Ora at ESSA

ESSA – European Sound Studies Association Conference
University of Copenhagen, 27-29 June 2014

Ora will contribute to the 2nd annual ESSA Conference, ‘Sound Studies: Mapping the Field’, with a performative presentation entitled Listening and Writing: Sound Studies on the Radio.
Drawing from the ever-growing archive of Ora recordings, adding on new material on site, we will engage in a sustained presentation of words and sounds that will create a sound work in real time, an improvisation off the archive, a radiophonic essay.

Ora 10 : Acousmatic : 24 April

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Ora 10 … Acousmatic
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin
24 April 2014

The tale of Pythagoras and his disciples, listening to his disembodied voice, is often referred to but never discussed. As an opening act in this new episode of Ora, Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin read about this initiation and come to terms with its more uneasy implications: who is allowed behind the veil? And who is allowed to listen? In discussing the acousmatic as an aesthetic and perceptual practice, issues of gender, inclusion and poetics arise.

ora 7 : Sound Art : 30 January

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Ora 7 … Sound Art
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin
30 January 2014

In this episode of Ora, Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin discuss the implications, challenges and inspirations within and without the term ‘Sound Art’ – how a sonic sensibility affects our reading of canons; their early recollections of and encounters with the realm of sonic experimentations; the importance of naming Sound Art as an ever-growing, changing activity; the ‘hm-has’ and stutterings inherent in the discourse.


ora 6 : A Christmas Carol : 26 December

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Ora 6 … A Christmas Carol
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin, with David Toop
26 December 2013

the ghost of a sound past
the ghost of a sound present
the ghost of a sound future


For our special Christmas episode, we chose to record our own version of a Christmas Carol, voicing or evoking or recalling the ghost of a sound past, the ghost of a sound present and the ghost of a sound future. We invited David Toop to be our guest in a conversation that took on the shape of a polyphonic reflection on time, memory and anticipation. From a goblin story of some bells to forgotten voices from the south, all the way to stars down to earth. 


ora 3 : Ethics : 26 September

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ethics of listening

Ora 3 … Ethics
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin
26 September 2013

In the third episode of ora, Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin ask questions around listening, sound and ethics: between a radio broadcast from Buchenwald and the ambiguities of a tale of eavesdropping, on the slippery edge between recording and document, between assumptions of truth and practices of listening and non-listening.

ora 1: listening and reading list

Some of you have asked for a list of books we read and audio we played during the first episode of Ora. Here it is:
Louise Bourgeois, C’est le murmure de l’eau qui chante (2002)

Adorno, T.W, Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life, New York Verso, 2005
Auden, W.H, Secondary Worlds, Faber and Faber, 1968
Cascella, Daniela, En abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction, Zero Books, 2012
Celan, Paul, Speak, You Also, in Selected Poems, Penguin Classics, 1996
Geertz, Clifford, The Interpretation of Cultures, Basic Books, NY, 1973
Jonke, Gert, The Distant Sound, Dalkey Archive, Champaign and London, 2010
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, The World of Perception, Routledge, 2008
Voegelin, Salomé, Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art, Continuum, NY, 2010

ora 1 : Writing Sound : 27 June 2013


Ora 1 … Writing Sound
Daniela Cascella and Salomé Voegelin
27 June 2013

Writing Sound voices the relationship between listening, hearing, talking and writing – it puts forward a language that is part of the listening practice and challenges the nominal relationship between sound and words, naming and reference. It is language as the production of words, the material of language, in response to the material of sound, that invites listening as a material process also to uncover in language the process of listening, rather the source of what is being heard.

“The recording, in words, of what I heard, invites not recognition, but a further act of interpretation, re-invention: The production in your auditory imagination of what it possibly was I heard, and which you relate to something you have heard too, or might go on to hear…”