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JD ZAZIE | Needle Need | Phonopolis 2011


JD Zazie is an italian sound artist and recordist based in Berlin. Coming from a DJ and a radiophonic background JD Zazie has explored over the years different approaches of real-time manipulation on fixed recorded sound.

In her work she redefines DJ and electroacoustic activities. As a solo performer, in small groups or large ensembles she moves in an area which is constantly stretching the borders of what is supposed to be DJ mixing, free improvisation and composed music.

Intended as music instruments CDjs, turntables and mixer are her tools to mix the specific sound-sources she plays(mostly electronic music, electroacoustic music, musique concrète, field recordings and improvised music). The typology of the sound-sources varies from already existing audio publications and sound effects, to self recorded audio files – as live-set and field-recordings -, to selected pre-mixed material.

Juxtaposition, decontextualization, fragmentation, repetition, sonic texture, scratch and error are elements of the grammar adopted to relate, organize and rearrange the sound material following her “Äpfelzerstörer’s method”.

In her sound installations she explores everyday life, refers to urbanism and relates to sound atmosphere. In her works is easy to find the connection between her study in architecture (bachelor) and her postgrad in sound art (master in Sound Studies) at UdK Berlin.

The topics she investigates correspond to those proposed in her curatorial projects (seminar: "Urban design and aural spaces", Piacenza, 2010; symposium and following publication: "La città suonante/Die klingende Stadt", Bolzano, 2006), where an interdisciplinary and critical approach is shown. Since 2009 she’s co-founder of "Studio Urban Resonance" with Olaf Schäfer.

She has participated in several exhibitions, festivals and events in Europe, UK and Canada [among the most recents: Tuned City (EE), Echtzeitmusiktage 2010 (DE), Turntable Night 7 at STEIM (NL), Audioscoop / IntroInSitu (NL), Das kleine Fieldrecording Festival (DE), Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst (DE), Soundscape and Listening (AT)] as well as being a member of the italian label Burp Enterprise and being active in the team of Staalplaat Radio.





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JD Zazie, turntable, mixer, CDj, CD player, field recordings, sound effects & records.

Recorded at Phonopolis on 6th September 2011.
Design and picture by Aniana Heras.

Special thanks to:
Burp Enterprise, Mat Pogo, WJ Meatball, Aniana Heras, NK Project, Semerssuaq, Bett4, Wet’n Wild, Penates, Tuned City’s crew, Carsten Stabenow, Felicity Ford, Daniel Allen, Kadi Pilt, Kaisa Sammelselg, Lewis McGufflie, Patrick McGinley, John Grzinich, Sonata Rec, Nicolas Wiese, Scott Rosenberg, Art kill Art, Yann Leguay & Olaf Schäfer.

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