((o)) radiator x – 140605 – villages

radia #473: radiagund + radia #436: lazaropole story

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in einer zeit, in der überall die rede von urbanität und urbanen kulturen ist, lädt radiator zu einer landpartie. mit zwei ganz unterschiedlichen radiophonen reisen ins dorf.

die erste tour führt, geleitet von barbara kaiser und karl schönewetter, nach st. radegund in österreich.
und im anschluss lädt uns toni dimitrov dazu ein, mit ihm das bergdorf lazaropole zu besuchen.

credits und hintergrundinformationen: siehe unten


in our times everybody seems to be interested in the city, in urbanity, urban cultures, urban life. however, why not try something else? radiator invites to go countryside: with two very different radiophonic visits to vilages.

the first tour, led by barbara kaiser and karl schönewetter, goes to st. radegund austria:

"Two people in a town of 2 millions found out that they both are connected to a tiny village in upper austria called St. Radegund. They decided to make a trip to their memories concerning this place on a hot summer weekend in august 2013. Fortunately they were allowed to stay at the former elementary school of St. Radegund, the building which is the key to intense memories for both of them. Radiagund is a collage of sound scape, direct quotes and voice recordings. Barbara Kaisers und Karl Schönswetters show is a reflection about memories and the process of remembering in general." [B.K./K.S.]

in the second part of the show we are invited by toni dimitrov to follow him to the village lazaropole:

"This is a story about mountain village Lazaropole, Western Macedonia, village that is at 1350 masl as one of the highest settlements in the country. Incredible and beautiful place that is located on the plateau of Mount Bistra, surrounded by beech and oak forests. It is a very important spot for Macedonian history with lots of cultural heritage. Now the village is abandoned and theres no permanent residents there aside of the successors of the people that lived there coming for the weekend, occasional excursionists or hikers.

This piece is dedicated to this village and its history, also its sound and the natural beauty; actually it is an audio documentary that includes whole process of exploring about the history of the village. The piece includes sounds recorded in the surrounding of the village, peaks, forest, churches. There are also interviews with authors that were writing books about the village or its history. Also Emili Slavkovska was singing in the 4 churches placed at 4 different sides of the village. Her voice is enriched with the natural reverb of the churches and its space. The poetry by Jovan Lambeski from his book of songs dedicated for the village was also read in the old central church of the village.

Recently a group of young people started a series of creative weekends there in order to bring alternative culture and young people there, so already for a year lots of creative young people are doing workshops and performances there. The next one is a project about field recordings and soundscape where a group of artists were doing recordings and performing sessions in this beautiful place immersed in the inexhaustible source of sounds isolated from the hustle and noise of the city and the chaos of urban life. Part of this beauty and history we I am trying to capture and transfer here." [T.D.]

miss.gunst would like to thank the following artists and sound collectors:
jovica for the space machine, corsica s for some beautiful radiator sounds;
barbara kaiser, karl schönewetter and their team from radio orange, vienna as well as toni dimitrov, people from lazaropole, people from skopje and kanal 103, skopje, for two different ways to listen into a village;
and, as always radia.fm radio art network for being a crowd of incredibly creative partners.

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