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There are connections between the magic and the analog that maybe need not be spelled out. Who does not know the occurrence of the ghostly presence of an unknown voice in a room? Or, the aura of a geographically remote place unfolding in your very living room. There are other and less evident concepts of magic (which is – strangely – an extremely rational and analogue pursuit) in our world that we would like to examine further… yet, this would mean to overfreight for this very spontaneously conceived insular event.

For the four days from the 25-28 of May, we have put together a program that can be roughly divided into four theme days:
1 Radio waves, Rain and Tapes. With Kari Yli-Annala
2 Grounding the Ear: Listening to the earth’ hum, talks about geology and the mysteries of minerals. Live Phone call with Jonathan Moss, UK
3 Analogue Birds and Plants. Island life. Guest: Erkki Makkonen
4 Word Magic: Poetry, Radioplays, Encantations. Guest: Róza Turunen. Open Studio.

Harakka Radio is prone to faults and flows, broadcasting on a narrow range that covers the island… just so. it may disrupt our habits of listening while at the same time opening up new ways to perceive. The program includes sonic artworks by more than 20 international sound and radio artists. that at times might be hard to distinguish from the wind and waves combing the leaves of trees and grass on the island.

The program will run from 1 or 2 – 5 pm, with the station situated at the Lännatin Gallery. The studio is open to visiting guests. Analog documentation in photography and writing is welcome.

Harakka Radio is also about listening culture on a social scale, people can come together to listen, a somewhat long-forgotten tradition of being and sharing together.
Prepare for the unexpected, maybe even the impossible! Harakka Radio and the Nomad Academy of Experimental Arts wish you a magic stay on the island.

Please bring your radio and tune to 92 MHz fm ! Or come and sit by one of the four listening stations we have etablished!

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(Übersetzung ins Deutsche entfällt) Dear contributing Open Call Artists,
dear Radio Enthusiasts, Analogue Islanders and Visitors!

As always, I am surprised, touched, and at times quite overwhelmed by the bandwidth, and beauty of your contributions. This time even more, because (probably) none of you living far away from Finland can really listen to them… they are broadcast exclusively via FM on the small island of Harakka, which is a short boat ride away from the pier in Helsinki.

At this point in time, the list of participating sound and radio artists reads like this:

  • Anna Friz
  • Cecilie Fang
  • Franco Falistoco
  • Ian Joyce
  • Joan Schuman
  • Jonathan Moss
  • Julia Drouhin – with Pip Stafford and Biddy_Connor
  • Kate Donovan – with Catherine Evans, Ally Bisshop)
  • Lukatoyboy
  • Magz Hall – with Peter Coyte
  • Maximillian Glass
  • Franco Falistoco
  • Petra Kapš aka OR poiesis
  • Roberto D’Ugo
  • Sarah Washington
  • Sebastian Pafundo
  • Sebastiane Hegarty
  • Tiger Stangl
  • Tom Miller

Due information about the pieces played and on which days will be given (latest) by Thursday morning. Harakka Radio is welcoming local artists and scientists to its program, as invited by the event’s organizer, artist and founder of the Nomad Academy of Experimental Art, Kari Yli-Annala:

Antti Salla, geologist. Day 2, 2 pm
Erkki Makkonen, plant specialist Day 3
Róza Turunen, poet. Day 4, 3 pm
Minou Norouzi, film maker. Day 3

The dates and times given are subject to changes! Additional guests are expected!

As the final schedule is not yet decided on, new info will also be shared a bit later on. Our frequency is 92.0 MHz. The program starts each day at 2 pm and ends at 5 pm… unless decided otherwise.  Broadcast assistant is Rori Vallinharju.

For all of you who want to visit the Island, this is the schedule for the ferry:


Please bring your radio! There are some specimens on the island to listen to/borrow but isn’t it much nicer to walk around and catch the radio waves by your own device?

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Open Call (Übersetzung ins Deutsche zu späterem Zeitpunkt)
The Magic of the Analogue: ‘Magpie’ Radio on Harakka Island

Celebrating the Magic of the Analogue, Harakka Radio invites you to contribute and shape a live radio program on the occasion of the Week of the Impossible, organized by the Nomadic Academy of Experimental Art, Helsinki, Finland.

For a whole week from the 22nd on, Finnish media artist and performer Kari Yli-Annala invites the world to join the artistic activities at Nomad Academy. This year’s theme is “The Magic and the Analogue” – and what can be more magic and analogue than a W-Lan-free radio station on an island?

Harakka Radio is an off-shoot of the nomadic and ecologic radio art project Datscha Radio, and is maintained by Gabi Schaffner. We will broadcast for 4 days between the 25 and 28 of May on Harakka Island, reviving the tradition of micro-broadcasting. Each day for 3-4 hours, we will probe into the psychogeography of the island. The live broadcasts will present talks and readings, concerts, and experimental music.

We are curious about:

  • Local knowledge about the fauna & flora, the ecology and the history of Harakka Island
  • Poetry/conversations relating to rocks, stones, islands, birds, sea, air, radio
  • Magnetic tape recordings and your experimental tape music
  • Non-digitally produced/recorded sound art
  • Morse music, Magpies
  • Time: Deceleration tactics, deep listening
  • When interested to perform live, please send 100 words about your idea J
  • You must own the (copy)rights of your production!

Deadine and Formats

Deadline is May, 20th. Please:

  • Please send your magic radio contribution as mp3 ONLY (preferably 320 Mbits)
  • label your tracks: firstname_lastname_title
  • include a pdf with <100 words about your piece (how it relates to the theme) and your person
  • put Harakka Radio as the subject line
  • send the link to info@datscharadio.de via wetransfer et al

How to listen

The station’s range of FM radio waves will cover the island… and only the island.

In order to listen visitors must take the ferry and bring a radio with them (yes, one of those boxes with antenna and a scale pointer­). Harakka Radio will be situated at Gallery Lennätin.

We are fond of an open studio-situation: performers, spontaneous live guests and visitors are welcome.


You are heartily invited to take out your old cassette recorders and analogue cameras from their closets and experiment with analogue documentation. We would love it, and include the results on the Datscha Radio site.

Harakka Radio works on a non-commercial basis, therefore we cannot reimburse you for your valuable time and work. What we have to offer is a radio station and art platform for discovery, exchange and networking. In the off-line world. Nähdään pian!

All copyrights stay with the artists. For more information about the project, please refer to datscharadio.de or write.

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Harakka Island Radio

Für den Fall, dass es Euch nicht bekannt war: Der 22. Mai ist der
‘Tag des Unmöglichen’. Der finnische Medienkünstler und Gründer der ‘nomadischen Akademie der experimentellen Kunst’, Kari Yli-Annala, lädt ab dem 22. Mai für eine Woche zu künstlerischen Aktivitäten auf die Insel Harakka vor Helsinki ein. Das diesjährige Thema lautet “The Magic of the Analogue”.

Datscha Radio freut sich, in Gestalt einer experimentellen Mikro-UKW-Station seine plötzliche und überraschende ‘mission impossible’ für den 25. bis 28. Mai 2023 anzukündigen!

Gemeinsam mit den Inselbewohner*innen, Künstler*innen und Gästen und unter dem Dach einer einstigen Telegrafenstation wird Harakka Radio ein 3-stündiges Live-Radio-Programm auf UKW für vier Tage gestalten. Detaillierte Infos hierzu im Laufe der nächsten Posts.

Die Insel

Die Insel Harakka (=“Elster“) liegt eine 30-minütige Fährfahrt vom Zentrum Helsinkis entfernt, eine überwiegend flache und felsige Platte aus Basalt und Glimmergneis, durchzogen von schimmernden Adern verschiedenster Mineralien: Magnetit, Hornblende und der turmalinähnliche, gelbgrüne Epidot. Die Insel Harakka steht nicht still: Mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 3-4 mm (30-40 cm pro Jahrhundert) hebt sie sich weiter über den Meeresspiegel. Sie ist heute unbewohnt, beherbergt aber ein Naturschutz- und Bildungszentrum sowie verschiedene Gebäude und Kasernen aus der Zeit der russischen Besatzung.  Der Hauptveranstaltungsort des Events, die Nomadenakademie, war früher das Telekommunikationszentrum. Leider ist von den technischen Einrichtungen heute nichts mehr erhalten.

Das Radio

Das Radio wird eingerichtet in einer ehemaligen Telegrafenstation in Küchennähe.

Harakka Radio wird nur auf der Insel und nur auf UKW zu empfangen sein. Das Liveprogramm mit Focus auf die Psychogeografie des Eilands wird sich also teils im Verborgenen abspielen; die Besucher*Innen werden gebeten, eigene Empfangsgeräte mitzubringen.

Internationale Klang-, Tonband- und Radiokünstler*innen: Ihr seid herzlichst eingeladen, Eure Werke dem Inselpublikum vorzustellen.

Wir sind neugierig auf:

  • Magnetbandaufnahmen und experimentelle Tonbandmusik
  • Nicht-digital produzierte/aufgezeichnete Klangkunst
  • Entschleunigungen
  • Wenn Ihr interessiert seid live aufzutreten, sendet 100 Wörter Info an info@datscharadio.de

Einsendeschluss ist der 20. Mai. Detaillierte Informationen sind im Open Call beschrieben.

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