Tim Hetherington
Maya de Paula Hanika, 30 April 2011

It so often seems that the premature death of a brilliant mind comes just as the person is coming into their own. In this way the tragedy is two-fold: the loss of a soul, and the arrested promise of their trajectory.

The shock of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros’ deaths in Libya last week resonates from both an appreciation of a huge talent, and the now unseated stability of detachment. [read more…]

Interview: Song Dong
Sukey Bernard, 19 April 2011

Since his first experimental installation in the early 1990s, Beijing-based contemporary artist Song Dong has complicated the way the West conceives of avant-garde Chinese art. As subtle in strategy as it is radical in form, Song’s work seems to resist the glamour of political-pop protocol by coming back, time and again, to the private realms of family and tradition.  [read more…]

Night Watch
Maya de Paula Hanika, 16 April 2011

Ever listened to your local police radio played over ambient music? A little trite in its atmospheric charm perhaps, like someone handed you a cameo in a Christopher Nolan movie, but it reminded me of Suki Chan’s wonderful film, Sleep Walk Sleep Talk. [read more…]

Ai Weiwei’s Artistic Conscience
Sukey Bernard, 11 April 2011

Our hearts and minds are heavy following news of Chinese artist and de-facto dissident Ai Weiwei’s arrest. We have long been inspired by Ai’s work here at The [Un]Observed, and leapt at the chance to feature Adrian Searle’s moving account of walking through Sunflower Seeds, Ai’s installation of millions of porcelain seeds currently in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, on our site. [read more…]

Percy Grainger
Philip Wood, 11 April 2011

Part of this week’s BBC Radio 4 Front Row concerns early 20th century composer and pianist Percy Grainger. Grainger’s iconoclastic approach to the piano faintly anticipated the upheavals that modern music would experience in the middle of the century. As early as 1899, he was working with “beatless music,” using metric successions [read more…]

Tony Barrell
Tania Ketenjian, 8 April 2011

It’s extraordinary how much radio can touch people’s lives. Tony Barrell is one of those rare and brilliant producers who leaves an indelible mark on your psyche. [read more…]

Highlighting the Sidelined
Tania Ketenjian, 8 April 2011

When I first started out in radio, the idea then was to offer a voice to the voiceless so to speak, the people who had something to say but were so often not given the medium to do so. This was at WBAI in NY, a Pacifica station full of anarchists and activists, creating radio. [read more…]

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Welcome to The [Un]Observed blog. We’re excited that you’re here. Within these pages you will discover the minds behind The [Un]Observed: what we find interesting, what we love, and what we are skeptical of. You’ll find interviews with people who engage with all kinds of sound in genre-bending ways, reviews of new audio work, and in-depth looks at issues raised by pieces on our main site. Above all, this is a space to explore sound—in all its elemental, sociological, and artistic manifestations.

7 September 2011
Issue 09

After some creative strategy brainstorming over here at HQ we have decided to take a new direction with our next issue.

Issue 09 will be the first in a continuing series of themed issues of The [Un]Observed. With this focus we aim to challenge our curatorial style, to continue to forefront the work of a growing number of artists and producers, whilst allowing The [Un]Observed to realize itself more fully as a publication.

The first issue takes the theme of Borders. We are already over the moon about the works we have lined up and can’t wait to share them with you.

7 September 2011
The [Un]Observed: Live

After the success of our last event at OHIO in March, we’re going for round two.

We’re hoping to add a performance element to the lineup, showcasing the talents of some amazing local artists, in addition to our selections from the magazine.

We are committed to maintaining our goal of clearing a space for creative thinkers and audiophiles to meet and mingle and listen. Stay tuned for details.

5 May 2011
Get Your Audio On (with food)

Francesca Panetta was in town and to celebrate, we decided we would have an audiofile party, a chance for people who love sound to geek out for the evening over delicious food. So a little over a week ago, we got together, at tart made by Philip, and talked shop with Andrew Roth, Ben Furstenberg, Aaron Ximm, Roman Mars, Amy Standen and Jeremiah Moore. We realized how fun it was and hope to have more audio parties in the future…

5 May 2011
We’re going Terrestrial…Again!

In less than two weeks, The [Un]Observed will have its debut on WGXC in New York, the radio station for the brilliant Free103point9 which presents some of the best transmission arts around. We’ll be launching our show with new work from the upcoming edition. On deck will also be the remarkable Gregory Whitehead who has been an inspiration for many on how to make great audio. Stay tuned on May 14th for The [Un]Observed on WGXC.


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