Two 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.
S1 EP01: 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.
S1 EP02: 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.
S1 EP03: 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.
S1 EP04: 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.