radia #876: Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi und radia #875 scant_intone_winter_volute
two fresh shows
Radia Show 876 – Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi by Stefano De Ponti produced for Radio Papesse.
Through a non-linear dramaturgy of sound, the soundscape composition Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi – Although, it falls apart over time – retraces and rewrites the numerous chapters of multi-layered project La natura delle cose ama celarsi – The nature of things loves to hide, an ongoing research musician Stefano De Ponti has been dedicating since 2019 to the dynamics of massification and accumulation in musical creation and fruition, confronted with the inevitable impermanence of everything.
The poetic imagery and material peculiarities of pietra serena – a gray-blue sandstone used extensively in Renaissance Florence – form the backdrop to a multi-media transient fresco, where planning and the randomness of events coexist, in which process and work overlap until they merge.
Malgrado col tempo si sfaldi is a composition born from Stefano De Ponti’s notebooks and from the research materials and intuitions gathered during his field investigations at the Nardini sandstone quarry in Vellano, Tuscany. It brings together and organizes a wide range of thoughts and sketches, by aiming to value the craft and relational aspects of the process that unfolded between the quarry environment, Nub Project Space in Pistoia and the Tempo Reale research centre in Florence.
Stefano De Ponti (Milan, 1980) is a musician and sound artist. He collaboratively works with theatre companies and visual artists and this plays a decisive role in the construction of a diagonal poetic vision, incline to exchange and hybridization practices between techniques, languages and different levels of perception.
You may find Stefano’s texts, quotes and references also on radiopapesse.org.
Stefano De Ponti, texts, soundscapes and electronics
Elia Moretti, percussion and vibraphone
David Ryan, voice and clarinet
Eleonora Pellegrini, voice
Andrea Berti, photo
Radia show 0875: scant_intone_winter_volute by Constantine Katsiris for radioart106
Since April 2020 I have been going through the archives, my back-up hard drives, and revisiting old projects. Since the world seemed to collectively hit pause, the pandemic provided an opportune moment to take stock of the past. Presented here are two early works, recorded while I was studying audio at college in Southern Ontario during 2001 and 2002. It was around this time that I had mostly thrown away my conventional methods of making music, the bulk of which up to that point was created on computers with module trackers and other shareware. I was a few years deep into both hardware synthesizers and field recording, and I was in search of new processes and techniques for working with sound without the rigidity of programming on a grid.
The programme for this half-hour broadcast consists of Winter [21m53s] and Volute [6m20s]. The first piece was recorded during a blizzard as I sat inside a warm recording studio in Stoney Creek. I watched the snow come down for hours through the big windows while I programmed the Nord Electro all day. The second piece is an electric meditation of resonating fields and buzzing wires that was recorded in my apartment at the Victory Building in Hamilton. It was among my first forays into recording static, magnetic noise, and other such sources as sound material. I hope that these pieces from 20 years ago provide a unique listening experience.
-CK, 21 December 2021
Constantine Katsiris has been a composer of experimental electronic music for nearly three decades. An avid phonographer, he has conducted field recording expeditions around the world from urban settings like Prague and Paris to more remote regions such as the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. His compositions have been broadcast to listeners around the world from Concertzender Nederland to MTV Brasil. Katsiris has brought his live performances, installations and fixed media works to many notable venues, such as La Société des Arts Technologiques [Montréal], Whitechapel Art Gallery [London], Brut Konzerthaus [Vienna], and SESI Art & Cultural Center [São Paulo]. He is also passionate about showcasing, broadcasting, and disseminating sound works as a curator of exhibitions and concerts for galleries and festivals, as a programmer on community radio, and as the director of the Panospria record label for sonic experimentation.