about radio aporee
The project platform radio aporee has started around 1999/2000, based on former artistic research on mapping, spatial conditions and the means of navigation between the real and the virtual. It develops from the insight that it is basically impossible to map he complexity of todays public & private spaces. Against the background of an increasing awareness of spatial aspects in media and the popularity and presence of visual geographies (like google maps), the idea was to connect sound and space in flexible configurations, to create a sonic cartography which focusses solely on sound, and open it to the public as a collaborative project. Meanwhile, the project radio aporee ::: maps contains many thousands of recordings from numerous urban, rural and natural environments, showing the audible complexity of our living spaces, as well as the different perceptions and artistic perspectives related to sound, space and places.
In addition, the project invokes contemporary developments in mobile computing and socalled locative media which presume to be crucial to the way we experience our momentary daily life, where media and markets merge at the momentary location of our body, creating a mixed-reality space of social (inter)action. An important question directly addressed by radio aporee is how we might autonomously create and subsequently occupy these hybrid social spaces, against the functions and fictions of solely marketdriven forces.
The radio aporee workshop in Tallinn, April 2011, introduces the new project miniatures for mobiles, a platform for the creation of space-based audio works (see appendix for further information). The workshop consists of lectures about the conceptual and technical background, and practical exercises as well as sonic explorations within the Tallinn area.
The workshop aims to instruct participants in how to use the authoring tools provided by radio aporee, and ideally would result in an audible miniature for mobile media, to experience by listeners now and in future.
Introduction to radio aporee projects, backgrounds, perspectives and further development:
• soundmap: motivation, technology, samples & examples, howto
• sound and mobile media: augmented realities, technically enhanced perception (or: does our reality need subtitles?…)
• miniatures for mobiles: introduction to a platform for a different radio
• location based listening, soundscape narratives: ideas, concepts, possibilities
• recent projects & cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin
• tools & techniques, apps & maps
• development of an idea for a Tallinn miniature for mobiles
The active part of the workshop ideally focusses on the creation of a miniature in the Tallinn public city space. This needs a relatively clear idea of what the work to be done is about and where it should happen, since it involves many practical and conceptual aspects. (It would be helpful if participants could gather in advance of the workshop, e.g. by email, to identify points of interest, locations, etc.)
• day 1: introduction, lectures, development of the theme for a miniature for mobiles
• day 2: development of the miniature theme, site exploration, site specific sound recording
• day 3: site specific sound recording (e.g. field recordings, interviews, voice/narration)
• day 4: site specific sound recording, processing of recordings (editing, mixing, mapping, etc.), testing on site with mobile phones
• day 5: processing of recordings (editing, mixing, mapping, etc.), testing on site with mobile phones, discussion and presentation of results