Sphere Radio Guestshow: Makhtesh Ramon by Møn & Alina Sauernheimer for Radia Network

After our last project “Radiolab” at Seanaps Festival 2019, we got asked by Knut Aufermann of the Radia Network if we would be interested to host one of their weekly guest shows which will be broadcasted through all participating stations of the network.
For sure we said yes and the Radioplay “Makhtesh Ramon” by Møn and Alina Sauernheimer was born. Check it out via one of the stations or the Link below.
Thanks to Alina Sauernheimer and Møn for the Produktion as well as Leon Seidl and Christoph Mü who helped out with the Mixing and Mastering. Excuse the noise, we´re still in practicing mode when it comes to recording voices ;).

Makhtesch Ramon

One night and one day in the world’s largest erosion crater in the Negev desert, Israel.
Absolute silence, only noises from Dingo’s sniffing our tent in search of something edible. Unreal dreams and then, get up.
It is 4:00 o’clock in the morning, time to get up to reach the hike to the top of the next mountain before sunrise and to follow the play of shapes, light and noiselessness.
Is there a more peaceful place? Even the shape of the crater looks like a heart …

No one except us as far as the eye can see. No noise, no wind, only silence and a sky full of incredible colors.
We sit, about 20 minutes and I think to myself: “This is probably the quietest place I have ever been”. And as if I had conjured it up, suddenly an unreal deep roar from nowhere. What’s this? First, amazement, a little uncertainty, then: “Oh no, they’re jet fighters. Jet fighters who will probably practice their next missions.

Disillusionment spreads the throwback to reality. We are only 350 km away from Syria. Are they sent to war? The situation becomes even more surreal than it already was and the recording device that I had initially switched on to record the silence now documents the play of sound and crater in which every sound that gets stuck in it, is thrown back in all directions. Unreal compositions of Echoes from all directions made by Jetfighters breaking the sound barrier.

This moment raised a lot of questions in me and I had the feeling that another level was needed to make the experience felt. So we decided to make a kind of radio play out of it and to use the recording as the basis for it´s text.
So it happened that I asked my friend Alina about her interest, she was immediately into it and I sent her the recording + a few situation anecdotes and she wrote down what happened to her during listening. In the end, this text came out.


Recording, production and idea: Møn (Simon Clement)
Text and voice: Alina Sauernheimer
Mastering: Leon Seidl
Picture: Omri Shmulewitz


pic by Leon Seidel

we’re back from our winter sleep.
Since we haven´t really been sleeping and plenty of things happened, we wanted to give you an update on the current state of Sphere Radio.

First of all, the Sphere e.V. association is almost founded. If you want to become a member, feel free to write us via kontakt@sphere-radio.net. Since Sphere Radio is thought as a community Radio and develop as much freedom as possible, our big goal is to cover all basic costs of the station by memberships at some point, let´s see if we can make that happen.

If you missed some shows of our last collaboration with Seanaps Festival, you can re-listen them finally through the Sphere Radio Mixcloud which is available through http://sphere-radio.net/en/archive

We’re currently working a lot on the program and collect ideas for possible shows.

With some luck, we might have soon our own and first studio in the east of Leipzig. To get the studio equipped we need some help. If you want to support us moneywise or have some spare equipment (properly working turntables, 4ch dj mixer, 8 + ch stage mixer, monitors, compressor) to speed up the development of our project, we´d be very thankful for any donation. For money donations you can use our PayPal: kontakt(at)sphere-radio.net

To go further steps, we are urgently looking for new people to the crew. To be precise we look for the following:

  • Programmers to support our IT department
  • Students, professionals or anyone else interested in the economy who want to help with fundings and financial issues.
  • Music-enthusiasts, music-science students or scientists that do research on specific musical topics and are motivated to co-host or create a show format.
  • Sound and Field recording artists that want to contribute, create or co-host shows.
  • People with all kinds of other interests and professions to create and host shows.
  • People who want to take part in any other way (technicians, writers, moderators, graphic-designers and others) in the project.
  • All initiatives, venues, people and organizations that see radio as a useful tool for their project and want to collaborate.

We´re strongly working on a holistic concept that is as inclusive and accessible as possible. Sphere wants sincerely and explicitly encourage people with disabilities, women, trans inter and non-binary persons of all colors and ages to come forward with their ideas. The Station is meant to be used as a networking and knowledge exchange platform on an interdisciplinary level.
If you have any format-idea in mind that is facing this direction and suitable for the radio, please don’t hesitate to send us your ideas. 

Ok so long from our side, in case you or someone you know, want to support or join us in any of the mentioned ways, please contact us via kontakt(at)sphere-radio.net 

Radiolab – Final Day

With a little delay, we still wanted to show you some impressions from the last day at our Radiolab. We also wanted to take the chance to thank all the amazing people that made this whole experiment possible. So thanks to everyone involved with Seanaps Festival for making the idea a reality and providing an extremely well-organized infrastructure. To all the kind volunteers, who helped us out at the lab. To all the amazing artists and workshop participants who performed on the station. To Leon Seidel for documenting our efforts visually. To the Villa Plagwitz for giving us such a cozy little studio to experiment in. And of course to all our listeners in the studio as well as online, on Radio Corax and on Radio Blau.

Very special thanks also to Wilted Woman and DJ Shlucht from Cashmere Radio, Tina Klatte from Radio Corax and Maximilian Glass from Seanaps Festival, who helped us to curate a schedule with outstanding content, to organize the studio equipment, and to run the station during the festival and thus gave us the best crash course in how to set up and run a radio station we could possibly imagine.

If any of you have feedback, thoughts or questions about the whole experiment, please let us know via contact(at)sphere-radio.net. It will be a while until we will be able to set up a permanent station in Leipzig. Currently, we are working on finding a suitable studio and trying to wade the murky waters of german cultural funding in order to secure the financial situation of the project. If you liked what you heard and want to help with that, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Radiolab – Day 3

Thanks to Leon Seidel (http://instagram.com/kontradykt) for supplying a steady stream of visual documentation to our Radiolab.

Radiolab – Day 2

Many thanks for the great pictures taken under difficult lighting goes again to Leon Seidel (instagram.com/kontradykt)

Impressions of our First Day in the Studio

Our thanks for the great pictures go to Leon Seidel (instagram.com/kontradykt/).

Radiolab at Seanaps Festival

For our first transmission into the aether, we will cooperate with Cashmere Radio, Radio Corax and Radio Blau to host an open Radio Lab at this year’s Seanaps Festival. 

From 7-10 November, we will open the doors of Villa Plagwitz to create a temporary playground for radio enthusiasts with an experimental approach to radio (FM & online) and a platform for exchange and debates. 

We want to find new ways of working with and thinking about radio in parallel to the main programming of the Seanaps Festival using concerts, workshops, and panels to learn from each other across mediums, disciplines, and experiences.

We will broadcast live from 11-18 h on each day of the festival via our website, short-range FM, Radio Corax and Cashmere Radio. We will publish the program of the lab through the Seanaps and Sphere Radio homepages. 

The Radiolab is conceived of as a public space that is accessible for everyone interested in the medium. We want to encourage each participant to contribute, discuss and use the radio as an instrument-like tool. 

Come join us live in the studio at Villa Plagwitz at Karl-Heine-Straße 108, via our chatroom http://radiolab.chatango.com/ or E-Mail radiolab(at)seanaps.net

Seanaps Festival 2019

Radiolab Program Table

Thu, November 7
11 am
Coffee, tea & talk
12 amRadiotarot
A radio play by Burgund T Brandt
12.30 pmSèbastien Branche (Concert)
1.15 pm Writers Corner (Live Reading)
1.40 pmTramway Sounds (Field Recording)
2 pmHow do others? (Panel)
Panel and Project Presentation on DIY organization structures, financing, networking and sustainability
4 pmIOI
A performance by Olivier Gobelet and Jonas Wiese
5 pmLa calzamaglia und das Nähzwerg  (Performance)
with Sofie Heinz (Stadtteil von Weimar), DJ Shlucht (Kotti) & jayrope (Wedding)
Fr, November 8
11 am
Coffee, tee & talk
1 pmThe Compression Chamber (Performance)
Knut Aufermann
2.15 pm Points East und der subkulturelle Austausch zwischen Ost und West  (Talk)
with Alexander Pehlemann & Chris Cutler
3.15 pm Subkultur um den Mauerfall (Talk)
with Alexender Pehlemann & Sakrowski
4.15 pmAbout the radio instrument / Über das Instrument Radio (Talk)
with among others/mit u.a.: Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington, Marc Matter, Lena Löhr
5 pmLaura Not (DJ-Set)
Sa, November 9
11 am
Coffee, tee & talk
12 amBest Wurst (Performance)
Radiosendung von und mit Jan Langhammer, Elisabeth Rändel und Ralf Wendt
1 pmMusik und Text aus dem Institut für Musik und Medien, Düsseldorf (Presentation)
2 pmIn Dialogue with Limpe Fuchs
+ exclusive tube radio performance
3 pmThe Complex Songs, Sara Hamdy & Chor (Performance)
4 pmLive radio play by Nina Guo & Auguste Vickunaite
4.30 pmRaspelsprech’ und Stimmgewunder (Spoken Word)
Word compositions by Marc Matter
5:15 pmPiece of conducted improvisation (Performance)
Workshop performance with Kamil Korolczuk & Emilio Gordoa
Sun, November 10
11 am
Datscha Radio Taiwan (Radio Play)
12 amspace – we – space (Soundwalk)
walking through the city and the aether with Geräuschkulisse & JD Zazie
2 pmHören: Field Recording Listening Session
3 pmWilted Woman Presents: Songs in the Key of Wilted (Radio Show)
3.30 pmDelmore FX live (Concert)
4 pmTransparency & Fairness (Talk)
Talk with representatives from Quartiermeister and Kolle Mate
4.45 pmBlockchain My Art. year 2. (Talk)
Talk with Maxime Faget
5.15 pmGrand Final
Thursday – Sunday
Plunderphonic Pop-ups – Johnny Head In Air mashes your tracks
Tramway Sounds
Writers Corner