La Radio Criolla,
Colombia 2020
Archive of Colombian Sound Art from the 21st Century
Radio lounge for the DYSTOPIE festival, Berlin 2020

Ricardo Moreno

La Radio Criolla is a web station dedicated to promoting dialogues around contemporary art. It is also a platform for the creation, research, and circulation of sound art through concerts, exhibitions, laboratories, talks, and record productions.

For the DYSTOPIE festival, Ricardo Moreno presents a selection of ten sound pieces from Colombia created within the last ten years, offering a contemporary panorama of experimental sound creation. The archive comprises works by artists who have worked in the research and creation processes of La Radio Criolla and of the Puerto Contemporáneo platform.

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Title: Nimbus
(From Latin. ‘Dark Cloud’)
Duration: 5:45 min.
Year: 2020
Technique: Digital Audio

Nimbus is an approximation from different digital tools, that in the interpretation of the samplers -between layers and layers of metadata-, lead us to inhabit these alphanumeric tapestries almost like 'dark clouds', which build from the gorging of ‘Maria Mulata’ birds (endemic birds from the Caribbean Coast), a kind of discrete, melancholic, cold, abstract and bleak soundscape.

Thanks to: Olivia Jack

Sandra Rengifo Bogotá – Colombia 1979. Master’s degree in visual arts from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Currently she is working as a professor in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, as well as a producer designer for contemporary dance, videos and feature films. She had developed design for museography and curatorial projects for diverse artists and national and international institutions. Her work as a Visual Artist and photographer has been exhibited in MAMBO (Museum of Modern Art Bogotá), MAMM (Museum of Modern Art Medellín), MAC (Contemporary Museum of Art Bogotá), the Festival de Cine L’Alternativa, the Danish Film Institute, amongst many others.

Title: Project POSFORDISMO / TRACK: Charles
Duration: 7:20 min.
Year: 2020
Technique: LIVE improvisation at home

POSTFORDISMO is Carlos Bonil's solo noise project. He builds photosensitive oscillators at home that respond to animations and video loops. Carlos creates musical pieces that are close to primitive industrial music and twentieth-century sound synthesis experiments.

CARLOS BONIL is an artist from Bogotá, he is evidently interested in sound. Since 2002 he creates and modifies electronic and analog devices, which are included as objects and sound installations in exhibitions. He also builds noise and musical instruments that are played in concerts and varied music albums. Other projects: Mugre, Acydc, among others.

Title: BDSM session V0.2_Live sound action
Duration: 10:00 min.
Year: 2020
Technique: Sound action – experimental

The sound piece BDSM session V0.2_ Live sound action, collects and remixes a part of the sound files made with some of the agents who are part or were part of the BDSM scene and their practices in the city of Bogotá.

Jose Rubio (Ibagué, 1976)

Visual and sound artist / graphic designer. His work in the field of sound is focused on research-creation processes. He aims at developing actions in real time from low technologies, mixing and re-using archive material, including free software and implementing sound pieces based on DIY devices. / circuit bending.

Title: Estudio I
Duration: 5:10 min.
Year: 2012
Technique: Electroacoustic with Random Sounds

Estudio I is an electroacoustic piece made with random sounds produced with Pure Data Program. This piece has a duration of 5:10 minutes and it's structured in three different parts.

Carlos M.R. Kattah is a Colombian composer and conductor who lives in Guadalajara, Mexico. He got his bachelor’s degree as a composer at Universidad Central in Bogota, Colombia and a master’s degree in design and Postproduction of Audio for Films and Tv at Academia de Música Fermatta in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Duration: 2:26 min
Year: 2020
Technique: Sound composition for 5.1. Surround Sound
Javier Ramos – Alan Santamaría

The release of workloads and working hours due to new ways of labor, packed in apps, have turned against workers causing the pauperization of all their rights.

On behalf of this apparent liberating process, employees are now called users, work uniforms are now a fashionable sub-product that must be acquired, and freedom is something people have, but cannot wield.

Here, workers read a price list that their company uses to charge them for uniforms and other accessories. Company silences their voices using an attractive retail sound (musak).

JAVIER RAMOS, product designer from Bogotá, interested in sound outputs in order to solve academic questions. Sound is a subject itself that must be distinguished from visual and other interactive media (senses) to recognize its behavior and particular presence in our world. Sonic waves could make ‘visible’ many social practices hidden by hyper visual tendences.

Title: A snail came to hear within itself
Duration: 2:26 min
Year: 2020
Technique: Sound art, improvisation

I am attracted by the natural conditions of snails and they invite me to imagine, through sound art, what is the noise of a snail. There are not many scientific studies that prove that the snails can hear, but paradoxically their bodies are compared to the Fibonacci scale or to a wind instrument.

Juanita Espinosa, multidisciplinary artist from Bogotá. Her artistic practice include sculpture, video, performance, installation, soundscape and management, in the exploration of sound as a living matter that dialogues with the body.

Title: Letters to Leo Kopp
Duration: 18:37 min.
Year: 2018
Technique: Radio Feature

Letters to Leo Kopp portrays the collective imaginary of the emblematic figure of Leo Kopp. An European man who arrived in the late nineteenth century from Germany to Colombia and, then, founded the Bavaria brewery.

At Cementerio Central, the main cemetery in Bogotá, every Monday numerous devotees wait in a long line to visit the statue on his grave. They bring flowers, pour rice or water, polish and caress the statue, and whisper their desires in his ear.

But Cementerio Central is not the only spot in the city where he is remembered: in La Perseverancia he left the legacy of being the founder. This neighborhood is close to his beer brewery. Its inhabitants lead us through the streets and houses and recall stories from different times.

The Radio Feature is a result of a correspondence between sound artist Diana Restrepo and visual artist Nina Bendzko, and was produced with short film directed by Nina Bendzko.

Radio Feature director: Diana Restrepo

Documentary film director: Nina Bendzko
Curator: Sandra Miranda Pattin
Executive producers: Nina Bendzko, Diana Restrepo, Sandra Miranda Pattin.
Camera: Carlos Hernandez, Luisa Sossa
Sound Recording: Juan Manuel López
Film edition: Irene Lema, Nina Bendzko
Foley, sound design and mix: Juan Forero

Diana María Restrepo, classical percussionist, sound artist and performer. Her education as a classical percussionist with experience in experimental and contemporary music, her work with the body and her particular interest in voice as a sound palette are characteristic elements of her work. She researches multiple forms and possibilities of sound in relation to space and electroacoustic composition. She also researches how sound inhabits the body, its relationship with language and poetics, using territory and cartography as means to relate to sound.

Title: Songs of freedom
Duration: 9:54 min.
Year: 2018
Technique: Electroacoustic sound composition, from the songs of Meriñe or 'rosita vieja', 'tumba yegua', ‘mochuelos’ and canaries. Live activation by an accordion ensemble performed by Lil Letona.

The piece seeks to create an immersion zone that allows the viewer to be transported to the Colombian Caribbean, and to feel the experience that the birds live when they are locked in tiny cages. This practice constitutes a great tradition in the culture and collective imagination of the people of the Caribbean coast, to the point of being the source of inspiration for a song of the genre vallenato (El Mochuelo), a piece of folklore that narrates the suffering of a bird native of the Montes de María (Natural Region of the Colombian Caribbean), which is given to a woman as a token of her suitor's affection.

The piece allows you to listen to bird songs, transforming a pleasant sensation into noise, generated by the addition of more than 20 audio channels, which express the lament of these beings who lose their freedom to become objects of aesthetic delight.

Ricardo Moreno (COL) has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and a master’s in History and Theory of Art, Architecture, and the City from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, both in Bogotá. Currently, he works as an artist and independent curator, and is director of Puerto Contemporáneo, platform for creation, research and art circulation and La Radio Criolla, web station for dialogue and art criticism.

Title: The Center
Duration: 7:04 min.
Year: 2019
Technique: Sound composition.

The center (downtown) is a place that brings together all the economic sectors of the city of Barranquilla, in its logic this seems like a repetition, a loop that evokes smells, colors and sounds, a conjunction of compositional structures of different aspects and of different origins, very similar to the construction of the city.

Colectivo RUIDO, is born from a research initiative from the seedbed at the Universidad del Atlántico under lines of experimentation in public space and concepts of innovation through video art, sounds, installation and performance. The research seedbed gives way to various emerging activities within and outside the academic context where the collection of material is used in the daily atmosphere of the members in their different habitats, conducting ethnographic research under the category of cartography, drift and visual anthropology.

Title: I know your madness because it is also mine
Duration: 5:27 min.
Year: 2020
Technique: Electroacoustic. Fixed media. Stereo

This work is a spell to protect us from lesbophobia. It starts with a public reading, in multiple voices, of poems written by lesbian women, as well as a set of terms (used in Latin America) to designate lesbians. On the other hand, those same texts and words were read and recorded by close friends who wanted to join the spell at a later stage.

LAS EXORCISTAS (Ana María Romano G. y Marta Cabrera) want to rid the multiverse of homo, lesbo and transphobias.

ANA MARÍA ROMANO G. Colombian composer, sound and interdisciplinary artist. Her research interests are located at the intersection of gender, sexuality, sound and technology, traversed by listening, soundscape, space, body, noise, experimentation, collaboration, cyberspace and the political dimensions of creation. She sees collective work as fundamental in all the spaces of her life.
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