Category Archives: documentary

Brainhall art production presents Tobias Schmitt

In this new brainhall show, Andreas Glauser has brought together a careful mix of sounds released by Tobias Schmitt. As Andreas puts it: “the topic of this program are the projects Suspicion Breeds Confidence and The Obvious Properties Of Dissonant Ladies of Tobias Schmitt. Schmitt lives in Frankfurt, in addition to his experimental, musical projects, is also a concert organizer in the series Xerox Exotique Active. We are listening in this hour to a selection of his releases szmt, Parvenu by Suspicion Breeds Confidence and The Obvious Properties Of Dissonant…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – Elektronisch

A gift by LL, a sublime show that puts contemporary avant-garde music and sounds in perspective. Listen to the tracks by A.G. Geige, an ensemble from Karl Marx Stadt in the former DDR. LL provides the link to a documentary, but wouldn’t it be a good idea if he could do a special on them, maybe have a guest at his studio as well? And what to think of the tracks from the Generator unlimited cassette release that close the show. A lot of voices from the past have proved…

Adrian Shephard – The Scratched Vinyl Show #7, Election Special

Adrian Shephard’s scratched vinyl shows are time travels in both linear directions. Some of the records he finds at flea markets and from which he plays the tracks are manufactured more than fifty years ago. At the same time the possibility arrises that someone out there tapes this show, and it will resurface in 2067. These two borders of perception make the actual now rather fluid. Is there a now? And is this list of topics that you will hear discussed a guarantee that this show ever happened? Here you…

Don Campau – Back to 1992

Now that Don Campau has sent all his tapes to Zeppelin City, where, one day, they might become a part of a giant exhibition, Don travels to his past radio days. The second time travel show was recorded on tape and offers an insight in a day in the life of a community radio somewhere in the woods of California. The show opens with Don’s mini pop-opera Helter Skelter, with fake or real excerpts of Charles Manson’s diary. All the rest is history, living history to be precise. playlist (Rebroadcast…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special 2

Lord Litter’s second part of the special on Don Campau leads us from the years of punk to the years of, yes what..transition? Our LL has selected songs that point out the skills of Don as a guitar player, but also as a lyricist. Starting in the early 1980s the compositions still follow the different genre’s of that time, but once the cassettes started to fill the postbox, Don Campau gives way to more experiments. I especially like the “complex” compositions that bear traces of the American musical, that, in…

Polish Journal by Rinus Van Alebeek

Inspired by Adrian Shephard’s Tapes from Istanbul I decided to start recording my thoughts and observations as they came, when walking streets or looking at every day life situations. This first episode of Polish Journal is recorded in Wroclaw in April 2017. Courtyards, prisons, decay, world war II, Breslau vs Wroclaw, second hand clothes are among the topics discussed and described. Chance recordings, live concerts, poets in an anarchist bar and fragments of private life complete the journal. I used a Sony Cassette Walkman for the recordings. Your digitally refined ears might…

Savoldi/Cavallaro – Distorted Icons #2, Music Machines

Franci and Marghe read soviet magazines and start dreaming. In an old issue of Sputnik they find information about soviet music machines. In this episode of Distorted Icons they document the history of music in the Soviet Union. The show starts in the early years of the twentieth century and enters a strange universe of sounds, in which musicians become spies, and inventors built machines that bring all thoughts in one system… Take notes. And while you think of all you have heard, a mix of happy musics rounds of…

The Bookshop

‘Another Country’ In the documentary you hear voices. Normally it comes with images. The real image can only be seen and felt in the bookshop itself. As an alternative you might take a book, open it, listen and start dreaming.   The blurb and credits say A secondhand English bookshop in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district comes to life to tell it’s own story – the debates, the loves, the fights, the sex-changes. An alternative documentary about this shop’s vibrant community. Directed by Anna Byrne and David Gordon Sound Editing by Ali…

Tapes from Istanbul – Adrian Shephard (August 2015)

When I listened to Tapes from Istanbul, through my headphones, I was thrilled from the very first steps that Adrian described. I had to think about this, because my excitement went beyond those feelings, which normally make my senses wobble when listening to anything audio. It was very clear, that something else was going on. The Istanbul Tapes tell a story, that we thought to have lost, somewhere around the time when television became a medium for the masses. Before that time, places were still exotic. And the main reason…