THLMS17: A METHOD TO ITS MESSINESS

by AKI ONDA

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DURING MY ONE MONTH TRAVEL IN EUROPE & UK IN JUNE 2017, I RECORDED SNAPSHOTS OF RADIO PROGRAMS AS A DAILY PRACTICE. STARTING FROM BRUSSELS TO KASSEL, TOULOUSE, AMSTERDAM, BRUSSELS AGAIN, THEN LONDON, BERLIN & BORDEAUX. IN ANY CITY I WAS IN, I WOULD JUST TURN ON THE RADIO & RANDOMLY CAPTURE NEWS, TALK RADIO, MUSIC, OR, IF BETWEEN FREQUENCIES, JUST NOISE.

I USED A COMPACT AM/FM ANALOGUE RADIO, AS OPPOSED TO A SHORTWAVE OR INTERNET RADIO. THEREFORE I COULD FOCUS ON LOCAL PROGRAMS, ALTHOUGH AT TIMES FOREIGN LANGUAGE SNEAKED IN IF THE CITY WAS CLOSE TO THE BORDER. RADIO WAVES PENETRATE BOUNDARIES - THERE'S NO WAY TO STOP THEM.

IT WAS A TUMULTUOUS & NOISY TIME IN THE ANXIETY-SHROUDED CONTINENT & BEYOND - THE ARRIVAL OF REFUGEES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, MULTIPLE TERROR ATTACKS, POLITICAL SET BACKS AFTER BREXIT & THE CONFUSING RESULT OF GENERAL ELECTION...ALAS, WHATEVER HAPPENS, PEOPLE'S LIVES GO ON. THIS AUDIO DIARY IS A TRAVELOGUE OF MY JOURNEY AS WELL AS MY ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE THIS SOCIOPOLITICAL TABLEAU THROUGH
A PRISM OF DIFFERENT VOICES ON AIR.

AKI ONDA

COMMISSIONED BY TRANSMEDIA BORDERS & BRITISH COUNCIL IN MEXICO / THANKS TO ROCÍO CERÓN

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released February 13, 2019

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