The collaboration between Adrian (Shephard) and me (Rinus Van Alebeek) started in the east of Berlin in the year 2006. Initially we were transmitting via a secret link on a big important cultural server in the center of Amsterdam. Those programs evolved around musics we got from artists living in or visiting Berlin. But we left that formula pretty fast when we decided to focus on interviews instead, or on interviewing ourselves.
Especially the interviews with ourselves lead us to unknown regions of our fantasy. We avoided any actual item such as one can read in the news, and never got into any existing theories. We were interested in the absurd and the unreal. We were also interested in making everything up.
The collaboration or friendship, or both worked also very well on a sonic level. We discovered we had the same sense of timing, and the same taste when it came to playing together for short intervals during our shows. Adrian on various self-built or custom made electronic devices, old synths or occasional objects, me mainly on tape and voice, that I used for singing as well.
Once we came to a point that sourcefabric gratefully granted us the use of their resources we could finally establish our radio, that over the years got a growing number of collaborators to whom we offer Radio On as a laboratory, or as a place to transmit their live programs.
The Maggot Mystery offers a fine example of our collaboration. The show itself was made in the year 2014. There are some references to the actual situation in Europe back then: the crisis in Greece, a new King in the Netherlands.
The show starts of with the announcement that it will be all about the Dream Machine and dreams, and then, typically, never gets to that point. Instead there is a long conversation on fishing with icecubes with maggots in it; we buy the Greek TV and put it in the back room; The story of Yodel Onassis who is refused by the Swiss to stall his money on their banks (ends with a tremendous rant against everything Swiss by Yodel): Joan Baez gets interviewed in a paranormal way (She answers through excerpts from the lyrics of one of her albums). There are songs, sound effects, spontaneous improvisations and an avalange of associations that takes us, and thus the listener into ever deeper waters of misunderstanding.
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