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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, Wave Farm Radio Art Fellow Jess Spear.
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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 and Jess Speer. 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.
Bill Fontana's 1987 work "Cologne-San Francisco Soundbridge" is featured this week. Exploring ideas about the musicality and physical qualities of sound itself, listening as an act of composition, place, distance, and history, sound artist Bill Fontanas sound sculptures have been broadcast and installed in cities throughout the world over the last 50 years. In 1987, Fontana created what he calls a sound bridge between the far-flung cities of San Francisco and Kln (Cologne), connecting, mixing, and then broadcasting their soundscapes. 18 microphones were placed in locations throughout each city, and the sounds they picked up were then brought together via satellite. From a radio studio at Westdeutscher Rundfunk Kln (WDR, West German Radio, Cologne), Fontana live mixed a collage of the sounds, including sea lions and the fog horns of the Golden Gate from the San Francisco Bay and the cathedral bells and river boats in Cologne. The hour-long mix was broadcast live from over 50 radio stations internationally, including American Public Radio in the US, who partnered with WDR in the production, as well as museums in Cologne and San Francisco. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2020/2021, Jess Speer.
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. Each episode of this series is evergreen. Episode 041. THIS SHOW IS EVERGREEN.

Bill Fontana Download Program Podcast
A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
00:58:00 1 Nov. 4, 2021
Produced for Wave Farm in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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