Ora goes live

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After two years of monthly broadcasts, we have decided to shift the focus of our collaboration to live performances of Ora, where we will bring sounds and words to a closer engagement with the singularities of different spaces, people and atmospheres.

Keep checking this blog for future announcements.

Documentation of previous live performances can be found here (Multisensory Conflict, CRASSH Cambridge), here (Performing Silences, Science Museum London) and here (Sound Studies on the Radio, ESSA, University of Copenhagen).


Ora 23 : Multisensory Conflict : 30 July

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Ora 23 : Multisensory Conflict
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin
Thursday 30 July
Resonance 104.4 FM

Multisensory Conflict is the reworking of a live performance of Ora, presented on 8th July at CRASSH University of Cambridge as part of the Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics conference. On this occasion, crossing the boundary between lecture and performance, Cascella and Voegelin read and played sounds, texts and voices that do not explain or interpret but embody rhythms, repetitions, coincidences and discordancies to present aesthetic, poetic and political conflicts. In this improvised format, the performance creates a sound work that faces its own meta-discourse and is able to talk back, infusing stable frameworks of theory and criticism with the vagaries of an invisible sound.


Eliane Radigue, Jetsun Mila
Curzio Malaparte, The Skin
Jackie Kay, ‘Plague’ in off colour
P16.D4, 5/4/3/2/1/Wand
Ross Bolleter, Going to War without the French is like Going to War without an Accordion
Primo Levi Auschwitz Report
Keiji Haino, Second Blackness
John Cage, Empty Words
Kathy Acker, My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Arturos Bumsteinas, hate
Club Moral, L’enfer et infini
Paul Celan, Illegibility
Yellow Swans, Untitled
Merzbow / Masami Akita, Birds and Warhorse
John Fahey, Requiem for Molly (part 3)
Abdul Basir Watanyar, ‘I live in flames’, in Poetry of the Taliban
Adrienne Rich, What is Found There, Notebooks on Poetry and Politics
Coil, The Sleeper
Badiou, Acts of Resistance
Hakim Bey, Millenium
Steroid Maximus, The Auctioneer of Souls
Franco Battiato, Il silenzio del rumore
Lydia Davis, Foucault and Pencil
Banda ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ di Scortichino, Inno di Garibaldi
Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Emperor
Elaine Radigue, Transamorem-Transmortem
No Fiture, Music in Four Parts

Ora 22 : F.M.R.L. / reFMRL 3 : 25 June


Ora 22: F.M.R.L. / reFMRL 3

Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin, with the guest voices of Aya Kasai, Clodagh Simonds, Helena Hunter, Joanne Lee, Patrick Farmer.

8pm, Thursday 25 June

Resonance 104.4FM

This episode of Ora is the 3rd in the reFMRL series, that challenges the conventional format of the book launch to work instead with the book as material presence, and to enhance the polyphonies that inhabit and form Daniela Cascella’s new book F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Refrains, Mirages and Leftovers of Writing Sound. 

On this occasion, Salomé Voegelin has responded to F.M.R.L. through a series of questions and by selecting excerpts read in the studio by both herself and Cascella to prompt a conversation. Their voices are joined by those of guest readers, that punctuate the conversation throughout.

In order of appearance:

Clodagh Simonds is an Irish singer and composer. Her current critically acclaimed work with experimental ensemble Fovea Hex includes the NEITHER SPEAK NOR REMAIN SILENT trilogy (2006- 2009), and HERE IS WHERE WE USED TO SING  (2011). http://www.janetrecords.com/

Patrick Farmer is the co-founder of the online curatorial platform, Compost and Height, and the co-editor of the new-music journal, Wolf Notes. His current work looks at the nature of the arbitrary; Farmer has begun writing compositions that primarily focus on the sound producing means rather than the sound itself, often utilising more and more fantastical methods to create sounds that are themselves, wonderfully ordinary. http://patrickfarmer.org

Aya Kasai is a researcher currently based in Oxford, UK. With a background in clinical and phenomenological psychology, her fascination lies in the mechanisms behind our appreciation of art, particularly in the use of language. She is a doctoral candidate in the School of Arts in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University and is the founder and director of CARU, the Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit. www.ca-ru.org

Joanne Lee is an artist, writer and publisher with a curiosity about everyday life and the ordinary places in which she lives and works. Much of her activity emerges through a serial publication, the Pam Flett Press, which explores the visual, verbal and temporal possibilities of the ‘essay’, and via the opportunities for production that arise in dialogue with creative and critical friends. www.joannelee.info

Helena Hunter is an artist based in London. Her work spans live performance and moving image. www.helenahunter.net


Ora 21 : Rest



Ora 21: Rest
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin, with James Wilkes
28 May 2015
Resonance 104.4FM

For this episode of Ora, Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin invite poet and researcher James Wilkes for an hour of conversations, readings, moments of listening and looking, around the elusive notion of rest. A category only grasped through difference and through context, rest is discussed and thematised by Cascella, Voegelin and Wilkes by considering rest as interval, rest as social code and habit, rest as pause in reading and writing, and rest as critical device.

Ora, April 2015

Due to exceptional circumstances, it was not possible to record a new instalment of Ora this month. We will repeat Quietude instead, and we’ll be back in May with a new episode as usual.

Ora / Quietude
Thursday 30 April
Resonance 104.4FM

Why quietude? What characterises quietude as different from silence? In the 8th, and so far noisiest, episode of Ora, Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin produce a quiet space for reflection: reading poems and listening to steps and voices, looking at erased pages and considering urban spaces, from names to translations, from echo chambers to sirens.

Ora 20 : Performing Silences : 26 March


Ora 20: Performing Silences
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin
26 March 2015

As part of their ongoing collaboration, Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin were invited to perform Ora live within the context of the Science Museum Workshop Silence & Music, held in February at the Royal College of Music and organised by Tim Boon and Aleksander Kolkowski. They improvised sounds, texts, materials and voices that do not explain or interpret but practice rhythms, repetitions, coincidences and discordancies to produce aesthetic, poetic and political silences.

Salomé Voegelin, not quite sitting down for six minutes
Daniil Kharms, The Plummeting Old Women
Richard Ford, Women with Men
Billy Wilder (dir.), Sunset Boulevard
Arturas Bumsteinas, Night on the Sailship
Brandon LaBelle, The Lexicon of the Mouth
Gert Jonke, The Distant Sound
Lawrence AbuHamdan, The right to remain silent
Pauline Oliveros, Ghosting 14:48
Frances Dyson, The Tone of Our Times
Jerry Hunt, Transform (Stream): Monopole
Ariana Reines, Coeur de Lion
Samuel Beckett, The Unnameable
Eisuke Yanagisawa, Dell
Steve Goodman, Sonic Warfare
Werner Herzog (dir.), Grizzly Man
film trailer, Ingmar Bergman, The Silence
Artur Rimbaud, Mystical
Walt Whitman, When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer
Cosmos, Untitled #3