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Ars Acoustica Group

Ars Acustica Group


In 2007 the Ars Acustica group is joining the international Art's Birthday Parties for the third time. Most of their contributions take 100 years of radio as a point of reference and will be broadcast within the framework of this year's EBU Ars Acustica Special Evening. Radio's 100th anniversary goes back to the first wireless transmission of sound and voice by Reginald Aubrey Fessenden on Christmas Eve 1906. This transmission was the starting point from which
"Fessenden went on to develop the theory and practice of continuous wave transmission that we use today for AM and FM radio broadcasts." (Peter Courtemanche).

For this international event, the Ars Acustica Group has designed a way to organize the contents which are contributed as sound "presents". Via ISDN-lines or the Internet the contributions are collected at two main points, in Vienna (ORF) and Stockholm (SR), where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). Both satellite channels (R and V) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications.

Satellite Schedules
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Schedule Channel VERDI

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:15 Live from Stockholm (SR)
19:15 – 19:45 Live from Madrid (RNE) 
19:45 – 20:15 Live from Florence (RAI) 
20:15 – 20:45 Live from Dortmund (WDR) 
20:45 – 21:15 Live from Helsinki (YLE) 
21:15 – 21:45 Live from Brussels (RTBF) 
21:45 – 22.15 Live from Paris (Radio France) 
22:15 – 22:30 Live from Moscow (Radio Russia)
22:30 – 22:55 Live from Stockholm (SR) 

Schedule Channel RAVEL

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:30 Live from Hainburg, Austria (IMA)
19:30 – 20:00 Live from Zagreb (Croatian Radio)
20:00 – 20:30 Live from Prague (Czech Radio)
20:30 – 21:00 Live from Bratislava (Slovak Radio) 
21:00 – 21:30 Live from Belgrade (RTS Radio Belgrade) 

21:30 – 21:40 Live from St. Barbara (August Black)

Art's Birthday Party_ Live from St. Barbara
Birthday Loop by August Black and John Hopkins

Live stream:

While you can probably declare history on something that doesn't make a sound, it is a little more difficult to declare radio on inaudible objects. Assuming we've all heard silence before; Assuming there is a beginning of radio; Assuming a history of radio is both audible and understandable; then there must be a birthday party! But how do you package a present for radio? How do you open them, what's inside? To solve this dilemma, John Hopkins and August Black will build a loop in the network to measure, explore and examine the parts of a birthday that make up a whole. But, since you can't have a cake and eat it too, it is most unlikely that the two artist will answer any of the dire questions.

August Black

is an artist, researcher, and developer of new tools and instruments. His research is based in the general overlap of culture, craft, & code. From 1998-2003, he developed weekly and monthly experimental radio programs for the free radios in Linz and Vienna, Austria. He is currently a member of the Bioimage Research Lab, pursuing a PhD in Media Arts at UC Santa Barbara.

As an active networker-builder with a background in engineering, hard science, and the arts, Hopkins practices a nomadic form of performative art and teaching that spans many countries and situations. He has taught workshops in more than 20 countries and 50 institutions across Europe and North America. Recent streaming performance nodes include Berlin, New York, Sydney, Helsinki, Riga, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Winnipeg, San Francisco, and, of course, online. He studied film with renown experimental film-maker, Stan Brakhage, in the late 1980's. He was recently artist-in-residence at the Sibelius Academy's Center for Music and Technology in Helsinki, Finland.

John Hopkins

Master of Fine Arts (MFA): Photography/Electronic Media, University of Colorado, Department of Fine Arts, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Studied with film-maker Stan Brakhage and video artist Janice Tanaka.

Bachelor of Science/Geophysical Engineering (BSc): (Minor: Business Economics), Colorado School of Mines, Department of Geophysical Engineering, Golden, Colorado, USA. Studied with Drs. George Keller and Alex Kaufmann. Special concentration in Potential Fields (Gravity, Magnetics, ElectroMagnetics) applied to petroleum and geothermal energy exploration.
21:40 – 22:00 Live from Antwerp (Radio-No-Radio) 
22:00 – 22:20 Live from Netherlands (VPRO)
22:20 – 22:40 Live from Vienna (ORF) 
22:40 – 23:00 Live from Vancouver (Western Front)