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Programm 

Samstag, 6.6.98: 
'WELCOME HOME' 
Halfloop, Berlin-Mitte 
Eröffnungsvortrag von Dieter Daniels (HGB Leipzig): "Radio Utopia (1920) and net.utopia (1990)" + Buffet 
  

Sonntag, 7.6.98 
'PREPRODUCTION GARDEN' Einstündige Livesendung auf uniRadio Berlin Brandenburg, Berlin- Dahlem, moderiert von Josephine Bosma (Amsterdam), mit anschließendem Livestream und Barbecueparty 
  

Montag, 8.6.98 
'STUDIO PRESENTA- TIONS' - Workshop Theory and History 
Mediacube, Berlin- Mitte 

1. Vortrag Dominik Schrage, Berlin: Imaginary Germany-on- Location. The Christ- mas-LinkUp as a radio drama'  

2. Vortrag Martin Conrads, convex tv., Berlin: 'what the faq is convex tv.'  

3. Telephoninterview von Josephine Bosma mit Drazen Pantic, Radio B92, Belgrad: 'The Current Situation of Independent Media in Serbia' 

4. Vortrag Pit Schultz, mikro, Berlin: 'Beyond metaphors: Question- ing Felix Guattari's radio theory' 

5. Projektpräsentation von Jinx, Pararadio, Budapest 

'DIORAM' [kunst+technik], Berlin- Mitte 
Live-Performance von und mit XLR, Berlin. Livestream Re-Mixing mit Borut Savski, Ljubljana, Mike Hentz, Frankfurt, und anderen internationalen Teilnehmern 
  

Dienstag, 9.6.98:  
'ACADEMY PERFORMANCE' 
How-to-Workshop 
Rechenzentrum der Humboldt Universität, Berlin-Mitte 

1. Vortrag Golo Föllmer, Berlin/Halle: 'Sound in the net' 

2. Projektpräsentation Elisabeth Zimmer- mann, Markus Seidel, Kunstradio Wien: 'Immersive Sounds'  

3. Projektpräsentation Adam Hyde, radio- qualia, Adelaide 'self.e x t r a c t i n g.radio'  

4. CD Rom-Präsen- tation Klaus Gasteier, Köln: 'Dumb Angel - SMiLE'  

5. Projektpräsentation Rachel Baker, Back- space Radio, London 

abends: 
Jazz-Club, Schröderstraße, Berlin-Mitte 
DJs: SuperMerle und trax tv.  
  

Mittwoch, 10.6.98: 
'TRIMM DICH CLUB' 
Workshop Software and technology 

1. Thomax Kaulmann (Radio Internationale Stadt) und Herbert A. Meyer (Universität Kassel): 'Internet- Radio, Standards and Formats' 

2. Frank Fremerey, Journalist, Bonn: 'Die 15 DAB-Command- ments oder Internet- Radio als Schnittstelle zwischen Datenbanken und Hörern' 

3. Carsten Neubauer, TokTok, Berlin: 'Homeproduction of electronic dance music with Midi and Soft- Synthesizer' 

4. Frieder Butzmann, Klangkünstler, Berlin: 'Soundintervention'  

abends:  
mikro lounge #4 "NET.RADIO" 

1. Screening der Videodokumentation der net.radio-days '98 (Christoph Keller, Ulrich Gutmair) 

2. Rasa Smite, Radio Ozone, Riga: Präsen- tation des Magazins 'acoustic space' 

3. Heidi Grundmann, Kunstradio Wien: Projektvorstellung 

4. Abschlußdiskussion mit Teilnehmern der net.radio-days, moderiert von Geert Lovink 
  

DJ:  
Klaus Kotai, Berlin, Elektro Music Department 

Visuals:  
Daniel Pflumm, Martin Dammann. 
 

net.radio days '98:  
"trimm dich" 
Berlin, 6. - 10. Juni 1998 
Modem - ISDN 
Mehr zum Programm und zu den Teilnehmern. 
Das erste internationale Treffen experimenteller Internet-Radio-Projekte in Berlin fand vom 6. - 10. Juni 1998 statt und wurde von mikro in Zusammenarbeit mit convex tv. organisiert. net.radio-days 98 "trimm dich" wurde sowohl als öffentliche Veranstaltung für ein breiteres Publikum als auch als Workshop für die eingeladenen Initiativen und Institutionen konzipiert. Die einzelnen Veranstaltunge fanden dabei an verschiedenen Orten der Stadt statt und endeten in der mikro.lounge #4. 
  

Konzept 

Hörfunk '98 

Der Hörfunk befindet sich zur Zeit in einer Umbruchsphase, in der man für den öffentlichen und privaten Rundfunk in Kürze von einer weiteren Komponente sprechen wird: Neben digitalem Radio (DAB), Satellitenradio und Kabelradio hat sich das Internet als ein Übertragungsweg für Audiodaten etabliert. Die These, nach der "eigentlich jede/r" mit wenig Aufwand einen eigenen 'Radiosender' aufbauen kann, wird dort in der Praxis erprobt, wo unabhängige Projekte ihre eigenen Internet- radiostationen betreiben. Die Verwirklichung der Brechtschen Radiotheorie? 
  

net.radio '98 

Die Faszination, geographisch voneinander entfernte Zentren und Peripherien durch Internetradio vernetzen zu können, stellt neue Herausforderungen an die herkömm- lichen Formate des Radios. Es geht dabei nicht um eine Renaissance internationa- listischer Radio-Utopien, sondern um neue Möglichkeiten kultureller Distribution außerhalb kommerzieller Kreisläufe. Durch Ausschöpfung dieser temporären Frei- räume entstehen unter anderem neue Formen der Contentproduktion - live und als Archiv. Verflechtungen von Stadtraum, Klangraum und Datenraum, unterschiedlichen Medien und Formaten ergeben sich. 
  

net.radio-days '98 

In kurzfristig und mit geringen Mitteln organisierten Workshops trafen in Berlin erstmalig internationale Medienaktivisten zusammen, um sich über ihre Erfahrungen mit net.radio auszutauschen. Hierbei standen Formate und Experimente im Vorder- grund, die die Möglichkeiten von Sound im Internet auch jenseits der Radiometapher ausloten. Es ging dabei auch darum, die technischen Grenzen, wie z.B. Internet-Zugriff und Bandbreite, zu hinterfragen. Vorherige Treffen in Riga, Ljubljana und Rotterdam hatten gezeigt, daß es international eine wachsende Gruppe von Internet-Radio- Projekten gibt, die gegenseitige Vernetzung und Kooperation in Sound verwandeln. Regelmäßig stattfindende 'loops', Live-Schaltungen und Contentarchive stellen die Frage nach der Form von Öffentlichkeit, die sich im Internet entwickelt.  

Die Netzradiotage wurden ermöglicht durch die freundliche Unterstützung von mediacube gmbh, Kultursenat Berlin, parabolica spaces, im team, loop/halfloop, uniRadio Berlin-Brandenburg, wmf, Humboldt Universität Berlin, jazz-club, [kunst+technik], Radio Internationale Stadt, Christoph Keller. 

Teilnehmer/innen u.a.: Pararadio, Budapest; Radio Ozone, Riga; radioqualia, Adelaide; KunstRadio, Wien; Radio Student, Ljubljana; Radio Backspace, London; Freies Radio, Kassel; XLR, Berlin; Radio Internationale Stadt, Berlin; mikro e.V., Berlin; convex tv., Berlin; Radio Patapoe, Amsterdam; B92, Belgrad.  
 
  

Radio-Livediskussion, 7.6.98,  convex tv. (Auszug) 

Die grundlegenden Fragen und Statements zu den net.radiodays '98 wurden im Rahmen einer Radio-Livediskussion verhandelt, die am 7.6.98 von convex tv. on-air und im Internet gesendet wurde.  

Die komplette Dokumentation der Sendung kann unter  
<http://www.art-bag.net/convextv/1998/06/7jun98.htm> 
nachgelesen werden. 

Teilnehmer/innen: 
Pit Schultz, mikro, Berlin 
Elisabeth Zimmermann, Kunstradio, Wien 
Martin Conrads/Stefan Schreck, convex tv., Berlin 
Raitis Smits, Radio Ozone/ Xchange, Riga 
Adam Hyde, radioqualia, Adelaide 
Thomax Kaulmann, Radio Internationale Stadt, Berlin 

Moderation: 
Josephine Bosma, Radio Patapoe, Amsterdam 
  

(...) 

thomax kaulmann: radio internationale stadt was founded in `96. its architecture is a real audio archive. this infrastructure gives people the chance to distribute real audio files of any content - itís music, itís discussions, itís political things, everything thatís audio material you can archive in this system on the net. we also do livestreamings. RIS is an archive with no matter of content, itís free for everyone to distribute things on the net and give people the chance to do this with our infrastructure. 

(...) 

josephine bosma: raitis, you started your archive and i can remember that you were making calls for starting a network at practically the same time. the network has developed a bit slower. but can you tell us why you wanted to start this network? 

raitis smits: it was a spontaneous idea. it started last june, when we came out with calls for submissions, and we made four issues, which basically are webpages with real audio links on them. the idea was somehow to popularize the alternative broadcasting scene. also, there was another idea at that time, which we were very fond of. to put every other page on another server, like to build this infinite server community. in autumn we also started a mailinglist about net.audio, about net.radio, because there were no lists at that time for this kind of activities on the net. 

(...) 

josephine bosma: would the fact that convex tv. is a hybrid between journalism and art and experimentation also come from the fact that you are one of the few on this table that is also on the ether? 

martin conrads: normally we broadcast for one hour monthly on the ether, but we also sometimes do these livestreams, which donít depend on this monthly transmission. i think the fact that we started as a monthly magazine on the ether kind of defined the frame that we are more concerned with journalistic reports on this whole kind of net.radio system. 

josephine bosma: but itís not net.radio, of course, itís the whole cultural field you are covering, right? 

martin conrads: we are mostly concerned with electronic culture, cyberculture, whatever. we reflect our own situation in this field. this is really a problem for us, because itís difficult for, say, the xchange community to have access to our archive, because most of the reports are in german. so thatís a kind of a paradox - being on air for the berlin area, and being at the same time online, having this archive and trying to decide who has access to which form of this hybrid field. 

josephine bosma: adam, can you tell us something about radioqualia? whatís your aim and what exactly do you do?  

adam hyde: it started four months ago with honor harger and myself in adelaide. we both recently moved to australia from a broadcasting background in new zealand. we decided that we wanted to investigate the notion of broadcasting in a net-environment, because broadcasting in a traditional sense has really being underutilized and hasnít been stretched to its full potential. the net offers a much more malleable form for broadcasting. what we do in reality - we have audiofiles available with electronic music and you can listen to a playlist, which is a compilation of songs, or you can listen to various liveshows which we re-broadcast. these liveshows originate from radioshows all around the world, which are encoded and we make available through the net, through radioqualia. 

(..) 

adam hyde: regarding the importance of archiving: for me itís not actually the archiving thatís important but itĎs the melleability of the medium and the ability to combine online at any given time audio content which is either live or from one source or it is archived material or it is pre-recorded material, which is distinct from an archive. it also has the edit-ability to combine various inputs, audio inputs, to have one common output. for example, you can take a debate between somebody in australia and somebody in berlin and combine them, or you could combine music or art critiques from around the world and have one output through a net.audio station. 

(...) 

josephine bosma: raitis, what does net.radio mean to you?  

raitis smits: basically, i donít have a regular radio experience, because me and rasa and all the other ozone people actually mostly have an artistic or musical background. nobody has worked in a normal radio, thatís why i cannot compare those two things but i cannot imagine us doing something on regular radio. i think itís impossible because they will immediately kick us out.  

josephine bosma: why is that? is that because of the extreme messages you bring? political content? 

raitis smits: no, not at all. itís mostly about experience, about different kinds of undefined things, which normal mass media are not ready to take beacuse they are not sure about the audience. because the mass media is based on audience nowadays. they are really worried about things like that. and if you do something experimental it depends on personalities. if you have good friends you can sometimes do something extraordinary. in net.radio everybody can do it. 

(...) 

josephine bosma: in berlin the airwaves seem to be pretty closed... 

martin conrads: i think there definitely is a need for berlin to have something like an alternative radio, a content based radio. but i think we donít fill that gap, we canít do it with the structure we have. for our project we donít see ourselves as being against mass media or being a kind of alternative structure to that, because i donít think we see our radio activities too much from the radio side but more from the internet side. so i think this could be maybe a better access to understand what net.radio could be, because after the hype of the internet some years ago people have searched for the content structures of the net. i think some of those structures had certain disfunctionalities. with net.radio i think itís possible that people can exchange content, not just text based content, but content in any form, hybrid forms, with text, with sound, with images, and can even create new content out of it, as adam said before.  

(...) 

pit schultz: i think, basically net.radio is a metaphor for a certain kind of audio practice on this new medium internet. itís a metaphor like others too, like the webzine, the ezine, the letter, which is a basic metaphor for emails. itís interesting to see how this metaphor works as a fundament. so itís interesting to deconstruct the metaphors, not to rebuild radio on the net. thatís what normal radio stations are doing at the moment, they just put their radio signal on a livestream and broadcast over the internet. but i think the internet is not a broadcasting medium. itís also maybe not what bertold brecht was hoping for, this universal communication apparatus. but you have definitely a back channel on the internet. you can talk back. itís very easy to start with your own radio station. i think in a few years we wonít call it net.radio anymore. riga already switched to call it net.audio, and i think thatís the direction. on the other hand we have the tendency of this complete diversification. there is an infinite number of possible channels on the internet. then itís a question of how to reorganize this complexity, how this is differentiating, in groups and other formats, how this is regrouping. and then you can see networks like xchange, very loose networks, which are having their own mailinglist and trying to experiment with group formats and exchange their experiences.  

(...) 

pit schultz: we should also talk about the economic conditions of net.radio. one of the main topics we really should think about is bandwidth and what it means on the internet. if you donít have access to bandwidth you have no access to net.radio. so we are speaking here a bit about dreams, because in the end you have to pay the telephone costs, and that is much more than paying for the radio, which is one of the cheapest mediums ever accessable. the dream is, that some of this comes together, the low-tech aspect, the cheapness, the cost-effectiveness of radio and the nonregulated openness of the internet. thatís the question: how to combine what is called net.radio with real radio. and how to address the issue of bandwidth scarcity. it would be an interesting question how you can connect the internet as a ressource for information to radio as a broadcasting medium. and i think only at this moment you can speak about net.radio, because then itís radio and the net. only if you connect the net to real radio than itís real net.radio. we could think about how we can achieve this on an experimental level, to ask for a little window on an AM frequency and broadcast from the net into the ether. that could be an interesting experiment. 

(...) 

Die komplette Dokumentation der Sendung kann unter  
<http://www.art-bag.net/convextv/1998/06/7jun98.htm> 
nachgelesen werden. 

[convex tv.]