by Timothy Didymus and Glen Capra
Kunstradio Broadcast for the EU Project "radio.territories“
LIVE in 5.1 Surround via OE1DD
Sound engineer: Anna Kunzio, Stefan Wirtitsch
Didymus’ new work is about breakthroughs and breaking points. The title “Breaking Points” is obviously meant metaphorically; it refers to the breaking to pieces or breaking open of things and their subsequent re-assembly – a process which has always resulted in something new. The breakthrough moment of new technologies, as for instance of the Internet and digital media a decade ago, is invariably characterised by the fact that although they’re here and available they take time to enter the overall awareness and to be accepted and dealt with by society on an everyday basis. The “cinematically” thinking artist becomes perceptible when talk is about cuts (jump cuts) interrupting the music’s temporal-spatial continuity and thus rendering the processing both audible and comprehensible.
The piece is based on three different sources of sound: computer generated sound on the one hand and in opposition thereto the analogous sound of a live improvisation on the piano while the third level will rest on pre-recorded comments by the listeners about their approach to and dealing with radio as well as their ideas, imaginations and personal utopia with regard to the medium as a communication apparatus in a Brecht sense. At first all three components are fragmented using a computer controlled technique and then re-assembled for a spatial play-back in 5.1 Surround Sound. This process of re-arranging something allows for a new narrative level to evolve which on a linguistic level is bound to generate as much of the absurd, comical and incomprehensible as it is to come up with surprising contexts.