Recent posts by radio-on-berlin

Disastronaut in Berlin – Interview with Jeff Reed

Jeff is becoming a regular on our radio. He comes over from the UK for a blitz visit to Berlin, and always, and nicely so, ends up in our studio talking with his old friend Adrian Shephard. Now, if these were cold war times, and the calendar would say 1973, and the thermometer would indicate -32ºC, we could probably tell different stories about Jeff’s visits to West- Berlin. Because, why would someone visit West-Berlin so often and only for 36 hours, if DDR is everywhere around you with their spies,…

The Wandering, an opera by Ken Shakin

This happened a while ago at the Irsih embassy in Berlin. To record the Bloomsday festivities, Adrian was smuggled in by our man in the Flughafenstrasse and Ken Shakin. All he had to do was to put up ‘this friendly face’, which according to eye-witnesses was an Italo Svevo mask. Adrian says, that on arriving on a suitably wet day at the Irish embassy reception, having hastily prepared my passport and removed any articles that would not have survived a strip search, I was politely led in after saying I was with ‘ken’…

Group Sounds Mix by DJ ONONiiONIONIION

Taishi Nagasaka is back with a new show. A mix of heartbreaking Japanese songs released as a single in the 1960s. Taishi performs as DJ ONONiiONIONIION on selected places in Berlin. Sometimes you can find him in a shop, sometimes you can find him in the park. He comes with a portable record player and a box full of singles. Dance, talk, listen or buy while you’re there. Ox Cry – the OX Yozora Ni Yume Wo – The Beige Kemeko No Uta – Giants Blue Eye – Jacky & his…

The Wirebender presents – Radio Sutch Original pirate radio and Paper doll house

Now, this is a fine treasure. Our man in london went out crate-digging and found a signed album that told the story of the early pirate days. What better example for Radio On, and how much more encouragement does Adrian need to finally take his rubber boat to the Landwehrkanal and start transmitting form Berlin’s extraterrestial waters? Part two of the show is an extensive mix of sleepy and dreamy sounds made by Astrud Steehouder. More info below in The Wirebender’s own words: After a June break the Wirebender returns…

Dai Coelacanth – Greek Seance / I’m your psychic

We don’t know anything about the person who calls himself Dai Coelacanth. The best thing you can do is to believe that this tape came to us as a message in a bottle, or rather as a tape in recycled and sealed wine box. Recorded in Greece, it said. On a Greek Island, observed by the Gods and the tourists visiting the home of those Gods. A tape almost ruined by the heat of the sun. And its content an onomatopoeic attempt to sound like the undertow that drags all the…

Grupa Etyka Kurpina – Special Mix for Radio ON

The man behind G.E.K. is Adam Frankiewicz. He is one of the outstanding exponents of the current Polish wave of young musicians, who use the cassette tape as their (publishing) medium. This audio collage works on various levels. Of course it is, as you will hear, an exiting and energetic mix and as such it can be seen as a mixtape of sorts. Superated that level there is the confluence of audio snippets from different origins. Movie scores and contemporary trash music leak through the audio lines, and once the…

Sounds for the post peak oil #13 by Anne-F Jacques

A long break, but here is the new episode by Anne-F, also this with her trademark sounds of rotating motors, but there is so much more. The collage gives a good artist’s impression of her visit to and participation in the Tsonami Festival. In her own words “All sounds from this episode have been recorded with various degrees of (in)fidelity in Valparaiso, Chile, during Tsonami Festival last december: two excerpts from sound installations, “dudas sobre la gravedad” by anne-f jacques (found objects, motors, various states or precariousness) and “revolt” by…

Tape Review Show – Das Andere Selbst, Power Moves and Wee Space Tapes

In this episode we are joined by Jeff Surak. We play and review Delmore FX – Toke Picabia KC – Excavation Series 7 – You/In/Be/Arc Various Artists – Bed Bugs But then, We actually start with playing tracks from Toke Picabia’s album Delmore FX, but get into a lot of words and confusions starting of with the description of a pair of shoes. Greek Gods, Hermann Hesse, pink cows and quantum mechanic popcorn are mentioned, a small helicopter lands in the middle of a busy street near Bahnhof Zoo and…

Polish Journal, Volume 3 by Rinus Van Alebeek

The third Polish journal is recorded in May 2017. I used a handheld Sony walkman and recorded my observations directly on tape. You will hear home recordings made in Kraków and a walk to a square of chairs in the former Jewish ghetto. I sit on the terrace and describe the garden. A shift in time takes the recording to Wroclaw, where I sit on the sidewalk while the girlfriend is cycling around to do the last preperations before the bus departs. Suddenly I am alone in Warsaw to apply…