The Chilean artist Fernando Godoy has developed the curated by radio art series "Liquid Radio" together with the collaborative experimental online radio station Radio Tsonami, which has been broadcasting 24 hours per day since mid-2016. Five artists from Argentina, Chile and Peru were invited to develop new radio works. These were also presented during the 13th edition of the Tsonami Soundart Festival in Valparaiso, Chile.
The Tsonami Festival will take place from 2 - 7 December 2020, but in a different way than planned. Due to the social upheavals that have been taking place since mid-October and that are fundamentally changing neoliberal Chile - according to the festival organizers, the program has been completely redesigned. For the current edition of the Tsonami Festival, the role of sound art in South America in times of crisis was questioned. The Tsonami Festival team decided to do completely without festivity and spectacle, therefore it became a platform for encounter and reflection.
"Liquid Radio" deals with electromagnetic waves and water. Both are important forces that influence and surround our planet. Both the electromagnetic and the currents of water contain a superficial and an invisible dimension. Water and electromagnetic waves play an important role in all areas of life and in all physical substances.
The Ö1 Kunstradio series begins with the pieces "Pool" by Argentinian sound designer Sol Rezza, who emanates from the formative and enduring power of the element water, and "Yaku rimam: El agua habla" by Peruvian journalist and sound researcher Alejandro Cornejo Montibeller, who has made sound recordings in the Peruvian Andes, thus attempting to trace the manifold states and structures of water, its forms and paths.
Pool by Sol Rezza
Taking as its axis the repetitive sound of waves and drops; Pool is a piece based on the notion of the transformative power of the element of water as a continuum that balances one of the vital cycles of our planet; which is being radically affected by climate change.
It is an experimental radio piece that employs an approach through the composition of small sound loops on analog tapes developed in the 60s' by Delia Derbyshire, along with the forms of generative composition of Brian Eno.
Yaku rimam: El agua habla by Alejandro Cornejo
The continuum of the waters are the voices of the gods, they speak and accompany us, they teach us and tell the stories of the earth.
The work is composed of a series of recordings made in different locations in the Andean area of Peru, such as the archaeological area of Tipón in Cusco, where a series of sound textures were recorded in a space dedicated to the cult of water, there are also recordings of water flows, rivers and lagoons of the sierra at more than 3,500 meters above sea level and in the southern jungle.
Different types of recorders and microphones were used for recording process. The composition seeks to recreate the multiple states and structures of water, its shapes and pathways. Its arrival and departure. A cyclic world in which water travels through five spaces: digital, gas, liquid, spiritual / evocative and digital.
Encuentro Tsonami 2019