1 ) Tick Hiss Whir Buzz Dyne Voice
Alan M Jackson
I have been composing in the electronic domain since 1989, my first piece written in Basic "beep" commands on an Amstrad word processor and recorded through its tiny internal speaker. I am particularly interested in the intersection between electronic, folk (celtic) and Indian music. I often take a "maximalist" approach which is similar in aesthetics and melodic form to the minimalist movement but with a deliberate indulgent attitude to the number of instruments and themes etc.
60 seconds, 6 movements each of 10 seconds. 60 recordings from radios in 6 categories - Ticks, Hisses, Whirs, Dynes, Voices. 60 times increase in tempo from 6bpm to 360bpm. This piece has not followed my "maximilist" inclinations being basically monophonic in structure.
Jane Wang, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a member of the Mobius Artists Group. An more extensive bio may be found at www.mobius.org
radio me is a sonic meditation on radio technology using a clip from "space radio", scripted text and found recordings. Many years ago I took a class in audio engineering wherein we all had the opportunity to make a one minute recording using radio carts, for which I have a particular fondness.
Sebastien began his electroacoustic composition studies has an undergraduate student at the University of Montreal. After that he continued his education and he completed a Master’s degree with Robert Normandeau on the integration of spatialization in acousmatic music as well as its performance in concert. Sebastien is currently working on the hybridization of electroacoustic and electronic dance music with his professor Monty Adkins at the University of Huddersfield, in the United Kingdom. Sebastien regards himself as belonging to this new generation of students in music who use the Laptop as musical instrument. And this compositional tool allows him to develop his musical skills as much on stage as in the studio. What totally gets him in electroacoustic music is the possibility, with technologies, to generate a multitude of hybrid musical forms. Sound explorator, Sebastien travels through the diverse avenues of noise and music in order to capture and compose the novel sounds.
Radio is the radiation (wireless transmission) of electromagnetic signals through the atmosphere. Sounds are carried by systematically changing (modulating) some property of the radiated waves. This composition, “Airwave Rave”, simply transmits musical signals loudly and in a wild way.
Alan Coon is a graphic designer, painter and video artist living in Claverack, NY
Zach Poff is a New York area digital media artist, educator, and maker-of-things. Through his artwork, teaching, and software he examines the tremendous opportunities and challenges that arise from the translation of our experiences into “information”. His recent work has been focused on how traditional broadcasting reverberates into digital media and influences notions of an emerging post-broadcast discourse.
"8 Translations" contains eight brief windows into the world of unintentional electromagnetic emissions. The sources include cellular phones, computer equipment, natural atmospheric radio, and the reflections of light off of the wings of flies.
John Roach is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist and educator who explores sound in its broadest context, from the complexity of the city to the subtlety of nature, from noise to silence, from sound as matter to sound as metaphor. His recent work examines the relationship between materials, transformation, energy and sound.
Object Transmissions brings together recordings from John Roach and James Rouvelle's Wavefarm residency project "Trailhead" with recent recordings of sounds emitted by matter in a state of change. The work explores the notion of "transmission" through the collision of radio waves and the unexpected utterances of objects.
7 ) Mapping a Drowned World
CHRISTINA CAMPANELLA is a composer, performer and sound artist who works in theater, music, visual art and film. Her pieces blend songwriting and composition with aural design, weaving found sounds, ambient textures, and a dreamy pop-rock sensibility into cinematic soundscapes and deconstructed art songs. Christina is both a current recipient of NYSCA’s Individual Artist Commission in Film, Media, & New Technologies, and a resident artist at Harvestworks (NY), for the creation of 3D sound installation/durational performance I WENT TO THE LIGHTHOUSE (AND IT WASN’T THERE) - workshop at Hyphen Hub/The Red Door 2014; premiere NY Electronic Art Festival, 2015. Her live-sound installation BREATHE is on view at the Museum at MIT in Cambridge, MA (a collaboration with kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson). She composed filmscores for PARTS ARE EXTRA, co-created with filmmaker Peter Norrman, co-created the multimedia music-theater works RED FLY/BLUE BOTTLE and TINDER with writer Stephanie Fleischmann and Latitude 14, and scored a musical about coat check girls, THE SECRET LIVES OF COATS, also with S. Fleischmann (2014 premiere, The Red Eye, Minneapolis). Campanella has been presented by and performed at: HERE Arts Center, La Mama, The Kitchen, PS 122, BRIC Media Arts (Brooklyn), EMPAC (Troy), Noorderzon (Groningen), Theatre Garonne (Toulouse), EXIT (Creteil), Fusebox (Austin), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), and Long Beach Opera. She has participated in developing works at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, Issue Project Room, and STEIM (Amsterdam). Her work has received support from NYSCA, Mass MOCA’s Assets for Artists, HARP, Ramapo College, the American Music Center, Whitman College, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet the Composer, Tobin Foundation for Theatre, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Music Fund, Chocolate Factory, Digital Performance Institute, Chashama, and Mabou Mines/Suite. She works as an actress, singer, and instrumentalist with a constellation of innovators, including composer-visual artist Joe Diebes, multidisciplinary theater-artist Jim Findlay, directors Richard Foreman, Toni Dove, Phil Soltanoff, David Levine, Mallory Catlett and others. She was recently featured in two of Diebes' operas: WOW and BOTCH. Upcoming: ambient theater-work DREAM OF A RED CHAMBER at Mass Live Arts.
'Mapping a Drowned World' From beneath the flooded streets of an unrecognizable New York City, a lone radio operator re-imagines the surface of the earth via the tenuous threads of communication left behind in the wake of rising seas. Composed & Performed by Christina Campanella Mixed by Christina Campanella & Jim Dawson
Tara Jackson is an integrative neuroscience major at Binghamton University in New York. She's interested in the relationships between sound, memory, emotion, and the concept of head space. Her work is reflective of this.
This work is inspired by the weather of Binghamton, New York, which is known for its gloominess. It explores the process of accepting and embracing the poetry of water.
Canadian artist Lee Rosevere (pron. rose-veer) has been riding on the crest of the free digital music wave for about as long as the web has been able to provide music files. He is a veteran artist on many netlabels and operates his own quality and low key free netlabel, Happy Puppy Records and also has a few things on CDbaby. He works in the radio industry by day and his music has featured on ABC, NPR, PBS, documentaries and hundreds of online videos.
A replication of what this song might sound like if it had been recorded off a shortwave radio.
Robert Voisey is a composer and producer of electroacoustic and chamber music. He founded Vox Novus in 2000 to promote the music of contemporary American composers A producer of new music and multi-media concerts and events, Voisey is best known for producing the 60x60 project, which he started in 2003 in order to promote contemporary composers and their music. He also founded and directs the Composer's Voice Concert Series as well as the chamber music project Fifteen Minutes of Fame as well as vice president of programs for the Living Music Foundation.
Robert Voisey ‘s “Constellations” are short one-minute ambient drones each titled after a constellation in the night sky. All of the works feature Voisey’s vocal talents both unaltered as well as digitally manipulated. These short pieces can be arranged together like a mobile to create special “mixes” which turn into new works unto themselves.
Chris Wood’s research and practice centres around space and texture, with particular attention to sound. His work frequently uses the raw materials of field recordings, reconfiguring the realism assumed in them as an object of sensory play. He has a strong interest in interaction design as realised through audience-centered installations and situations. A parallel career as a radio producer informs this work, with speech, narrative and reportage acting as a key pillars in his practice. Installations, workshops and performances have taken place in London, New York, Madrid, Portugal and Canada, while soundscape and radio work has been featured on Resonance FM, Stress.fm, Basic.fm, NTS Live, and The Guardian. He is currently a PhD candidate in Media Arts Technology at Queen Mary, University of London and previously a researcher at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Examples of work can be found at http://wordthecat.com
This is a minute long montage of commercials on London's rich FM pirate radio spectrum. Growing up listening to a lot of pirate radio, one would usually change stations during the advert break (described as a pause for the cause by the DJs) to look for more music. Increasingly, however, these are the moments I've begun to enjoy the most. They represent an alternative way of imagining and describing a city which, as economic precarity increases, is becoming increasingly inhuman and inaccessible.
Eric Boivin is a field recording and sound artist originally from Montreal. His main interests are in phonographic arts, sound manipulation, transmission and sound art. He generally uses field recording tracks to create atmospheric sound collages and transmission art pieces. Eric is a regular contributor on the Montreal Sounds Map project and also airs programming on different radio shows dedicated to field recording. His work has been played in radio and sound art festivals around the world. He is currently producing and co-hosting a weekly experimental music radio show entitled Symbiose on CIBL 101. 5 FM in Montreal. Link: http://ericboivin.wordpress.com
One minutes experimental piece created from different radio sounds and broadcast.
Tyler Kline is an active composer and performer currently based in Tampa, FL. His music has been described as "fresh and engaging, with an organic, sophisticated melodic savvy," and has been performed across the United States and in Brazil.
Spectral Mutability is a work that employs white noise and sine tones to create a veil that masks quick changes under the surface of the soundscape.
Edward Ruchalski has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Helen Boatwright, and Syracuse's Society for New Music. His compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, Mass MOCA, and at the Festival of Miami. Ruchalski is the Professor of Practice in Music at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY.
Ship-to-shore was created specifically for 60 x 60 using only radio noise/static and a music box as the original sound sources. These samples were then altered in my home studio to create the desired effect.
Michael started practicing the art of orchestration in 2007 when he began to compose his first symphony. He continued to develop a series of orchestral and vocal compositions to include opera librettos and scores. His work can be reviewed at OperaCompozr.com
The repetitious melody of the violin section spell out the composition title (O V V T V) in Morse Code. The work is meant to abstractly represent signal transmissions or wave forms.
Ken Nickels has performed with various bands in the New York area on Keyboards, drums and guitar. Now in the Midwest he composes electronic music, ambient music, and classical music.
David Heuser’s music has been called “thoughtful, beautiful, and wonderfully made,” “all-American music at its most dynamic and visceral,” and “just the sort of music classical music needs more of.” A native of New Jersey, Heuser is the Associate Dean at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.
The primary sound source for Here's the Shot is a cassette tape of random bits from the radio which I made in about 1982.
Brian D. Kelly
Brian D. Kelly is an internationally performed composer of multimedia sound works that are often both acoustic and electronic in nature. Sound, visuals, poetry, and drama are freely combined in works that often explore social themes and challenge the status quo of Western ideals of culture, gender, theism, and sexuality.
Power Structure was composed exclusively using the sounds of a radio being tuned and police scanner chatter.
Born 1988 in Leipzig, currently living in Berlin | Germany Lorenz Erdmann has studied musicology and media science at the Humbolt-University Berlin, where he completed his bachelor degree in 'Music & Media' in 2013. He's currently studying in the masters program 'European Media Science' at the University of Potsdam and the University of Applied Science Potsdam. While being engaged in different research projects concerning sonification, visualization, the history of sound synthesis, he got into diffusion sound composition in a masters course held by the composer Simon Vincent. After having played the guitar, the accordion and the melodica in diverse bands ranging from post- rock to jazz, Erdmann got into electronic and electro-acoustic music. As producer, musician and DJ he's interested in blurring the boundaries between dance floor oriented and listening music. He has released several EPs with the electro-acoustic duo 'Meier & Erdmann' and runs the record label for diverse electronic music 'Moniker Eggplant'. Furthermore he's engaged in mixing and mastering diverse musical projects as well as in sound design and sound editing for film and video works. Lorenz Erdmann recently presented different audio works in exhibitions an installations, among others the following: 'Soyons Liquides' Stereo composition for a collective exhibition at the greek art fairy 'Art-Athina '13' Athens, Greece, June 2013 'Mare Belualis' 5.1 diffusion sound composition presented at the exhibition '60x60' curated and organized by Harvestworks and Vox Novus, New York City. New York, USA, May 2014 'Who Cares About Orion' Three-channel projection with 5.1 surround sound. Collective project with Ulli Palm. Presented at the 'Von Wegen' exhibition, Potsdam, and at the 'Lumière' cinema, Göttingen. Potsdam and Göttingen, Germany, both May 2014 'Reenacting the Escape' Stereo composition presented in the scope of the collective laboratorium and exhibition 'Let's Collective Mor(e)ning For US'. Mithymna, Lesvos, Greece, July 2014
Scince the dawn of the space programs electro-magnetic waves (radio waves) and transmission served as tool for communication in space, between astronauts and mission control and between man and machine. Using different free sound recordings from the recently made accessible NASA soundcloud page, the composer created a sound miniature thematizing the role of the radio waves in space. The most obvious aspect of this communication – the communication between astronaut and mission control – does not play the most important role in this composition. Moreover sounds of oscillating and interfering radio waves in the earth's athmosphere, sonical interpretations of light waves (e.g. of the lightning on Jupiter) or sonifications of intestellar plasma movements have been used to create a utopian, futuristic ambient. This escapistic seeming collage is getting grounded by the only spoken sentence at the end. The astronaut indicates that he still can see the earth from the point where he's located. Scince manned spaceflights still don't reach as far as the escapistic desires of mankind, machines are the only tool to get to know the space in a larger scale. All the data and information of the machines that analyze the space on the account of the space programs are provided via radio waves. This miniature though also questions the objective materiality of radio waves: The received data from space can be reinterpreted into different types of output, be it visual or sonical.
21 ) One Small Man, One Giant Man
Benjamin Luke Deane
Technically a composer, Luke likes to perform what he writes and he likes to write all kinds of things. A member of the 4th Viennese School of composition, Luke has performed on stages, car parks, over a network and even on a departing train. Luke has an other half which he calls "Lisa". Lisa is a colourful pop star from Birmingham. This year Luke and Lisa's feature length (70min) show was premiered in Birmingham. It can be viewed in HD here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usM1Jakr_JE
The removal of a handful of words from Neil Armstrong's 1969 Moon Landing speech begin to reveal subtle truths about masculinity.
In Memory of my very dear wife, the distinguished composer Liana Alexandra: http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Liana_Alexandra.htm
Miles Leo Allen
Miles Leo Allen is a new composer currently studying composition at Lawrence University. This is his first mixed media piece.
Peter Barnard practice as an artist often incorporates elements of sound in relation to aesthetic experience as a way of exploring how sound plays a role in our day to day experience and encounter with certain objects and spaces. Recent exhibitions include: A Europe for All, by All - Hundred Years Gallery, London (2014), Parallel Moment - tAd Gallery, Texas (2013) and PUNK SALON - Schwartz Gallery, London (2013). Peter Barnard studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, University of South
Edited recording of performance from 2011 with a set of different radios, each playing simultaneously and tuned to a different station. www.peterbarnard.net https://soundcloud.com/peterbarnard
Sabrina Pena Young
Award-winning composers and obsessive sci-fi buff Sabrina Pena Young enjoys eating fried spam sandwiches on the warm Waikiki beaches. Her latest work, the "groundbreaking" animated Libertaria: The Virtual Opera is not about spam but about singing psycho geneticists, and can be enjoyed by all on their smartphone via Youtube...while eating spam. The Libertaria Soundtrack (Special Edition) is available via iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and your local piracy website. Young's works have been heard throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas at venues like ICMC, SEAMUS, Art Basil Miami, Miramax's Project Greenlight, the NY International Independent Film Festival, and Turkey's Cinema for Peace. Young will be speaking at the upcoming TedX Buffalo 2014 on Machinima Opera.
Spam is a canned precooked meat product first introduced during wartime made of chopped meat, added salt, water, potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative with a thin gelatinous coating made from stock. America is spam.
27 ) LdeltaR [primary Hz] 310, 184, 263, 204, 935, 949
Joshua Liebowitz is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His practice is positioned between philosophy and the physical sciences, focusing on the invisible characteristics of perception. His work recently appeared in Curious Matter’s "Terra Incognita" (2014), and was featured in “Epic Now” at the Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church (2013).
This work represents my continued exploration of sound in relation to physiology. Rather than relying on musical harmonies and rhythms, which so often lapse into symbolism and prescriptive drama, here phase shifts, resonance and amplitude beats produce a series of frequencies that appeal directly to the amygdala and nervous system.
28 ) other horrible workers
Bernard Clarke. Radio Artist, Radio Broadcaster, Ireland.
Arthur Rimbaud's radio from beyond the grave. Radio Harar. Rimbaud's illumination XIII "Ouvriers" (Workers) is read by composer and sound artist Valérie Vivancos
Chatori Shimizu (1990), a New York City based composer, researcher, and sound artist, was born in Osaka, Japan, and spent his formative years in Thailand and Singapore. With deep interests in the comparison of Eastern and Western Philosophy, Shimizu mainly composes orchestral and electronic music in which all of his works are composed in a conceptual and ideological restriction. He also provides his music to many advertising jingles and media programs for television and radio, sound installations, popular music records, and has scored for multiple art films and animations. He received his BM from Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo), and was awarded the Arima Prize upon graduating as a top student in his graduating class. He is currently pursuing his MFA Fellowship at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University as a scholarship student, studying composition and sound arts, as well as researching the expressive usages of new technologies in art.
Grant Cutler is an artist, producer, and composer whose creative process is based in experimentation, and whose work borrows from nature, technology, mysticism, and the esoteric. Grant scores music for film and stage, produces for commercials and bands, and curates events and visual projects. He splits his time between New York and Minneapolis.
I often work with cast-off and forgotten ideas to make art. I like to make antiquated systems relevant by giving them new form. Short wave radio is one of these esoteric systems; fewer and fewer people have the technical knowledge and equipment to operate it. So the content is no longer relevant to a mainstream audience, rather it is often niche, or intimate, or coded. These are sounds that cannot be found anywhere else, and that have been modified by the medium of short wave. On 10/22/2014, I was listening to a conversation between two people at 29662 kilohertz. I heard tonal information as well, pitches and musical bits in the conversation, which inspired this piece. I recorded the conversation and sign-off tones then used a sampler to arrange the 60 second composition.
Michael Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music at Chatham University, is a composer, scholar, and experimental improviser. His music embraces experimental practices such as installation, multimedia, and performance art. Boyd’s analytic essays on Roger Reynolds’s music have been published in Notes and Tempo, and an article about one of his performance-based installations recently appeared in Perspectives of New Music. He also serves as Wilkins Township Commissioner and is working to improve bicycle infrastructure at work and in his community. In 2012 Boyd was named Bike Pittsburgh’s Advocate of the Year and in 2013 was one of the Pittsburgh Magazine/Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project “40 Under 40.”
Study 7b is a brief exploration of noise, in particular the pitch-noise continuum and one's perception of the boundary between the two oppositions.
David Jason Snow
The compositions of David Jason Snow have been performed in concert by the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the American Brass Quintet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Harvard Wind Ensemble in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Yale University Band in New Haven, Connecticut, and other artists and ensembles in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Snow has been the recipient of composer fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the ASCAP Foundation, and Meet the Composer. A recipient of composition awards from BMI, the Annapolis Fine Arts Foundation, Musician magazine, and Keyboard magazine, he has been an artist resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs and the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. He holds degrees in music composition from the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music where his principle teachers were Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, Samuel Adler, and Jacob Druckman.
This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Broadcasters, in cooperation with the FCC and other authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.
33 ) The Ukrainian Underworld
Dr Colin Black is an internationally acclaimed composer/sound artist having won the 2003 Prix Italia Award and achieving the final round selection in the 2010 and 2011 Prix Phonurgia Nova for his creative feature length works. As a result of this acclaim, Black has received multiple national and international commissions to create innovative long-form works for broadcast across major Australian and European networks. Black’s curator credits include, international festival/showcases of award winning Australian acoustic art and radio art at London’s Resonance104.4fm, Kunstradio (ÖRF, Austria) and Toronto’s New Adventures In Sound Art. In 2013 he also curated the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Sound Fix: Your Weekly Dose of Transmitted Audible Art series. He is a PhD graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he was a recipient of the University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards Scholarship. More recently Black has been engaged as an academic lecturing at the University Technology, Sydney; moreover he has authored a number of conference papers and peer reviewed journal articles including “An Overview of Spatialised Broadcasting Experiments With a Focus on Radio Art Practices” in Organised Sound. Black is also the founding member of The International Radio Art (and Creative Audio for Trans-media) Research Group For more information see: www.colinblack.com.au
“The Ukrainian Underworld” combines a treated audio documentary of descending deeper and deeper into the Earth on one of Kyiv’s high speed subway escalators with an extract from an oral history from a small village in the northern region of Ukraine at the end of the work. Ripping across this sonority is also a recording of Colin Black aggressively playing a house brick by a wood saw!
Jason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, sound artist working from Baltimore, Md. His work explores sonic immateriality and its relationship to memory, systems and the virtual world. In 2012 also founded L’Avenir as a side project to explore his long time love of synthpop and minimal wave music created purely from analog and vintage equipment. L'Avenir is currently signed to Barcelona's Cold Beats Records. In addition to being the recipient of multiple Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Awards, Sloan’s performances, installations, net.art and video works have been exhibited internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the last decade on various record labels, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, STEIM in Amsterdam and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series, one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series. Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interaction Design and Art [IDA] department along with being the founder and program coordinator for the soundArt concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
7850 kHz is a 60 second work created with a shortwave radio and custom Eurorack modular synthesizer. 7850 kHz is the broadcast band for Canada's CHU, a shortwave time signal radio station operated by the Institute for National Measurement Standards of the National Research Council of Canada. The radio's audio signal was converted into a control voltage, a DC electrical signal, which was used to automatically manipulate various perimeters of the synthesizer. Essentially, allowing the radio to play the synthesizer yielding a unique piece of music tied specifically to that moment in which the work was created. Effectively, a "score" was then generated for 7850kHz using special audio to MIDI conversion software. The generated MIDI was than transcribed into a traditional musical notation with Apple's Logic software.
D. Edward Davis
D. Edward Davis (b. 1980) is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. His work often engages with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes and patterns inspired by nature. Recent performers of his work include violinists Erik Carlson and Mari Kimura, the Hilliard Ensemble, yMusic, pianist Ingrid Lee, Rootstock Percussion Trio, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Davis is currently a PhD candidate at Duke University, where he studies composition with Scott Lindroth and John Supko. He also has degrees from Brooklyn College and Northwestern University, and his former teachers include David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, and Jay Alan Yim.
-windlet- (2014) was created entirely from filtered and edited radio broadcast samples.
Sounds: Damian Catera, Words: Patricia Kositzky
Poet, Playwright, Singer and Cake Wrangler, Patricia Kositzky hails from Milwaukee Wisconsin and sings with the NYC based a cappella group The Decibelles. Damian Catera is a sound and media artist who has been recently deconstructing baroque music on the Praxis Classics label.
Freq Friends is an exploration of the dual role of radio as surrogate caregiver for pets and guilt absolver for the humans that love them.
Michael Dean is a Canadian sound artist and composer based in Montréal, Québec. His work focuses on exposing the medium, using artefacts and by-products of playback devices and compositional tools as primary sound material. His work has been performed both in Canada and Europe, and has been featured on several Canadian radio programmes.
"How To Drop Bombs" is an adaptation of numerous war documentaries recorded from FM radio. The piece sonifies the uneasiness associated with this subject matter. The accompanying speech samples foregrounds human desensitization as a cause of war.
Nathan Corder is a composer and guitarist currently living in Tampa, Fl. Nathan is currently pursuing degrees in composition and philosophy at the University of South Florida. Nathan's works, ranging from chamber ensembles, interactive computer music, progressive rock, and noise, have been performed nationwide. Recently, Nathan's works have been recognized at events such as the National Student Electronic Music Event at Georgia Southern University and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Conference at Wesleyan University. This year, Nathan was awarded the 2014 Allen Strange award from SEAMUS, and has been touring with his experimental rock band, Jitters.
This piece comes from my hit radio show, "The Beef" on 106.7fm. Within this piece one can experience the truly magical programming of my number one radio show, "The Beef". Be sure to call in and enter ### for your chance to win $5,000.
Soressa Gardner is an electronic music and soundscape composer, improviser and vocalist. Soressa is a performing member of VEE (Vancouver Electronic Ensemble), and maintains collaborative relationships with writers, dancers, filmmakers and musicians. Her performances include the Western Front's VOICE OVER mind Festival, numerous Vancouver New Music festivals, and guest appearances with Orkestra Futura. Her electronic compositions have won international recognition and airplay.
AeeYa! was composed using radio transmissions which were edited and manipulated using electronic processing. The instrumentation was created using a process that translated the recorded audio into midi notes to be performed by virtual instruments.
41 ) On the Lonelyhearts Band
Julia Wetherell's short radio documentary work has aired on PRI's Studio 360 and WNYC. She is the associate producer of Playing on Air. about.me/jmcw
Scanning the interstellar radio dial on the long, cold haul between systems. (A science fictional vignette.)
42 ) Equal To Or Less Than Visible Light
Musician and composer Lin Culbertson’s experience as an improvisor greatly informs her sound work. Her compositions are comprised of synthesized sounds, field recordings, and conventional instruments, and incorporate aspects of indeterminacy in their arrangement and performance. She is a member of the group White Out. www.whiteoutinc.com
"Equal To Or Less Than Visible Light" is an amalgamation of various short wave radio broadcasts. The blending together of these discrete transmissions creates a kind of multinational sonic tapestry featuring signature sounds from around the world that were captured via the airwaves.
43 ) Mains hum (17 sine waves)
Jesper Norda (b. 1972) has a background as a musician but half way trough his training to become a composer he changed into visual art. In 2002 he graduated with an MA from Konsthögskolan Valand in Gothenburg. Since then he has been working both with music and visual art. In both art forms with the same artistic consistency. In his visual art practice he expands the conceptual base into simple spatial operations made up of objects, text or light, sometimes linked to popular culture and sometimes linked to entirely personal experiences. ”A main thread in his artistry is a constant questioning of the borderlines between sound and silence. The visual and the sounding materials are juxtaposed in conceptually challenging ways. Even if his works look and sound quite differently from theirs, he is pro- bably the Swedish sound artist that is closest to the conceptual tradition of artists like La Monte Young, John Baldessari and Sol LeWitt. In the focusing on the real and factual, in the reduction of expressions down to only a few, where there arises a friction between the room and the emptiness. But the complexity that is the effect of this has not so much to do with theoretical questions, it gains it strength from an everyday listening, a communicating address, not least noticeable in the many works that take text as its starting point.”
A short meditation on sound and electricity, based on a simulation of mains hum noise created with 17 sine-waves. The text being read in this piece: "A sine wave is the purest form of sound, its waveform is characterized by two perfect semicircles. It is possible to recreate any sound using the correct number of sine waves. You'll just have to find the right number of frequencies and the right volume ratio between them. Sound waves spread as microscopic tremor in all matter. Everything tremble. Sometimes the sound hits an eardrum, travels trough to the small fine bones to the cochlea, sets the cilia in motion - and, just before it hits the auditory center in the brain: it has become electricity again. In this piece I have used 17 different sinuswaves to recreate the sound of mains hum."
44 ) Nothing In Particular
David Bohn received degrees in composition from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois. He currently resides in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is the music director at St. John's Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee. He is the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.
Dixie is a Minneapolis composer, sound artist, theatrical sound designer and radio broadcaster. She is a sonic explorer who likes creating with any and all sounds. Dixie works with artists in multidisciplinary fields, is founder/performer with the experimental group the Unique Sounds Ensemble, creates audio documentaries, field recordings, experimental electro-acoustic music, sound and radio art. Her work has been heard on PRX, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Strange Attractors Festival, Berlin International Sound Art Festival, Harris Museum & Art Gallery-UK, AIR/EAR Radio Alimento-Argentina, Environmental Art Festival-Scotland, Osso Radio-Lisbon, Dubbelradio-Stockholm, Metanast-MediaCityUK, MUSLAB -Mexico
“Calling Anyone” is a sonic collage celebrating amateur radio and its participants. Amateur radio, also known as Ham Radio, globally engages people of all ages and backgrounds with a focus on public service and the art of open communication.
Pol McLernon / Matt Lewis
Pol McLernon is northern irish post-conceptual artist, architect and theorist who explores the interfaces between cultural production, cognitive architectures and counterinsurgency. His interdisciplinary works combines photographic, video, sculptural and noise installations
Excerpt from a one hour program commissioned by Void Gallery Derry and Resonance FM London.
Aleksandr Rikhterman - Film student at SUNY Binghamton
Eclectic mix of radio noises heard while working as bus driving mixed in with ambient and environmental noises while traveling abroad to create an interesting juxtaposition. Traveling without the money from work would be impossible but always thinking of traveling while working.
Vincent Euliano is a is a teacher/composer/percussionist in Tampa, FL. He received a Bachelor's of Music at the University of South Florida studying Acoustic and Electronic music composition under the direction of Paul Reller and Dr. Baljinder Sekhon.
This is a short work that was derived from white noise. White noise is commonly found throughout radio waves caused by interference.
Todd Merrell is a composer and artist working in many styles and media, with an emphasis on shortwave radio, granular synthesis, and processing. He studied composition and voice at Berklee College of Music, and with James Sellars of The Hartt School. A Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant recipient, Thanatopolis Noir Prize winner, New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellow, AIRtime Fellowship resident, and free103point9 transmission artist, his work has been commissioned and performed by many artists, including Chicago A Capella, Jan Williams Percussion Ensemble, and The New York Festival of Song. Merrell has recorded for the Mille Plateaux / Cluster, Mode, Archive, Whirlybird, Dreamland, and Cobalt / Special labels, and contributed work to festivals, exhibitions, and venues throughout the world, including The Guggenheim Museum, and MACBA (Barcelona). His work is chronicled in 'Transmission Arts', PAJ Publications (2011).
'Rosetta Landing' is an homage to the European Space Agency's historic launch of the Philae module onto Comet 67P. This piece was completed as the spacecraft landed, and is composed entirely from one live recording of the composer playing a Hammarlund HQ-180A shortwave radio receiver as an instrument, and layered with resynthesized and processed parts made only from the original recording.
Joseph Bourdeau is a composer and music educator currently living in Tampa, where he studies at the University of South Florida. His music has been performed both in the U.S and abroad, and relies heavily on timbre and rhythmic ambiguity.
Covert is a fixed media work for stereo playback made entirely from shortwave radio recordings of number stations. These unusual stations broadcast a steady stream of repeating numbers, broken up by station identifiers, such as short clips of folk music, or simple pitch sequences.
Keith Kothman is a composer and sound artist, currently living in Muncie, Indiana. Kothman was awarded an Honorable Mention for Interludes at the 31st annual Bourges Electroacoustic Music competition, and recordings of his music are available on the Capstone, Cambria and New Albany labels. He is an associate professor of composition and technology at Ball State University. More information is at keithkothman.com.
Snippets of internet radio processed through physically modeled plates create a processed soundscape.
53 ) radio noises in the night…
Ken Paoli is currently a professor of music at College of DuPage. A current project involves archiving the works of American composer Phil Winsor. He recently lectured on his analysis of Winsor’s “Il Passaggio Spaziale.” A fan of old-time radio he always was fascinated by the otherworldly background noises a tube radio can generate. Besides composition, Ken is active as an arranger and keyboardist and maintains a busy schedule of performance in the Chicago area.
For one minute on a clear, cold night, thermal noises, electronic noises and other electro-magnetic interferences are received by a radio antenna aimed into the vastness of space. The hums, buzzes and fragments of broadcast transmissions create a brief moment of polyphony.
54 ) AM Stories Uncovered
Sam Sebren's current work explores concepts with collage in visual and sound mediums, including video, radio, music composition, painting, photography, performance, and public works. His radio works for Wave Farm/WGXC have been broadcast nationally and internationally on Pacifica stations and the Radia network. His Nothing Is Real Radio Hour program is part of Transmission Arts and Experimental programming on Wave Farm/WGXC 90.7 FM. Sebren's work has been exhibited in galleries and universities widely, as well as in film festivals, unsanctioned public interventions and non-profit spaces.
"AM Stories Uncovered" was performed using AM radios, a 9v battery and a nickel, and a karaoke mic running through various effects. Several experiments were made using these simultaneous variables with a huge dose of chance thrown in.
Cameron Fraser hails from Chesapeake Virginia. He studied sculpture at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and is currently a MFA candidate at Columbia University in the Sound Arts program. For years, he lived in Los Angeles working as a musician, sound designer and recording engineer. His focus is on making work that lives at the intersection of acoustic ecology, sound design and new music and he is interested in soundscapes as narrative spaces. Cameron left his heart in San Francisco, with his girlfriend and two cats. CameronFraser.bandcamp.com
56 ) White Noise Generation
Mark Vernon is a sound artist and radio producer based in Glasgow. His radiophonic creations range from documentaries and radio plays to experimental audio collage and soundscape pieces. He has produced programmes and features internationally for radio stations including RADIA, Resonance FM, Wave Farm, CKUT, VPRO and the BBC and has also been directly involved in the creation of the UK art radio stations; Radiophrenia, Hairwaves, Radio Tuesday and Nowhere Island Radio. Together with Monica Brown he runs Lights Out Listening Group, a monthly listening event focused on creative uses of sound and radio that takes place in complete darkness. Vernon also records and performs in a number of collaborative and solo music projects with record releases on Staalplaat, Ultra Eczema, Entr'acte, Staubgold and Gagarin Records. Website: http://www.meagreresource.com
A father and son bond over an electronic radio experiment but fail to recognise the musical potential in the sounds they create - or is it just noise after all?
Stephen Lilly is a DC-based composer, performer, audio engineer, and sound artist. Theatricality, language, and abstraction are themes that continually resurface in his work, the majority of which is scored for chamber ensembles. He currently teaches audio production at the Art Institute of Washington. Publications: Organised Sound, Performance Research, Perspectives of New Music, and Computer Music Journal. Releases (as engineer): Navona and Albany Records. For more, visit stephenlilly.net
Appluse Redux is a study of noise, specifically the interference, crackle, hum, and hiss that interrupt radio broadcasts and begin to wholly take over as one travels just beyond the edge of a station’s listening area. In homage to classic analog broadcasting, filtered noise was subjected to various combinations of FM and AM transformation. The resulting collection of timbres were then arranged in an attempt to tell a tale of opposition and metamorphosis.
Rachel Devorah Trapp
Rachel Devorah Trapp (b. Hartford, 1986) is an American composer, sound artist, and improvising hornist. Her works for performance and installation crystallize in sound the habits of being: the daily patterns of ineffable exchange that bind our individual lives together. Pieces by RDT have been performed by artists such as Rhymes with Opera, Fred Frith, and the Del Sol String Quartet at places such as the National Opera Center (NY), the OPENSIGNAL Festival at Brown University (RI), Røst AiR (Norway), the Musical Singularity Series at Wesleyan University (CT), the International SuperCollider Symposium at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival (CA), and Art in Odd Places (NC). She earned a Master's degree in composition from Mills College in 2013 and a Bachelor's degree in horn performance from the City University of New York in 2007. She is currently a Jefferson Fellow at the University of Virginia in the first year of her pursuit of a Doctoral degree in composition and computer technologies.
"radiofarmdust" is a microscopic study in live MIDI-controlled granular synthesis using the Mathews Radio Baton and SuperCollider. Programmed and performed by RDT.
59 ) Cellphonia View Shed 1634.2
Steve Bull is a mixed-media technology artist whose practice includes extensive software engineering experience. For the last ten years he has created location-specific narratives, games and sound art that explore the social, technological, and creative possibilities of cell phones.
With the help of WGXC FM radio promotion, "Cellphonia Viewshed: Song 1634.2b" is a 60 second distillation from the snatch of an ephemeral performance made at 4:34pm on September 13, 2014 on the cellphonia.org server. Bull was enjoying sunny Greece while visitors slogged through the wet afternoon of the grounds of the multi artist Groundswell installation co-sponsored by the Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC.
Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. His numerous projects include site-specific performances and collaborative efforts with dance, light, video, and theatre, utilizing technology from planetarium projectors to guitar robots and disklavier pianos. http://www.tammen.org
I have always been interested in ultrasound, and that species are able to listen in that range creates interesting areas of research for audio artists. BAT CAGE is a microphone recording in a room of an ultrasound composition in the range of 40 to 90.000 Hz. I am aware of tech nerds making a problem out of the limited frequency range of microphones, computers, and sound equipment, You may also bother me with Nyquist and other superficial details. However, as an artist I would never let technology be in the way of a piece of art!