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24 Hours of Radio Art 2013

Posted on May 1, 2014 in News | 0 comments
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On January 17, 2013 artists around the world celebrated Art’s Birthday and CiTR transmits local Radio Art to the world. Our celebration, 24 Hours of Radio Art was broadcasted Midnight to Midnight on CiTR 101.9FM and


Listen to the podcast I recorded at CiTR to celebrate VNM 40th anniversary last year:

CiTR podcast [Download]


The concept of giving art a birthday was introduced by French born artist / peacenik Robert Filliou (associate of John Cage, by the way). In 1963 Filliou asserted that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Filliou championed a continuing playful anarchy as a way of rejecting “the fascism of the square world”: the world which refuses to break free of conventional wisdom and the inevitable war it falls into again and again. During 24 Hours of Radio Art we reject the conventional wisdom of radio and open the airwaves to the weird.

CITR’s 24 Hours of Radio Art has its roots primarily in the sound experimentations of Peter Courtemanche. Peter hosted the Weekly program “The Absolute Value of Noise” from 1988 to 1992. This program featured a wide variety of radio-art and experimental audio – often generated live on the air. This radio show developed into the annual 24 Hours of Radio/ART program (1992-96), collaborative event that explored the concept of a “radio-art” station and posed the question: What would happen if your local FM pop-rock station suddenly decided to go to an all audio-art format?


Podcast Excerpts Playlist

1  Koichi Makigami (Japan)

2  Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (CA)

3  Magali Babin (CA)

4  Complaints Choir (CA)

5  David Shea (US)

6  Francisco Lopez (Spain)

7  Feral Choir (CA)

8  Soundwalks (CA)

9  Michael Gordon (US)



Koichi Makigami (Japan) Voice

Michael Gordon (US) Percussion (Mantra Ensemble)

Magali Babin (CA) Radio frequencies from underwater

David Shea (US) Sampler

Francisco Lopez (Spain) Prepared piano and electronics


Community Ensembles

The Vancouver Soundwalk Collective (CA) Below the Surface led by Kristen Roos

Community Workshops (CA) Feral Choir • Phil Minton (UK)

Complaints Choir (CA) Veda Hille

Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (CA) Taikotroniks








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