a future in commons: a tribute to bassel khartabil

who is Bassel Khartabil? perhaps not everybody reading this will have heard of this name before. so, please let me clarify: Bassel was a syrian activist who passionately worked in the realms of open-source coding and creative commons and has, to the dismay of many, unsurprisingly been caught up in the woes of the syrian civil war.

apart from creating 3d-renderings of destroyed structures of ancient palmyra and with this starting the #newpalmyra project as part of a heritage preservation effort, he has also been the founder of the “aiki lab hackerspace” in damascus and with its endorsement of the creative commons proofed vital in advancing this type of open source licensing in the arab world amongst his many other involvements and activities.

he has been arrested unwarranted in 2012 and eventually disappeared in 2015. until the end july 2017 Bassel’s further fate has not been known but it is now clear that he died soon after his disappearance in 2015. if you are interested in more information on his case please visit http://freebassel.org.

since his detention there have been several assignments to create sonic pieces for the weekly disquiet junto and as a result a longtime junto participant took it upon himself to compile a tribute compilation to raise awareness and funds for the Bassel Khartabil Memorial Fund.

the following is the outstanding result of this effort and ¶radio hummingbird is incredibly proud to have been chosen to open the session for many great music pieces from highly appreciated fellows.

 

to be referred to the disquiet junto page for further notes about this compilation from marc, the disquiet founder and mastermind, please click here.

thank you and enjoy listening.

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|field session #4

field sessions is a collection of intriguing sounds captured to freeze a moment in time which will never occur like this again. what remains is soundscape de-contextualised but full of potential. make of it whatever you can, there are no limits to the sky…….

this track has been recorded inside the angkor park world heritage site on the 12th of august 2017 at about ten to ten in the evening. it has been recorded at the northern corner of the east side of the ancient ស្រះស្រង់ (srah srang) water reservoir and captures a very brief moment of life in rural cambodia at night. in the absence of much artificial light the daily lives of most residents have been put to a well deserved rest. although, one can still hear some random murmur and chatter in the distance. otherwise only the notorious local night creatures make themselves known: crickets and cicadas, frogs, dogs and in frequencies noiseless to the human ear there are bats preying on scores of insects fluttering over the water. just to be drowned by the roaring noise of passing vehicles……

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|field session #3

field sessions is a collection of intriguing sounds captured to freeze a moment in time which will never occur like this again. what remains is soundscape de-contextualised but full of potential. make of it whatever you can, there are no limits to the sky…….

this track has been recorded just outside malaysia’s national mosque in kuala lumpur on the 15th of june 2017 at about a quarter past one in the afternoon during the holy month of ramadan. it attempts to capture the atmosphere of this specific urban environment incorporating all its conflicting aspects: reflection and pause, rush and constraints as well as nature and its human interference. not so much out of prior deliberation but more out of necessity for an acceptable recording quality, the location of this recording has been exactly at the intersection of both those worlds. a relatively quiet road leading out of a substantial parkland in the heart of the malaysian capital into a major highway just a little distance away. the urban dream.

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forever ∞ modular

quite some years ago ¶radio hummingbird started to discover the never ending realms of eurorack modular synthesizers. slowly but steadily a good sized system setup has been acquired and, every time a live show was looming, about 84hp worth of modules have been selected to feature in this one specific set. a unique combination every single time.

but then came the unforeseen and all of a sudden, in a relatively short amount of time, the complete modular setup had to give way to a significantly smaller travel/live rig which only recently has been fully completed. at least the main part of it. there will be two more future companions to this setup but both are still incomplete and scattered around the globe even though they do partially exist.

have a quick look at this little gem and tell me what you think.

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_on Framework Radio #592

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Framework Radio has kindly featured an introduction recording made by ◐ mode analogue in october 2016 in one of its recent editions.

it has been recorded on the cambodian island KOH RONG SAMLOEUM at the end of the rainy season on a beautiful stretch of coast being called the Sunset Beach. during this time the weather was still very rough and therefore the sound of the waves seems to be ever present. however, this was the first day since the end of the dry season when a little barge could approach this side of the island close enough to deliver urgently needed supplies and material which is usually carried by locals on a at times demanding jungle path during this time of the year.

this Framework edition has first been broadcast on 03.04.2017 and is volume #592 of this ongoing weekly series. you can listen to the program by clicking on above picture or here.

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|field session #2

field sessions is a collection of intriguing sounds captured to freeze a moment in time which will never occur like this again. what remains is soundscape de-contextualised but full of potential. make of it whatever you can, there are no limits to the sky…….

this track has been recorded inside phnom penh’s central market on the 08th of march 2017 at 30 minutes past noon. referred to as ផ្សារធំថ្មី (“psar thom thmei”) in the local khmer language, which translates as “new big market”, is a fascinating and intensely beautiful art deco structure located on the north western side of phnom penh’s city centre which survived years of political turmoil and neglect without much visible damage. upon approaching and entering the attentive listener is immediately stricken by the structures ambience. although, not only its unique sonic properties make it an intriguing space to explore but also the seemingly infinite amount of jewellery offered on all stalls inside the central hall. a sphere which tries to evoke eternal glamour and pride. grandeur. glistening jewels on cheap alloy. bling. heavenly voices seducing the shopper in a sacred place. enjoy.

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cities & memory: sacred spaces

cm-sacred-spaces_2please, let me introduce cities & memory. an online medium dedicated to location recordings and their re-imagined sonic creations.

every so often, the curator is inviting the interested public to first submit thematically relevant fieldrecordings of a pre-defined subject which are then offered to a different interpret be re-created in a second step. so far, the realised projects include the themes of “dada”, “dreamland”, “the city of hamburg”, “quiet streets”, “sound waves” and many more, including most recently the subject of “sacred spaces“.

having had an interest in participating in one of these kind of projects for quite some time, this project was the moment which felt just right to get engaged. liking it or not, being professionally engaged with religious monuments on a daily basis creates numerous opportunities for capturing fieldrecordings featuring religious and/or spiritual practices and thus ◐ mode analogue has been able to submit three different recordings from as many different countries. these are all places which at one point were considered ‘home’.

in contrast, ¶radio hummingbird was able to re-imagine a location recording of a country unbeknownst to the interpret – albania. and the result is what it would sound like in my imagination walking down a random road in tirana at any given time in the first half of the 21st century. use headphones, if you can and immerse yourself in these sonic landscapes. enjoy…..

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_on Framework Radio #577

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the recent field recording of a cambodian bat colony made by ◐ MODE ANALOGUE has been kindly featured in a regular edition on Framework Radio.

as outlined in a previous post on here, this track has been recorded on top of phnom krom at the southern end of siem reap on the 24th of november 2016 at a quater to four in the afternoon. the recording consists primarily of the sounds emitted by a bat colony inhabiting the masonry of the central prasat of the ancient khmer temple complex built on phnom krom. interestingly, the are masses of dragonflies and butterflies swarming around this exact part of the building as well. furthermore you can hear some birds making themselves known along the way and palm fruit tree leaves fluttering in the wind.

this Framework edition has first been broadcast on 04.12.2016 and is volume #577 of this ongoing weekly series. you can listen to the program by clicking on above picture or here.

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|field session #1

field sessions is a collection of intriguing sounds captured to freeze a moment in time which will never occur like this again. what remains is soundscape de-contextualised but full of potential. make of it whatever you can, there are no limits to the sky…….

this track has been recorded on top of phnom krom at the southern end of siem reap on the 24th of november 2016 at a quater to four in the afternoon. the recording consists primarily of the sounds emitted by a bat colony inhabiting the masonry of the central prasat of the ancient khmer temple complex built on phnom krom. interestingly, the are masses of dragonflies and butterflies swarming around this exact part of the building as well. furthermore you can hear some birds making themselves known along the way and palm fruit tree leaves fluttering in the wind. enjoy.

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_on Framework Radio #569

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ladies and gentlemen. hold your breath, a recent introduction recording made by ◐ MODE ANALOGUE has been featured in a regular edition on Framework Radio.

this recording has been made in the early hours of 30 September 2016 amidst this very peculiar “dawn chorus” which happens to occur in my neighbourhood every day. however, this particular morning also features faintly in the background the beginning of distant monk chants from the nearby pagoda for the morning prayers during the very important Pchum Ben holidays. these are a 15 days long religious ritual and festival for the spirits of our ancestors and one of he most important holiday period here in cambodia apart from the khmer new year celebrations every april.

this Framework edition has first been broadcast on 09.10.2016 and is volume #569 of this ongoing weekly series. you can listen to the program by clicking on above picture or here.

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