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Special Issue #12: Radio Implicancies


RADIO IMPLICANCIES is a weekly broadcast of recorded and live matter brought to you by Piet Zwart Institute's Experimental Publishing programme. Radio Implicancies starts in the middle. Each broadcast means to engage with the way technologies are worlding the world. Take a deep breath and jump in on other ways of calculating, validating, ordering and framing collections of digital material. Let’s not wait for tomorrow to pay attention to the colonial conditionings of contemporary techno-cultures!

Contributors: Avital Barkai, Damlanur Bilgin, Sandra Golubjevaite, Tisa Neža Herlec, Mark van den Heuvel, Max Lehmann, Mika Motskobili, Clara Noseda, Anna Sandri, Ioana Tomici, Michael Murtaugh, Femke Snelting



Protocall (i.c.w. Tisa Neža) a conversation about public speaking:
Lets not speak for now and communicate only by typing here... Will the thoughts be faster or slower?

Full transcription:

Synchronization: one cycle of two heartbeats getting in sync


Jingle #1: Breakbeat drifting out of sync



Signals and messages (Damlark: a collaboration with Damla Bilgin)

File:Damlark 1.ogg
File:Damlark 2.ogg
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File:Damlark 5.ogg

Dj Karl Marx:Bumper (i.c.w. Max Lehmann)

File:Dj Karl Marx - Trappy.ogg


Bird Report Weekly fictive factual Bird report

File:Bird report export.ogg

#12.5: Daisy Bell

A media archaeological study regarding the origins of the Daisy Bell song and the (conceptual) usage in various media over time. The audio/visual footage is alternated with Youtube comments that focused (or noticed) on the echoic memory of the song.

Decades after its release, we reveal what might have been the real reason HAL 9000 sang "Daisy Bell" in 2001, A Space Odyssey.

Remember how in Kubrick's 1968 visionary science fiction masterpiece, astronaut Dave Bowman is forced to shut the supercomputer HAL 9000 down after it malfunctions and kills the rest of the crew on their Jupiter-bound spacecraft? Well, as Bowman unplugs HAL's connections one by one, the machine has a flashback to its very first day of operation, when it demonstrated its abilities by singing a song. 

The song? "Daisy Bell," written in 1892 by Harry Dacre. But where did Kubrick get the idea to use that particular tune?

It turns out that in 1961, the IBM 7094, among the earliest and largest mainframe machines developed by the computing giant, became the first computer to sing, and the tune it warbled was, you guessed it, "Daisy Bell." It seems certain that Kubrick used this as the inspiration for HAL's signoff in his movie.

Full video

Media Archeology on the Daisy Bell song blended with Youtube video comments
LISTEN: File:Daisy Bell.ogg


Nat King Cole - Daisy Bell (1963)

Deactivation of HAL-9000 (scene from 2001:A Space Odyssey, 1968)

Bonzi Buddy - Daisy Bell (1999)

First computer (IBM) to sing Daisy Bell (1961)

C64 Foppy Drive singing (1985)

Gerald Adams - Daisy Bel (1893)


Daisy Bell, a countess, a computer, and curious life of a song:

HAL 9000: the fictional artificial intelligence character from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey