Listening Sessions

Listening Session #10 – Invented languages


Glossolalia: speaking in tongues, according to linguists, is the fluid vocalizing of speech-like syllables that lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases as part of religious practice in which it is believed to be a divine language unknown to the speaker.

Prophecies, Pentecost Community, USA, 1960s (the language of the holy ghost)
Pentecostal Church, Oklahoma, USA 1980s

Enochian, John Dee’s magic angelic language, used by Aleister Crowley (record of 1920)
The Call Of The First and Second Aethyr (Enochian version), 1920

A state in between, a person, who is influenced by Aleister Crowley and also by William Burroughs is Genesis P-Orridge, who invents permanently new Words and who invented himself as a new person. (he created a „third person together with Lady Jaye).
Historian Dave Evans described his band Psychic TV as “a band dedicated to musical eclecticism and magical experiment, their performances being in part ritual (ab)use of sound samples, the creation of ‘auditory magical sigils’ and the destruction of consensus language in order to find meaning.”

Sound Poems and more
Kurt Schwitters: Ursonate 1922-1932 has no magical roots, however. It ia „Lautgedicht“ a phones no real invented language, but a sound poem. Refused by the Berlin Dadaists, he started a one-man Dada group in Hannover called Merz.

The lettrists continued this tradition (start ca. 3:20)
or Velimir Chlebnikow’s poems in invented, but barely structured languages, a sort of utopian sound poems.
Zaum: As a preview of the comprehensive exhibition of art by Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel, Switzerland), Fondation Beyeler presented a production of the Futurist opera Victory Over the Sun during Art Basel in Basel 2015. The opera was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1913. Its creators were composer Mikhail Matyushin, the poets Alexey Kruchonych and Velemir Chlebnikov. It is entirely sun/spoken in Zaum, an utopian language.

Öyvind Fahlströhm invented the language „Birdo“ for his radio play „Birds in Sveden“

A newer example is the Breadwoman-project by Anna Holmler

There were also some rock groups experimenting with invented languages, like Magma with „Kobaia“

or constructed languages invented by writers like J.R.R. Tolkien:

Structured languages
as alternative to existing languages were Esperanto (and Esperanto 2, developped by René de Saussure in Geneva)é_de_Saussure


A “better” language should allow the speaker to think more clearly or intelligently or to encompass more points of view; this was the intention of Suzette Haden Elgin in creating Láadan, a feminist language[12] embodied in her feminist science fiction series Native Tongue.[13]

Listening Session #9 – Food and Sound, Food and Music


Matthew Herbert

Adachi Tomomi



Sad music to microwave cooking show

Cooking song

Dinner with Churchill

Cat eating fish

Frank Zappa – The talking ass hole

Radio Papesse – dreams, food and the edible landscape–0/index.html?area=17

Andy Warhol eating hamburger

Hermann Nitsch’s Orgien Mysterien Theater, a kind of anti-vegetarian orgy.
normally they last for several days and nights and the accompainying music is
composed by Hermann Nitsch.
Music for a slaughtering and evisceration of a bull (starts after a strange
intro at about 3’20”:
an excerpt of an action (drenched in blood):

A disk George Harrison produced in 1970 for the Hare Krishna Temple in London in 1970. (Yoko Ono and John Lennon appear as well…) Once per week there war a free dinner organized in the Temple with
music & chanting.
And another recording and one
with all the Beatles:

free vegetarian feast!

Le déjeuner sous l’herbe – Spoerri

Listening Session #8 – Hold the Line / Art by Telephone


– Laslo Moholy Nagy “Art by telephone”, the grandfather
claimed to have created enamel tile paintings by dictating the pattern over the phone   link1 – link2

– John Giorno Dial-a-Poem (more infos on phone & poetry ingeneral: link1 ) Mp3: link2

– Pascalle Burton Poems by Telephone   link

Max Neuhaus “Public Supply”
Radio Show mixing people calling to the radio station. link

– Charlotte Moorman Telephone Answering Machine Message Tape  link

Felix Kubin “Mother in the Fridge”
I started to place the phone (=my mother) in all kinds of different sonic environments in order to test the corresponding acoustics and see what it does to the imagination of the listener. link

Robert Whitman “Telephony performance”
Participants were provided with coins and sent to particular pay phones in Manhattan. Each person moved from phone to phone, reporting about what they saw and the resulting audio was mixed by Whitman and broadcast live on WBAI radio. link

The Hate Noise “The Hate Noise Calling Vol. 1&2”
Phonecall made to random people doing music joke (funny!)  link

Tim & Puma Mimi “Live Skype Concert”
Band composed by Swiss musician and japanish singer. The performa live in skype.  link

– Captain Crunch “Blue Box”
A blue box is an electronic device that generates the same tones employed by a telephone operator’s dialing console to switch long-distance calls.  link

and finally:

– two EVP ghost tapes, one paranormal voice recorded directly on the phone and the other a recording on the answering machine.

– some horrible Muzak  (they used the phone lines to distribute their sound cf. link1): Sound: link2

 but a fantastic Theremine Performance by Lou Masduraud and Antoine Bellini transmitted by mobile phone and then by LapTopRadio

Listening Session #7 – Endangered Sound

-Museum of Endangered Sounds

-Music for the god (PRoject for save endangered Music!)

-Endangered whistled language (La Gomera Island)

-Sound of silence (Endangered by Noise Pollution)

-Endangered Sound of Animal
killer whale (endangered)
Rhino (endangered)
Huia (extinct) –> Digital Imitation of the Huia (rebirth of exctinct sound of animal)
***Rebirth of exctinct creature project
***Wolfgang Müller’s Séance Vocibus Avium
Super LyreBird (imitator of human noise)

Loneiles Whale in the world

-First Sound ever recorded

-The Endangered Sound Project

Listening Session #6 – Girlz doing electronic music

-Ada Lovelace – the grandma!

-Clara Rockmore plays the Theremin

-Lydia Kavina – theremin again

-Johanna M. Beyer – Music Of The Spheres
Electric Weasel Ensemble, The 1938

-Daphne Oram (encore, sorry, but she’s so amazing, I can’t help)

-Sigridur Nielsdottir (an other grandma)

-Delia Derbyshire

-Pauline Oliveros

-Laurie Spiegel

-Else Marie Pade

-Eliane Radigue

-Alice Shields

-Beatriz Ferreyra

-Andrea Polli, sonification of data




Listening Session #5 – Phonological and radio studio (exploring new dimension of sound)

Studio Fonologia Musicale – RAI – Milano (1955-1987)
With Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna
Link Video 1
Link Video 2
Link Video 3
Ritratto di una città
 was the first Radio Play created in that Studio (1954)
Studio für Elektronische Musik – WDR – Köln (1951)
With Karlheinz Stockhausen
Link Video 1
Link Video 2
The audio research in this studio, prepare the arrival of electronic music as Kraftwerk (1970)
Club d’Essai – Radiodiffusion National – Paris (1942)
With Pierre Schaeffer (Création de situation inutile mais necessaire)

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Listening Session #5 ++++ Radio Listening Platform

-Sonosphere by Phonurgia and DeutschlandRadio
-Radio Web Macba by Macba
-Sound archive of sound art by Francisco Lopez

Listening Session #4 – Long Night

-Art Radio Project realized by KunstRadio

-No Music Festival (Dual RAdio Show: is a live in which two geographical sites are linked via Internet and mixed together in stereo)

-Radio Astronomy (is an art and science project which broadcasts sounds intercepted from space live on the internet)

-Tuned City (identify and explore the sonic landmarks of the city which define its identity)

-Urban Audio (examine public space in terms of its musical and compositional potential)

-Pinuccio Sciola (italian sculptur who play stone!)

-Diychurch (is a experimental and nomadic radio based in berlin)

-Weekweakradio (participative radio made by 6 people)

-Beetlejuice (a long radio show)

-Atau Tanaka

Listening Session #3 – Jingle

Daphne Oram (an electronic music pioneer)

Pirate Radio Jingle

Audio Identities BBC


Brian Eno – Windows 95 Slowdown x23

Logo Sonore Intel – Real Crazy Finland Technicians

Radio Jingle Recording Session

Jingle Tutorial

Jingle History

Freesound (free audio library)

Earworm (why jingle are so catchy?)

Listening Session #2 – Radio

Radio Caroline is an English radio station founded in 1964, it was considered a ships pirat radio station.

Radio Phan Rang – David Rabbit (Pirat Us Army Radio in Vietnam)

Black Propaganda (Fake Radio Station during War time)

Philosophical Football (Altes Finanzamt)

Birdsong Radio

Net Homeless

Drinkin’ ether

Sound of noise

A ballon for a water tower

Natural Sound

Participative Radio
-Open Broadcast (user generated radio)
-Radio Clash (cadavre exquis)
-Pardon My French (projet collaboratif incongru)

Good Music with flaming speech

Negativland – Radio Show on stage

Cildo Meireles, Babel

Radio Nova, 3o ans de grand mix

Les Archives de la Radio Suisse Romande

France culture les passagers de la nuit
-dada interview:


-ultra eczema:

Listening Session #1

Two Radio Solos by Michael Snow

Radio Show made mixing different iTunes Radio Chanel by Nat Roe on WFMU

Music for Saharan Cellphones
I love the idea that music ends up being spread by whatever technology is widely available in this case via the shitty speaker of a cell phone … (scroll down)

remix sounds live via the internet by several musicians (the project) (the software they used)

Cars and Composers by Jérôme Porsperger

Radio Village, one song a day (loop the same song during the day)

The Hate Noise Calling (musical joke on the phone)

Maurizio Nannucci – finger music

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Une séance de zen sans peine (arte radio)

The Beatle Barkers

Ensemble Ordinature

Marcel Broodthaers – Interview with a cat

Carte de son: 
Installation robinets et radios: 
Terry Riley tracks:

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Cory Arcangel

Jürg Lehni


Old Files

  • Noises in the Ether – Piradios (pdf, 310 KB), texts compiled by Laurent Schmid for “the Copy Factory”, Master-Symposium, Sierre, VS, 12.4.2011
    (with texts by Tesuo Kogawa, Franco Berardi, an interview by Sébastian Schifres and F. Berardi plus some refs. and a small bibliography.
  • File by Teemu Räsänen:Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.(mp3, 3′30)
  • here you have some filles done for Radio Rood (by Moritz Ebinger) Vinyl available directly on the website.

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