[microsound-announce] [framework radio] #521: 2015.07.19 [stefan paulus]
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listen to this edition here:
this edition of framework:afield has been produced in switzerland (not
in germany, as stated in the show - the artist relocated some time ago)
by regular contributor and purveyor of psychogeography stefan paulus.
for more information see his new website at http://www.nowhere-nowhere.org.
some text about the program:
Appenzell is a small mountain county in the eastern part of the Swiss
Alps. The mountain ridge of the Alpstein crosses the high plateau of
Appenzell with the highest mountain called Säntis - the holy mountain,
2,502.9 meters above sea level.
These field recording sessions took place over a whole year - a complete
cycle of seasons.
In the springtime the farmers start their processions to the alpine
grasslands. The ascent to the alpine grasslands is led by the white,
hornless Appenzeller goats, which are tended by children wearing
traditional costumes. The goats are followed by the milk cows, heifers
and calves and the steer. The Appenzeller mountain dog watches from the
side, and makes sure none of them feel like going astray. The alpine
herdsmen follow the cows with bells and sing the yodel.
In the middle of the alpine summer it is also common to have music and
dancing festivities at larger mountain inns. Farmers, locals and
mountaineers sing and dance together. By the end of summer the alpine
herdsmen come back with the cows from the upper grasslands. If neither a
herdsman nor a cow has been injured during summer the herdsmen adorn
their cows and celebrate the return.
By the early autumn in nearly every village a cattle show takes place.
The farmers and their families come together at a local pub for the
assessment and an award ceremony, which is also followed by singing and
The turn of the year is commemorated twice in Appenzell, once according
to the Gregorian calendar on 31 December and again according to the
Julian calendar on 13 January. On these days, groups of men wearing
bells and chimes run through the small mountain villages, singing and
chanting an old form of the yodel - the 'Naturjodel'. The faces are
hidden behind masks and the men are called 'Silvesterchläuse'.
In the early morning they come from remote hamlets, walk from house to
house to wish the people a happy new year and to exorcize the evil
spirits from the old year. While some of them look like puppets and
appear rather delightful, others show up in horrific costumes made of
materials from animals or the backwoods. For hundreds of years these
rites have been taking place on that Swiss plateau. Nobody knows exactly
where the rite comes from.
Towards the end of winter huge fires brighten up the night sky in
Appenzell to bid farewell to the cold on 'Spark Sunday'. And a new
again, we are always looking for new material, whether raw field
recordings, field recording based composition, or introduction
submissions. we are also now accepting proposals for full editions of
our guest curated framework:afield series. send proposals or material,
released or not, on any format, to the address at the bottom of this
mail. if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
framework intro submissions:
1) take yourself and an audio recorder to a location of your choice
2) record for AT LEAST 1 minute before you -
3) read aloud the following text (in english or translated):
welcome to framework. framework is a show consecrated to
field-recording, and its use in composition. field-recording,
phonography, the art of sound hunting; open your ears and listen!
4) continue recording for AT LEAST 2 minutes after the text
5) post the
recording to us on any format, or send us an mp3
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