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„Violin Killed the Radio Star“ is a sound work in three parts, comprising a sound installation, a live performance and a live radio mix. Within the framework of the Donaufestival 2007 Wolfgang Fuchs, Rupert Huber and Zahra Mani perform on the evening of April 29 in a quadrophonic sound installation with various instruments and world receivers at Stadtpark Krems. The visitors of this performance can wander around within the installation, and in doing so actively shape their perception of this sonic event.
Part two takes place at Galerie Stadtpark: At 9:30 p.m. the duo Mia Zabelka and Rupert Huber plays with Wolfgang Fuchs and Zahra Mani who operate a set of world receivers via multi-channel mixers, editing the information flow from the ether in real time. Exactly the unpredictability of the information coming from the radio sphere is the essence of Zabelka and Huber’s performance. A radiophonic soundscape is created including synthesizer, Fender Rhodes piano, and live electronics, exaggerated by Mia Zabelka on her e-violin to the point that it turns into a kind of „radio violin“. The sound of her violin moves away from the normally known spectrum to radiophonic sounds which progressively control the radios. The violin turns into a world receiver played resp. manipulated by Mia Zabelka.
In the third part of „Violin Killed the Radio Star“, when Mia Zabelka and Zahra Mani mix a live radio version with sound material of the first two parts at Galerie Stadtpark, the sounds and radio waves picked up by the world receivers, together with the instrumental edits and interpretations, are sent back into the ether.