A collection of 2-minute radio micro-compositions by sound artists from across the globe.
Curated by Francisco López:
Released by Störung on DVD-audio only / 24-bit /
Total length: 3 hours.
A project by SONM, Sound Archive of Experimental Music and Sound Art.
Organized and coordinated by the “Puertas de Castilla” Center in Murcia, Spain.
A Tasty Swarm of Small Signals started with a very specific structure: repeated daily brief radio broadcasts of especially commissioned short pieces. Over a period of three months (thirteen weeks) each day of the week would have a featured sound artist with a different piece every time. That amounts to seven artists creating thirteen pieces each.
Among an obviously vast field of interesting choices, I invited six artists from different continents to join me in this micro-compositional effort:
- James Webb (Australia)
- Lawrence English (South Africa)
- Francisco López (Spain)
- Asmus Tietchens (Germany)
- Louis Dufort (Canada)
- Alan Courtis (Argentina)
- Zbigniew Karkowski (Poland/Japan)
The idea of micro-compositions is always an interesting challenge (particularly for artists who normally work in much larger formats) and -when taken seriously- tends to produce surprising and compelling results. With no “theme”, no restrictions other than a precise duration of two minutes per micro-composition, and keeping the radio broadcast in mind, ninety-one pieces were created for this project.
The result is a very modular constellation of small audio pieces that can be organized in a number of ways for broadcast. The project is now being offered for broadcast in radios worldwide (online: only streaming, no downloads) and open to recombination -as seen fit by the broadcaster- acknowledging its modularity: organized according to the original plan of thirteen weeks with one artist per day of the week, with monographic shows per artist, with thirteen different shows with pieces from all the artists… and with any other imaginable permutation of these small -but tasty- signals.
Interested radios / broadcasters, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org