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Tonga.Online@ars.electronica
Sunday, 01 September 2002 00:00
in the electrolobby - TransIT Room

During the month of September, the Tonga.Online project reaches a peak both at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz and during the tour of the Austrian music group, Windhund, to the Binga area in Zimbabwe.

TRANSMITTING
In 1957, the ethnomusicologist, Hugh Tracey made over 80 recordings of Tonga music in the Zambezi Valley shortly before the area was flooded to make way for the building of Kariba dam. As part of the Tonga.Online project at Ars Electronica, these recordings return to the valley through a rather complicated series of connections. Read more about the old and new technologies needed to realise this return through THE LOOP.

hear the loop:

 

Recordings of THE LOOP are fed back into the Radiotopia project.

TALKING
On Monday 9 September, from 12:00 to 12:30 in the Brucknerhaus, Linz, Keith Goddard from Zimbabwe talks during the symposium
PLUG-IN III: WIRING AFRICA about the Tonga.Online project and the meaning of THE LOOP as part of this communication process.

FILMING
Film maker, Thomas Schneider, presents a series of videos under the title LO-FI BARRIER.

MEETING
From 7th to 12th September, Keith Goddard and members of the Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association will be in the electrolobby - TransIT Room (Brucknerhaus) at Ars Electronica to talk to anyone interested in finding out more about the Tonga.Online presence at the festival.

Tonga.Online DAILY DIARY
For up to the minute information about what is happening in Zimbabwe and during the festival, read the Daily Diary in the discussion forum