[[o]] GUNSTprojekt: SAVUSAUNA von | by Lasse-Marc Riek (radia #515)

SAVUSAUNA von | by Lasse-Marc Riek (radia #515)
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Sauna zum Hören: Ein Besuch in einer traditionellen finnischen Rauchsauna.

SAVUSAUNA von Lasse-Marc Riek ist eine GUNSTproduktion von radiator x für das internationale Kunstradio-Netzwerk radia.fm
und wird in der Woche vom 09. bis 15. April 2015 als radia #515 (saison 34) von den beteiligten Stationen des Netzwerks ausgestrahlt.


Hintergrundinformationen und Credits: siehe unten.

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Sauna for your ears: a sonic visit to a traditional savusauna in Finland.

As a substantial part of Finnish life and culture, sauna has a considerably long tradition in Finland. Savusauna, the smoke sauna, is the eldest technique of preparing a sauna bath. In contrast to more recent sauna baths, no chimney is needed. A big fire is prepared and kept over hours under constant temperature – not to low, but also not too hot, to produce smoke. The smoke is filling and thus heating the sauna room. When the room is hot enough, small windows are opened to let the smoke escape and the sauna bath can begin.
Have you ever enjoyed a savusauna? You should. Lasse-Marc Rieks piece invites you to join a savusauna bath by listening. It’s really worth a try.

While Lasse-Marc Riek, being a specialist for field recordings, would for sure have been able to provide extra material to capture the atmosphere around the savusauna as well, we did not ask for that. His piece is complete in its on rights, celebrating the Finnish sauna culture of the everyday. At the same time, when it comes to sauna bath: how can we translate this experience into sound? Obviously, for several reasons this seems to be an almost impossible task. Or, to be more precise: what we might consider as the most natural translation would be always the most artificial part. For we’d loose track of what we are missing, what can’t be captured with the means of recording, due to the fact that the core experience is fuelled by substances that can’t be kept: smoke, heat, steam, sweat.

So we chose for our acoustic framework a good mixture of field recordings – some of which are so concrete that they might remind you of Foley sounds, the kind of sounds that are created for exactly this very kind of purpose: a substitute that may feel more real than the real one would. But is this really true? You’ll be able to find out anyway. But then we also have to be complete with our credits (see below), thus it is not really necessary to try. Yet, why not stop reading here. Listen by yourself first. And check the data later. It’s really worth a try…

is an artist mainly working in the field of sound art, acoustic ecology and related interdisciplinary research, including cooperations with other artists as well as scientist. He is also the co-founder of GRUENREKORDER, an outstanding label for phonography, sound art and field recordings.
Over the past years he has been travelling north more but once, often returning with field recordings from the frozen world.
This winter he has spent some weeks in Finnland. And as it went to be quite cold outside he regularly enjoyed the savusauna.
Find out more about his projects at www.lasse-marc-riek.de
and about GRUENREKORDER at www.gruenrekorder.de


SAVUSAUNA by Lasse-Marc Riek is a GUNSTproduction by radiator x for the international art radio network radia.fm
– during the week of february 9 to 15, 2015 broadcasted as radia #515 (season 34) by all radia partner stations.

For more info about radiator x, all radiator x shows and all shows produced for radia.fm pls see the radiator-airchive.
For more info about the transmission days and hours of our international partner stations, as well as for more info about radia.fm art radio network pls go to radia.fm*

great many thanks to Lasse-Marc Riek for SAVUSAUNA!
plus, special thanks to muf211, to morospher and to gutek for donating their snow sounds to the public domain and sharing them on freesound.org!!!

radia production: miss.gunst [GUNST + radiator x]
production date: january 2015
station: radio x, frankfurt am main (germany)
length: 28 min.
licence: (c) Lasse-Marc Riek + radiator x
www.radiox.de – www.gunst.info – www.lasse-marc-riek.de

additional info:
includes radia jingles (in/out), station and program info/intro (english)
intro credits: melting snow (2012) by muf211, snow effects (2013) by morosopher and snow removing (2013) by gutek, all donated to the public domain, on freesound.org

radio x & radiator x: www.radiox.dewww.radiox.de/radiator-x
GUNSTradio & radiator x: www.gunst.infowww.gunst.info/radiator
Lasse-Marc Riek: www.lasse-marc-riek.de
– GRUENREKORDER www.gruenrekorder.de

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