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by Caroline   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Auroville Women Sound Artist Project -Anne, Anungla, Buvana, Caroline, Chitra, Kalsang, Nadia, Surya, Yumi (Photographer: Caroline)This is a sound recording made by a group of women in Auroville. It has been sent in as an entrant for Soundphiles, a new section introduced in the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, to be held in New Delhi in March 2014. The theme for Soundphiles is “Many Echoes, Many Worlds”. If this sound recording is selected, the news will be relayed in December 2013…

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ONE LINE SYNOPSIS: Unity in Diversity with Unicity MAIN SYNOPSIS: NOTE: This sound recording offers a “handmade radio” listening experience. It is like many radio channels jammed together producing a seemingly chaotic broadcast, but in the dissonance the one resonating message filters through, ‘Unity in Diversity with Unicity.’ This broadcast starts with voices heard simultaneously of women from different cultures. Their voices are harshly shushed and suppressed as has happened in various cultures throughout all ages. But their voices break through and hear mothers and sisters gently uplifting… We hear repeated attempts affirming various qualities of ‘woman’ as a prelude to Singing; women in their sufferings have always found solace in singing; though the songs sung simultaneously sound cacophonous there is an underlying Harmony… ‘Auroville belongs to nobody in particular, Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole’. This first sentence of the Auroville Charter is broadcast in many languages. The women break out into song, celebrating, before playfully breaking out into an affirmation of Unity in Diversity…gentle but strong, happy and even at times hysteric…still, it is the ONE affirming UNICITY! NOTE: This recording was made with a H2 zoom as a microphone placed in the center and all nine sound artists vocalizing simultaneously, moving around each other exploring distances from the microphone. It is a one spontaneous take, recorded after 2 quick brainstorming sessions, on the idea and form of hand made radio. No one really knew what the other was going to vocalize. We aspiring sound artists, having found this handmade radio form, are quite confident that we could develop this further and delve deeper into creative ideas, should we have the time… Alas, we came to know of Soundphiles rather late, but still on time to make an entry..! More than anything though, this was a joyful experience shared together. Hope you enjoy the recording :) LANGUAGES IN THE RECORDING: English, Hindi, Japanese, Tamil, Tibetan, Korean, Changki dialect (Nagaland), and also a few mysterious languages channeled! SOUND ARTISTS BIONOTE: 1. Anne lives in Auroville and is a body worker 2. Anungla is a musician/singer/writer based in Auroville 3. Buvana lives in Auroville and is an accountant in Pour Tous Distribution Center 4. Caroline lives in Auroville and is a Sound and Voice Researcher 5. Chitra lives in Auroville and works in the Entry Service 6. Kalsang lives in Auroville and manages the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture 7. Nadia lives in Auroville teaching French and writing articles for La Revue d’Auroville 8. Surya lives in Auroville and is into painting and guerrilla gardening 9. Yumi lives in Auroville and grows vegetables in the Solar Kitchen garden KEY CREDITS: Thank you! Krishna (Auroville Film Festival) for introducing us to IAWRT, and encouraging us to submit a recording for Soundphiles. Thank you! Marco and Nina and MMC/CP Group for graciously making Cinema Paradiso available for us to record in, at such short notice. Thank you! Auroville Radio for making the recorder stand available for us. Thank you! Anne, Caroline, Nadia, our ‘handmade radio’ directors/conductors :))) THANK YOU! LIFE…