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A Method to Its Messiness

by Aki Onda

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Part 1 18:59
Part B 17:38


During my one month travel in Europe and UK in June 2017, I recorded snapshots of radio programs as a daily practice. Starting from Brussels to Kassel, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Brussels again, then London, Berlin, and Bordeaux... In any city I was in, I would just turn on the radio and randomly capture news, talk radio, music, or, if between frequencies, just noise.

I used a compact AM/FM analogue radio, as opposed to a shortwave or Internet radio. Therefore I could focus on local programs, although at times foreign language sneaked in if the city close to the border. Radio waves penetrate boundaries — there's no way to stop them.

It was a tumultuous and noisy time in the anxiety-shrouded continent and beyond - the arrival of refugees from the Middle East, multiple terror attacks, political setbacks after Brexit and the confusing result of General Election... Alas, whatever happens, people's lives go on. This audio diary is a travelogue of my journey as well as my attempt to describe this sociopolitical tableau through a prism of different voices on air.

Aki Onda


released February 13, 2019

Recorded by Aki Onda
This project was commissioned by Transmedia Borders / British Council in Mexico
Thanks to Rocío Cerón


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Aki Onda Mito, Japan

Aki Onda is an artist and composer. His musical and visual works are often catalyzed by and structured around memories—personal, collective, historical—such as his widely-known project "Cassette Memories", drawn from three decades of field recordings (or, as Onda refers to them, ‘sound diaries’). After residing in New York for many years, he currently lives and works in Mito, Japan. ... more

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