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Radiophonic Cultures - Sonic environments and archives in hybrid media systems

English title Radiophonic Cultures - Sonic environments and archives in hybrid media systems
Applicant Schmidt Matthias
Number 154456
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Institut für Medienwissenschaften der Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Communication sciences
Start/End 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019
Approved amount 1'551'936.00
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Keywords (18)

Sonic Archives; Media Aesthetics; Music/Musicology; Experimental Cultures; Auditory Cultures; Sonic Signal Processing; Electronic Art; Ecology/Environment; Archival Studies; Cultural Techniques; Sonic Data-Mining; Radio Research; Laboratory Cultures; Soundscapes; Electroacoustic Composing; Digital cultures; Sound Studies; Epistemology of Noise

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Ausgehend vom Konzept der Radiophonie als Kulturtechnik untersucht das Projekt klangliche Phänomene und Hörkulturen, die - weit über das Radio als Institution hinaus - aus hybriden medialen Anordnungen entstehen. An der Schnittstelle von Musik- und Medienwissenschaft werden gegenseitige Bedingtheiten zwischen Studiotechniken, musikalischen Kompositionsverfahren, Archivpraktiken und Rezeptionsformen von der Frühzeit des Radios bis in die Gegenwart seiner digitalen Reorganisation erforscht.
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Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Drei Achsen verbinden die Einzelprojekte: Auf einer historischen Achse wird untersucht, welche Bedeutung der Radiophonie bei der Strukturierung von Klangwelten und akustischer Kommunikation zukommt. Eine zweite, epistemologische Achse betrifft die Ästhetik der Störung in Radio- und Klangkunst als Verfahren der Selbstreflexion auditiver Medien. Die dritte Achse stellt die Frage nach dem Archiv, das aller Radiopraxis zugrunde liegt. Das Problem des Klangarchivs wird sowohl theoretisch gefasst als auch praktisch erforscht. Dabei werden Algorithmen entwickelt, die das Archiv nicht nur nach Melodien oder semantischen Beschreibungen durchsuchen und ordnen, sondern nach Parametern, die sich aus gespeicherten Klangformen selbst ergeben. So liefert das Projekt aus der Geschichte klanglich und musikalisch konzipierter Formen Entwürfe für ein kommendes und auf digitaler Datenverarbeitung basierendes Radio.

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext

Die Entwicklung radiophoner Hörkulturen unter Bedingungen des Internets ist die entscheidende Herausforderung für eine künftige Organisation institutioneller Radios, insbesondere in der multilingualen Schweiz. Aus der Untersuchung avancierter Formen der Radiopraxis liefert das Projekt Konzepte der Emergenz neuer Hörkulturen. In der Kooperation von Medien- und Musikwissenschaft werden damit die Grundlagen für historisch und epistemologisch fundierte Interventionen in gegenwärtig virulente gesellschaftliche Prozesse gelegt.

 

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Radio Art as a Field of Study: The Experimentelles Radio Professorship at the Bauhaus- Universität Weimar
Singer Nathalie (2019), Radio Art as a Field of Study: The Experimentelles Radio Professorship at the Bauhaus- Universität Weimar, in Frohne Ursula, Rauh Franziska, Thurmann-Jajes Anne, Rothe Sarah, Peters Maria, Schönewald Sarah, Kim Jee-Hae (ed.), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, 178-181.
Experimentelle Klanglabore des Rundfunks
EichenbergerTatiana (2019), Experimentelle Klanglabore des Rundfunks, in Rundfunk und Geschichte, (1-2), 82-83.
Wie klang die Zukunft? Forbidden Planet und der Einzug elektroakustischer Klänge in den Science-Fiction-Film der 1950er-Jahre
EichenbergerTatiana (2019), Wie klang die Zukunft? Forbidden Planet und der Einzug elektroakustischer Klänge in den Science-Fiction-Film der 1950er-Jahre, in Krohn Tarek , Holtsträter Knut (ed.), Waxmann, Münster, 31-48.
"Oper auf der Couch" - die Funkoper der Nachkriegzeit zwischen Technik und Tradition
TumatAntje (2018), "Oper auf der Couch" - die Funkoper der Nachkriegzeit zwischen Technik und Tradition, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 53-72.
Automatische Klangabfrage auf Grundlage des menschlichen Hörens
ConfortiSimone (2018), Automatische Klangabfrage auf Grundlage des menschlichen Hörens, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 121-131.
Die Angst vor dem Geräusch - zum Verhältnis von Musik und Geräusch im radiophonen Komponieren der Weimarer Republik
BorkCamilla (2018), Die Angst vor dem Geräusch - zum Verhältnis von Musik und Geräusch im radiophonen Komponieren der Weimarer Republik, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 39-50.
Flaschenpost fürs Radio - Hanns Eisler und Bertold Brecht im Mai 1942
SchmidtMatthias (2018), Flaschenpost fürs Radio - Hanns Eisler und Bertold Brecht im Mai 1942, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 75-85.
From casting to translocal - ein Dialog
MüllerJan Philip, KogawaTetsuo (2018), From casting to translocal - ein Dialog, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 249-263.
Oszillationen zwischen Störung und Entstörung - zur Kulturtechnik des radiophonischen Hörens
SiegertBernhard (2018), Oszillationen zwischen Störung und Entstörung - zur Kulturtechnik des radiophonischen Hörens, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 233-247.
Radiophonic Cultures
Holl Ute (ed.) (2018), Radiophonic Cultures, Kehrer, Heidelberg.
The listener must really and truly listen" - Hören als radiophone Technik
GerberTobias (2018), The listener must really and truly listen" - Hören als radiophone Technik, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 187-196.
Zukünfte des Radios - Einleitung
HollUte (2018), Zukünfte des Radios - Einleitung, in Holl Ute (ed.), Kehrer, Heidelberg, 7-17.
Baukasten einer Mediengeschichte des Tonstudios
Holl Ute (2018), Baukasten einer Mediengeschichte des Tonstudios, in Busch Kathrin, Dörfling Christina, Peters Kathrin (ed.), Fink Verlag, Paderborn, M133-M149.
Kittler on Music
Holl Ute (2018), Kittler on Music, in Champlin Jeffrey, Pfannkuchen Antje (ed.), Fordham University Press, New York, 209-230.
The Track of the Fly. On Hearing and Animality in the Age of Technical Media (with an Archaeology of Stereophonic Film Sound)
Siegert Bernhard (2018), The Track of the Fly. On Hearing and Animality in the Age of Technical Media (with an Archaeology of Stereophonic Film Sound), in Pfannkuchen Antje , Champlin Jeffrey (ed.), Fordham University Press, New York, 231-246.
„…, als habe dort niemals eine Insel gestanden.“ Wolfgang Hildesheimers und Hans Werner Henzes Das Ende einer Welt als Erzählung und Rundfunkoper
Tumat Antje, Eickmeyer Jost (2016), „…, als habe dort niemals eine Insel gestanden.“ Wolfgang Hildesheimers und Hans Werner Henzes Das Ende einer Welt als Erzählung und Rundfunkoper, in literatur für leser, 38 (2016)(15/3), 169-186.
Radiophonics of the Vietnam War: A Collection
Müller Jan Philip (2016), Radiophonics of the Vietnam War: A Collection, in continent, 5(3), 7.
Between Music and Noise: The discussion of portamento and its socio-aesthetic implications in the long 19th century
Bork Camilla, Between Music and Noise: The discussion of portamento and its socio-aesthetic implications in the long 19th century, in Borio Gianmario (ed.), Routledge, London, New York.
Das Experiment am Experimentellen Radio – Versuch einer Eigendefinition
Singer Nathalie, Das Experiment am Experimentellen Radio – Versuch einer Eigendefinition, in Eckardt Anke (ed.), universi, Siegen.
Electroacoustic music or radiophonic art? An aesthetic controversy during the establishment of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the radiophonic poem Private Dreams and Public Nightmares
EichenbergerTatiana, Electroacoustic music or radiophonic art? An aesthetic controversy during the establishment of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the radiophonic poem Private Dreams and Public Nightmares, Manchester University Press, Manchester.
Komponieren für Radio: Akteure, Diskurse, Netzwerke
Tumat Antje, Bork Camilla (ed.), Komponieren für Radio: Akteure, Diskurse, Netzwerke, Laaber, Lilienthal.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
House of Electronic Arts, Basel (Head: Sabine Himmelsbach) Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
International Research Network "Auditory Knowledge in Transition" (DFG, German Research Foundation) Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Sound Studio/Music and Media Arts, Bern University of Arts (Prof. Dr. Michael Harenberg) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRF2 Kultur (Contact: Anina Barandun) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Sinergia-Project "Broadcasting Swissness" (Contact: Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel (Contact: Dr. Angela Ida De Benedictis) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Deutschlandradio Kultur, Redaktion Klangkunst (Marcus Gammel) Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Kunstradio-Radiokunst, Österreichischer Rundfunk (Elisabeth Zimmermann) Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Yale Germanic Languages and Literatures & Yale Film and Media Studies Department Featured Event Individual talk Radios and Environments: from Hörspiel to Radio-Art 31.01.2019 William Harkness Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States of America Holl Ute;
Tuning in to the Neo-Avant-Garde Talk given at a conference Electroacoustic Music or Radiophonic Sound? The ‘Ideological Struggles’ during the Establishment of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop 28.11.2018 Ghent University, Belgium Durisova Eichenberger Tatiana;
Radiophonic Cultures - Sonic Environments and Archives in Hybrid Media Systems, International Conference Talk given at a conference Introduction. Radio, a double structure 07.05.2018 Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland Holl Ute;
IKKM Lectures Individual talk Operative Ontologies: Notations as Orders of Performance 15.11.2017 Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Germany Holl Ute;
Sounding Out the Space Talk given at a conference Radiophonic Topologies: Max Neuhaus' Drive-In Music 02.11.2017 DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin School of Creative Arts and GradCAM, Ireland Müller Jan Philip;
IKKM Lab: Showing/Causing Individual talk Sound Studio Procedures 26.10.2017 Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Weimar, Germany Holl Ute;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 05: Cultural Techniques of Radiophonics Talk given at a conference Radiophonics and the Epistemology of Disruption 19.10.2017 Eikones Forum, Basel, Switzerland Siegert Bernhard;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 05: Cultural Techniques of Radiophonics Talk given at a conference Cultural Techniques of Sound Studios 19.10.2017 Eikones Forum, Basel, Switzerland Holl Ute;
Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschat (GFM), Annual Conference «Zugänge» Talk given at a conference Rundfunk als Forschungslabor. Experimente und Forschungen am Medium Klang 04.10.2017 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Germany Müller Jan Philip;
Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschat (GFM), Annual Conference «Zugänge» Talk given at a conference The New Art of Listening. Hören als radiophone Technik 04.10.2017 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Germany Gerber Tobias;
Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschat (GFM), Annual Conference «Zugänge» Talk given at a conference Topologien der Radiophonie. Max Neuhaus' Drive-In Music 04.10.2017 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Germany Müller Jan Philip;
Sonic Saturday Symposium: Different Places. From Broadcasting to Transmitting to Processing Talk given at a conference The History of Tomorrow – Radio Art between Big Data and FM- Revival 09.09.2017 Linz, Austria Singer Nathalie;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 04: Laboratory Cultures of Sonic Experience and Historical and Contemporary Studio Techniques Talk given at a conference Studio-Architekturen: BBC vs. Berlin 07.09.2017 Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland Gerber Tobias;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 04: Laboratory Cultures of Sonic Experience and Historical and Contemporary Studio Techniques Talk given at a conference Dem Experiment auf der Spur. Umgang mit dem musikalischen Material in der Geschichte 07.09.2017 Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland Tumat-Schnurr Antje;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 04: Laboratory Cultures of Sonic Experience and Historical and Contemporary Studio Techniques Talk given at a conference How Experiments Can Happen. Conceptual Remarks 07.09.2017 Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland Müller Jan Philip;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 04: Laboratory Cultures of Sonic Experience and Historical and Contemporary Studio Techniques Talk given at a conference Experiment im Studio 07.09.2017 Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland Durisova Eichenberger Tatiana;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 04: Laboratory Cultures of Sonic Experience and Historical and Contemporary Studio Techniques Talk given at a conference Komponist & Experiment 07.09.2017 Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland Oña Erik; Conforti Simone;
Musik im Science-Fiction-Film – XII. Symposium zur Filmmusikforschung Talk given at a conference Wie klingt die Zukunft? Forbidden Planet (1956) und die Ästhetik der elektronischen Klänge im Science Fiction Film der 1950er Jahre 22.07.2017 Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT), Hamburg, Germany Durisova Eichenberger Tatiana;
Sound des Papiers Talk given at a conference Paper/Sound: Notenschriften und Stromkreise 21.07.2017 Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Leipzig, Germany Müller Jan Philip;
Sound des Papiers Talk given at a conference Papier, Notenschrift und Stromkreise 21.07.2017 Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig, Germany Müller Jan Philip;
Literature Technology Media, visiting professor Individual talk Epistemology of Disruption. Catastrophic Feedback Loops in German Radio History (1914 – 1932) 29.06.2017 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Siegert Bernhard;
Guest lecture at KU Leuven Individual talk Tradition and technology in postwar radio opera 28.03.2017 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Tumat-Schnurr Antje;
MWS Vortrag Individual talk Die Funkoper der Nachkriegszeit 22.03.2017 Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar, Universität Basel, Switzerland Tumat-Schnurr Antje;
Lecture and Colloquium (Habilitationsvortrag) Individual talk “Oper auf der Couch”: Die Funkoper der Nachkriegszeit zwischen Technik und Tradition 16.11.2016 Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (HMTMH), Germany Tumat-Schnurr Antje;
Radio Space is the Place Talk given at a conference Round-Table 5: Radio Art Archives and Artistic Archive Practice 27.10.2016 Halle, Germany Conforti Simone; Singer Nathalie;
Radio Space is the Place Talk given at a conference Round-Table 3: Turn On, Stay Detuned: The Politics and Poetics of Wireless Space 27.10.2016 Halle, Germany Siegert Bernhard;
Radio Space is the Place Talk given at a conference Round-Table 4: Radio as Experimental Laboratory 27.10.2016 Halle, Germany Holl Ute;
Ökologien des Menschlichen Talk given at a conference Radiophonie und Klanglabor. Zur Produktion akustischer Umwelten 23.09.2016 Friedrichshafen, Lehrstuhl für soziologische Theorie Zeppelinmuseum, Germany Holl Ute;
Wessen Wissen? Künste. Situiertheit. Materialität. Jahrestagung des Graduiertenkollegs „Das Wissen der Künste“, Universität der Künste Talk given at a conference Hybride Körper: das Tonstudio als Laboratorium 21.07.2016 Berlin, Germany Holl Ute;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 03: Music and Noise in Radio Talk given at a conference Musik und Geräusch in der Funkoper nach 1945 07.04.2016 Basel, Switzerland Tumat-Schnurr Antje;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 03: Music and Noise in Radio Talk given at a conference Politics/Economics of Noise(s) 07.04.2016 Basel, Switzerland Müller Jan Philip;
Sounding Out the Anthropocene. International Exploratory Workshop of IXDM and the GfM-AG Auditive Kultur und Sound Studies Talk given at a conference The Electronic Battlefield, the Acoubuoy and The Ears of the Jungle. The Becoming-ecological of Radiophonics in the Vietnam War, ca. 1966-1974 10.03.2016 Basel, Switzerland Müller Jan Philip;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 02: Radiophonic Archives Talk given at a conference Musical Data Retrieving. The State of the Art 26.01.2016 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany Conforti Simone;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 02: Radiophonic Archives Talk given at a conference Current Archive Work as a Contemporary Art Practice 26.01.2016 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany Singer Nathalie;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 02: Radiophonic Archives Talk given at a conference Remarks on Radiophonic Archives and Databases 26.01.2016 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany Müller Jan Philip;
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 02: Radiophonic Archives Talk given at a conference The Archive Circulates. Introduction to Current Archive Research 26.01.2016 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany Feddersen Andreas;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Themenwoche: Radio - Stadt und Gespenster 13.11.2018 Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 05: Cultural Techniques of Radiophonics 19.10.2017 Eikones Forum, Basel, Switzerland
Radio Space is the Place 27.10.2016 Halle, Germany
Hochschulseminar und Workshop (Prof. Nathalie Singer and Andreas Feddersen), Summer Term 2016: ""Expedition Big Data im Archiv" 13.04.2016 Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany
Hochschulseminar (Dr. Antje Tumat), Summer Term 2016: "Musik in Funk und Film nach 1945" 01.04.2016 Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, Germany
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 02: Radiophonic Archives 26.01.2016 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
Hochschulseminar (Dr. Antje Tumat), Winter Term 2015/16: "Deutschsprachige Radiokunst: Funkoper und Hörspiel" 01.10.2015 Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, Germany
Radiophonic Cultures Workshop 01: Radiophonics 14.09.2015 Basel, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Radiophonic Spaces Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 26.07.2019 Universitätsbibliothek der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany Durisova Eichenberger Tatiana; Conforti Simone; Feddersen Andreas; Tumat-Schnurr Antje; Holl Ute; Singer Nathalie; Müller Jan Philip; Gerber Tobias;
Radiophonic Spaces Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 01.11.2018 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany Müller Jan Philip; Gerber Tobias; Singer Nathalie; Durisova Eichenberger Tatiana; Tumat-Schnurr Antje; Conforti Simone; Feddersen Andreas; Holl Ute;
Radiophonic Spaces Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 23.10.2018 Museum Tinguely Basel, Switzerland Müller Jan Philip; Feddersen Andreas; Durisova Eichenberger Tatiana; Singer Nathalie; Gerber Tobias; Conforti Simone; Holl Ute;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) MindMap zur Radiokunst Radiophonic Spaces International 2020
Media relations: radio, television Projektleiterin Nathalie Singer über "Radiophonic Spaces" SWR2 International 2019
Media relations: radio, television Corso: „Zieht man die Kopfhörer auf, öffnen sich die inneren Bilder“ Deutschlandfunk International 2018
Media relations: radio, television Hörspielmagazin: „Kaum jemand weiß, was Radiokunst ist“ Deutschlandfunk Kultur International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Menschliche Sendersuchnadeln Journal 100 Jahre Gegenwart International 2018
Media relations: radio, television Musik unserer Zeit, "Die Anfänge der elektronischen Musik und das Radio" SRF 2 Kultur German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Media relations: radio, television Radiokunst im Ausstellungsraum Radio Corax International 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions Radiophonic Spaces German-speaking Switzerland International 2018
Media relations: radio, television Radiophonic Spaces. Radiokunst im Museum Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bayern 2 International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Ute Holl: Das Radio des Dissenses dokublog International 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) From Casting to Translocal. Email Interview with Tetsuo Kogawa by Jan Philip Müller International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Von den alten und neuen Meistern der Radiokunst (Nathalie Singer) Deutschlandfunk International 2016

Awards

Title Year
"Heritage in Motion Award" in the category "Games & interactive experiences" 2019

Abstract

The current reorganisation of the radio generates new forms of producing, composing, transmitting and perceiving sounds and music. At the same time, new aural spaces and cultures of listening are being established. To understand this media-generated change of acoustic environments and communication and to grasp the potentials of an emerging new radio, this research project will examine the history of these phenomena in the larger context of radiophonics. Regarding the entire field of sounds insofar as they are linked to the genealogy and effects of radio technologies, radiophonics is here considered as a comprehensive cultural technique, i.e. operations which fundamentally change the matrix of communication and soundscapes. In a conglomeration of scientific knowledge, technical wit, media effects and musical affinities, radiophonics has reorganised the perception of an audible past, of sonic environments, and has shaped various historical concepts of sound. Music in the 20th century has extended its realm by integrating radio-affiliated techniques into composing, performance and listenership. In order to more closely define the notion of radiophonics and grasp the aesthetical and political potentials of its contemporary impact, the research group, consisting of media scholars, radio researchers and musicologists, will study mutual interdependencies between radio technologies, media aesthetics and musical cultures.The project’s structure is organized along two axes: A historical perspective, examining relationships of experimental configurations and practises of radio studios on the one hand and techniques of composing on the other, at moments where they historically intersect. A second epistemological axis will study disturbances in concepts of acoustic cultures and environments in order to identify points of transition where the boundaries of noises and tones, sounds and music become permeable. The four main projects will consider (A) an experimental aesthetics of acoustic perception; (B) a critical history of radiophonic composition; (C) an epistemology of disturbance in radiophonic environments; and (D) methods of sonic archiving. The subprojects will deal with historical turning points in composition and acoustic environments, according to corresponding phases in media technology. Caesuras are drawn along basic technological breaks: (1.) radio technology in early studios of live transmission, tubes, microphony and gramophony 1925-1945, (SP A2 Early Radiostudios; SP B2 Composing in the Weimar Republic); and (2.) radio technology according to transistors and tape devices after 1945 (SP A2 Broadcasting Laboratories after 1945, and SP B2 Radiospecific composing, tape, editing and montage; SP C2 Experimental Feedback in Radiophonics). These projects lay the foundation for discussing innovations through the digital processing of sounds as they transform contemporary sonic cultures.The project is essentially framed by and grounded in critical studies of sonic archives. The Weimar Radio Project of Prof. Nathalie Singer contributes extensive international collections of sound and radio art, which are currently being digitized and will be accessible for all participants of the project. In this subproject, forms of describing and mapping acoustic sources will be developed (SP C4). The corresponding project of the University of Music Basel will develop algorithms for the retrieval of sounds in an acoustic archive (SP D2 Radiophonic Data Mining) While techniques of retrieval exist to identify melodic series, retrieving sound structures and acoustic colours remains a desideratum. The subprojects correspond in the hypothesis that future electroacoustic composing and broadcasting is based on new forms of accessing sonic archives.
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