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How does making radio in the garden sound like? Between bugs and beetle bread, under the spell of the moon, in the small hours of the morning. How can the garden and its ecologies resound in radio?
These questions lay at the core of my archival and radiophonic investigations of what “makes” Datscha Radio special. On commission of Kunstradio Vienna a 51 minute sound collage was put together, to be broadcast on

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Includes excerpts of Datscha Radio 2017 and the Nightgardening series 2019 plus additional material. Datscha Radio Berlin is realized with Kate Donovan, Helen Thein and Niki Matita.

Full Credit List, artists in order of appearance:

Intros Datscha Radio aus 2017 und 2019

Sarah Washington: Analogue Birds, Datscha Radio 2014 (Backdrop)

Hidden Stories Singers (Dafne Della Dafne, Rosanna Lovell, Zara Verity Morris, Shanti Suki Osman, Mary Beth Volker): Let Us All Speak Our Minds by Elizabeth Knight

Martha Zapparoli: Improvisation – inaudible sound project 

Silky Toss & Pete de Ville: Sugar Bee, von Eddy Schuler

Frieder Butzmann. Twitter Twitter Tirili.

Seamus O’Donnell und Mi Ho: Freshly Squeezed Juice (Backdrop)

Presentation: Niki Matita
Datscha Abendchor mit Seamus O’Donnell, Mi Ho, Rosanna Lovell, Hans Kellett, Mat Pogo, Zelda Panda

Presentation Niki Matita (mit JD Zazie)
Marek Brandt: Musik für Nacktschnecken

Presentation Kate Donovan, Gabi Schaffner
Hans Kellett: Gardening with Perennials for Winter Interest
Hannes Wienert: Horchfelder 

Datscha Radio Madrid Jingle with KTA Martin, Eva Kurly, Alberto Garcia and Romi Casile

Niina Lehtonen-Braun: Pikku Lintu

Tech Check. Donovan, Schaffner, Thein

Niina Lehtonen-Braun: Iltakahvit

Kat Austen: The Beetles’ Harvest Supper

Helen Thein und Christy Spackman: The Scent of Water

Hans Kellett: Polar Star. From the series „10 (S)Cent Poems“ by Gabi Schaffner

Niki Matita and Walter Schulze: Secret-en-plein-aire 

Moderation: Niki Matita
Lukatoyboy: 7“ Bird Vinyls (Backdrop)

Mimi Coertse: The Nightingale and the Rose, 1932. Von Camille Saint-Saens. 

Nightingale. Live Stream Nightgardening

Jari Koho: Piano / FM Radio / Loop(Backdrop)

Helena Otto: Moon & Beetroot from the Performance „To the Belly and Back“ mit Jasmina Al-Qaisi

Niki Matita and Walter Schulze: Secret-en-plein-aire (Backdrop)

Ela Spalding: Reading from „The Anthropocene“ by Christian Schwägerl

Kate Donovan: Gratitude Ritual 

Ana Berkenhoff: Beast Jetzt (Tiny Sample)

Ela Spalding: Sundown

Marold Langer-Philippsen: Maschkera (The Night Garden)

Peggy Sylopp with Gabi Schaffner: Dawn walk


Sarah Washington: Datscha Owl, Datscha Radio 2012

Assortment, editing and additional sounds: Gabi Schaffner, 2020

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Nightcall Radio by Kate Donovan: On magnetism and the unheard, unsung, of the night.
A live stream of a microFM transmission from a garden in Berlin. Starting at 21:15 CET, when the night officially begins, Nightcall Radio wonders which signals are sent at night – in the radio, in the garden – and which are also received.

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The Reading Hour

Customary broadcast time: Mon 26th August -Fr. 31st August, 11-12 am. Exception: Sat. 25th August, 1-2 pm.

The Reading Hour is dedicated to a blend of prose, observations, meditations, poetry, specialist literature, radio play, interview and improvisation. The texts are read/spoken by their original authors, in some cases though, of course, they were recited by our Datscha-Radio speakers. A big effort was made to search for the most suitable music: Do you already know how many songs exist in the context of “morels” or “radishes”? What kind of track is suitable for a treatise on “gardening ants”?

The greatest part of the Reading Hours is rendered in German. For poetic and musical reasons though, they can still be recommended.

Reading Hour 1: Die Pilzstunde [The Mushroom Hour]

Sa. 25. August 13-14 h und 22-23 h auf reboot.fm
With texts by Wladimir Solouchin, Gabi Schaffner, Gustav Schenk, Knut Hamsun, Friedrich Nietzsche, Silvia Plath, John Cage, and mushroom hunting-video sounds from the Internet. Read by:  Ulrike Stöhring, Matthias Scheliga, Michaela Schimun and Gabi Schaffner. Lots of music too.

Reading Hour 2: Rattengarten [Rat Garden]

So. 26. August, 11-12 h
After the same-titled story by Ulrike Stöhring. The second story by her is “Lippenblütler heilen den Kopf [Lamiaceae heal your mind]”. Supplemented by passages from “Geheimnisse des Küchengartens [Secrets of the kitchen garden]”, “Phänomene der Inneren Topografie [Phenomena of the Inner Topography]”, prose by H.C. Artmann, and poems by Bettina von Arnim, Theodor Storm, Heinrich Heine, Hans Christian Morgenstern and Georg Trakl. Read by: Ulrike Stöhring, Matthias Scheliga, Michaela Schimun and Gabi Schaffner.

Reading Hour 3: Wo die Seele aufblüht. [Where the Soul Unfolds] Doris Bewernitz’s live reading at Datscha-Radio

Mo. 27. August, 11-12 h
Where the Soul Unfolds – Why a Garden Makes You Happy. The title is deceiving, the book’s cover likewise. Bewernitz’ stories are neither placable nor esoteric. But finely observed descriptions of the garden world and its inhabitants… be it humans or animals.

Di. 28. August, 11-12 h
Reading Hour 4: Mirrors of Infinity – Garden and Radio Architecture (en)

A Talk with Allen S. Weiss and  Pit Schultz
Allen Weiss’s analysis offers new insight into the major gardens of this period: Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chantilly, and Versailles.

From the Meditations of Descartes and Pascal’s Penss, to the intrigues of court politics, Weiss reveals in his book “Mirrors of Infinity” how the structure of these gardens reflects—sometimes literally—the power of Louis XIV, the relationship between God, King, sun, and infinity, and the new science of optics.
In terms of radio architecture, this talk touches on intriguing parallels between garden and broadcasting concepts. Highly interesting!

Mi. 29. August, 11-12 h
Reading Hour 5:  Mit Alexander von Humboldt in den Garten der Natur [Into the Garden of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt]

Ms Kuni and Ms Schaffner leaf through the great Humboldt: Taxonomies, gymnosperns and angiosperms, convivial and less convivial trees, the poesis in the counting of plants and more… Supplemented by a chapter from Christian Grunert’s gardening book on the value of mallows in the garden and the phenomenon of the firebugs sitting on them (and on the hollyhock, Alcea, which also belongs into the family of the Malvaceae).

Do. 30. August, 11-12 h
Reading Hour 6:  Epikur und Ameisen [Epicurus and the Ants]

The titels suggests some sort of surrealism, but in contemplation of the fact that “agricultural ant tribes” actually exist, a certain contiguity shines out.

“Graben, pflanzen, schneiden, pflücken, gießen, grillen, trinken,essen, plaudern, flirten, im Schatten oder in der Sonne dösen und vieles andere mehr gehören zu den Tätigkeiten im Garten, die es noch lange geben wird. Aber eine ganz wesentliche und einst sogar charakteristische Beschäftigung ist inzwischen seltener geworden und vielleicht auch schon ausgestorben. Das ist das Philosophieren im Garten.”

Dietmar Becker wrote a brilliant treatise dealing with the garden philosophy of Epicurus (published in adF 381 II/2007). Maurice Maeterlinck has written a book on “The life of the Ants” and there describes three tribes of the so called “gardening ants”. There are humans… and there are ants. Both gardeners. Plus: the Persian poet Rumi! The combination leaves many questions unanswered. That’s how it should be.
Both texts read by Matthias Scheliga; the Rumi poems read by Michaela Schimun.

Music: Brian Eno, Steve Reich und Faramarz Payvar.






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