NRRF B(b) Radio drones at home


NRRF B(b) Radio presents: The Spiral Breath

created for the Basilica Hudson’s Drone at Home concert

Heard online and on FM at WGXC and Wave Farm April 24-25, 2021

When a white dwarf star dies it emits a stream of carbon atoms, carried across the galaxy like ash by cosmic winds. These atoms eventually reach other stars and their planets, thereby feeding their own cycles of life and death. The universe breathes, and so do we. Meanwhile, here on earth the current pandemic has focused our attention on both the dire risks and life-giving necessity of breathing, especially in close proximity to others. Spirals form in the human lung when carbon nanoparticles disturb certain surfactant molecules found there. Could those spirals be the imprint of the Milky Way inside our lungs? The carbon breathed out by stars draws an image when we inhale. Drawing breath is ever more precious. This drone meditates on these ideas across dynamics of scale: macro and micro cycles of starlight and breath, the vibrations of atoms, the bellows that power stellar forges which ‘exhale’ particles as breath and that we also breathe, and the indelible traces left in our bodies by these cosmic forces.

NRRF B(b) Radio is an ongoing series of radio art programs created and performed by the current NRRF collective comprised of sound and media artists Jonny Farrow, Anna Friz, Stephen Germana, Jeff Kolar and Peter Speer, with video by Sarah Knudtson. Performing across the fields of improvisational and experimental sound, neighbourhood radio, and translocational radio art, the group assembled in Chicago in 2012 at the Experimental Sound Studio for a summer residency where they made long-form, improvised radio art based on B-movie and sci-fi themes, exploiting and deconstructing the genre for its tropes and stereotypes. The NRRF collective emphasize significant abstract improvisation and take as many tangents as possible. This results in an unpredictable mix of open fields of sounds, occasional narratives, spaceships that fail to launch, and even singing. Sometimes there is cake.



You, Beloved


YOU- HOUR 10 (21-22 GMT) (16-17 EST) (14-15 CST) (13-14 PST)
Anna Friz (Santa Cruz) with Amy Mihyang Ginther, Cynthia Ling Lee, Gabriel Saloman

Conversations with ancestors, bodies, and ancestral selves. You. Distant and longed for, distant and beloved. You. Are changing, have changed. You. Consider all your relations.

Our performance includes sounds of archival tapes of past selves and absent family members, current generations of children and elders, bodies moving, bodies playing, and bodies experienced over distances of time and space.

12-hour online event organized by Christof Migone. First in a series of twelve annual events taking place on December 12 from noon to midnight GMT (7-7 EST, 5-5 CST, 4-4 PST). Each year the event will move through each word of the 12-word phrase you and I are water earth fire air of life and death and activate the word of the year in myriad ways. This year it all starts with you-. It always starts with you-.



Outside


Even underground, insomnia follows. There is light at the end of the burrow, and darkness in the pipes and the tunnels in and out of the house. There are ways in and there are ways out. What comes in, and what goes outside?

Online solo concert for Indexical, Santa Cruz California, October 10, 2020.

I performed live with walkie-talkies, radio, and electronics to a video I shot earlier the same day.

Many thanks to Andrew Smith and Indexical; special thanks to Rodrigo Ríos Zunino.
https://www.indexical.org/



KIN: School of Radio at Santarcangelo Festival 2050


Radio Tsonami en 40tena


Quarantine Concert- video documentation


Here’s the video from my set for the ongoing Quarantine Concerts hosted by the Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago on April 1, 2020. Curated by Sam Clapp, all the sets that evening were responding to the theme of “Inattention”.

My setup involved 4 FM transmitters, radios, micro-cassette, and small electronics. Also some live Monterey Bay radio world, including the nautical weather report.



Quarantine Concert via ESS


I’ll be joining the Experimental Sound Studio’s Quarantine Concert series line up on Wednesday April 1, 2020 (not a joke, a true event!). Tune in starting at 20:00 CDT (Chicago time, GMT -5, or PDT GMT -7 on the Pacific west coast). I’ll be on at 21:00, playing a 30 minute solo set.

The evening is curated by Sam Clapp, and features Erica Gressman, Norman Long, me, and Matt Test + Stephan Moore.

All donations from my set go to support ESS: support the survival of independent art and culture, especially now!



Art’s Birthday 2020


It’s that time of year, when once again we reach into deep pre-history to celebrate Art’s Birthday. It’s been 1,000,057 years to be precise, since someone dropped a sponge into a bucket of water, and so, art was born. Buiding on Robert Filliou’s Fluxus holiday, a loose and changing cooperation of international artists join in networked exchange locally and around the world. Tune in to the hub of activities.

I’m currently in Graz, Austria, hosted by the inimitable esc medien kunst labor . Tonight we are kicking off the year of the urban cyborg with a Cyborg Radiation Day. I’ll be performing a new piece entitled Changes of State, using field recordings from the Atacama desert, together with protest sounds shared by my collaborator Rodrigo Ríos Zunino from the recent popular uprisings in Chile in response to aggravated social and economic inequality.

While the Chilean uprising was sparked by a hike in public transportation prices, the real issue lies in a massive inequity between social welfare and corporate welfare, where Chile’s extraction economy serves the very wealthy while pillaging the environment and forcing more and more people to fall into poverty. International companies and consortia are deeply implicated in this mess, with Canadian mining companies and investors at the helm. Our ongoing project on mining and its associated infrastructure in the high altitude deserts of Chile is the focus of my time here in Graz, both for Art’s Birthday and with the multi-screen and multi-channel sound installation Salar: Evaporation which will open next week on January 24, 2020 at esc.

Tune in via Radio Helsinki , the free radio here in Graz, and here’s the full line up for tonight from esc!

18.00 Uhr:URBAN CYBORGS, Opening and greeting words by Reni Hofmüller and Ilse Weber, presentation of the project URBAN CYBORGS and start of radio transmission including Radio Cyborg Transmitter RCT

18.30 Uhr: Presents to art, Onlinearchive Ö1 Kunstradio, Moderation: Reni Hofmüller

20.00 Uhr:Solar Radio, Absolute Value of Noise, live from Vancouver, Canada

19.00 Uhr: Salar: Evaporation, Lecture by Anna Friz

20.30 Uhr: Spark Gap, Raviv Ganchrow, Preproduction Deutschlandfunk

21.15 Uhr:The sound of artspace, Seppo Gründler live in Graz, then: Presents to art, Onlinearchive Ö1 Kunstradio, Moderation: Reni Hofmüller

21.40 Uhr:Changes of State, Anna Friz, Radioperformance, live from Graz

22.00 Uhr:Die Loslösung des Plans, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, live from Graz

22.30 Uhr:Embodied Radio Device, Absolute Value of Noise and Anna Friz

22.50 Uhr: 30 Minutes of SDR, Enrique Tomas, live from Linz, in collaboration with Dorf TV Linz

23.20 Uhr: denn jede Variable stellt eine konstante Form dar, Adina Camhy, Bettina Landl & Peter Venus; Presents to art, Onlinearchive RADIA, Moderation: Reni Hofmüller



Sounds travel


Summer for the lightly fried professor means release from the teaching schedule and back to some R n’ R n’ R n’ R, or research, recording, writing, and relaxing. Probably in the reverse order, to be honest. And a little travel to bring the noise across the water and catch up with long time collaborators.

First up, I’ll be heading for RE:SOUND 2019, the Media Art Histories conference held in August 2019 in Aalborg, Danmark. I’ll be performing Radiation Day (with a re-edit of the video and recomposed sounds) at Musikken’s Hus on Tuesday August 21, 2019, and giving a paper on August 23 at Aalborg University on fieldwork intended for multi-sensory media art production centered upon disciplines of listening. Really looking forward to a stellar week, which has a great lineup including academic talks and evening performances of all sorts. Og jeg glæder mig til at sludrer lidt på Dansk!

Radiation Day is the first of a series of works generated from fieldwork in the northern Chilean deserts, created with collaboration from Rodrigo Ríos Zunino. More about our fieldwork and Radiation Day in a special feature on Earlid.

On August 24, 2019, my solo composition Two Sleeps, originally commissioned by Radio Arts UK, will be presented as part of the Lange Nacht der Hörkunst, an overnight concert of experimental audio arts and radio pieces serving as a kind of coda to the Leipziger Hörspiel Sommer Festival 17, in Leipzig, Germany. Kanal 30, Leipzig-Plagwitz, 8pm-4am.

And I’ll be on air/ online on Copenhagen’s own experimental radio station The Lake, for an in-studio chat and live set on their ongoing series “Søens Folk”; tune in August 25, 2019, 20-22h (GMT +2).

Then I’ll be heading down to Vienna, Austria to spend a week with Elisabeth Zimmermann, radio art boss lady at ORF Kunstradio. I’m cooking up a new radio art work in the same family of works as Radiation Day, which will be ready for the airwaves in 2020.

And finally a little much-needed retreat to Skálar HQ in East Iceland, where the fog has hardly lifted all summer and begs to be documented and blundered about in once again…

Thanks to support from the Arts Research Institute and the Committee on Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz for these travels to present and develop my work!



Radiophrenia!


I have a number of radio art works (collaborations all!) in the current edition of Radiophrenia (2019). Tune in May 19-26, 2019 to listen to the full schedule of radio art from around the world.

Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station organized by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns– a two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Broadcasting live from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, the station aims to promote radio as an art form, encouraging challenging and radical new approaches to the medium.

May 19, 2019 16-18h Glasgow time: NRRF B-Radio returns, with an all new surreal and labyrinthine episode The Forbidden Planet Awakens! Deconstructing the space opera, the countdown never ends as our intrepid space crew and their ever-practical Mission Control and chronically depressed Ground Control counterparts try to escape the Forbidden Planet.

NRRF is a collaborative effort to make unlicensed neighborhood radio art. B Radio mashes b-list film and pulp fiction genres with radio art to structure the improvisational nature of the shows. It’s live radio, streamed, with special guests and live audience. The core group consists of Jonny Farrow, Anna Friz, Steve Germana, Jeff Kolar, and Peter Speer. For this episode, all members participated remotely, from Abu Dhabi, Wave Farm in Acra NY, Florida, North Carolina, and Radius in Chicago. Many thanks to the Wave Farm and Tom Roe for supporting the piece, which will also be rebroadcast on WGXC Greene and Columbia counties, NY in the coming weeks.