Sunday, 10. July 2011, 23:03 - 23:45, Ö1


rAdioCUSTICA Sampler 2010

1) „Vesmír“ by Pavel Novotný

2) „Pentrofónia“ by Július Fujak

3) „Rancio“ by Lukáš Jiřička & Robert Piotrowicz

rAdioCUSTICA is an intermedia project by the Czech Radio 3 – Vltava, produced in collaboration with Czech Radio‘s Production Center. Produced by Michal Rataj, the portal focuses on contemporary radioart. In addition to publishing all commissioned works online, rAdioCUSTICA annually releases a CD with recent productions.

1) „Universe“ by Pavel Novotný

„Once, while hanging out with Novotňák, this great thing happened to us. There were these two authors visiting who were giving a reading in Liberec. One of them had his wife with him, and we were all sitting around after the reading and talking, and Novotňák was there with us. And suddenly this totally unbelievable debate got started, like when people, in their state of advanced inebriation, begin to heavily philosophize.
It all started to get really animated, sort of new age positivist, this kind of spiritual debate at two-thirty in the morning. And then I remembered that Novotňák had this project of his where he was asking people what they thought about the universe. So I poked him with my index finger and he just pulled out his little recorder, and totally straightforward - he didn't know anyone there, none of them knew him - and now he asks them, totally straightforward, "What do you think of the universe?" And there is this awkward silence. And then the first guy, he's this kind of guy who would probably like to be a preacher, he starts like this: "Hmm, yes. That is quite a question." And he starts to mumble something, and they all start to philosophize like mad, and I was there just squirming with laughter inside, because Novotňák - and this is so admirable and hats off to him - he spent half an hour pretending to be a total idiot. He kept asking them these simple questions, like is the universe endless and so on. And they thought he was some kind of na?f, some excited young student or something, and they were trying to explain it all to him. But they kept getting more and more confused, and eventually they totally lost themselves and almost started fighting... and Novotňák and I were just cracking up.“
Jaromír Typlt (transcript of audio recording)

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2) „Pentrofónia“ by Július Fujak

„In the slang of Slovakia’s Kysuce region, ‚pentro‘ means an attic in a barn or in a house. This composition is based on my childhood, when my brother Edo and I used to go up to my grandfather’s attic in the village of Podvysoká, where we would play with his half-forgotten, dust-covered musical instruments – large drums and a so-called sidewalk cimbalom, which probably fascinated me the most. Since I had no idea how to actually play the thing, I explored it using my fingers... (I use them to this day in various projects). While we were in that attic (pentro), various sounds would occasionally ‚seep‘ up through the wooden floorboards from the kitchen below, in particular the radio, which was turned on almost all the time, or someone playing the accordion (my grandfather and especially my father were excellent accordionists). With Pentrofónia, I have tried to blend together all these memories – including the metaphor of the “pentro” as an amazing place that, through its mysterious otherness, invited us to engage in creative and inquisitive play. In a sense, this composition pays homage to all the things I have received from my ancestors, not only in that attic.“

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3) „Rancio“ von Lukáš Jiřička & Robert Piotrowicz

„Somewhere between philosophical western and Western philosophy, there stands the dark and skeptical hero Rancio – a literary alter ego for Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran, representing a loose re-interpretation of Cioran’s life and ideas. Rancio/Cioran is the last cowboy of the apocalypse, something between sage and madman. A prophet of the final days. The audio drama project Rancio is a sarcastic musical scowl straddling the boundary between electronic noise, metal, and western.“

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Producer Michal Rataj