Our relatively new, podcast – ABACADABRA – is where artists share these odd bits of research. What makes this podcast different is that we record them while wearing binaural mics. This means that as we sit by the shore, walking trough the streets of Berlin, or listening to the music in a local oriental carpet shop, you’ll be with us, learning about it, and experiencing the soundscapes exactly as we do.
The Dutch artist Nickel van Duijvenboden has been working in Berlin for several months, as part of a residency programme called Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. The result of Nickel’s working period was a „Salon“ with monologues, music, and singing. For „Tuning In/Tuning Out“ he created a radio edit of this Salon, featuring the infamous 1926 correspondence between Eisler and Schönberg, several pieces by those composers, as well as some related contemporary experimental music. The artist and writer Mirjam Kuitenbrouwer reads two extensive letters she sent to Nickel in Berlin. The piece concludes with two pieces of Eisler’s „Ernste Gesänge“ (1962) sung by the artist (one played with the double bass player Koen Nutters, and one sung a capella at the uppermost dome of the Teufelsberg radar station).
For the first hour of „Tuning In/Tuning Out“, Nickel has compiled a playlist of tracks that have recently informed his practice. It loosely consists of two strands: LP’s he’s listened to in Berlin, and pieces combining voice and percussion. This includes one track of his own piece „Echolocation Solo“ (2016), that was shown in a gallery context in Amsterdam. It was an eight-channel audio installation in which readings of private messages were puctuated by the artist’s own drumming.