6. February, Midwinter Edition

On the 6th of February the das kleine field recordings festival will come to Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin. Baruch Gottlieb, whose performance almost exactly one year ago was considered as one of the best field recordings concerts ever seen, will come back again. While last years performance was an exploration and growingly hilarious account on the various sounds Korean Street Vendors used to atract clients, it could happen that this evenings performance concentrates on Swiss Cows.

The last part of the evening will bring a very unusual trio. In fact this is a dkfrf special. See it here, or never again. Paulo Raposo, murmer and John Grzinich will perform a partly acoustic set. Murmer and John Grzinich belong to a faction of field recorders who use nature as their concert hall. Inspired by the transposition of sound caused by headphone listening, they don’t remain motionless and silent. They add sounds and use the environment’s acoustics as a framework.

This evenimg might offer a kind of expedition. Helped by objects that constitute a memory, a new audio field will be created by murmer and John Grzinich. Both have the magic capability to transcend such moments to a sublime level. It is here in the heavens of concrete abstractness that they will meet Paulo Raposo. His spontaneous compositions will unite it all.

The evening will be opened by Matteo Marangoni. His recordings are made in Florence, a city with peculiar acoustic ‘islands’ ,and in The Hague, where he actually resides and studies.

6. February start 21.12 ends 23.30

Baruch Gottlieb

Paulo Raposo/murmer/John Grzinich

Matteo Marangoni

studio k77

Kastanienallee 772nd courtyard/2nd floor

U Eberswalder Strasse/ Tram Schwedter Strasse

please note, visitors have to take of their shoes, it is a shiny wooden dance floor you will sit on.


9 – 16 January – Sonic Helmet by Satoshi Morita at Staalplaat, Berlin

Though snow storms and polar bears and international rescue are on their way to Berlin to help the citizens with food and blankets, life continues at the dkfrf. As a continuation of the sold out edition of 8.January the sonic helmet by Satoshi Morita, which was conceived and constructed during remote sunny days in a tiny village in Portugal, will be at the staalplaat store for seven more days.

The sonic helmet is a gateway to day dreams and images of a warm world. Come and sit down, relax and listen. Those visitors who want to hear something else, can ask for a cd at the desk.

9 – 16 January 14.00-19.00 hours (sunday/monday closed)


Flughafenstrasse 38

U8 Boddinstrasse/U7 Rathaus Neukölln

8. January – A new Edition in Berlin

Satoshi Morita presents Klanghelm/Sonic Helmet and the composition “40° 55′ 5″ N, 8° 3′ 36″ W” – short version (4’07). He will also lecture on the practical use of his recordings and about the Nodar Residencies, where Klanghelm/Sonic Helmet was conceived.

Dj Dog will make a collage of the sounds of Stray Dogs.

Kate Donovan and Ryan Hardman will prepare an exclusive show for this evening. I quote from Harsmedia: “.…. and one of the highlights: Kate Donovan and Ryan Hardman’s wondrous and meticulous ‘shadow’ plays (Twilight Claps and Thunders), projected from the depths within onto the window of a cabin; short and highly intriguing scenes that to me somehow felt like Japanese …” I have seen this show as well, and was pleasanty surprised by the high quality of their work; to me it was the one and only highlight, leaving all others way behind: international standard!

Will Gresson will use tape recorders and recordings from New Zealand, Venice and Scotland.

Anton Mobin brings hydrophones and tapes.

More complete information will follow soon.

8.January, starts 20.30


Flughafenstrasse 38

U8 Boddinstrasse U7 Rathaus Neukölln

16 to 18 Oktober in Washington DC, New York, Leipzig and Montreal

CassetteThe second edition this year of the fest in Montreal, organised by Anne F, promises to be nice and cosy, small but jewellous. In the big city a little bit south, the evening looks quite different. The dkfrf is part of a bigger sound event.

In New York City, on Saturday October 17, at 8:30pm
@ the Schoolhouse Loft 330 Ellery St. #3 Brooklyn, NY
you can find, listen to and meet a
NY phonographers meeting,
Keiko Uenishi
Michael J. Schumacher
Seth Cluett
Ben Owen
Bruce Tovsky
Andrea Williams

They will play according to the layout of old NY phonographers’ meetings

meaning one hour-long sequence
of uninterrupted mini-sets of about 10 minutes each.
In Washington DC, set up by Jeff Surak,
the artistic director of Sonic Circuits Festival
the programme
sort of fits into the spirit of dkfrf as well

Jim Haynes, Brendan Murray, murmer, Nicholas Szczepanik
Sunday October 18
Doors 630pm Music 7pm SHARP
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front

Meanwhile in Leipzig

gal.lery.org @ Wächterhaus Eisenbahnstr. 109, Leipzig (Karte)


Friday 16.10.2009


20:00 Uhr


  • Rinus van Alebeek
  • Matthijs Vincent Kouw
  • triphaze (tbc)


Saturday, 17.10.2009




  • Harold Schellinx
  • Lasse-Marc Riek
  • Tim Coster (tbc)
  • FieldRecordingsFilm “Eindringlinge”


Sonntag, 18.10.2009


10:00 Uhr




2,00*/3,00 Euro

Finally on Tuesday 20 Oktober, the whole world can listen

7:00pm-9:00pm (new york time)
in conjunction with “Das Kleine Field Recording Festival”
a meeting of NY phonographers and out-of town guests
Richard Garet
Patrick Mc Ginley
Ben Owen
Gill Arno
(Heribert Friedl – tbc)

9. Oktober In Boston and Berlin

In Boston the New England Phonographers Union will perform at Studio Soto with 

Rick Breault, Michael Bullock, Derek Hoffend, Ernst Karel, Jed Speare and Asher Thal-Nir

Friday, October 9, 2009


at Thompson Design Group

35 Channel Center St., corne

suggested donation $5-$10


Xesús Valle will perform”Galicia”, soundscapes and audio performances of all kind, recorded in Galicia, his hometown, a creation of sound spaces from the same place in different seasons.

Sami Ala-eddin and Martin Reimann will present “eindringlinge (41°südwest)” It will be the Berlin premiere of this fiel recordings film. It will last 25:23 min. The soundtrack consists of 4 mixes, totalling up to 21:19 min. The film, a kind of intrusion in the past of the city of Berlin, waking up, buyt also discovering images and sound that were not visible/audible before.

Rinus van Alebeek ( that’s me) will welcome the audience with the performance of NO Go Home, an extended version of the track that will appear on the Framework250 compilation.

9. Oktober start 20.30.18 end 22.25.23 (h.m.s)


flughafenstrasse 38

U8 Boddinstrasse

1-3 Oktober Who is Afraid of Activism: Maile Colbert, Michal Szostalo + The Tree Hugger Project

As an interlude to things past (last saturday in Mexico City and in Berlin), and things to come (in Boston, Berlin and Leipzig) Staalplaat Working Space in Berlin will host 1 to 3 Oktober Maile Colbert, Michal Szostalo, Wiktor Szostalo and Agnieszka Gradzik and sounds by Simon Whetham, with a performance on the evening of 2 Oktober. scroll down for more info on that). Field Recordings will be used in a completely different context. Because of its very special character, a presentation that by its artistic negations reaches out for a more worldly view, (as much down to earth as beyond the clouds) I will hand over the megaphone to Wiktor and Agnieszka first…


The Tree Hugger Project is an ongoing work of Environmental Art designed to both help us re-discover our relationship with Nature at a very personal and intimate level, but also to increase understanding and inspire an immediate action on the part of all of us to prevent the Global Warming/Climate Change and their catastrophic consequences.

In partnership with many people from around the globe, which includes artists, teachers, environmental activists and students of all ages, since 2005 we have produced over 17 Tree Hugger Project installations in many countries, including England, USA, Poland, Canada, Austria and in cities like New York, St. Louis, Vienna and Warsaw. Our pending invitations include Uganda, India, Iran and the Philippines and a growing list of cities in the US and Europe.
In Poznan, for the UN Climate Conference 2008, we created two installations: one on Wolnosci Square, showing a long line of people waiting to hug the last remaining tree on the Square, titled, “Lonely Tree, Lonely People”, and a smaller one on the grounds of the Conference, showing two “Chipko Women” embracing trees right at the main entrance to the Conference hall. Our works are created from renewable and carbon-neutral materials such as sticks, vines, twigs, branches and recycled natural cloth. They usually last 5 to 6 years and their eventual entropy is very much a part of our artistic message of leaving “no trace behind”.
Through these playful sculptures, that are getting increasingly serious, we invite people to embrace nature and each other to celebrate love and the re-building of our communities fragmented by political divisions, wars and uncertainty about the future. We are also making a very specific statement that the human caused global warming/climate change are possibly the most serious threat to our Planet and our human future on it. Only Trees remove greenhouse gasses that cause the Climate Change and we need to do everything to save every single tree there is, plant new ones and then, together, do everything else to save our planet.
We have been invited by the City of Poznan to go to Copenhagen, in December this year the site of next Climate Conference, where thousands, as a matter of fact, hundreds of thousands people from around the globe will converge to discuss how to fight Climate Change.
Together with Maile Colbert, Michal Szostalo and other artists and volunteers we want to add our own voice to this discussion and even more importantly, through our multimedia art we want to create a powerful symbol to rally people around the world to action to save our Planet. It is a great responsibility, but also a rare opportunity for artists to be at a forefront of such a vast political and moral movement with implications that will affect generations to come.

Okay. Now that every body is in the room, I will pass the word to honorable chairwoman Maile Colbert who will say something about the performance on the 2nd of Oktober:

In conjunction with sound recordings from sound artist and phonographer Simon Whetham, composer Michal Szostalo and sound artist Maile Colbert have collaborated to produce a multi-media, interactive performance with the sculptures for the 2009 UN Climate Conference. The upcoming performance and gallery show at Staalplaat for the Das Kleine Field Recordings Festival will provide a glimpse at what will be shown and performed in Copenhagen, and a fundraiser for the project:

The composition

will be primarily based on sonic symbols dealing with the
issue of climate change, and it’s unknown but surely devastating effect.
Recordings of ice flow, melt, crashes of ice banks and burgs,

crashes of old growth trees falling,

whale song and various underwater life, the sound of
the atmosphere and magnetosphere itself changing

…these recordings are part
of a sonic landscape that is disappearing.

The sculptures will be fitted with sensors that will react to the proximity of the audience, serving to remind us of the effect of our even most delicate treading upon the earth. The sounds emitted from the “tree huggers” when the sensor is activated will also effect at random the composition being performed by the sound artists, serving to remind us of our interconnectivity with all around us.

1 – 3 Oktober 14.00 – 19.00 hrs, The Treehugger Project, documentation and installation

2 Oktober start 20.45, end 22.00 hrs, performance by Maile Colbert + Michal Szostalo

Flughafenstrasse 38

U8 Boddinstrasse

26. September in Mexico City and in Berlin


The early autumn edition of dkfrf will be held on the same day in Mexico City and in Berlin. The Berlin episode is the first in a series of concerts that will see a special appearance on the first days of Oktober, and will be completed in Leipzig in the weekend of 16 to 18 Oktober. In that period intercontinental friends will join us with an episode in their home town.

26. September 19.00 MEXICO CITY Luis Moya 31 b casi esquina Independencia near Metro Juárez.(map)

Bárbara Lázara, voice artist and more from Mexico City, will set up an episode in her town. The guests for the evening will be

Fernando Vigueras (Field Recordings and Guitar)

Alexandra Cardenas+Josue Amador+Mauricio Martínez (Field Recordings and Guitar)

Centro Experimental Oido Salvaje+ Bárbara Lázara + Artur Vidal (Field Recordings and Voice Performance)

POLITICA DE CABLES (Politics on Wires) is a digital contribution from Centro Experimental Oido Salvaje,” HPIM4943” a sound art + radio art collective formed in Ecuador (1996) by Iris Disse, Mayra Estévez and Fabiano Kueva. This contribution includes a serie of soundscapes and remixes made on field recordings of amazonian basin, andean regions and many latin american city sounds. Over some of these tracks Bárbara Lázara will sing live in Mexico City.

Umbral de Ruido/ Noise gate, a piece for noisy field recordings in and around Ciudad de México and an electrical guitar trio, is  a reflection about the 80 dB or more to what the citizins are exposed everyday in their hated&loved city. It is an attempt to embellish these sounds. Umbral de Ruido / Noise Gate is performed by Josué Amador, Alexandra Cárdenas and Mauricio Martínez.      MauricioJosuéAlexandra

26 September 20.15 hours BERLIN, Staalplaat Working Space, Flughafenstrasse 38, U8 Boddinstrasse

The performing artists are in order of appearance  João Castro Pinto, Felicity Mangan and Benjamin Aman.

João Castro Pinto: JCP@radialxfestivalSound artist and more from Lisbon, Portugal, definitely a person with a short, middle and extended biography like everyone of us, João will take a break from his trans-disciplinary perspective of confrontation concerning the new digital media that he deals with during his tour and present the results of the recordings he made between Lisbon and Sintra. The title of the piece – Peripatetikós – refers to the walks by Aristitotle’s disciples. They probably needed these to get away from Ari’s talks every now and then.

Felicity Mangan is from Australia and on a quasi permanent vacation in Berlin. Australian bush fires Part of her performance will/might be made up of the sounds from native Australian animals. She will focus on how they create vibration and percussive sounds. But there is still more to explore. Just come and hear…

Benjamin Laurent Aman will mostly play tapes. Nice! This means he will bring cassette recordings, a fact that adds to the pleasure of watching the artist in action. He has told me what sounds he recorded, but I am not going to list them all. S1The material reads as a map of France, but it also brings about the actions involved: travelling, visiting, waiting and coming home. The listener will be brought to public and intimate moments. Benjamin will move between climax and catastrophe. I am not sure if he will play drones.

Upcoming: Maile Colbert, Friends and sounds from Friends on Oktober 1 to 3 at Staalplaat Working space. Special appearance by Xesús Valle on Oktober 9 at Staalplaat Working Space