The yearly Radio Lab call is awarded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, The Wire magazine, and Goethe-Institut. It seeks explorations of the artistic possibilities of radio and live performance or installation mediums, while also addressing the festival's annual theme.
This talk will elaborate on the work of NUM, who for CTM 2020 created "Nothingness, Life, Nothingness," a three-part suite corresponding to the three stages of time: past, present, and future. Drawing on questions about constant change and the incessant motion of life, the duo reflect on their own history as a couple without formal music training who, because of their shared passion for music, left their native Iran to try out a new life in Tbilisi.
The CTM 2020 Radio Lab is an initiative by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, Goethe-Institut, and The Wire magazine.
Marcus Gammel is from Bremen, Germany. He studied musicology, German literature and philosophy at Humboldt University, Université Paris IV and New York University. He has worked as a music journalist, dramaturge, and radio curator for institutions such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Reclam Verlag, and Deutschlandfunk.
NUM is an electronic duo formed by Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri in 2010 in northern Iran, where the Alborz Mountains meet the Caspian Sea. Now based in Tbilisi, Georgia, their focus lies in experimental electroacoustic music, where they can create unique atmospheres by combining processed acoustic sounds, instruments, human voices, field recordings, and electronics.