bit more special than usual (as if that were even possible, we know). Today is namely the start of SEASON SIX of Halffloor!

Today’s contribution comes from Germany, where our friend Gabi Schaffner has sent us 60 seconds titled ”Rasenstücke aka Rasenmähersymphonien”, inspired to an almost frightening extent by Albrecht Dürer’s drawing with almost the same title.”

crew: Marie Gavois+George Kentros+Susanne Skog+Michel Klöfkornhttps://www.halffloor.com/

Radio Art Zone: Environmental Edit by Adrian Newton

A podcast by sound artist Adrian Newton assembles 12 excerpts from radioart.zone into a one-hour piece titled “Sound mosaics for a broken world.”
Listen here: https://lnns.co/ek9y4OalKXY


“Our world is breaking. Ecosystems are collapsing, our house is burning. But we can fix it like a mosaic, sticking it back together piece by piece. Here’s a soundtrack for the recovery process, incorporating sound art, experimental music, audio essays and field recording.”

Adrian Newton

IONN Festival, July 8

I will be taking part in this:

IONN 1/2023

saturday 1. july5 p.m. at brennerei zernikowexhibition opening + concert3½ – sound installations by lena czerniawska / emilio gordoa / maximilian glass[prepared engines, swaying snippets and resonating objects]concert: alex mendizabal “brandenburger konzert” [under the open sky]
 
saturday 8. july8 p.m. at brennerei zernikowopen-air performance of the commissioned compositions by michael barthel, gabi schaffner and mowe as a live installation at gutshof zernikow
 
friday 14. julyfrom 7 p.m. at zernikower mühleprivate primate nnoi camp // for more information : camp[at]nnoi.de
 
saturday 15. julyfrom 10 a.m. at zernikower mühleprivate primate nnoi camp // for more information : camp[at]nnoi.de4 p.m. at church zernikowconcert: andré vidaconcert: za siódmą górą
 
sunday 16. julyfrom 10 a.m. at zernikower mühleprivate primate nnoi camp // for more information : camp[at]nnoi.de2 p.m. at gutshof zernikowexperimental music theatre with the residents of the reha-consult facilities3 p.m. at gutshof and tierpark zernikowconcert : hinhören / weghören – dialogues with extended playing techniques. a soundwalk in the forest of zernikow. meeting place: gutshofwith: carina khorkhordina, marina cyrino, mia dyberg, eric bauer, emilio gordoa, antonio borghini, antti virtaranta, burkhard beins, sofia borges, axel dörner, maximilian glass
 
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1. – 16. julyexhibition brennerei zernikow3 ½sound installations by emilio gordoa, lena czerniawska, maximilian glassprepared engines, swaying snippets and resonating objectsopening hours: 1 – 16 july 2023 / saturdays and sundays / 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Harakka Radio

Ms Schaffner is most pleased to announce a 4 day radio event on the island of Harakka Finland. We will broadcast on 92 MHz from 2-5pm on the 25-28th of May.

Just in case you did not know: the 22nd of May is The Day of the Impossible, as proclaimed by the infamous musician Sun Ra.  For a whole week from the 22nd on, the Finnish media artist and performer Kari Yli-Annala invites the world to join the artistic activities at Nomad Academy on Harakka Island, Helsinki. This year’s theme is The Magic and the Analogue. – And what can be more magic and analogue than a W-Lan-free radio station on an island?

Together with the human and more-than-human islanders and artist guests, and under the umbrella of the Nomad Academy of Experimental Arts and is founder Kari Yli-Annala we will create a 3-hour program for 4 days.

The Island

 ‘Magpie’ island is situated a 6 min ferry ride from the center of Helsinki, a mostly flat and rocky slab of basalt and mica gneiss, streaked with magnetit and other shimmering minerals. Harakka Island is not resting still: with a speed of 3-4 mm (30-40 cm pro century) it continues to rise above sea level. It is nowadays uninhabited, but hosts a nature preservation and education center, and very diverse buildings and barracks that date back to the time of the Russian occupation.  The festival’s main location, Nomad Academy, was formerly a telecommunication center. 

The Open Call

With your contribution you can help to create the ‘impossible’ radio on Harakka Island.

48-hour Radio Art Festival: On Air On Site. 3 pm, April 15

Radio Art Festival “On Air On Site” starts tomorrow, April 14!
Live Radio at Institute of Sonology.
Curated by Margherita Brillada and Leonie Roessler

On Air -On Site #1 is a sound investigation of a temporary radio event consisting of a broadcast schedule of 48 hours of non-stop streaming, including live performances/shows, fixed media, and prerecorded work specifically composed for the festival.By re-thinking radio as an exhibition space for experimental sound art andexperimental electronic music, the event aims to explore the possibilities of a broader project with the ultimate goal of developing a community experimental radio station in Den Haag, seeking collaborators and looking for a common interest in radio practice. The event will explore the boundaries of being simultaneously on air in a physical and virtual space, challenging different radio formats.

http://www.westdenhaag.nl/information/exhibitions/23_03_On_Air_On_Site/press/23_03_On_Air_On_Site_EN.pdf

Loop #3 has evolved from my recent experiments in micro-looping and its influence on time perception dating back to 2020. “Time Is A Sliding Door” (Radiophrenia 2020) could be considered a forerunner, and clearly speaks with the voices of many clocks and cuckoos entangled in frequencies and field recording, yet…
Later in 2021, sifting through tons of field recordings for the 22-hour {A Wave Novel} for radioart.zone, I dreamt of giant ‘musical waves’ generated for this mission by some really smart and lucid machine/program/spaceship. It did not happen; instead, I assembled everything by hand.

Finally, at the IMPROVISORIUM Seanaps Radio Lab in 2022 I took up that thoroughly composted idea of using micro snippets of ‘audio trash’, long-lived-with sonic crumbs, and further semi-redundant sound material of short duration as a pattern-weaving material. And lo behold: It worked out. At least I think so.

Fazzoletto/Not Just A Fair

Latest news: The Fazzoletto album ‘Handkerchief for an Eternity’ will soon be traveling to Arnhem as I have been invited to perform at the collective’s come-together This Is Not A Fair on the 8th of April, 5 pm. This is what it is about… and I am chilled to arrive there 🙂

As for the selected works, we see them as a starting point for echoes and conversations that will bridge connections for people who are working on publishing practices. Publishing and printing are not solitary endeavors; they require collaboration and collectivity.

This is Not A Fair
7-9th April
Location: @platform_post
Platform for comtemporary art,
Arnhem Driekoningenstraat 16, Arnhem
Graphic design: @baboonboom
The event is hosted by Not Just a Collective

Not Just a Collective consists of a group of multidisciplinary artists, researchers and designers who share a common desire to discuss artistic progress and create a space for emerging international artists. To work on a supporting framework together, Not Just a Collective set out to host a series of art and cultural activities contributing to multi-disciplinary practices in art ecology. Moreover, it is not only a collective, in conventional perception, but also a community aiming to breed new initiatives and foster cultural participation by facilitating accessibility.

SLEEPERTOWN in Italy, 2023

I am delighted to let you know that the project SLEEPERTOWN will take place in the Lazio region with a planned opening in June 2023. For my work Rapid(s)Train the curators have confirmed the amazing ancient archeological site of Norba which was once a flourishing city approximately 50km south of Rome.

SLEEPERTOWN is a mobile public art programme curated by Richard Carr and features six diverse sonic artworks from the following artists: Michael Petry (Director; MOCA London) & John Powell (Oscar Nominated Film Composer), Gabi Schaffner (Artist, Berlin), Younes Baba-Ali (Artist Morocco/Belgium), Carmen Torrano Mellado (Double Bass | Georgian National Philharmonic Orchestra), Joseph Young (Artist UK), Aoise O’Dwyer (Violist Ireland), Camilo Gaete Puga (Double Bass Chilie/Ireland) and Richard Carr (Artist Ireland).

Playing on the sonic similarity of fast flowing/falling waters and the sound of trains rushing by, RAPID(S)TRAIN combines selected recordings of German and other international train stations with recordings of rivers, waterfalls and oceanscapes. Central to the compositions are concepts of flowing, passing by, announcements, the din of voices, steps and trolley bags, the interplay of distance and locality. Both water and rail are part of the global system of transporting goods; they are as much linked to economy as they are to personal and sensual experience. Train stations form a re-sounding universe with past and presence rushing into an off-site future.
Each piece creates a fictional journey with Norba as its departure point. The combination of real-time field recording and samples, layering, acceleration and deceleration corresponds to the juxtaposition of microsound and melody, noise, language and signal. All four works have been specifically composed for SLEEPERTOWN.

Locations and Credits
Underpass Falls (Melbourne, London Kensington, Bremen, Skogarfoss Falls) Concert Recording, Berlin: Ansgar Wilken (Cello), Ruth-Maria Adam (Violin)
Gutang Passing Time (Taipei Metro Station Gutang, Shortwave recording, Hualien Beach, Gudurfoss Falls)
Condofuri Brass (Vinyl record “Eisenbahnclub Köln” 1964, Condofuri Station, Condofuri Beach, Acireale: “Banda Historica” Brass Orchestra, Skogarfoss Falls)
Waving to Elevators (Berlin, Hamburg, Cacilhas/Lisbon, Oldenburg, Vienna, Frankfurt/Main, Azhimuhkam Beach

The project utilises mobile technologies (Geo-Fencing) to create a parallel listening world, accessed digitally within the public realm. This world coexists with our ‘real-world’ geographical landscape and encourages people to move through the town to specific spaces/places. As they move, they trigger and immerse themselves, in new public artworks via their personal mobile devices. 

{A Wave Novel} radioart.zone LUX

Thinking of waves, thinking maybe of radio, I imagined a wave… sloshing/rolling on for 22 hours. As in an ocean, a wave does not exist by itself. It moves with others in intricate patterns and feeds on the energies of the wind. Small ones at first, all miracles of physics, they become a 4-dimensional being, rolling over, licking, and spitting.

This is how it started…. thinking about waves and pondering on the enormous task to compose a 22-hour piece for the radioart.zone festival in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg! I am happy to announce that the archive of the festival is now online! More than 100 radio artists participated and you can listen to ALL their works!
This is a link to “A Wave Novel”:


Waves offer no paths. Our mind, in a nutshell, floats on them. I got lost, often – while recording and while listening. Just like it happens with most radio waves.

The seas are open.

Credits

I owe many of these recordings to the kindness of friends, colleagues, hosts… and unknown strangers. Thank you all!
Thanks also to Ernst Markus Stein, who introduced me to the world of mimeographs.

Credits (numbers = chapter of appearance):
Anita Hannunen (17; 22), Carla Genchi (19), Charlotte Law (11), Chrisse Candolin (16), Claudio Comandini (19), Dirk Heiden (20), Erkki Pirtola (10), Felix Schroeder (19; 20), Hannes Wienert (20), Hans Kellett (20), Hauyu Yang (18), Jukka Ylisuvanto (11; 12), Kate Donovan (7), Kirsi Poutanen (16), Lilli Moors (17), Lori Huang (19), Chen-Chi Huang (20) Madelynne Cornish (11; 17), Margaret Shiu (20), Mathias Deutsch (2, 20), Mi Duncker (Sea Jump; 1), Mimosa Pale (Musical Saw), Nathalie Grenzhaueser (1; 14), Niina Lehtonen-Braun (2), Olsen Wolf (Accordion), Papu Pirtola (16), Richard Schaffner (22), Simone of Melbourne (11), Singlust e. V. (21), Stella Braun (19), Susan Beattie (11), Teemu Tuonela (11; 16), Teuri Haarla (9; 11), Tina of Helsinki (16), Tina-Marie Friedrich (6; 7), Tixa Juha (17; 19), Ulrike Stöhring (16; 20), unknown musician (Ukulele!), Mr. Vijay Thiruvady (20), Yrjänä Sauros (19)

07.11.2022 Gwaith Sŵn’s Sonic Darts: LoFiLoop

“Hi Gabi

Many thanks for submitting your work to Sonic Darts. I’m pleased to say we’ve included your track, LoFi Loop, in the next show, to be broadcast at 10pm GMT on Monday 7th November 2022 and repeated at 6am on the following Sunday. The show will be broadcast on Resonance FM via 104.4FM in London and online at https://resonancefm.com, and simulcast on DAB+ via Resonance Extra. It will also be available to stream after the broadcast on the Resonance FM mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/.

We will also be posting about the show on our facebook and twitter accounts: @gwaithswn.”

New Radia Show #905

Freunde

Broadcast now (August 4 to August 13) on https://radia.fm: The ‘radia mix edit’ of Errant Waves in Arcadia. Originally commissioned by Cashmere Radio, some tweaks were added and/or left out 🙂

ERRANT WAVES IN ARCADIA
by GABI SCHAFFNER

Frequencies permeate our life world on all levels.

They can be abstract, unfathomable, they can lurk at the threshold of our hearing, they can be extremely figurative or even plainly obtrusive. They can be soothing, piercing, alarming, beautiful, awe-inspiring, familiar. Once in a blue moon they come along single, as one clear tone, more often they huddle in clusters or patterns. Frequencies sail like clouds along the horizons of our perception. They rain on us. And they sneak into the deepest layers of our brain, where they conjure up memories or feelings or both.

As a series of life-world-frequency vignettes, “Errant Waves in Arcardia” assembles varied notions of mimicry, dirt, duration, and osmosis.

Recordings and composition: Gabi Schaffner, 2022
Accordion: Olsen Wolf, 2020
Musical Saw: Mimosa Pale, 2012/2020
Cat: Augustin, 2021
Drums: Toni Brokoli, Patrick Guderitz, 2020
String instrument: Anonymous Lady in Folk Music Shop, Taiwan 2019
Xylophone: Stella Braun, 2011
Husky dogs: recorded by Nathalie Grenzhaeuser, 2021

Bewilderung

„Bewilderung“, by Gabi Schaffner

GPS-based audio walk on the wild and cultivated plants of the Künstlerhaus Güterbahnhof [freight train station] Bremen. EN/DE. Permanent exhibition, 3 years minimum.

Via a free ‘app’ (echoes.xyz) installed on your mobile phone, < 6 compositions can be listened to while walking among the plantings on the grounds of the Güterbahnhof art and culture area. 

The focus is on a selection of wild plants that, although ubiquitous and indispensable to the insect world, are ‘blank slates’ in their (medicinal, ecological, historical) peculiarities for most city dwellers: Evening Primrose, Mugwort, Yarrow, Mullein, Wild Carrot, etc.

The compositions approach the respective plant in different ways: in dialogues, as sonification, via onomatopoeia, song, narration, and field recording.

The aim is a series of musical pieces that convey a sensory-poetic experience of the wild plant world – including its communications and secrets invisible to the human eye. The installation will be open to the public and accessible around the clock from the 18th of September 2022 on

False Forks@Maerzmusik

Today and tomorrow: My commissioned piece “False Forks – Errant Waves in Arcadia” will be broadcast within the frame of Cashmere Radio’s collaboration with Maerzmusik festival Berlin 2022. There will be a listening session starting on Sunday, 10 pm, at Cashmere Radio.
For more info please look into https://cashmereradio.com/

False Forks (Errant waves in Arcadia)
32:35 min

Frequencies permeate our life world on all levels. They can be abstract, unfathomable, lurk at the threshold of our hearing, be extremely figurative or even plainly obtrusive. They can be soothing, piercing, alarming, beautiful, awe inspiring, familiar. Seldomly, they come along single, as one clear tone, more often they huddle in clusters or patterns. Frequencies sail like clouds along the horizons of our perception. They rain on us. And they sneak into the deepest layers of our brain, where they tickle memories or feelings or both.

For this piece, I was looking for frequencies offside the tech sphere (if such a thing is possible). There is, of course, the language of animals and the mumblings of human voices, the resounding of instruments, elemental drones, doorbells, sewing machines. I became especially interested in those clusters of wavelengths one finds grouped in little scenes of everyday life. While having fun with my work I kept thinking about ‘forking paths’ and forks and branches, about ‘taking a wrong turn’, and about mazes and ‘amazement’. It seems though, that frequencies are much too ephemeral to follow any track, be it right or wrong. Under their cloaks of math or (astro)physical formulas I imagine they foster secret urges to roll about in the mud and dirt, to permeate and mingle, to travel as sirens across the seas of the city, or to be breathed out of the pleats of an accordion.

As a series of life-world-frequency vignettes, “False Forks (Errant Waves in Arcardia)” assembles varied notions of mimicry, dirt, duration and osmosis.

Recordings and composition /Aufnahmen und Komposition
Gabi Schaffner 2022

Credits
Accordion/Akkordeon: Olsen auf Aldebaran, 2020
Musical Saw/SIngende Säge: Mimosa Pale, 2012/2020
Cat/Kater: Augustin, 2021
Drums: Toni Brokoli, Patrick Guderitz, 2020
String instrument/Saiteninstrument: Anonymous lady in Folk Music Shop, Taiwan 2019
Xylophone/ Xylophon: Stella Braun, 2011
Recording Husky dogs / Aufnahme von Huskys: Nathalie Grenzhaeuser, 2021

Radio Art Zone!

22 hours of radio art per day, all by a world-wide community of renowned radio artists. I am honored to have been invited to contribute: You can listen to the 22-chapters of {A Wave Novel} here.
The piece was broadcast on the 28th of June 2022.

RadioArtZone was a 100 day festival
https://radioart.zone/
A radio art project by Radio ARA and Mobile Radio
for the European Capital of Culture Esch 2022

Imagine a radio that sounds different every day…

Radio Art Zone is a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022,
which will be broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by
Radio ARA on 87.8 FM. It will also be live-streamed for a
worldwide audience and transmitted by a network of
international partners.

The Radio Art Zone schedule consists of two daily
programmes: newly-commissioned 22-hour radio productions
created by more than 100 international and local artists, and
2-hour live shows from kitchens in the community.

Additionally Radio Art Zone offers artist residencies,
workshops, youth productions plus interventions in public
space, opening up participatory opportunities for residents
and visitors to the Capital of Culture region.

…welcome to the zone where radio and art mix freely!

Exhibition Tor 40

Painting, drawing, silkscreen prints, geo-located audio walk

Invitation to the exhibition at Tor 40, Bremen
Opening: 24. September, 8 pm
Performance “Duftgesänge” with Gabi Schaffner and Hans Kellett that same evening

September 24 – October 3, 2021
Open daily from 3 pm to 6pm
or contact Tor26@gb-bremen.de

Wir freuen uns, daß wir in diesem Sommer 3 Künstler*innen
ins Gastatelier im Tor 26 einladen konnten. Sie haben dort jeweils zwischen 4 bis 6 Wochen gearbeitet. APL315 ist aus der Ukraine,
lebt jetzt seit mehreren Jahren in Montenegro. Gabi Schaffner lebt und arbeitet in Berlin. Anya Triestram ist tätig in Wien und
Leipzig. In dieser Ausstellung präsentieren sie ihre Arbeiten, die zum Teil in Bremen entstanden sind.

Address:
Güterbahnhof Bremen – Areal für Kunst und Kultur
Beim Handelsmuseum 9, 28195 Bremen
www.gb-bremen.de

Sneak preview of 10″ record cover. Number of copies: 20. Release date: 24. September 2021
Exploring plants and poems: interactive “Echoes” map of Güterbahnhof Bremen.

KukkaShopOverdrive, 25.06.21 DLF

Location Podcasts
Zusammengestellt von EBU Ars Acustica Group
Mit Beiträgen von verschiedenen Autor*innen
Moderation: Golo Föllmer
Produktion: EBU Ars Acustica Group 2021
Länge: 54’30A

Pleased to become part of the Location Podcasts, broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, June 25, 0:05 h.

Admittedly this is a hare and not a hen, and there is also no busy nighttime street pictured…
So, the binaural Kukkashop Overdrive is very different from whatever you might expect. That is probably good.

18.04. 10pm CET: OTTO MöTÖ on HR 2 Kultur

Turn up the volume and rejoice: The era of combustion engines is coming to an end. And Ms Schaffner’s radio play “Otto Mötö – From the Archives of Martti Mauri” foresaw it all! Feel free to dive into the sound world of Martti Mauri, Finland’s first motor music avantgardist, a forerunner of techno and music of shared origins and a true feminist composer and collaborator. His life ended in a car crash in 2003 – and let us go from there…

Draft for Cover. Schaffner 2012.

Otto Mötö was written and directed by Gabi Schaffner and received the prize “Radio play of the Month” in 2012. Mötö is also a collaborative project involving the following composers from Finland, Germany and Austria:

Lauri Kivelä, Jani Purhonen, Helsinki; „Pink Twins“ (Vesi & Juha
Vehviläinen), Helsinki; Tuomo Puranen (Op:l Bastards), Helsinki; Ovro, Finnland
Dirk Hülstrunk, Frankfurt; Michaela Schimun, Wien; Gabi Schaffner, Berlin; Martin Moritz, Hamburg
Idea/conception „Martti Mauri“: Gabi Schaffner, Martin Moritz 2009
All original sound recordings: Gabi Schaffner 2009 – 2012

Kaamos Radio. Finland

On the invitation of the Serlachius Art Residency in Mänttä, Finland, KAAMOS RADIO staged two 14-hour long broadcasts from its mobile studio in the town of Mänttä. In collaboration with the Berlin/Bratislava artist Marold Langer-Philippsen who supported the broadcast via a 6-hour live stream dedicated to a journey to Mars, “Aelita”.

Kuunvalo nukahti ja tähdet katosivat taivaalta. Ja maa hengitti hiljaa lumen alla.
The moonlight fell asleep and the stars disappeared from the sky. And the earth breathed quietly under the snow.

A radiophonic journey into the (sub)arctic winter.

The term ‘Kaamos’ refers to the lightless period of the year (above the 60th latitude) when the sun lingers below the horizon. Kaamos is the time of darkness, of stillness and quietude and of the arctic light, a time for storytelling, contemplation and of taking a rest. A Sami legend tells us of the ‘Nest days’, because it was believed that the sun rests like an egg in its nest during that time. ‘Kaamos’ also
stands for a mental state that is difficult to endure and is also used synonymously for winter depression in Finnish culture.

LOCATION
The town of Mäntää-­‐Vilppula is located approximatly 180 km northeast of Tampere, on the shores of Lake Melasjärvi. It is surrounded by a sparsely populated landscape made up of forests, lakes and rivers. Temperatures in January and February go from – 20 to -­‐2 degrees Celsius. Northern lights occur at times.

KAAMOS RADIO will track both the phenomenon and variations of its inner states
-­‐ as a local radio sphere
-­‐ in field recording
-­‐ in talks with artists and musicians from the area
-­‐ via congenial guest contributions and radio streams
-­‐ as an ongoing attempt to respond to the conditions of light and temperature

PLEASE SHARE WITH ME
-­‐ theme specific compositions
-­‐ favourite winter‐time stories
-­‐ poems and spoken word
-­‐ recordings and investigations
Please send your files via wetransfer to kaamos@datscharadio.de.
Please provide two or three lines each about the piece and yourself including a website, if possible.
Please put Kaamos Radio Contribution as a subject line.

LIVE STREAM
As the project is still in its planning stage, the final dates need to be confirmed yet. Scheduled are
-­‐ Saturday, February 13, 2021
-­‐ Saturday, February 20, 2021
The length of the broadcasts is between 2 and 6 hours on the respective days.
DEADLINE
Please submit your audio pieces until the 3rd of February 2021

KAAMOS RADIO is a temporary radio art project located at the residency studios of the Serlachius
Museum in Mänttä/Central Finland. It is initiated and maintained by the Berlin sound artist and performer Gabi Schaffner, in cooperation with Sophea Lerner (Open Radio, Helsinki), Marold Langer-Philippsen (radiolada, Bratislava) and aporee.org (Berlin)

SCHEDULE
The program will grow with the flow of the events. There is no fixed time schedule. You’ll find a list of
all participating artists on the datscharadio website in due time.
KAAMOS RADIO CAN BE HEARD ON
● datscharadio.de
● openradio.in (play.openradio.in/public/openradio)
● in collaboration with other radio stations and projects (if interested, please, let me know)
Contact:
kaamos@datscharadio.de

Waste Culture on Common Waves

Pleased to announce that since November 1 Datscha Radio will be broadcast within the frame of the COMMON WAVES festival.

Super pleased also to find ourselves among long-standing friends, colleagues and collaborators. Please have a look at the schedule.
My personal thanks to Ute Seitz!

Common Waves is an International Radio Collective launched during Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2020. Along the theme of the Biennial “What do we have in common” we will explore the different layers of common spaces – public, collectively organised or imagined spaces of community.

How do we share spaces? What defines the public areas around us? How are they built and what do they sound and look like? Do they serve the needs of communities or individuals, companies or states? Who decides how we move and act in our cities? How can we design open spaces that allow creativity and diversity?

Our answers to these questions may be artistic, activist, professional, transdisciplinary, historical, local, global, subversive or emotional. We believe in the power of independent radio to voice diverse perspectives and promote experimental approaches – even more so in international cooperations. This is why our collective is formed by various community and artist radios, podcasters and individuals.

The Common Waves Collective will produce and curate interviews, documentaries, sound art and DIY radio formats during Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2020 and beyond.

Nachtgartenkosmos 4 Cashmere Radio

It is unusual enough to broadcast from a garden, creating a studio situation exposed to the immediate surroundings like weather, temperatures and background sounds. With “Nightgardening” In 2019, Datscha Radio took its experimental approach to the garden as a matrix for self-organization, autopoiesis and ecological radio art, even one step further. How can we approach the audible ecospheres of the night, what stories can be told, what fragrances turned into frequencies?

The compilation presents a mix of excerpts taken from “Plots & Prophecies” (2017) and “Nightgardening” (2019), followed by palimpsests and passages from Datscha Radio’s 2020 iteration “Listening to the Universe”. This latter event, happening from the 11th to the 13th of August, was dedicated to the Perseides’ meteor showers. Talks and readings, concerts and performances revolved around themes like sonification, storytelling, and cosmic relations in the so-called Anthropocene.

Credits

Datscha Radio: Nachtgartenkosmos

A radio(art) collage by Gabi Schaffner.
Length: 51:48 min
A commission for Cashmere Radio

List of participating artists and titles of their contributions
in order of their appearance

I What happened before

  • Intros Datscha Radio from the 2017 festival “Plots and Prophecies”
  • Body Garden Experiment by Kerry Morrison, read by Kate Donovan + Rosanna Lovell in conversation with Gregor Kaspar (Cut up)
  • Carolina Carubba: Kalimba Rain. Datscha Radio Madrid, 2018

II Nightgardening

  • Lukatoyboy: 7“ Bird Vinyls
  • Marold Langer-Philippsen: Maschkera (Excerpts)
  • Cutup: Niina Lehtonen-Braun: Iltakahvit + Kat Austen: The Beetles’ Harvest Supper
  • Niki Matita, Walter Schulze: Secret-en-plein-aire  (Excerpt)
  • Kate Donovan: Gratitude Ritual 
  • Peggy Sylopp with Gabi Schaffner: Dämmerungsspaziergang

III Listening to the Universe

  • Jingle Universe (Helen Thein)
  • Ally Bishop: Possible Vehicles for Time Travel
  • Kate Donovan with Sasha Engelmann: Satellite Séance
  • Tiger Stangl: Milchstraße links unten
  • Vladimir Kryuchev: Nye Sbylos (Some Dreams Never Come True)
  • Jasmina Al-Qaisi and Helena Otto „To the Belly and Back: Star Taste“ (Excerpts)
  • Elo Masing: Day Sky Improvisation +| Gabi Schaffner: Cosmogonic Storytelling I (Mix!)
  • Gabi Schaffner: Satellite Signals/Der Schweigende Stern
  • Tim Schleinitz and Helen Thein: GDR Science Fiction Movies + Niki Matita/Elo Masing: Nativitas (Cutup) + Tiger Stangl: Ein Stern geht auf (Backdrop, modified)
  • Ela Spalding: Moonrise Reflection / Gabi Schaffner: A Walk between Bamboo and Ghosts (Backdrop)
  • Marta Zapparoli (and Kate Donovan): Echoes from Outer Space
  • Sarah Washington: Datscha Owl, Datscha Radio Jingle 2012

Selection, editing and additional sounds: Gabi Schaffner, 2020

Radia.Fm: 2.-8.11.: Lost in Transmission

Lost in Transmission

LOST IN TRANSMISSION
… is a collaborative piece by Kate Donovan and Gabi Schaffner; editing and sound design: Gabi Schaffner.

Listen here: http://radia.fm/

How can we conceive of an expedition in non-territorial terms? Can we read the signals of our ecosphere? What if a reed turns out to be an antenna? Kate Donovan and Gabi Schaffner venture into the water retention basin of the Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin: at times an idyllic lake, sometimes a swampland the size of a football field, this body of water fluctuates between effective area and dreamscape, biomass and place of retreat.
Editing and sound design: Gabi Schaffner.

Radia.fm presentation by Verena Kuni, radio x, Frankfurt/Main.

The piece was conceived of during Datscha Radio’s iteration at the Firefly festival on the 30th of August 2020.

Also featured in this #814 show:

RADIO ECOLOGIES
… is a Radio Art piece by Kate Donovan, 2020, with narration by Molly Donovan Higham.
In this piece, radio is acknowledged as a natural as well as a human-made phenomenon, that is interconnected and active across species
and scales. The work asks: How does an expanded perspective impact our imagination of radio in the future?

Séance Fiction – Oct 4

Pleased to announce my participation in the exhibition “Seance Fiction”, curated by Eva Schwab. The performance “Fazzoletto per un Eternità” will take place on Sunday, Oct 4, 4 pm.

With: Niina Lehtonen-Braun, Mathias Deutsch, Liat Grayver, Zohar Fraiman, Michael Kalmbach, Justine Otto, Heike Kelter, Catherine Lorent, Eva Schwab, Caro Suehrkemper.

The production of the Fazzoletto album was made possible with the kind support of the Kunstverein Global Forest e. V., St. Georgen Schwarzwald.

Duftgesänge

Pleased to announce that the German version of my 2019 “10 (S)Cent Poems” has been accepted for production by deutschlandfunk Kultur (German National Radio). Such, a new “Wurfsendung” is coming up. Curated by Julia Tieke.

Duftgesänge
Poems, recording & composition: Gabi Schaffner
Voice: Hans Kellett
Will we manage before the blooming season ends? Ms Schaffner hopes so!

Lavendel Lavendel Lavendel

Ein Duft steigt auf und rundet sich
schwebt in der Luft und weitet sich
wie ein Ballon…
So breit und weit
Wie der nächtliche Garten
Von einem Winkel
Zum anderen.

Oh würziges Amor-Aroma!
Du weckst die Damen aus der Ohnmacht
Du schöpfst den Trost ins müde Herz
Du bringst den Schlaf
Vertreibst die Pest.
Du wirst geliebt
Vom Hummelvolk
Und den Bienen.

Lavendel Lavendel

Du wehst davon in Wellen
Lavendel-Ballon
Du wehst davon in Welten
Verschwenderisch veränderlich

Ich atme
aromatisches Szenario,
veränderlich verschwenderisch…


Sleepertown Mobile Art

Rapid(s)Trains, a set of four new compositions, has been selected as one of the sonic artworks to be featured at OPEN GOREY, “Sleepertown”, a mobile art event in Gorey, Ireland.

Sleepertown will utilise mobile technologies (Geo-Fencing) to create a parallel listening world, accessed digitally within the public realm. This world will coexist with our ‘real-world’ geographical landscape and will encourage people to move through the town of Gorey to specific spaces/places. As they move, they will trigger and immerse themselves, in new public installations/sculptures/interventions/artworks via their personal mobile devices.

Opening: September 18, 2020
Curator: Richard Carr

May 17: “Radio Garten” at Kunstradio Vienna

How does making radio in the garden sound like? Between bugs and beetle bread, under the spell of the moon, in the small hours of the morning. How can the garden and its ecologies resound in radio?

These questions lay at the core of my archival and radiophonic investigations of what “makes” Datscha Radio special. On commission of Kunstradio Vienna a 51 minute sound collage was put together, to be broadcast on
– Mai 17
– 23 pm CET
https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20200517/598436/Datscha-Radio-ein-Radiogarten
– Produced by: Elisabeth Zimmermann

Includes excerpts of Datscha Radio 2017 and the Nightgardening series 2019 plus additional material. Datscha Radio Berlin is realized with Kate Donovan, Helen Thein and Niki Matita.

Handkerchief For An Eternity

Soon Soon Soon: A release date for my up-coming NEW VINYL album “Fazzoletto per un eternità” will be published here!

180 gr vinyl
Text insert
Number of copies: 300
Including an artist’s edition of 100 copies with hand-printed silk screen covers.

The production of this album was made possible with the kind support of the Kunstverein Global Forest e. V., St. Georgen Schwarzwald.

The Lion Dreams Of Hunting

Ms Schaffner is pleased to announce that her composition “The Lion Dreams Of Hunting” forms part of EARLID’s latest online exhibition of 12 pieces about dreamscapes, THE DREAM HAD ME: http://www.earlid.org/posts/the-dream-had-me/. Get lured into your favourite lucid state!

Quick update: THE DREAM HAD ME will be broadcast by Wave Farm in May 2020. More info in short notice.

Thank you for including my work, Joan Schuman.

Radio works at Borealis Festival

A quick announcement: “The Dog That Licked Up A Star” has been selected by the Radiophrenia team in Glasgow to travel the airwaves of the Borealis Festival’s “Radio Space”. Also featured: “The Journey of the Earthworm” (a widely traveling specimen indeed) and “The Night of the NIghtingales” by Datscha Radio (featuring very wonderful story readings by Kate Donovan, many Berlin nightingales on a rainy predawn morning and the gruesome story of Philomena).

DIe kleinere Verpuffung

Warum Frankfurts Stadtteil Fechenheim früher 56 Vereine hatte, weshalb die dortige Hühnerfarm keine ist und was es sonst mit kleineren Verpuffungen so auf sich hat, das weiß alles Harry Hoppe.

hr 2019 | 35 Min. | Erstsendung
[“A Smaller Deflagration”: Translation not available]

1950 zugezogen als “Eingeplackter”, betätigt er sich in Fechenheim seitdem als Berater, Seniorensicherheitsbeauftragter, Blumengießer, Vereinsgründer und vieles mehr. Die in Berlin lebende Performerin und Radiomacherin Gabi Schaffner, 1965 in Frankfurt geboren und in Fechenheim aufgewachsen, lässt in ihrem Hessen-Hören-Stück den Klang ihrer ersten Heimat vor allem durch Harry Hoppe erzählen, ummantelt, über- und untermalt durch Vor-Ort-Geräusche. Der Dank der Autorin gilt: Harald Hoppe, Richard Schaffner, dem Verein Vereinigte Geflügelzüchter 1897 und dem Tierschutzverein Frankfurt und Umgebung von 1841.

Sendung: hr2-kultur, The Artist’s Corner, 11.01.2020, 23:00 Uhr.

The Scented Lichen

With Julia Drouhin (France/Tasmania). A weird story and a weirder sound piece. Based on several failed experiments in the transposition of plant’s chemical ingredients into random melody, lost and found field recordings and the sound and scents of a waffle iron. (Lan: F) 18 min.

“La Lichen Parfumée” was broadcast as part of radia.fm’s # 760 transmission “Of seeds and lichen” (with Kate Donovan) in October 2019. Production: Verena Kuni, radio x, Frankfurt

Listen here: http://radia.fm/2019/10/show-760-of-seeds-and-lichen-by-kate-donovan-gabi-schaffner-for-radio-x/

Sneeze Music Performance / Editon

A record player dressed up as a ghost? NEW PANDEMIC MUSIC and the Sneeze Symphonies of Mauricio Pucci finally stepped into the open. The 30 min of lecture performance included the introduction of his (her) life and work as well as the playing of “Fazoletto per un Eternità” and “Moccio Oscuro”. For the first time ever, the mysterious copy of his original shellac disc surfaced.

The performance happened within the frame of “Biegungen im Ausland”, Berlin. 4th of October 2019

In celebration of (more!) women in New Music and composition arts, a silk screen-printed edition of “Pandemic Music” has been published.
While the “original copy” is not for sale, this was (sold out):

7″ single
14 compositions
Playing time: 8 min
Hand-printed cover, inner sleeve and label and handkerchief
No. of copies: 4
Art work, printing, manufacturing and everything else: Gabi Schaffner

NightShadeWalk: The Institute of Traffic Island Research.

Pleased to announce that there will be a new audio walk especially designed for the Walking Tour Library that is curated by Yael Sherill and Lianne Mol.

Hello. ­­Welcome to the audio walk of the Traffic Island Research Institute.

My name is Vivien LaGrange. I am the Head of the Department for Narrated E­cologies of the Traffic Island Research Institute and I will be your guide on this journey.

Our work deals with the specific habitats that evolve from urban traffic planning. The Institute of Traffic Island research is concerned with the ecology of narratives that form part of the islands’ psychoscapes: Pollution issues, oral history, accidents and temporal faultings, plant and animal life, and the sensification of data.

NightShadeWalk deals with unforeseen adventures on a (traffic) island and its vegetal inhabitants. Starting from the 6th of September. Ms Schaffner, aka Vivien LaGrange, director of the Institute of Traffic Island Research, will lead you onto the traffic island of Moritzplatz, Berlin.

In September 2019, The Walking Tour Library will be the hub for a series of urban walking tours, newly conceptualized by contemporary international artists who will guide visitors through the city in an unusual and creative way. The project space* will be the organizational center of the project: here, the participating artists and their newly conceptualized paths through Berlin will be introduced in a group exhibition, and an archive of past tours and materials on the history of the urban walking tour as an artistic medium will be installed.

The Dog That Licked Up A Star

Originally composed for the Radiophrenia festival in Glasgow in 2019. there exist two different mixes: One for Radiophrenia (broadcast on May 23) and the other one (Orchid mix) for radia.fm’s. Show #733. Hosted by radio x, Frankfurt, Verena Kuni.
Length: 27:30 min. 

The Dog That Licked Up A Star is a radiophonic suggestion for deceleration. The composition features (among others) a singing dog from the town Hengchun, in the South of Taiwan. While I sat in the patio listening to his voice, a cloud passed. The other afternoon I sat under a tree next to the lake of Luan and recorded short wave radio in the rain. The dog and I also went up to Maokong mountain in a gondola where we met with Mr. Hu and the Orchid Lady. On the way down we noticed something glittering in the mud. It was a tiny star.

Recordings for this piece were made in: Treasure Hill Artist Village, Bamboo Curtain Studio and Maokong mountain in Taipei; Yilan, Yilan District; and in Hengchun and Hengchun Folk Museum, Houbihu and Longluantan, Pingtung District, South Taiwan.

Voices: Mr Hu is the eldest inhabitant of Treasure Hill Village. 93 years old, he likes to study books on the history of China and he loves to sing to the ladies. Translator: Catherine Lee, director of Taipei Artist Village (TAV). Margaret Shiu is the founder and artistic director of the Bamboo Curtain Studio, an ecologic artist residency in Tamsui, New Taipei. Excerpt is taken from our “Plum Tree Talk”, February 2019.

Sneeze Music: The Story of Mauricio Pucci


Biography Project/Sneeze Symphonies
Commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur/Ars Acustica Group. Core text for the biography of the Italian “Sneeze Music” composer Mauricio Pucci who was born a woman but pursued his career as a man in the 1920s. Planned as a 7″ vinyl in December 2019.

Excerpt:
Mauricia “Farfalla” Pucci was born as the forth child of Anna and Paulo Pucci in the Tuscan village Riotorto in 1899. Her father, next to his daily occupation as a cutler was also a renowned village trumpeter. Yet, in favour of the progress of her three older brothers, Mauricia was denied access to formal education, even though her musical talent and her deep interest in composition stood out against the rural petit-bourgeois background. Aged 18, she decided to run away to Naples where she boarded a ship destined to New York. Tall and lean, with somewhat too straight features to be called pretty, unwilling to come to terms with her preordained role as a woman, young Miss Pucci decided to call herself henceforth “Mauricio” and so stepped 1918 onto the shores of the New Word as a free man and aspiring artist.

Pucci’s fate is one of the few known examples in music history that – quite literally – incorporate and transform transgender issues with utmost sensitivity in music. A coincident brought him into contact with the New York composer scene which at the time was much influenced by the new impressionist style purported by composers like Ravel, Debussy and Varese. Soon he made the acquaintance of Charles T. Griffes… and fell madly in love with him. Griffes, then 35, took instantly to this young, dark-eyed and strangely shy stranger. He was just at the turn to become one of the most acclaimed modern composers of his time and exerted a considerable influence on Mauricio, returning the tender feelings but most carefully hiding the fact that he was indeed gay. Such one of the most wondrous and secret romances in the composer world started… a love that was destined to last little more than a year. Griffes, feverishly working on a set of new compositions that he declared to become his ulterior work and the first modern piece that would “be more physical than any other hence written score”, died on April 8, 1920 of a combination of pneumonia, exhaustion and influenza. Charles’ death left Mauricio in a state of shock from which he would never recover but which – at last – holds the clue and initial inspiration for some of the most unusual compositions ever created in the fore field of Modern Music.

Pucci left New York only two months later to return to Naples where he introduced himself convincingly as a distant cousin of the Riotorto Pucci clan. Hardly any records of his activities remained with the family. It was said that beside his composing activities he earned a living as a teacher of the English language. No one suspected that behind the appearance of this erudite, softly spoken and extremely sensitive man lay the physical realities of a woman. In 1921, Mauricio conceived of a set of partly impressionist partly corporeally inspired compositions connected to the most terrifying event of his life: His lover’s influenza and ensuing death. The very pains, the fever, the sneezing, the snorts and moans, the heavy last breaths witnessed at Charles’ sick bed had left their ineradicable musical imprint upon his imagination and paved the way for his quest into NEW PANDEMIC MUSIC.

In 1922 he founded his “Orchestra di Starnuti” (Sneeze Orchestra) which put him onto the forefront of modern composers though, sadly, his innovative concept earned him at the time rather laughter and contempt than respect or admiration of his contemporaries. Between 1922 and 1926 he created at least 60 “Sneeze Fantasies”, for arrangements with handkerchief, nose, voice, trombone, trumpet, theremin and clarinet. While the instrumental parts had a score the “physical” acoustic elements, e.g. sneezes, were only notated as superimposed instructions. For the realization of his compositions, let alone any kind of recording, Maurizio had to rely on voluntary aid of sympathetic friends and supportive relatives who would partake despite their weakened health.
The combination of unpredictable live elements with a score that drew just as much on emphatic re-enactment as it challenged the virtuosity of the instrumentalists made it almost impossible to set up a “proper concert”. Pucci used wax cylinders to prerecord certain sounds in order to be able to play them back when needed. He experimented with the different properties of space too and was an assiduous visitor of churches and caves. The more he indulged into the musicality of “nasal explosions” and the creation of a PANDEMIC NEW MUSIC the more eccentric he became. Mauricio not only started to stage (and record) spiritualist séances to communicate with his lost love; he even became so obsessed as to distribute infected tissues to his environment in order to ensure sufficient flu infections.
…[musical analysis of the symphony]

“Fazoletto per un’ eternità“ is not only a rare and early synthesis of impressionist and atonal composition. In terms of gender politics and history it is one of the earliest examples of “physical generalities” taking their stance within the field of music. But thirdly and foremost it is a recording that incorporates the very vulnerability and timeliness of our existence.
Research, restauration and digitalisation of sound material: Sisukas Poronainen. Department of musical anthropology, Tami University of Finland. Research partner: UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive, USA. © Poronainen. January 2017.

Anagrams For Work Places

The compositions explore the several terms taken from the vocabulary of work environments. From “soft skills” to “expense factors”, from “manpower resources” to “motivation coaches”, I always had the eerie feeling that the anagramatic potential of these weird terms holds a different world of meanings. The melodies for this were computer generated via the P22 letter-to-note music generator, the voices are synthetic as well. Selected field recordings complement the tracks. Ten pieces with a duration of less than 45 seconds. Commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Part of the “Wurfsendungen”, online and on air from the 8th of October 2018.

Anagrammatische Landschaften zur Arbeitswelt

Image: Stamped anagrams on paper, ca. 2002. The single words translate into: work station mushroom sensor fissile time snitch mutation heel reptile lightning apart exploding meringue stable trapeze parabel sits

Fazzoletto per un’ eternitá


Handkerchief For An Eternity. New Pandemic Music and the Life of Mauricia/o “Farfalle” Pucci.
The compositions explore the musicality of sneezes within the field of New Music. Parallel to the introduction of “pandemic music” an imaginary biography of the composer was developed. Commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Ars Acustica Group 2017.

Quite a different “walk on the wild side” offers this documentary about the Italian new music composer Mauricio Pucci. Born in 1890 as a girl in a Tuscan village, she ran away and decided to take on the identity of a man. Fate sees her falling in love with New York composer Charles Griffe who later died of influenza. Back in Naples, Pucci founded the world’s first „Sneeze orchestra“ but found a comparatively early end in 1926.

The only surviving set of (longer) compositions, titled „Fazzoletto per un’eternita“ was broadcast with in the frame of an Ars Acustica Project on EBU Concert Season Anniversary in November 2017.

A set of (very much shorter) pieces is available as part of deutschlandfunk’s „Wurfsendungen“ under the title „Sneeze Fantasies“.

„Sneeze Fantasies“ and „Fazzoletto per un’eternita“ form both part of a new biography and music project by Gabi Schaffner aka Sisukas Poronainen.

Song For Gretchen

Stereo installation for 2 mono speakers in 2 birdhouses. “Song for Gretchen” was created within the frame of the Frankfurt “Osterspaziergang”. Contrary to the wide reception of Goethe’s famous “Easterwalk” poem, the attention is directed towards the biography of Susanna Margareta Brandt who was sentenced to death under the accusation of murdering her child.

The 16th of April 2018 found Faust’s poor Gretchen singing in the garden of the Willemer Häuschen in Frankfurt/Main: On occasion of Easter celebrations and Goethe’s famous “Easter Walk” poem the curators Annette Gloser and Robert Bock invited 11 artists to create art works along a historical parcours of Frankfurt’s Goethian landmarks. In an adaption of the old German kitchen song „Mariechen saß weinend im Garten“ Shanti Suki Osman’s and Ulrike Stoehring’s voices sounded out into the place where Goethe met Marianne von Willemer in 1814.

Electric Fairy Grounds

TRAP (Topographic Radio Art Play). Installation for three radio transmitters camouflaged as bird houses on occasion of the Sound Art Exhibition “Phantasmagoria” in Bogong Village, Australia, 2017. Curated by Madelynne Cornish and Philipp Sarmartzis.

In November 2015 I started first interviews with former inhabitants of Bogong Village, among them Anita Martin who spent almost her entire childhood there. Further conversation partners were a former engineer as well as the current landscape gardener.

Old and new recordings are collaged on-site and combined into a story in three chapters. Each chapter is linked to a specific location . Total length of the story scape: 18-25 Minutes.

The bird boxes were installed near Junction Dam, next to the old tennis court and next to “the uncanny tree” on the other lake side. Analogue to the ancient concept of the Dreaming, the multiple identities of Bogong become only accessible by taking a walk that bridges past and present.


HIdden Places


Narrated landscapes in Iceland and Australia
Commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur 2016. Composition and text.
Phonurgia Nova Fieldrecording Award 2016: Honorable Mention.

Hidden Places is a cluster of 18 compositions centered on the idea of “wilderness” descriptions from Iceland and Australia.

The concept of landscape is manmade, and it is predominantly Western culture that defines our notion of nature. As a free form poetic quest Hidden Places examines the ways how this is done and it does so by asking people for their stories.


Selbstgemachtes Leben

Der Tapir im Birkenwald. DLF Kultur.
Production: Tina Klopp.
“Selfmade Life”, that’s how the Finnish term “ITE” – Itse Tehti Elämä – translates. Erkki Pirtola who died in January 2016, was obsessed with his life-long project to document on the self-taught artists populating the remote corners of Finland. He produced thousands of video tapes. I was told that a person working daily on Pirtola’s archive would need up to 4 years just to catalogue the material.


Erkki died at the age of 65 – and very suddenly. This feature is my homage to this extraordinary artist and friend. Music: FX Schroeder et al.


Journey Of The Earthworm

Based on an interview with the Finnish artist Teuri Haarla about the beneficial qualities of earthworms. Microtonality and theatrical elements are combined into a 20min audio-lsd-trip.
Originally created for radia.fm. Show #592. Hosted by radio x Frankfurt, Verena Kuni. The „Earthworm“ was featured within the frame of the Radiophrenia Festival, Glasgow 2016 and at Documenta14 Public Radio, 2017, curated by Knut Aufermann and Sarah Washington.
Length: 27 min.

The earthworm travels on radio frequencies, earthy hacks and conglomerates of audio matter. S/he passes through mosquito clouds (yes, this earthworm can fly!), bird songs, thunderstorms, attends a Finnish summer theatre show, listens to a boy and his mother singing, visits the acoustic remnants of a German garden show, finds happiness in the ringing of porcelain bells and, finally, merges into silence and is gone.

Voices: Teuri Haarla, interview at Galerie Hilbertraum, 16th January 2016, Berlin, Germany; Unknown but stunningly convincing actors of a “kesäteatteri” 2010 in Mid Finland; Gibrain and Virpi Nurmi, Gießen, Germany, 2014.

Supplemented by a series of cartoons.
Documenta14 broadcast. Listen on Mixcloud:

Music4Trains

Everyone knows trains. They take you from A to B. And possibly back.
The train is a myth, not only as a means of transportation, but also as a reinvention of the concepts of time and speed. A train can also be considered as a narrative – with an open end and an open beginning. In between: a time-stream filled with acoustic imagery.

Kunstfrühling Bremen 2014. Galerie Herold.
Gabi Schaffner: Music4Trains – Installation and performance with Ansgar Wilken; Installation and intervention: The Fado Hour
Kuratiert von: Marion Bösen
Installation: 4 CD players, 64 Speakers in 4 clusters
Performance: with Ansgar Wilken (Cello)
Vinyl-Edition: 10 copies. Dubplate & handprinted cover.
Price 120 Euro (1 left)

In Music4Trains, the acoustic qualities of environmental, accidental sounds are used as musical elements. In turn, selected samples from the canon of modern composition got freed from their original structure and shred down to fragments of noise. I did so to show my appreciation for work already done in the field of “locomotive music”. At the same time, this rather casual choice reflects the thorough omission of another thousand of musical works done on trains.
The ‘classic’ fragments were spliced, looped, speeded up or down, hacked into, turned over or reversed, until they turned into an acoustic debris not unlike the stuff you find in the trackbeds between the blackish grid and those patches of sturdy, uncompromising vegetation.
Conversations, phone calls on platforms, loudspeaker announcements, children’s screams, the sticky scent of human presence. A violin played at Hauptwache Frankfurt, an opera singer practising in an underpass somewhere in New Zealand, Hamburg’s main station anti-junky classic muzak, freight trains passing through Bremen and Gießen stations, Polish workers taking their leave from Berlin. I have been travelling u-tube videos, sampling away on Hungarian passenger trains and on the archives of freesound.org. And I taped this sad and furious old lady on a train to Vienna.

I am in love with breaches, flaws, mistakes, gaps and of course: noise. All of this connect us to the intangible fleeting beauty of our daily lives that are made up of noises, sounds and an all-pervading music.
More unused field recordings of trains and stations rumble about on my hard drives, shifting there like restless sleepers in their digital trackbeds. These four pieces are what came into being for now. Anything more you’ll have to make up yourself.

Otto Mötö

Otto Mötö. Into the Universe of Finnish Motor Music. From
the Archives of Martti Mauri (1935-2003)

“Otto Mötö” deals with the archives of the fictitious engine researcher and avant-garde composer Martti Mauri (1935-2007), whose tracks were traded among insiders as forerunners of techno and “new media” music. “Otto Möto” is based solely on field recordings / samples of engine noise. The album experiments in composition, textual and pictorial material with the invention of a personality, his artistic work and embedding in the musical history of his country. The original recordings were made during my travels in Finland. Nine artists participated in the creation of Mauri’s compositions. The project received the support of the Finnish Kone Foundation, Finland, in 2011.

The radio play “Otto Möto” received the prize “Radio Play of the Month” of the German Academy of Performing Arts in 2012 and was broadcast internationally.

Snow-Walks and Dances

Original Recordings of modern and traditional Finnish rituals and folk tunes. Vinyl, gruenrekorder 2005.

Recordings of Snow Music are rare, and even more rarely are they presented to a greater public. This may seem curious, considering that the Kalevala, the national epos of the Finnish people, explicitly mentions songs scooped out of the frost. Despite this lack of official presentation, snow tunes and rituals have been performed long before and after the publication of the Kalevala in 1835. This album now lays some of the finest examples of Finnish Snow Music in your hands. Most of the material originates from field recordings made in North Karelia and Lapland. The modern pieces were recorded in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.

Snow Music can be performed in a variety of manners: traditional, modernist, eccentric. And a new generation of musicians has taken on the task of evaluating and redefining the older traditions of ritual tunes and word magic. The impact of Snow Music has grown with the increasing need for a musical identity incorporating the poetic universe of snow. With this compilation, Snow Music marks its entry into the 21st century.

“Finnish Snow-walks and Dances” embraces a combination of unaltered field recordings and modern compositions. A short narrative description highlights the particular circumstances of each recording. Number of tracks: 12. Concept, texts, images, music (partly): Gabi Schaffner. “Finnish Snow-walks and Dances” was broadcast by deutschland radio kultur (2005), HR2 (2006) and by ABC Australia (Soundproof, 2015)

Based on the music of one of the tracks a video was made in Hamburg, 2006. Costume and Camera: Cecile Noldus, Dancer: Laila Unger. (Quality is currently quite poor, a better version is in preparation.)