Poetry on the Austrian radio
Sound, voice and intermediality
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Radio history has many examples that illustrate the long-standing collaboration between the worlds of literature and the tools that the radio medium delivers. The intermediality at the heart of such collaborations understands radio production as a form that combines the textual modes bound up within the literary and the aural/spatial modes bound up within sound. Intermediality references how a discrete work always exists within a series of medial configurations that provide it with a network of possible meanings and legitimacies. This chapter explores how radiophonic space organises a notion of intermediality that features the compositional minds of artists and listeners as the site where these meanings and legitimacies take shape. It examines three poetry-based sound works by two Austrian radio artists, Petra Ganglbauer and Peter Pessl. It draws on radio theoretical writings by Otto Palitzsch and his early understanding of the Sendespiel and engages connections to the contours of the Neues Hörspiel and Ars Acustica developed by Klaus Schöning. These definitional pieces help explore the layered relationships between sound, dramaturgy and broadcast, and uncover some of the paradoxical forces at play in creating such intermedial works within the institutional frameworks of radio production and radio consumption.

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