From being to thinking. Thinking-by-doing
And after being, came doing. With the hospitable Cuina space at MACBA as a backdrop, we began to think collectively and politically about sound editing –what, who, how, and why we use the scissors–, to parasitize each other’s skills and capabilities, and to dream up our own sound libraries as distributed learning tools, based on materials at hand. First came the blind Foley sounds of “Colapso” (our first collection of sounds), then we started thinking about electromagnetic space (and learned to solder our first sniffers and antennas), and now we are exploring the sound palette of the gamelan at the Museu de la Música de Barcelona. On the horizon, we see organs, breakfasts with chips, Baschet instruments and classic synthesizers, cross-fertilisation with kindred groups and agents, and other complicities to come.
During this time, many hands and voices have dipped in and out of the working group, but we regularly meet with: Dolores Acebal, Ricardo Cárdenas, André Chêdas, Antonio Gagliano, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Eli Ningú, Violeta Ospina, Tiago Pina, Gemma Planell, Quim Pujol, Anna Ramos, Txe Roimeser, Matías Rossi, Núria Rodriguez, Anna Irina Russell, María Salgado, and Albert Tarrats.
Projects in progress
“Colapso” blind Foley library*
We are parasitizing the knowledge and methodology from Anna Irina Russell’s “The Coconut Effect”to generate our first collectively recorded, edited, and classified sound library. Calling it “collapse” was a slightly tongue-in-cheek way of exorcising the tensions and anxieties that have built up in many of the conversations we’ve had recently, which will be accompanied by this collection of sounds
Antennas and Sniffers
Thinking about the space we inhabit, about radio beyond radio, led us to think about the airwaves. And from there, we quickly started to speculate about electronic voice phenomena and the fascinating world of sound that opens up through amateur exploration of the electromagnetic spectrum. After soldering our first sniffers, we moved on to antennas, and now we are imagining breakfasts with chips.
Activation of Euraca’s “Swena” sound archive
Seminario Euraca has a fascinating self-managed, collective research project on language and languages. Its activities have generated an archive of recordings, but the group had been unable to activate it due to lack of time and technical skills. In this cross-fertilisation with RWM, we proposed a process of knowledge transfer and distributed collaboration to make the archive available online. They called it “Swena” and the first materials are already available on theThe Internet Archive.
“Gong ageng” sound library
In November 2019, we began a collaboration with the Gamelan Penempaan Guntur, the first stable Balinese gamelan formation in Spain. The group, made up of professional and amateur musicians who meet regularly, have set up a space for learning, working, and experimenting around the gamelan. In this cross-fertilization with the RWM working group, we are thinking together about respectful and unorthodox uses of its extraordinary sound palette.
Interventions in collaboration with the Xarxa Comunitària de Ràdios de Barcelona (XRCB) + Radio Cava-ret*
In 2019 we did our two first (and only) live streaming broadcasts as part of Radiotón 02 (julio) and CitySound (November).
Sound libraries produced at Ina Grm (France)*
The EU Re-Imagine Europe project has allowed us to activate our first three sound production residencies at studio B, Ina GRM, which houses two synthesisers with their own history and temperament: a Serge Modular and a Coupigny. This collection of sound resources by EVOL, Lucrecia Dalt, and Aalbers, feeds into many of the podcasts we have published from March 2019 onwards
*With the support of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.