The Art of Recording Real People and Situations
A podcast series where we will discover the work of artists who utilize sound recording as a medium for expressing the spatial and socio-political conditions of every day life, exploring the possible capabilities of phonography and listening in catalyzing social reconfigurations.
We will go through the history of audiophonic technologies, and what could be considered important contributions to the evolution of phonography into an art form. You can also expect to hear about critical perspectives on contemporary art production from Latin America and possible strategies to express local, social, historical and political concerns using documentary phonography as the medium.
Episode 1: VOICES WITH NO BODIES
Early phonography as a handwritten form of documenting spoken word. The desire to preserve the voice of the dead and the invention of the first acoustic recording devices. The ethos of preserving “dying cultures” in early ethnography.
Episode 2: BUT THIS IS NOT MUSIC!
First 20th century creative attempts towards a phonographic art. Incorporating extra-musical sounds in compositions and the manipulation of sound media. Contributions by Russian revolutionary film. Electric recording-reproduction, the magnetic medium and the boom of Hi-Fi.
Episode 3: DAILY SOUNDS MATTER
Pierre Schaeffer's GRM, sound object and Musique Concrète. Mache's contributions to documentary phonography. Who was Halim El Dabh? A pedagogy of the ear and soundscape composition. Portable devices liberate the radio from the enclosure of the studio.
Episode 4: DOCUMENTARY PHONOGRAPHIES
Digital era brings high quality, affordable recording devices expanding the field .The practice of field recording establishes as sub-genre within sound art. New approaches on phonography. Pierre Yves Macé's theoretic contribution to the understanding of documentary phonography.
Episode 5: VOICES OF THE NOBODIES
Reflections from the global south: critical perspectives from Dussel's philosophy of liberation and by other thinkers considered to be part of the decolonial turn. Freire's radical pedagogy for the production of cultural objects in the contexts of social conflict. Ultra-Red's organized listening.
JUAN CASTRILLO explores the role of acoustic cultural objects which may allow the confguration of scenarios for political organizing. In the same line, he investigates the esthetic and political potential of sound recording of cultural expressions and social struggles. He is founder and director of the netlabel Earwitness, and also performs audio production for audiovisual projects.