Radio Slovenija Ars
Irena Pivka & Brane Zorman: Chatter
The topic of this „psycho-energetic“ radio play is a discussion between a baby, a frog and a bird. This piece focuses on sound creation by little babies. Its relevance thus lies in the performing of words and the ‘music’ created in this process, and not in what these child(ish) words literally mean. Its poetic fundamental assumption is the premise that children and animals may understand each other’s language. Children and animals can communicate on a level that is inaccessible to adults. A child can enter this dialogue using their non-verbal and nonsensical chatter. The literal meaning of syllables, this “chatter”, is not meant for exchanging proper words and messages but rather it is an energetic sound exchange. An adult, who listens to the radio play together with a child, meanwhile animates the child. The adult can repeat words and syllables from the play and this can motivate the child to engage more. The adult can show the child different objects, explain some terms, distances and other things talked about in the play. Before listening, the adult also gets short instructions, which explain how to engage the child with the help of this sound work.
Concept, design and development of the text: Irena Pivka
Concept and design, composition, sound production, post-production and mastering: Brane Zorman
Production: Radio Slovenija 3rd Program – Program Ars;
Produced as part of B-AIR, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Irena Pivka is artist, architect and cenographer. Together with Brane Zorman they estabished CONA institute for contemporary arts processing. She is co-author of STEKLENIK gallery for sound, bioacustics and art and a long term on going art project radioCona , which employs the space of a public radio frequency.
Brane Zorman, composer, curator, sound and radio artist, sound manipulator and producer, living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has composed numerous soundworks for theatre, dance performances, new media, internet projects, exhibitions, and events. In his work, he explores the possibilities of processing, presence, perception, placement, and reinterpretation of sound. He developed special interest in uncovering the unseen, unheard and hidden presence of the sound, vibrations, radiation like EMS spectrum, Earth trembling, and plants communication. Employing analogue and digital technologies, field recording and different techniques, his work traverses the fields of music, multimedia, and space. By using both sophisticated and simple tools, he constantly develops strategies, methods, dynamic and interactive interpretation models, soundscapes, ending in evolving electro-acoustic sound sculptures. With Irena Pivka he co-founded CONA Institute for contemporary art processing which produces radioCona, Field Frequency Flux projects among others. He is programe selector for ZVO.ČI.TI (so.und.ing) series project, curates sound art exhibitions, publishes artist’s books. He has worked with a number of Slovenian and international sound artists, and curated new media, concerts series, as well as sound art and radio art exhibitions. His bio-acoustic composition The Tree Spirit – Touch which took two years to complete won Palma Ars Acustica 2022 award.