“Nov. 22 ’63,” by Konrad Smolenski and Vincent Ramos

“Nov. 22 ’63,” by Konrad Smolenski and Vincent Ramos

  • Source: Konrad Smolenski and Vincent Ramos
  • Year: 2013
  • Submitted by: Vincent Ramos



Konrad Smolenski and Vincent Ramos first met in 2011 while they were both artist-in-residence at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, California. They have maintained an ongoing creative dialogue ever since. This year, Ramos invited Smolenski to collaborate on a sound piece that dealt with the upcoming 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Nov. 22 ’63 uses a non-linear, experimental narrative structure to comment upon notions of mourning and trauma, as they relate to the erasure and subsequent retrieval of historical and collective memory. This piece was played as part of the second launch event for Re-Re-Roar on KCHUNG radio 1630 AM.

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: elanamann.com