Radia Show 831 |The Borderguard’s Path

by Vírgilio Oliveira for Radio Zero


The Borderguard’s path was recorded in the Sumava forest between the Czech and German borders on the 2nd of January 2021.

Vírgilio Oliveira set out to explore the sounds that can be heard inside some of the 1st and 2nd World War bunkers in the area, which are said to total around 2000 in number, most of them forgotten and still to be re-discovered.

After an hour walk through a snow covered path, he managed to find and crawl into one of these bunkers. It was a very damped and dark space, where the only source of light was a small shaft window. He had brought a couple of synthesizers (Gakken SX-150 and the DRC running on a tablet) which he placed inside two separate rooms and recorded short improvisations with them, along with some ghosty sounds coming from the inside of the bunker’s rusty pipes. Two microphones were placed not far from each other in another corner of the space.

"This audio piece was quite a personal experience in self-isolation and overcoming an unavoidable fear of being alone in a dark unknown space. I will never forget the exhilarating feeling of crawling back out, from the darkness into the light".

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