Attune is a collaborative research platform hosted by collective and label Research and Waves that critically examines digital (re)formations of media, specifically the use of language and the emancipatory possibilities of poetic intervention, in real life practices emerging in response to the status quo.

The contributions on the platform explore and cultivate (sonic) processes and gestures such as remixing, sampling, cutting, mashing, quoting, covering, morphing, or fading for a cross-cultural conversation about various forms of oppression.

The platform features a growing collection of media releases, commissioned works, open calls, texts and interviews among other contributions.


The simple phrase “i can’t hear you” has become a symptom of the present. Being a substantial part of every video call, it opens up a field of conflicts between varying ideas of work, social distance, hearing and sounding. The event series “i can’t hear you” is a proposal to dissect words within the lexical field of work focussing on the notion of performance. In the process, we want to deeper understand how people do and could communicate, collaborate and relate to each other throughout the various structures, spaces, affects and meanings associated with ideas of work.

i can't hear you
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As a starting point for Attune, departing from Research and Waves' practice as an artist label and curatorial collective, we presented the vinyl record RAW[0.6,Y,0.75] ɅV – A Sound Writing Tool by Andreas Bülhoff and Marc Matter. On occasion of it's release we asked a diverse group of thinkers to respond to the record in spirit of the platform and reflect on the following question:

Can words be neutral?
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