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RUNDFUNK – INTERNET- Christina Kubisch & Christopher Williams – Groundwave Rondo (Magnetic Traveling) – premiere broadcast on Czech Radio – 26 Feb 2016

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(Magnetic Traveling) – premiere broadcast on Czech Radio – 26 Feb 2016

From: christina kubisch

Christina Kubisch & Christopher Williams: Groundwave Rondo (Magnetic


A collaboration between composers and sound artists Christina Kubisch,

who has worked with the phenomena of electromagnetic induction since

the late seventies, and Christopher Williams, who discovered the

hidden worlds of radio in 2007.

The piece will be broadcast on Czech Radio (Český rozhlas) on 26

February 2016 at 10 pm CET.

It is also available for streaming here:


In an old dictionary from 1912 the term Reise (travel) is defined as

„Bewegungen nach entfernten Orten“ (movements to distant places).

Today the idea of reaching distant places is mostly seen as a digital

travel and not as a real physical experience.

Our trip to the Czech Republic in October 2015 was both.

We traveled between „distant“ places which we did not know before, by

train, tram, funicular, and on foot. And we traveled between different

realities: „natural“ sounds, the worlds of electromagnetic fields, and

the worlds of radiowaves. Armed with special headphones that make

electrical currents audible, and with an AM radio that receives radio

waves interrupted and transformed by moving trains, for two days we

explored many different ways of traveling.

We sat still, moved around, listened passively, and actively captured

sounds by directing our tools in different directions; we visited

small cities, villages, a forest, and a mountain. The trip took us

from Berlin to Liberec, meandering most of the time between the German

Saxon area and the northern Czech Republic.An interesting aspect of

recording was the change to our perception of everyday reality.

Intense invisible wavelengths contrasted with the view of peaceful and

sometimes uniform landscapes, or with train compartments whose

passengers experienced quite different soundscapes than we did. It

made us understand that there are many realities surrounding us that

we do not normally see or hear.Groundwave Rondo (Magnetic Traveling)

is an extension of this adventure, this experience of a dual reality.

The structure of the piece follows the itinerary of the two days of

traveling. The soundscape ends with the arrival at the top of the

Jeschken, the mountain above Liberec which is home to a Czech radio


Some parts of the composition were elaborated together, some

improvised individually as a surprise to the the partner. Williams‘

contrabass improvisation, an instrumental journey in itself, gives a

frame and a narrative anchor to this intense and arresting auditory

experience and brings the listener back to a sound reality which he

knows. Sometimes.

Magnetic and radio recordings: Christina Kubisch and Christopher Williams

Field recordings: Christina Kubisch and Christopher Williams

Contrabass: Christopher Williams

Contrabass recordings: Eckehard Güther

Final mix: Christina Kubisch and Christopher Williams

Sound engineering: Eckehard Güther

Christopher Williams listening to radio waves Christina Kubisch

listening to electromagnetic fields Foto: Christina

Kubisch Foto: Christopher Williams