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Ars Acustica Group


In 2009 the Ars Acustica (AA) group is joining the international Art's Birthday Parties already for the 5th time. This year the Ars Acustica is celebrating Art’s Birthday on January 16th - the evening before the birthday. Radio artists are involved by the members of the group to focus on the saying “Safe and Sound”. In a rapidly changing and increasingly unforeseeable world, safety has become a major concern on many levels of public and private life. The double meaning of the word sound as acoustic phenomenon and as synonym for good health points to the role of the aural sense and the voice as crucial devices of human self-perception.

The Ars Acustica Group has joined the international Art’s Birthday parties in 2004. Since then it organizes the contributed contents like most of the participants of the Art’s Birthday Network ( do - as "presents" for ART. Via ISDN-lines and/or the Internet the contributions are collected at two 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. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material.

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Schedule Channel RAVEL

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:20 ORF Kunstradio, Vienna - Live from Hainburg 
19:20 – 19:40 SK/SR, Bratislava - Live from Hainburg (Austria) 
19:40 – 20:00 CZCR - Live from Prague (Czech Republic) 
20:00 – 20:20 RTVSLO - Live from Ljubljana (Slovenia) 
20:20 – 20:40 RNE - Live from Madrid (Spain) 
20:40 – 21:00 Ward Weis - Live from Antwerp (Belgium)Website   
21:00 – 21:20 RTS - Live from Belgrade (Serbia) 
21:20 – 21:40 VPRO - Live from Hilversum (The Netherlands)Website   
21:40 – 22:00 Radio Tilos, Budapest - Live from Hainburg (Austria)Website   
22:00 – 22:20 VPRO - Live from Hilversum (The Netherlands)Website   
22:20 – 22:40 RTP - Live from Lisbon (Portugal) 
22:40 – 23:00 RTR - Live from Moscow (Russia)Website   

Schedule Channel VERDI

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:10 - SR - Live from Stockholm (Sweden)Website   
19:10 – 19:30 - YLE - Live from Helsinki (Finland) 
19:30 – 19:50 - YLE - Live from Helsinki (Finland) 
19:50 – 20:10 - ERR - Live from Tallinn (Estonia)Website   
20:10 – 20:30 - GRF/SRF - Live from Paris (France) 
20:30 – 20:50 - PRT/PR- Live from Warsaw (Poland) 
20:50 – 21:10 - CR - Live from Prague (Czech Republic) 
21:10 – 21:30 - DKU - Live from Berlin (Germany)Website   

21:30 – 21:50 - RSR - Live from Lausanne (Switzerland)

Safe and sound

Commissioned by Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2.
Musique concrète by Kiko C. Esseiva
With the voice and technical assistance of Scilla Lorage.

The theme of this event inspired different things to me…

The following is an idea of my departure point, from which I escape towards this music…

Certain parts of the world are seriously affected by war, by hunger…
Insecurity there is real and constant…desperate.
At the same time, here, insecurity is basic, taken advantage of by the mighty to increase their control over human beings and nature, to establish more and more order…
It seems that to them….a mob of young people in the streets or tags on concrete wall mean insecurity….
…that wild grass around city trees poison their lives…
Apparent happy-go-lucky untidiness, which to me seems inherent to life itself, is probably unbearable to them…
…what type of life do such ideas have in store for us?

Does insecurity not often come from fear of things we do not understand?
Fear of the Other, fear of anything different…
Do we not light up our cities to such an extent that we can no longer enjoy the stars, enjoy infinity…
With fear at our back, there is no horizon.

For this composition, I juggled, among others, with ambiguous sounds, possibly disquieting, sounds of warning that, by the way I treated them, could also carry us away, charm us and take us on an imaginary journey…
Sounds of everyday life too, of the city for instance, which may seem obvious to us and do not, or no longer, frighten us… and yet….

I tried to write a score torn between malicious tension and exhilarating trance.
Then I tried to let go and give rein to evasion.

Kiko C. Esseiva

To listen to extracts of some of my pieces :

kiko c. esseiva is a young composer with swiss and spanish roots who lives in lausanne, switzerland. he creates electroacoustic sound pieces that are, not unlike those of the french master of the genre, luc ferrari, warm, non-academic and colourful, spreading a humanity and richness that is far away from the sterility of a lot of todays electronic compositions. he creates very diversified atmospheres which combine acoustic instruments, noise, human voices, field recordings and static sheets of sound with a stunning freshness and musicality that also brings to mind the very narrative nature of some older nurse with wound works.

according to the title of his first album ‘
musiques pour haut-parleurs(music for loudspeakers) his live shows are adventurous installations of speakers in different sizes and qualities, that are all separately controlled by esseiva at the mixing desk, making his compositions even more transparent, vital and expanded. 

hinterzimmer records releases - four years after his debut longplayer on canadian imprint ‘manufracture’ - his second album ‘sous les étoiles’, which goes a step further than ‘musiques pour haut-parleurs’, the tracks being audibly held together by leitmotifs, making it one big opus instead of being just a collection of tracks.

21:50 – 22:10 - SWR - Live from Baden-Baden (Germany) 
22:10 – 22:30 - RTBF - Live from Brussels (Belgium) 
22:30 – 22:55 - SR - Live from Stockholm (Sweden)