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[ Deutsche Version ]
The overcoming of distances in time and space is a recurring theme in the artistic work of the Lower Austrian radio-artist, composer, and curator Andrea Sodomka. It is also the focus of "Variations on Distances," which was performed and broadcast live by the artist in conjunction with RE-INVENTING RADIO – The Long Night of Radio-Art at the Ars Electronica Center's SKY Media Loft on multiple channels and in the 5.1 format.
Radar signals of the major harbors worldwide, recordings of maritime radio from the sinking of the Titanic to the end of the East German fleet, and radio historical recordings from the beginning of wireless communication to radio communications from an air traffic control tower comprise the material used for this radio performance. The sound of the record player needle coming to the end of a vinyl LP, the roar of the ocean, the cry of seagulls, and the crackling sounds of walkie-talkies recur over and over in different contexts and combinations. Foghorns, radio communications in German, English, Italian, and Spanish, as well as the tapping of Morse code messages are incorporated into the at times quite dense sound collages. Through the use of historical recordings on the one hand and live audio streaming and sounds from the Internet on the other, Andrea Sodomka plumbs the depths and range of radio-art.