Above: Willem De Ridder & Cora Emens.
The All Chemix Radio broadcast series started mid 1980s and amounted to several dozens of 30 minutes plays, each documented on cassettes sent to radio stations worldwide. Launched by ‘The Institute for Invisible Language’ and through The Radio Art Foundation in Amsterdam, it was actually the brainchild of Willem De Ridder, a radio and TV activist.
A noted fluxus artist, De Ridder, born 1939, launched the erotic magazines ‘Aloha’ in 1965 and ‘SUCK’ in 1969. He is a member of the Fluxus movement with several contemporary sound art pieces, like ‘Laughter’ (1963): ‘Musicians appear on stage wearing laughing masks and remain motionless untill the audience is roaring with laughter’. De Ridder had many radio shows, before and after ‘All Chemix Radio’, like the ‘Radiola Salon’ program where he would unconditionnaly play any tape that’d be sent to him: ‘You heard me on the radio opening envelopes, taking out the tapes and playing them’ – for 1 minute or 1 hour, depending on how he liked the tape. He also had many projects involving a test person wearing a walkman and headphones and listening to the instructions being given on the tape (like, below: innocent Annie Sprinkle in a documentary on De Ridder made in Italy, 1979).
People involved in the All Chemix Radio series (approx. 1984-1994): Z’ev, Alvin Curran, Jon Rose, Annie Sprinkle, Hessel and Nicole Veldman, Cora Emens, Kristine Ambrosia, Veronica Vera, Prince Lobckowicz, William Levy, Andrew McKenzie, Enno Velthuijs, Henry Plaat, Hans Claessen, FNTC, John Duncan, amongst others.
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Here’s cassette #10 in the All Chemix Radio series, ca 1984-85.
01 Just Relax Girl (26:20)
Hans Claessen: voice
Cora Emens: voice
Willem De Ridder: voice, electronic sounds & treatments
- Like all other volumes, this radio play is delivered in english – admitedly with dutch accent. Cora is playing the role of an innocent mother about to be jeopardized by 2 malign men. The first we hear is Hans Claessen, whose deep voice seems just out of a horror movie. A fearful, terrifying story and a genuine, captivating radio play.
02 Paganini’s Grave (29:18)
Jon Rose: violin & voice
Cora Emens: voice
Willem De Ridder: voice
- A beautiful story where Jon Rose’s violin is playing the leading role. His violin playing sounds fresh and lively throughout the piece, using many different techniques. He might be using a home built violin and/or multi tracking technique, as far as I can tell. Amazing.
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