Leigh Landy commission premiere on Czech Radio

Czech experimental radio art programme r{a}dio{custica} recently had a three-part celebration of its fifteen years of broadcasting, consisting of a live three-hour broadcast on Czech Radio celebrating 150 commissions that culminated in a live interview with MTIRC head Leigh Landy, followed by his  commissioned work.

A DVD celebrating these works was launched, including Landy's piece 'Mezihlas -- Přeshlas — Nahlas' (or  'Radio -- Voice — Overs’), the 150th celebration commission, as well as a segment of his interview for that commission broadcast introducing the DVD.

The 8-channel version of this work was then presented as an installation after a launch at Holešovická šachta in Prague.


"Radio – Voice – Overs combines the composer’s approach to sampling a nation’s diverse radio broadcasts with the specific rich and unique cultural offering of Czech Radio, leading to a musical work that is a mix of collage, rhythm, counterpoint, humour, earnest thought and a hint of Švankmajer-inspired surrealism. In short, this work presents Czech daily life re-composed. The piece works both at the level of heightened listening – understanding every word spoken if that is what you
want to pay attention to – and reduced listening – catching the occasional phrase, but listening to the work as organised sound. The piece seeks to take the known, tilt it ever so slightly and re-present it as
a sound-based artwork.

It is the fifth sample-based work in Landy’s radio series and follows the GRM-commissioned ‘Oo là
la radio’ (F), ‘To BBC or Not’ (UK), ZKM- commissioned ‘Radio-aktiv’ (D) and ‘China Radio Sound’ (CN, made in collaboration with conservatoire students in Shenyang) and will be followed by a pan-Irish ‘On the Eire’ later this year. 'Radio – Voice – Overs’ is the first work in the series that is made specifically for radio broadcast – an 8-channel surround sound concert version also exists – and it is also the first in the series that is, in fact, legal as Czech Radio holds the copyright on its broadcast materials whereas the other works controversially challenge copyright legislation. Some elements of the piece can be found on any nation’s broadcasts while others might be considered to be typically Czech. The series attempts to celebrate cultural diversity and our shared experiences as well as allowing individuals to make connections through samples that are meaningful to them as well as musical connections."