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The event, “Listening Back: Minute/Year 2020,” will be the release event for a new limited-edition tape, “Minute/Year 2020,” compiled and curated by Gabriela Gordillo and Sebastian Six from the recordings generated by the durational installation Minute/Year throughout 2020 (when, as you might remember, the work was installed and running in bb15).

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This Friday, 3. September, at bb15 in Linz, we will be giving at talk, releasing a tape, and getting remixed. Let’s explain...

We are very grateful to have been asked to be among the participants. We recorded our contributions last month, in a couple of nicely-resonant rooms in Friedrichshain Nordkiez. It looked a bit like this.

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This Friday, May 14th 2021, will be the ninetieth birthday of Alvin Lucier. To celebrate, ISSUE Project Room in New York will be presenting a 26-hour live-stream, in which ninety artists will each present a version of his iconic 1969 work, ‘I am Sitting in a Room.’

Our intention for our research on the M-Bahn line, together with other lines from different eras of rail transport in Berlin and Brandenburg, is to juxtapose our documentation of these routes with machine-learning generated audio of non-existent trains—thus combining the physical routes of these now-absent trains with an accompaniment of nonexistent, computer-imagined sound.

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As part of the research for ‘Other Trains,’ we re-traced the modern route of the M-Bahn track, now utterly transformed by the development of Potsdamer Platz and the surrounding areas over the last three decades.

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Construction on this line began in the centre of Berlin in 1983, and had just opened for testing in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down, rendering the entire project obsolete overnight. In the end, the line only ran as an open part of the city’s transport network for a grand total of two weeks, in July 1991, before closing for good. Here are a couple of impressions from this week, along with an excerpt from one of the original promotional videos for the line.

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Now that the Berlin weather has finally gotten a little bit less wintry, we are back on the hunt for the traces of abandoned railway routes. Last week, it was the Berlin M-Bahn, one of the world’s earliest magnetic-levitation train routes.

Minute/Year flyers just got back from the printers. Also got added to the row on the wall. Year six.

A little over a week ago, we did a little video shoot. It was this year’s iteration of the ‘Ice’ series — just before it all melted. First one since 2016. Ably assisted en route — thanks Dafne, Robin, Phil, and Anton. We’ll have more from it online soon… ❄️

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:

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:

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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.

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At the beginning of the month, an invisible band played a socially-distanced collaborative improvisation via Minute/Year. The Invisible Band, which occurred from August 3. to 9., was a week-long intervention in Minute/Year, organised and curated by Gabriela Gordillo, in bb15 in Linz, Austria.

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 or There are a whole load of artists participating, so make sure to take a look at the whole line-up. 📡

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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.

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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.

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