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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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June 15, 2023, 3:35 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 tune in for radio songs from MU and Lia Kohl, a performance from Jeff Kolar and Anna Friz, and a Rick Prelinger. First, from the 1981 album "Motion in Tune" Dutch experimental/improvisational underground band MU asks you to "Turn Your Radio Off." Then tune in for a performance from April 30, 2023 at The Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress Conference for "A Century of Broadcasting." The "Useful Radio Part 2" performance by artists Anna Friz and Jeff Kolar in Response to Rick Prelingers The Other Spectrum: Useful Radio was at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Taking a deep dive into Rick Prelingers radio listening archives as well as their own, Anna Friz and Jeff Kolar compose across shortwave, UHF and VHF bands, from air traffic control to citizens band, from encrypted security systems to emergency scanners. Employing live and sampled radio together with electronic instruments, the artists tune in to the ordinariness, the urgencies, and the intimacies of everyday radio communications, exploring the musicality of this transmission ecology. After that, stay tuned for a Q&A with the artists and Rick Prelinger, hosted by Walter Forsberg, Alison Reppert Gerber, and Dave Walker. Finally, the show ends with a track from Chicago-based sound artist Lia Kohl's 2023 album "The Ceiling Reposes," with Kohl's cello and sampled sounds of static on "the moment a zipper."

Anna Friz is a radio, sound and media artist, and media studies scholar. She has exhibited and performed widely across North America and internationally; her radio artworks have been commissioned by national public radio in Canada, Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Denmark, and Spain, and heard on public and independent airwaves all over the world. Anna is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jeff Kolar is a composer, sound artist, and founder of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform established in 2010. His work has been exhibited internationally at The Kitchen, Museum of Arts and Design, CTM Festival for Adventurous Music, and reviewed in The New York Times, The Wire Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy.
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 124.

MU, Anna Friz and Jeff Kolar, Rick Prelinger, Lia Kohl Download Program Podcast
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
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Produced for Wave Farm in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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