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What does the Black Forest sound like? In the morning, in the evening, at night?
The Vogelklang Soundcamp is getting ready for Dawn Chorus Day this Sunday, 5 May 2024 at 5:00 am, with cooking, the installation of sound artworks, and conversations buzzing through the air and across the meadows, crossing the Kauzhorst (stage area), the Wasseramselhaus (workshops and showers) and: The microphones for the Dawn Chorus’ global stream have already been set up.

Anyone who wants to listen to the Black Forest from now on can do so. Just click on the audio player on the right. If you can’t see it now: It was active only 4-6th of May.

The Vogelklang Soundcamp organised by the Global Forest Art Association is an open-air festival and has been linked to the International Dawn Chorus Day since 2018, which was founded in the 1980s by the environmentalist and broadcaster Chris Baines in Birmingham.

In addition to the numerous recording and listening stations spread across more than 80 participating countries, a Sound Camp was also set up in a remote forest clearing in the Black Forest. It starts tomorrow!

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Now it’s official! Datscha Radio will travel to Gyumri, Armenia in September 2024 for a three-week radio residency.
Ms Schaffner feels overwhelmed and already exited. A great thanks to #Art Basis who invited me for this project and to #Culture Moves Europe and Goethe Institute Brussels for funding this journey.

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Newly published: The documentation about Datscha Radio in Altenburg. 32 pages. 2023. with contributions by: Gabi Schaffner, Grit Martinez, Helen Thein, Luise Krischke (Fliegender Salon).. Design: tigerworx. Radio artistic concepts: Ernst Markus Stein, Gabi Schaffner, Helen Thein.

Our adventures include the chapters:

  • Sommergartenradio (30. Juni 2023)
  • Laubenlauschen (3.-6. August 2023)
  • Streuobstradio (1. Oktober 2023)
  • Der Fliegende Salon: “Experimentierfreude im Fokus”
  • Summary in English language
  • Radiorezepturen

Download the PDF here:

All participating artists and gardeners are invited to order or pick up their personal copy. An online PDF will be available soon! For Berlin/international artists: Please write to info(at)datscharadio.de. For Altenburg participants: please write to Luise.Krischke@altenburgerland.de

“Datscha Radio in Altenburg” was realized with the kind support of:

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Freshly printed: Datscha Radio’s documentation about Radio Gardening in Altenburg. 32 pages. 2023. With contributions by: Gabi Schaffner, Grit Martinez, Helen Thein, Luise Krischke (Fliegender Salon). Graphic design: tigerworx. Radio art concepts: Ernst Markus Stein, Gabi Schaffner, Helen Thein.
Number of copies (Datscha Radio): 250; (Fliegender Salon) 250.

Our Altenburg adventures include the chapters:

  • Sommergartenradio (30. Juni 2023) – Summergarden Radio
  • Laubenlauschen (3.-6. August 2023) – Listening to Arbours
  • Streuobstradio (1. Oktober 2023) – OrchardFruitRadio
  • Der Fliegende Salon: “Experimentierfreude im Fokus”
  • Summary in English
  • Radiorezepturen – Radio Recipes

All participating artists and gardeners are invited or order or fetch their personal copies. An online PDF will be available soon! For Berlin/international artists: please write to info(at)datscharadio.de. For Altenburg participants: please write to Luise.Krischke@altenburgerland.de

“Datscha Radio in Altenburg” was realized with the friendly support of:

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Photo: Milos Vojtechovsky

Radio Practice as Experimental Ethnology

As part of the Cense (Central European Network of Sonic Ecologies) symposium program “Beyond Listening” Datscha Radio’s approach to experimental ethnography was presented.

Next to decidedly experimental settings (“NightGardening”, Berlin 2019), Datscha Radio engages in cross-cultural garden research and broadcasted from Spain (2018), Taiwan (2019), and most recently, Finland (Art Biennial Ii, “Air on Air”, 2022). The project also sprouts radiophonic solo off-shoots exploring seasonal states of mind (KAAMOS Radio, Finland 2021) or topographies (Harakka Island Radio, Finland 2023). In my lecture, I introduced several of Datscha Radio’s abroad iterations and discussed the perspectives of nomadic radio stations as havens of situated knowledge.

Audio examples taken from interviews about plant care work with:
Subrabha Seshan (Gurukula, Botanic Sanctuary, India 2017)
Eva Kurly with Oscar Domínguez (Hospital de Plantas, Spain 2018)

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Foto: Florence Freitag hatte Besuch während ihrer “Apfelgespräche”.

(Translation will follow) Datscha Radio bedankt sich ganz herzlich bei allen KünstlerInnen, die sich so vielfältig am Open Call beteiligt haben! Aufgrund der Menge und Länge der Beiträge haben wir uns entschlossen, neben den Loops für den Klanggarten, noch ein Nachtspecial zu kreieren, dass vor allem die längeren Stücke präsentiert. Der KLanggarten selbst spielt auf den DEFA-Märchenfilm “Das Singende Klingende Bäumchen” an.

Selbstverständlich werden viele Stücke (bis zu einer Länge von) ca. 6 min auch während unserer Liveshow vorgestellt. Wann und welches genau können wir zu diesem Punkt der Programmreife aber nicht sagen.

Klingender Baum 1

  • Auvikogue (DE): momente. gedanken. über die aufhebung der
    schwerkraft von fallobst durch resonierende frequenzmodulation
  • Elo Masing (EST): Apple Worm (DE)
  • Frau Holle – Goldmarie’s Bäumchen
  • Wald bei Nacht
  • Tiger Stangl (DE): Apfel Birne Quitte Pflaume
  • Archiv DR: Eingelegte Gurken

Klingender Baum 2

  • Tiger Stangl und Ian Joyce (DE, IRE): Samensinfonie
  • Waltraud Blischke (DE): Erlensee Equinox
  • Frau Holle – Goldmarie’s Bäumchen
  • Samensinfonie (Reprise 1)
  • Olaf Velte (DE): Geheimnisse des Apfelweins und „Mank’s Garten“
  • Samensinfonie (Reprise 2)
  • + Waldlandeule

Klingender Baum 3

  • Florence Freitag (DE, F): Die Apfelgeschichte
  • Tiger Stangl: Knoblauch
  • Helmut Peitsch (DE): Erdbeermarmelade
  • Auvikogue (DE): Im Tal der Ahnungslosen / Bad Ditzenbach
  • Gabi Schaffner (DE): Baumscherenverkäufer
  • Chor, Archiv Datscha Radio: Spann den Wagen an
  • Frau Holle – Goldmarie’s Bäumchen

Nachternte: 22-23 Uhr (nur online)

Expanded Garden Leopoldstadt – Heuernte LaaerBergBauerInnen [Common Rooms]

Eine Soundcollage aus Aufnahmen der diesjährigen Heuernte des urbanen Agrarkollektivs der LaaerBergBauerInnen. Das Wetzen der Sensen wechselt sich mit den Erntegesängen, Umgebungsgeräuschen wie Fluglärm und dem sanften Tröpfeln der Gießkannen ab.
Expanded Garden / Irene Lucas und Christoph Euler
Ein Projekt im Rahmen von Common Rooms // FLUCC Vienna 2023
Recordings: Nina Vobruba
Produktion / Collage: Sandro Nicolussi aka. BYDL

Asthral – Daniel Alquizaleth

Asthral is a contemporary spectral work recorded by the Stockholm saxophone quartet, representing the awakening of the process of astral travel (out-of-body experiences and their connection with nature) which are carried out mainly in autumn due to the energy of the earth present at this time of the year. anus.
Astral travel was present in different cultures around the world related to magic, the unknown and the extracorporeal connection of the human being with nature from Hindu stories, in regions of Tibet, Nordic stories and tales of medieval magicians.

How Do We Love This World, if mushrooms could talk and trees could [Wenn Pilze sprechen und Bäume sich umarmen könnten, wie liebten wir diese Welt]
Laura Lukisch

TRT 16:31
Inmitten extremer Wetterereignisse ist es schwierig, Liebe und Verlust, Hoffnung und Verzweiflung zz vereinen, wenn wir Zeuge von Bränden, Regenfällen, Überschwemmungen, Erdbeben und anderen Naturkatastrophen werden, die die Welt, wie wir sie kennen, verändern. In diesem Audiobeitrag verwebt die Künstlerin Laura J. Lukitsch Überlegungen der Gärtnerin und Gründerin des Occulto Magazine, Alice Cannava, der Autorin und Psychologin Anette Pollner, der Künstlerin und Autorin Eva Fiore Kovacovsky und der Somatikerin und Lehrerin Olive Bieringa.

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Poster design: Büro Stangl

Our program on October 1 combines radio and apple lore, hospitality and long distance, FM broadcasting and sound garden into a 4-hour event under the trees of the meadow orchard in Altenburg. Freshly shaken and finely shaken we have also our new announcement!

Datscha Radio can be heard internationally in the player on this website, locally on FM 90.6 around the meadow, and additionally on cashmereradio.com.

We are looking forward to our radio guests, to the upcoming conversations and are ourselves excited about the course of our day, because as always, the program will be fluid and in harmony with our guests and the submissions to our Open Call. We hope for many delicious jams, which we would like to taste live on the radio from 16:30.

We would like to give a provisional overview here, but the times given are not to be taken too precisely.


14:00 Presentation of Datscha Radio – Reflections on harvesting and apples – Songs

14:15 Grit Martinez from Einheit e.V.: The historical Altenburg Orchard I –

Sound piece

14:30 Grit Martinez: The garden book by Johannes Böttner

14:40 The Open Call Artists and their works. + Sound piece

15:00 Marcus-Andreas Mohr. The photographer from Halle has turned to literature. We will hear excerpts from and talk about his latest work, “Atlas of the Earths”.

Music / sound pieces of the OpenCall / spontaneous guests

15:45 Apple cider special + marmalade meditations / plant fair

16:30 Sensual Tasting: Jam Jubelees from Altenburg

17:10 Viktoria Scholz, “Social Harvest”: A talk about her work as a citizen artist


17:40 Meadow walk – future prospects: developments of the allotment garden landscape in Altenburg

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Autumn comes in green and red and golden, rich in scents and tastes, a time for the gathering and sharing of fruits and experiences. With Streuobstradio we want to celebrate this harvest time in sounds and stories amidst the trees of the historical orchard close to the Big Pond in Altenburg, Thuringia.

From 2 to 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day, October 1, 2023, we will be broadcasting directly from a Thuringian orchard. What is this sound of apples dropping into the wet grass? Of the spores floating amongst pollen and dirt? What recipe did your grandma use for her plum jam? What are sounds of the pleasures of harvesting the goods of the garden? Datscha Radio wants to find out – and needs your radiophonic autumn treasures!

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