Sunday, 16. December 2012, 23:03 - 23:59, Ö1


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- a radio parody on the art of sound for cinema

by Bernhard Loibner &  João Castro Pinto

Live from Studio RP4, ORF Funkhaus in Vienna



Bernhard Loibner and João Castro Pinto perform live at the Studio RP4, the digital radio drama studio of the ORF radio. Using the on site infrastructure and facilities of the studio, such as doors, staircases and props, the artists blend live-generated sounds with archetypal pre-recorded sounds for various genres of feature films. In their live radio performance, they create a cinematic sound sculpture, inspired by the art of sound creation for cinema.


Artists' statement:
Cinema was born with the invention of the moving picture, its narrative / interpretation was at its dawn determined, upon other premises, by two main factors:
1) gestural enhanced dynamics within the representation (dramatic emphasis of the gestures / facial expressions, in order to clarify the distinct intensities of the plot and describe each character’s profile)
2) the insertion of long captions, permeated with the images, in order to report the remaining significant information of the movie to the audience (thus allowing a contextual ground for the interpretation of the different scenes and overall narrative). Music was also present in the first motion picture exhibitions, mostly in the form of piano music. A pianist would play in during the screening of the movie, with the aim to synchronize the unfolding of the narrative’s events with a musical “alike” structure.
The event that would dramatically change cinema’s history, dethroning the monopoly of the
visuocentric paradigm, was the insertion of sound in the motion picture. Sound would take and
expand most of the expressive roles of the mentioned characteristics from the first silent movies,
rendering its aesthetic fruition more similar with everyday experience of reality. The expression of context could now be explicit due to the possibility of recording the soundscape (environmental sounds & the sounds of human interaction with objects), as the display of emotions, within the narrative, became clearer through the reproduction of actor’s dialogs.
Jack Foley was a pioneer (late 1920’s) in the art of introducing sounds in the motion picture
like steps, clothing sounds, squeaky doors / windows sounds, railroad train sounds, etc. These sounds were fabricated in the studio, synchronized with the image, in order to enhance the experience of the movie. From that time to nowadays, cinema has learned to value sight as much as audition, thus cinema has became a rich complex audiovisual experience, a compound of image, music, sound effects and ambiences (currently enhanced with immersive surround sound).


“FOOLING THE FOLEY – an acousmatic parody on the art of sound for cinema” is a radio art piece that presents a parody on the Foley concept as it consists in a real time acousmatic sound performance of pre-recorded Foley sounds at the studios of ORF (digital signal processing will be used to transform some sounds beyond recognition) and of samples of distinct genres and epochs of the cinema history (drama, comedy, terror, sci-fi, spaghetti western, etc…). The main goal of the performance is to create a radio art piece where a feasible cinematic ambience is created, in terms of aural output, such as it will result in a rich and fascinating non linear sound-cinema-world narrative, where the distinction between prop Foley sounds and real time processed sounds will be blurred, distorted and expanded through a collaborative acousmatic live sound composition. Images flow as Sounds and Sounds turn into Images.


Bernhard Loibner &  João Castro Pinto 2012