Hi. Happy new year. Or, congratulations on your survival. Whatever feels more appropriate.
Year six of Minute/Year will be beginning later today, in Libken, Brandenburg, Germany. This year we added a light. The newsletter with all the details has just gone out. Take a look: https://mailchi.mp/39590121c69f/minute-year-2021
Back at the beginning of September, we presented a new work, ‘Alluvium,’ as part of the Ponderosa Unfestival 2020. Here’s a short intro. The work presented sound emerging from underground, outdoors, in a countryside garden — sound from the soil itself, and sounds from an accompanying ghostly choir of voices. We’ll have some more on this soon, but for now, just turn up the volume on this... 🎶🌱🔉
The Invisible Band featured contributions from Adriana Torres Topaga, Gerald Harringer, Sam Bunn, Aimilia Liontou and GG, Aron Hollinger, Rosa Fürpass-Netočný, and Christopher Haritzer. There is a full outline available on Medium — right here: https://medium.com/@kovacsodoherty/the-invisible-band-3cc1e17e5edf
Gabriela invited seven different musicians and improvisers to each be present in bb15 over one week, and to each add a layer to Minute/Year in turn, each evening at 20:20. This intervention allowed a kind of time-stretched collaborative process to unfurl — a point of encounter in the resonance of layered sound.
The whole festival begins today (11. August) at moonset — which, in case you didn’t know, is at 2:04pm — and goes until Thursday evening. You can listen on 88.4 FM in Berlin (and 90.7 FM in Potsdam), or online at https://datscharadio.de or https://fr-bb.org. There are a whole load of artists participating, so make sure to take a look at the whole line-up. 📡
We will also be doing an interview about the satellite, and the work we have done with its signals, and some other thoughts about radio waves, about space junk, about the universe, and more.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, 12. August, at 2:51pm exactly, we’ll be on the radio, with the LES-1 satellite. This will be part of Datscha Radio’s “Listening to the Universe — Radiophonien des Alls” radio-art festival. If all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will be live-intercepting the signal from the abandoned satellite and broadcasting it on Datscha Radio, from 2:51pm to 3:26pm, as it passes through the sky above Berlin.
Despite the spatial and temporal distance, The Invisible Band finds a point of encounter in the resonance of layered sound. The story is being written each day, as the event occurs.
And the first step in this process was already undertaken yesterday evening, by Adriana Torres Topaga. The results are visible in the video — make sure to turn up the volume. And keep an eye out for the coming days, as the other invitees add their layers.
Gabriela Gordillo has invited seven different musicians and improvisers to each be present in bb15 over the coming week, and to each add a layer to Minute/Year in turn, each evening at 20:20. This intervention, The Invisible Band, will allow a kind of time-stretched collaborative process to unfurl over the coming days, in a form of distanced improvisation.
The Invisible Band began last night.
Let’s explain. Our friend the coronavirus has kept many places still closed, including bb15 in Linz, where Minute/Year is continuing its daily layering. This has meant that the work has quietened down to a spectral whisper.
However, over the coming week, there will be an intervention in the work.
The Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico published an essay by Kassandra Valencia about ‘Minute/Year’ yesterday. ‘El presente suena, resuena’ is a wonderful article, in Spanish, encapsulating the five years of ‘Minute/Year,’ with some beautiful and poetic insights, and with a particular focus on the ‘Remote Voices’ intervention by Gabriela Gordillo (@cupasoup) in @bb15_artspace in April. Take a look now: http://editorial.centroculturadigital.mx/articulo/el-presente-suena-resuena
More railway research. The Stralau–Treptow Spreetunnel (in active use from 1899 to 1932) used to connect Stralau to Alt-Treptow through a tramline going under the river Spree. The tunnel still exists, but the entrances on both sides are filled in and the tunnel is flooded. To cross the tunnel with a tram used to take about two minutes. It takes just a little longer to do so rowing a boat.
A couple of days ago we posted about ‘Signal Tide — Two Passes,’ the audio mix derived from ‘Signal Tide.’ There’s also an accompanying interview, where we talked with Joel Ferree from the LACMA Art+Technology Lab about satellites, singing, sacredness, and space, for around a half an hour. It’s online here:
The two halves of the mix emulate the duration of two passes of the LES-1 satellite through the sky above Los Angeles — the original chronometer that structured the work. 📡 🛰
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