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Isotopica

Isotopica is an experimental radio series with each episode having a unique theme and flavour, starting off at point A and hopefully, ending up in another alphabet altogether. Ingredients are a mixture of sonic essays, experimental sound and music, psychogeographic and notional detours, special guests, field and location recordings, interviews, conversations, critical analysis, plus Gallery installation works, and all sprinkled with cultural marxist toppings. Uncertain terms and conditions may apply.

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Voiced, spoken, said, uttered, expressed, articulated, oral, by mouth.

A Radio impression of VOCALIS, an irregular performance event at the delicious Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall London. VOCALIS places emphasis on giving voice in many forms; sharing ideas, drawing on collective memory and Beaconsfield’s long engagement with text, time-based/live art, performance and sound. Informal and open, Vocalis happens in Beaconsfield’s intimate cafe space – where food and fluids mix with electrical impulses and vocalised concepts. Michael Curran MC Jeroen van Dooren explores divided subjectivities in the company of performing rabbits Jefford Horrigan performs a very personal ritual within a bespoke sculptural assemblage that is jealous of painting Tara Fatehi Irani mishandles an archive from Tehran through photographic images, dance, spoken word and digital media Liming Lin aspires to be a symbol – that everyone looks up to Niamh Roberts delivers a love story especially penned for Vocalis.

58mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Multilingual, multifaceted, Intended, Multiplex, Zoe Zakovski

A play on words Zoe Zarkovsi and Simon Tyszko engage in Word play or wordplay (also: play-on-words) being a literary technique and a form of wit in which words used become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect or amusement.Examples of word play include puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, double entendres, and telling character names (such as in the play The Importance of Being Earnest, Ernest being a given name that sounds exactly like the adjective earnest). Word play is quite common in oral cultures as a method of reinforcing meaning. Examples of text-based (orthographic) word play are found in languages with or without alphabet-based scripts; for example, see homophoerate our accompanying nic puns in Mandarin Chinese. Deleuze and food, time and chance, combine with a collection of pure data patches that algorithmically generate our accompanying soundtrack, the hidden hand of a god who simply never existed. Le menu est la liste des divers mets qui composent le repas. Dans un restaurant, ou à la cantine, c’est l’ensemble des mets qui peuvent être servis pour un prix déterminé. Par métonymie, le menu est le feuillet, le carton, le tableau, l’affichette, l’objet ou la brochure qui liste : les mets servis lors d’un repas : manuscrit ou imprimé, illustré ou non, il présente au convive la liste des mets et boissons qui vont lui être servis lors d’un repas ou d’un banquet. Cette pratique, qui remonte au xixe siècle, et qui tend à se perdre (sauf dans les réceptions officielles), participe à l’art de la table ; elle offre de précieux renseignements aux historiens de la cuisine ; le choix des différents mets pouvant être servi pour un repas au restaurant.

58mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Extinction or Rebellion. Our only choice now?

oday on Isotopica we are in conversation with co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Roger Hallam.

42mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Dr Ben Sessa, Psychedelic research, and Simon Tyszko

"As part of the UCL psychedelic research team, Iv’e been legally administered LSD, Psilocybin, DMT, ketamine, and MDMA in the past ten years " (by Professor David Nutt no less).

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11 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Potemkin and an improvised score

Ingredients.An impending anniversary of revolution, one of the great films of the 20C, an assembled group of musicians, some professional, some not, a beautifully restored 150yr old cinema, a mastermind or two.Mix the ingredients without any rehearsal or predetermination (in the style of Cardew's scratch Orchestra), screen the film and improvise (with collaboration from the audience).Enjoy.Today we listen to an edited recording from this remarkable event, one of many coming up to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution of Oct 1917.Originally conceived as part of a cycle of films commemorating the revolutionary events of 1905, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin recreates in documentary-style the failed mutiny of the Black Sea fleet and the subsequent massacre of the people of Odessa. Innovative cinematography and editing techniques heighten the horrific nature of events.Although banned outright in many countries outside Soviet Russia, the film became an international sensation, and has had a lasting impact on world cinema. The arresting sequence of the massacre of civilians on Odessa’s steps is one of the most celebrated, analysed, and quoted in cinema history.The screening is accompanied by an entirely original soundtrack, devised and created in a direct response to the film. Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt will lead an instant orchestra of professional and non-professional musicians, drawn from across London, to bring a contemporary response to an extraordinary piece of Soviet cinema.Isotopica will be performing Spectre, a 12 hour live improvisation based around a Morse code rendering of the Communist Manifesto on October 17th as a part of these centenary events on Resonance Extra.Spectre can be heard here

59mins

7 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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Coltrane, Einstein, and the Bomb

Dartmouth professor and astrophysicist Stephon Alexander describes his jazz epiphany as occasioned by a complex diagram Coltrane gave legendary jazz musician and University of Massachusetts professor Yusef Lateef in 1967. “I thought the diagram was related to another and seemingly unrelated field of study—quantum gravity,” he writes in a Business Insider essay on his discovery, “What I had realized… was that the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s theory was reflected in Coltrane’s diagram.” joshua jones openculture.orgin this episode, we bare this beautiful confluence  in mindmy dead brother stefan poses for this modernist autobiographical shot from around 1966 with both miles davis , herman neitze, and coltrane placed, artfully in plain sight

58mins

24 May 2017

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Binaural Sine Waves, Mind Control, And Some Radiation (In A Storm)

mind control through sound...beta and gamma radiation....a radioactive thunderstorm...past life regression.... and much much more on isotopica.... like wow!

58mins

24 May 2017

Rank #7

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A Saucepan, A Freud, A Fox, And I

we prepared a saucepan,and played it as a semi autonomous instrumentby lighting and adjusting the gas.we added a partial recording of a new text by jimmy fox (16 and a half)... we then added some wax cylinder recordings and other sound items,which we treated with a complex array of digital effects, and then mixed the various sound files into todays edition of isotopica.en paris jimmy fox freud

58mins

11 May 2017

Rank #8

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pleasant yet sad piano

another long slow one, a glimpse of an even longer pice in progress, filmic reference, field recordings, spectral effects, and moods.......

58mins

26 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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agit prop rev olt

REVOLTINGa collage of political spoken word collected from 1960's radical cinema (heavily from jean luc goddard's sounds of england),field recordings and attenuated recordings of installation at of wall mounted airflow instruments.

58mins

26 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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Z

Isotopica today is in conversation with Zelda Cheatle, Photographer, Curator, Academic and the woman who influenced and oversaw the rise of Fine Art photography thru her time at the Photographers gallery and her own eponymous Gallery. A fine time was had by all....Zelda Cheatle by kurt van Steelantphotosensitive silver halide grains under an electron microscope

58mins

28 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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Ropac:s

today on isotopica  we speak with Thaddaeus Ropac,owner and director of the eponymous european galleries….. we converse and let our toes skim the surface of what is a deep mystery to many contemporary artists….. the art market and the gallery system..   as ever i claim few journalistic skills and actually find myself a little out of my bleak comfort zones, and instead in the dazzling bright lights where high culture meets high commerce…. Ropac, a charming man and one time student of jospeph beuys, displays a rare authenticity, especially in comparison with some of the london galleries of which many of us are so jaded and familiar….In reality a conversation perhaps only just begun, yet i hope you enjoy this little detour thru paris…… also featuring some rare japanese shellac 78 rpm recordings, marcel duchamp, john lennon, yoko ono and of course joseph beuys Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim photographed by dennis hopper at "ICONS OF THE SIXTIES" ropac gallery pantin 2015 photograph chosen in memory of when isotopica last met hopper and after much laughter, we asked him to adopt us.... unfortunately....

59mins

19 Jul 2016

Rank #12

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Cabaret voltaire: is still not dead….

Les psaumes sont écrits sur les magnétophonesLes chorus ont un nègre à chaque mélopéeLes bouches font des langues sept fois retournéesMiserere Seigneur du fond des microphonesLa nature d'acier pousse des fleurs chroméesLe juste en Cadillac s'encense du cigareLe courrier meurt de peur dans les aérogaresMiserere Seigneur du fond des destinéesLe boulanger joue la tournée au pain azymeLes moutons des prisons se laissent tricoterEt le coq de Saint Pierre a tranché son gosierMiserere Seigneur du fond des anonymesLes condamnés jouent au poker leur appétitEt laissent aux suivants leur part de JamaïqueLe coup de grâce dans le vent est liturgiqueMiserere Seigneur du fond des pilorisL'estomac du commun se met en diagonalLe traiteur donne aux chiens sa pitié tariféeLes boueux ont glissé sur des peaux d'orchidéesMiserere Seigneur du fond des capitalesLes banques de l'amour sont pleines à craquerLes "je t'aime" publics assomment les affichesLes adolescents ont des lèvres postichesMiserere Seigneur du fond des oreillersLes vitrines regardent passer les voyellesLes ortolans dans le commun prennent le fraisEt le saumon fumé boude le tapiocaMiserere Seigneur du fond de nos gamellesLes femmes en gésine inondent le pavéLes mineurs font un blanc à chaque lavaboLes souffleurs de Baccara font des bancosMiserere Seigneur du fond des encavésLes brebis de Panurge attendent au vestiaireLes visas escomptés percutent sur l'azurLa queue chez l'épicier jouit contre le murMiserere Seigneur du fond des muselièresLa ville a dégrafé son corsage de mortLes balles dans la rue ont la poudre nomadeLes pavés font la main aux yeux des barricadesMiserere Seigneur du fond des thermidorsLes temples sont cernés et sentent le roussiLes magasines font la pige aux évangilesEt les chemins de croix se font en crocodileMiserere Seigneur du fond des crucifixLe journal titre en deuil la putain des frontièresLa fleur fane au fusil et meure sous un drapeauEt les téléscripteurs nous mènent en bateauMiserere Seigneur du fond de nos galèresLa maladie veille au chevet des ganglionsLe coeur est métronome et la vie est musiqueA l'hôpital les symphonies sont catholiquesMiserere Seigneur du fond des pulsationsLa fonderie sur le tour égrène son rosaireLe tueur de la rue a gagé son beefsteakEt celui de Kobe n'aura pas un kopeckMiserere Seigneur du fond des mercenairesLe verbe s'est fait chaire dans le ventre ruséLa putain Marguerite a la peau qui dépasseLe caillot dans les plis sinueux se prélasseMiserere Seigneur du fond des pubertésLes bourgeois de la rue ont piqué la véroleEt réclament partout de faux médicamentsQu'on leur sert en faisant claquer toutes leurs dentsMiserere Seigneur du fond des carmagnolesLes sextants sont en grève au coeur des matelotsLes oiseaux carburés fientent les équipagesLe soleil fait la course avec le paysageMiserere Seigneur du fond des paquebotsLa trouille a revêtu la terre de sa housseLe plat de contrition se vend au marché noirLe curé fait du supplément sous l'ostensoirMiserere Seigneur du fond de la ressourceLes condamnés jouent au poker leur appétitIls vous laissent Seigneur leur part de solitudeLe service est compris nous avons l'habitudeDescendez donc seigneur de notre connerie

59mins

10 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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Ultra High Frequency

Ultra high frequency(UHF)the ITU designation for radio frequencies in the range between 300 MHz and 3 GHz, also known as the band as the wavelengths range from one meter to one. UHF television broadcasting is the use of ultra high frequency (UHF) radio for over-the-air transmission of television signals. UHF frequencies are used for bothUltraanalogand digital television broadcasts. UHF channels are typically given higher channel numbers, like the US arrangement with VHF channels 2 to 13, and UHF channels numbered 14 to 83.UHF broadcasting became possible due to the introduction of newhigh-frequency vacuum tubesdeveloped by Philips immediately prior to the opening of World War II. These were used in experimental television receivers in the UK in the 1930s, and became widely used during the war as radar receivers. Surplus tubes flooded the market in the post-war era. At the same time, the development of color television was taking its first steps, initially based on incompatible transmission systems. The US FCC set aside a block of the then-unused and now-practical UHF frequencies for color television use. The introduction of the backward compatible NTSC standard led to these channels being released for any television use in 1952

16 Jan 2016

Rank #14

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Communism: Communist Party Manifesto in Morse Code

Communist Party Manifesto in Morse CodeI believe we have finally satisfied a glaring gap in the great free market, a fully listenable, full rendering of the Communist Party Manifesto in Morse Code, please share this, and then sit back, listen , and see the world catch fire.........

7 Apr 2014

Rank #15

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Confessions of a Barbiturate user: madness, a review part 1

At 3pm in Istopica, artist Simon Tyszko considers madness, using interviews, field recordings and sonic collage in a programme which promises to be very dark. Note: some listeners may find the graphic descriptions of the hazards of drug usage disturbing.Indeed! Considering my own dalliance with curious mental health (addiction, depression, the vapours), this is first in an occasional series on the human psyche.

58mins

30 Apr 2013

Rank #16

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Home Heroin Manufacture (out takes, in takes, and all)

addictive to even the purest soulover the counterTodays Isotopica is a meditation on ritual, performance and obsession.The fetish of addiction, and the perfect commodity of heroin, are obliquely and amusingly explored in this series of takes and retakes from a recording session for a performance on the bathtub manufacture of heroin from raw opium.remixed over a soundtrack including rare arabic 78 shellac recordings and avante guard electronica, this episode is perhaps the perfect productthe sheer banality of domestic addiction

59mins

6 Dec 2012

Rank #17

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striptease

a delicious chemistryThis is the episode that hovers in the deliciously seedy depths of sixtiesstrip-club culture with the first screen appearance of NICO (velvet under ground etc etc ) with music by Serge Gainsbourg and style beyond in the 1963 French B movie striptease (sweet skin), sideways we move to west london and a man who’s advert i have seen on a tree for years discusses his psychic talents under the wing at phlight. Burroughs struts his stuff in Ah pook the destroyer, Gainsbourg zigs zags us to a father and son duet in the streets of Lhassa after which we land in 1950’s Holland to discover how Kodak film is made (in dutch). You call everybody darling is a seventy eight i recorded for a girl friend whom did as it said on the record label as we head back to striptease and further 60’s romp with Peter cook singing the hauntingly stylish theme of Bedazzled.Next we learn how sound is added to max fleicher cartoons, segued into two palestinian radio clips which in turn become a horrific 1950’s anti gay propaganda clip which could so easily be the same today in far too many places.I finish with a 1930;s hawaiian 78 and plug for the show

7 Sep 2012

Rank #18

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Is it that time already?

It’s now always a late 1970’s Sunday afternoon in the in the days of the contemporary Pest A mechanical timer prised from a discarded kitchen in a Bruxelles back street, provides an analogue rhythm around which we build today’s program.  Camus provides some words, we tune in to some intercultural networked improvised music from The Ethernet Orchestra, sample a new livestream sound work from Matthew Olden, and all as we gently muse on our world spun upside down on an unfamiliar axis. 7-8PM UTC+01:00 resonancefm.com Ethernet Orchestra  is an Internet-based musical ensemble that explores intercultural improvisation through musical performances in located venues and on the web. Founded by trumpeter Roger Mills, the ensemble was formed to address the underrepresentation of the diverse musical cultures in online music making.  The group combines electronic and traditional instruments, including Mongolian moron khuur (horse fiddle) and throat singing, tabla,  Persian tanbur, tar, balaban, and the Japanese shakuhachi, blended with Buchla synthesizer, DX7, Ableton, voice, guitar, trumpet, and sax.  Oceans between Sound is the second album by Ethernet Orchestra and covers a 4 year period of the groups performances and online jam sessions. It is free to download with artwork and CDR disc prints from the Chilean net label Pueblo Nuevo https://pueblonuevo.cl/catalogo/oceans-between-sound/

58mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Plays For Horses

The Train Rolls On Chris Marker Le Train En Marche (1971) First the eye, then the cinema, which prints the look…. A stunned episodepost tory election landslide,in which we listen simultaneously,to both the French and English soundtracks,of Chris Marker'sLe Train En Marche,in an attemptperhaps,to revisit,and evenfind a route back to,the utopiandreamsand projectsof both early and latetwentieth century cultural marxism. …the train of revolution, the train of history has not lacked reverse signals and switched points but the biggest mistake one could make was to believe that it had come to a halt. “If Chris asked you to do something you did it: There was no question”, recalls Marc Karlin in one of his last interviews before his death in 1999. ‘Chris’, needless to say, was Chris Marker, Karlin’s friend who he called ‘le maitre’. The task was to provide an English version of Marker’s recent film Le train en marche (1971) – a celebration of the Soviet era filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin and his mythical ‘kino-poezd’ – a ‘cine train’ re-fitted with cameras, editing tables and processing labs, that travelled the breadth of Russia to make films for and with the workers. Films made on the spot, in collaboration with the local people, (workers in factories, peasants in kolhozs), shot in one, day, processed during the night, edited the following day and screened in front of the very people who had participated to its making… Contrarily to the agit-prop trains which carried official propaganda from the studios to the people, here the people was his own studio. And at the very moment bureaucracy was spreading all over, a film unit could go and produce uncensored material around the country. And it lasted one year (1932)!Medvedkin saw his kino-poezd (294 days on the rails, 24,565m of film projected, 1000km covered) as a means of revolutionising the consciousness of the Soviet Union’s rural dwellers. Marker hoped his recent unearthing would incite similar democratic film-making. In tribute, Karlin and other kindred spirits in London joined Cinema Action.” There was a relationship to the Russians. Vertoz, the man and the movie camera, Medvedkin, and his agitprop Russian train; the idea of celebrating life and revolution on film, and communicating that. Medvedkin had done that by train. SLON and Cinema Action both did it by car. Getting a projector, putting films in the boot, and off you went and showed films – which we did”. The people were brought the filmmaker’s cinema, in the same way they were brought the artist’s art and the expert’s science. But in the case of this train the cinema was to become something created with contact through the people and was to stimulate them to make their own intervention.

58mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #20