The radio drama is a dramatized play with different actors speaking different roles, plus sounds and music. With its emphasis on sound, and in experimental radio plays and non-linear storytelling the borders between radio drama and sound art are fluid. In this lecture Hans Schüttler, composer from Hamburg, will talk about his productions for German public radio and how he approaches sound and music, and various dramatization techniques in radio drama and its current internet version, the podcast. This event is part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival.
[Jul 6] Hans Schüttler: Talking Sounds / Radio Drama
Lecture by Hans Schüttler (Germany)
Sat, Jul 6, 7pm
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
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The radio drama is a dramatized play with different actors speaking different roles, plus sounds and music. It evokes the impression of a theater play, and is therefore different from a reading, and due to its purely acoustic means different from film. Originally developed for radio they can be seen as the first original radio art form, a genre in its own right. With its emphasis on sound, and in experimental radio plays and non-linear storytelling the borders between radio drama and sound art are fluid.
According to Wikipedia, the last public network radio play in the US has been aired in 1962, but Germany is the country where the most radio dramas – “Hörspiel” in German – are produced and listened to, and it remains popular in much of the world. Hans Schüttler, composer from Hamburg, will lecture about his productions for German public radio and how he approaches sound and music, and various dramatization techniques in radio drama and its current internet version, the podcast.
- Sound and Music in Radio Drama
- How does the piano string turn into a scuba diver equipment?
- How can I tell a story with sounds and noises?
- How can I adapt a story to radio?
- Which types of radio drama exist?
Hans Schüttler produces radio dramas for German public radio WDR, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, NDR, and others. He has produced radio dramas for writers such as Günther Eich and Vladimir Grossman, but also his own productions in various genres. As an audio artist he also created works for theater productions and audio books.
Hans Schüttler studied piano with Nicolai Posnjakow, and currently teaches at the Universities of Kassel, Rostock and Halle. As a pianist and composer he worked together with a wide range of artists such as Manos Tsangaris, Dieter Schnebel, Barry Guy, Dror Feiler, Anthony Braxton, Howard Johnson, Jay Oliver, Jimmy Carl Black, Dangaa Khosbayar Hosoo, Ge Suk Yeo, Kuyn Dong Yeo. His sound installations can be heard at locations such as Berlin’s Charlottenburg Castle, Art Museum Wolfsburg, and others.
As a composer deeply influenced by the fluxes movement, he regularly invokes the spirit of the fluxes movement in his works. John Cage’s piano concert was reimagined as a piece for construction machinery (Fluxus Festival), a piece for children’s choir and cellphones (Hamburg City Hall), works for vacuum cleaner (Schiller Opera Hamburg) and for electronics, dance, choir and cucumbers (Commissioned by the City of Stade for the festivities honoring the closing of the Stade nuclear reactor) and many others attest to the creativity and originality of Hans Schüttler’s works.
“Nothing in Hans Schüttler’s solo concerts may be too ordinary, otherwise the fascination and power of the sounds could be destroyed” – Hamburger Abendblatt