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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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July 27, 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 wavefarm.org for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.
This week "Trans-Temporal Echoes" by AWU Radio; "Focus on Yourself" by Nabalayo; "As Seen on TV" by Misty Avinger; and "Flying Apples" by Kui Dong are featured. In her guidebook, Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, queer black feminist love evangelist and self described marine mammal apprentice Alexis pauline gumbs asks: "How can we listen across species, across extinction, across harm? How does echolocation, the practice many marine mammals use to navigate the world through bouncing sounds, change our understandings of 'vision' and visionary action? Is social media already a technology of bounce, of throwing something out there and seeing what comes back?" Created by AWU Radio, a feminist radio station based in Senegal, Trans-Temporal Echoes is a technology of bounce, in the words of Alexis Pauline Gumbs. It is an ensemble of voices, a deep, dear dialogue between women and whales echoing each other. Telling stories of the deep, deep tones, deep time, deep entanglements, and deep trans-generational transmission. Then, the phrase Focus on yourself begins almost every refrain of Nairobi-based griot, Nabalayos poem and public service announcement. Never addressed to any particular listener, or maybe addressed to all who need to hear it, the transmission is intended to address the undeniable link of misogyny and colonialism within the Kenyan context. "Focus on yourself and question your thirst for blood. Is it symbolic revenge? For what they did to you? to us?," Nabalayo asks. "Kenya is growing, but its women are suffering at the hands of misogyny, and complacency to misogyny," the artist writes.- Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Art Fellow 2023, Iru Ekpunobi. Next, in "As Seen on TV," Audio Producer and sonic storyteller Misty Avinger imagines a Build-a-Dad workshop, choose-your-own-adventure radio piece, that accompanies the artists inner monologue as they flip through a catalog of Television Dads. Through a game-show medium, our host both grieves and offers reflection on fractured relationships with parental figures, and transmits the whimsical places imagination can take us through the radio. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Art Fellow 2023, Iru Ekpunobi. Finally, Kui Dong's "Flying Apples" is an algorithmic composition that takes the listener into the colorful, playful, and fantastic realm of an unfinished childhood dream. Programmed in Small-talk language, using extremely nested patterns based on a repeated three-note motive, the work was completed on newly developed software operating on a Mac workstation at the Computer Center of Research in Music and Acoustic, Stanford University.
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 129.

AWU Radio, Nabalayo, Misty Avinger, Kui Dong Download Program Podcast
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
00:58:00 1 July 27, 2023
Produced for Wave Farm in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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