hiztun!

by MIGUEL A. GARCIA

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released August 19, 2013

This composition by Spanish composer Miguel A. García was originally created for the experimental music online radio Hots! (hots-radio.info) and explores ‘hacked’ radio technology as a means of creating new sounds. A portable radio set is used as a receiver, but also as a sound source in itself, as well as an effects device when microphoned voices are being routed through its speakers and re-recorded.

Out of disembodied voices and the static between stations, this piece creates a virtual desert soundscape with the humblest of technological means, paying respect to the pioneer days of radio in the early 20th century when radio was still a ‘do-it-yourself’ technology for everyone to experiment with until, in Europe at least, it came under state control. Sonically, there are (of course) hints of John Cage’s radio pieces as well as more recent glitch/drone music.

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THE SOUND PROJECTOR

Hiztun! (ATTENUATION CIRCUIT ACM 1008) is quite a grabber…from the start, we know we’re back on more cerebral hard-core experimentation turf as it’s published by our conceptual German friends Attenuation Circuit, and as such comes packaged in one of those sandwich cartons which you could also use for storing half a piece of Ryvita. This one is an all-radiophonic piece, created using radios, and intended for broadcast on the online experimental radio station, Hots!. García does it brilliantly, bringing a portable radio set for use as a receiver / FM tuner but also as an additional sound-source in his murmuring electric broth, and a third time when he plays back voice tapes through the speaker (and re-records them, I might add). The spirit of the work is “hacking” into radio technology, a strategy which I think we can all approve of as that was the basis for much 20th-century experimentation and discovery in sound – just ask Theremin, Stockhausen, Keith Rowe or Hugh Davies. Hiztun! is an exciting and dynamic listen with its remarkable textures and contrasts, alien voices drifting in from the ether with their foreign-language barks, stray music phrases likewise wandering in, and moments of high tension when you can hear the creator flicking his switches live on air. Dramatic! Score for this gem: 80 points for innovative manipulation of the crackling ether, 20 bonus points for its raw-edged exposure of the processes involved, plus an additional “silver antenna” award for radical reinvention in radiophonic art.

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BAD ALCHEMY

Unsere Augsburger Freunde präsentieren in ihrer AC Mini Series mit dem Basken MIGUEL A. GARCÍA (Xedh) einen umtriebigen Wirbler in der spanischen Audio Art. Hiztun! (ACM 1008, 3" CD-R) entstand fürs Webradio als eine Art Hommage an das Medium und seine Pionierzeit. Das Rauschen im Äther wird zum Leitmotiv, zu Basismaterial, dem Botschaften aufgezwungen oder entlockt werden. Die wichtigste Botschaft ist dabei schon das Medium als solches, das verrät: Ein neues Zeitalter hat begonnen. Es ward Licht, nun werde Ton. Dass Radiowellen Stimmen übertragen können, ist zu reizvoll, als dass Garcia das nicht zwischen allem Zischen und Knacken feiern wollte. Mit einem Gewirr erregter Stimmen, wobei es wahrscheinlich um Fußball geht. Drahtige Klänge kommen dazu, das Blinken von Saiten, aber auch nur ein Klopfen und Hantieren damit. Als Urform von Plinkplonk, abrupt übertönt von einem Brausen oder Summen, dem ein Bastler Übertragungsfähigkeit abzunötigen versucht. Eine Männerstimme singt wie für einen Soundcheck und wiederholt zuletzt nur immer wieder tras - tras - tras ... Den Schlusspunkt setzt, mit einem rhythmischen Klopfen und einem 'spanischen' Gitarrenakkord, der Urknall des Flamenco.

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