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The Radio Art Hour
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
Weekly Program
Introductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe, and Wave Farm Radio Art Fellows.
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May 11, 2023, 3:42 a.m.
Welcome to "The Radio Art Hour," a show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio. "The Radio Art Hour" draws from the Wave Farm Broadcast Radio Art Archive, an online resource that aims to identify, coalesce, and celebrate historical and contemporary international radio artworks made by artists around the world, created specifically for terrestrial AM/FM broadcast, whether it be via commercial, public, community, or independent transmission. Come on a journey with us as radio artists explore broadcast radio space through poetic resuscitations and playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers in this hour of radio about radio as an art form. "The Radio Art Hour" features introductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe, and from Wave Farm Radio Art Fellows Karen Werner, Andy Stuhl, Jess Speer, and Jos Alejandro Rivera. The Conet Project's recordings of numbers radio stations serve as interstitial sounds. Go to for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.
This week: Radio art works from Steve Roden and Nicholas Collins. First, "The Radio," a 1996 composition from Roden. The album cover saysm "The piece was created in response to the idea of composing a piece specifically for radio transmission that has as its main sound source the actual sounds of a radio. For this work, I used the following radio transmission sounds: 1.5 seconds of choral music under static; five seconds of shortwave radio static, captured on cassette in Japan in 1994; eight seconds of talking with random fading in and out; eight seconds of talking under static with random fading in and out; and two seconds of birds beneath static. I also used my grandfather's old Toshiba transistor radio to create the following acoustic sounds: bowing the tiny battery cables with a violin bow; clicking the on/off switch; turning the tuning knob back and forth; plucking the battery holder spring; and striking the radio speaker screen against a microphone." Then tune in a work from the New American Radio archive at "The Spark Heard 'Round the World" is from 1989 created by Nicolas Collins. The work is a sonic portrait of the world as revealed through electromagnetic phenomena. It is shaped out of the tremendous buzz, hum, and squawk of the international communications systems: commercial FM and AM, short-wave and long-wave transmissions, HAM and CB radio, public service bands, Morse code, telex and other coded signals. A frenzied noisy striving for communication that thickens into an almost tangible morass of sound, then loosens into sound patterns and light textures. The human voice and its messages seem strangely lost in this environment"distorted, barely audible"while the transmission system itself sounds vibrant and amazingly alive. Commissioned by New American Radio.
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form. Major activities include the Wave Farm Artist Residency Program; Transmission Art Archive; WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears, a creative community radio station based in New Yorks Upper Hudson Valley; a Fiscal Sponsorship program; and the Media Arts Assistance Fund in partnership with NYSCA Electronic Media/Film. EVERGREEN EPISODE 119.

Steve Roden, Nicholas Collins Download Program Podcast
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
00:58:00 1 May 11, 2023
Produced for Wave Farm in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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