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Crónica 020 CD

Release: 1 May 2005

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  1. Longina: Oidar
  2. Gintas K: Tunning On
  3. @c: int.13/35
  4. Gilles Aubry: Ridiot
  5. Random Industries: Media Corrosion
  6. Jörg Piringer: Sig/o
  7. Pedro Tudela: Atmosfera Reduzida
  8. tilia: doublethinktank III: we did our duty
  9. General Magic: Chronomops
  10. Cáncer: 97.1 (edit)
  11. Ok.Suitcase: -sf 0905-04
  12. Pal: 2ofmytime_x
  13. Ran Slavin: Golden Twilight Moments
  14. Christine Fowler: 2 minutes
  15. Heimir Björgúlfsson & Jonas Ohlsson: Thanks for Nothing
  16. Pimmon: Ears that Hear
  17. Paulo Raposo: Verbatim
  18. Autodigest: After The Orgy (7" radio edit)
  19. Pita: 59.5…
  20. Lawrence English: In Preparation
  21. Heitor Alvelos: Had a Scanner Been Born on the Bosphorous
  22. Stephan Mathieu: Radiance
  23. o.blaat: I Wish I Had My Coffee While The Radio Was On
  24. Vitor Joaquim: Radio_0
  25. The Beautiful Schizophonic: A Radiophonic Fairytale
  26. Pawel Grabowski: Untitled 2:00
  27. Pure: Free Radio Azimuth
  28. Steinbrüchel: AM/FM
  29. Freiband: Gong Station & Chimes
  30. Antmanuv: Silent Haarp
  31. Pablo Reche: Expo Radio
  32. Durán Vázquez: Goebbels’ Pupils
  33. James Eck Rippie: Radio
  34. Nick Dan & Sumugan Sivanesan: Radio05
  35. Miguel Carvalhais: 0303
  36. John Hudak: The Big Beat
  37. Boca Raton: Along The Line
  38. Luis Marte: Exploraciones 6
  39. Ákos Garai: To Bjeller

Crónica is proud to present Crónica 020~2005 and Crónica 021~2005, our second compilation, and one in two volumes.

This compilation comprises an audio CD + DVD release and, as merely compiling tracks is of no big interest to us (no matter how interesting the tracks may be), what we searched for was an unifying idea that could help to create a coherent collective composition, not only showcasing both the artists and the label, as well as providing the possibility for some meaningful work to be done. And though the concept of this particular release still revolves around the sound medium, we’ve decided to stress the media label tag a little further with a full DVD release. The DVD showcases video work specially produced for this compilation, from some of our artists and some special guests.

Essays on Radio aims to comment on the sound medium, on the technology and the culture of radio.

In the midst of media saturation, radio can easily end by being an overlooked medium, not only due to its lower visibility compared to most mainstream media but mostly because it is an un-visual medium. It is also one of the longer standing and of the oldest electronic media that is still alive, so the novelty factor is not a help.

Radio was the first broadcast medium, as well as the first that was sound-specific and intangible. Historically, radio was the primary responsible for an awareness of sound that went beyond the strict scope of music.

Radio is a saturated live medium, where much happens simultaneously. Having little or no control about the sources and the interferences during broadcast and reception turns radio into a medium where we can easily and objectively experience noise. Therefore, it was probably through radio that many first heard white noise. It was probably with a radio receiver that many first modulated noise as it was probably through radio that we experienced randomness along with the lack of control and indeterminacy.

This theme was intended to provide the artists with a starting point to approach the work. Unlike we did in the previous compilation, there would be no audio sources provided to the artists beforehand. In this release, what we were looking for were not exercises on composing from shaping any given sound matter but rather on relating the musical pieces to this particular context: Radio.

As a further way to coherently organize the CD, we asked all the artists to produce the pieces with a fixed duration. This symbolic length allowed us to fit work from some of the artists we released so far and a few selected guests and it also served as a strong structure binding all the compositions together. Given the fact that we are closing the 2nd year of Crónica releases, we proposed that all tracks should have the fixed duration of 2 minutes, exactly.

Therefore the sub-title: Can I have two minutes of your time?