SP* Episode 1: (PRESENCE, or ) A METAPHYSICS OF ABSENCE – with Resina & Lea Bertucci [podcast]

Sound Propositions the podcast has the same mission statement as the written Sound Propositions features: to share in depth discussions with artists whose work we love, to delve into the details of their creative practice.

The inaugural episode of our new podcast, Sound Propositions, features interviews (with Resina and Lea Bertucci) and field-recordings recorded during the 2018 UNSOUND festival in Krakow, Poland. (You can read my review of the festival here.) The theme of this year’s festival was “Presence,” and so that became the point of departure for my interviews, particularly the ways in which absences can also be felt as a “presence.”

After 100 mixes, I decided it was time to switch things up, and while this new series maintains something of the feeling of a mix it is also something entirely different, as each episodes foregrounds the voice. But this isn’t the kind of series where two people sit in front of some microphones chatting either.  I’ve tried to mostly erase my own voice and let my presence be felt instead in the framing, the editing, and the sound design. I’ve been a big fan of radio, radio art, and podcasts for a long time, and while I’ve produced segments for community radio before, I decided it was time to try to do something on a more regular schedule, something that would allow me to explore sound itself rather than simply write about it. Since writing my dissertation has occupied so much of my time lately, working with sound in this way seemed to be a good diversion.  Sound Propositions the written feature will continue at whatever pace I can manage, but Sound Propositions the podcast should be up with a new episode fortnightly.

Special thanks to Resina, Lea Bertucci, Ryan Diduck, Corey Bracken, and the entire Unsound team.



Sound Propositions should be available wherever you get your podcasts, so please keep an eye out and subscribe (and rate and review, it helps others who might be interested find us).  New episodes will be published every two weeks.

SP on Anchor


Unsound Festival
Lea Bertucci


All field-recordings interspersed throughout recorded in Krakow, Poland and surroundings, by Joseph Sannicandro in October 2018.

SP Intro (the new objective – “vita activa” [2018] plus film samples)
Resina –  “Lethe” (Traces, 130701, 2018)
Field-recording –   Krakow street noise
Field-recording –   Krakow post-concert night street noise
Field-recording –   Horses leaving the main square
Resina – “Not Here” (Resina, 130701, 2016 )
Field-recording –   Bells in Kazimierz
Resina – “Surfaces” (Traces, 130701, 2018)
Field-recording – Chris Watson’s FORIS
Tim Hecker – “A Sodium Codec Haze” (Konoyo)
Field-recording –   Voices in the Salt Mine
Field-recording –   More Salt Mine
Field-recording –   Music in Kebab place
Lea Bertucci – “Double Bass Crossfade” (All That’s Solid Melts Into Air, NNA, 2017)
Field-recording –   Gyan & Terry Riley live in the Salt Mine
Field-recording –   Crows
Lea Bertucci – “Untitled 2” (Live on WFMU with Daniel Blumin, 6/16/2017)
Field-recording –   Street Crossing Rhythms
Lea Bertucci – “Patterns for Alto”  (Metal Aether, NNA, 2018)
Field-recording –   Train on Street
The Skatalites – “James Bond Theme” (Ball of Fire, Island Jamaica Jazz, 1997)
Sunny Murray – “Giblet” (Sunny Murray, ESP Disk’, 1966)
Wolf Eyes – “Ancient Delay” (Burned Mind, Sub Pop, 2004)
Field-recording – Bell outside the Salt Mine
Concrete Fence – “The Unabridged Truth”  (New Release, PAN 2013)
Field-recording – Horses
Phill Niblock – “Parker’s Altered Mood aka Ode to Bird” (Touch Three, Touch, 2006)
Field-recoding – Stare Miasto, Park at Night (Birds, Tourists)
Lea Bertucci – “Axis/Atlas” (Axis/Atlas, 2016)
Lea Bertucci and Amirtha Kidambi – Live at Roulette, Brooklyn NY  June 17, 2018
Lea Bertucci – “At Dawn”  (Metal Aether, NNA, 2018)
Field-recording – Binaural recording of Mirosław Bałka’s  a, e, i, o, u. sound installation
Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton– “A River Song” (Music and Poetry of the Kesh, Freedom to Spend, [original cassette, Valley Production, 1985] 2018)
Todd Barton & the Kesh Ensemble – “Live in Krakow, 10 October 2018”
Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Part I / IBM 1401 Processing Unit” (IBM 1401, A User’s Manual, 4AD, 2006)
Field-recording – “Street work, stones and hammers”










Sound Propositions is written, recorded, mixed, and produced by Joseph Sannicandro.

About Joseph Sannicandro

writer | traveler | sound organizer | contrarian | concerned citizen

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