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.



Radio Survivor #293


Thanks to the long-running syndicated radio show and podcast Radio Survivor for inviting me on to chat about radio and transmission art, experiments inside and outside the radio studio, radiophonic instruments, and more.

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Transmission Ecologies


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-.



Changes of State/ Cambio de Estado


Evaporation, condensation, sublimation, deposition. Action, activism, control, resistance. How do changes in state involve exchanges of energy? How do changes of matter cause changes of state? State policy regarding land, mining, mineral extraction and its accompanying infrastructures and consumption of raw resources such as fresh water are all brought to bear on the political landscape.

Sonic reflections on volatile political and industrial times via field recordings from copper and lithium mining areas northern Chile, cottage electronics, sampled media and radio, and voice. Live performance at esc medien kunst labor by Anna Friz, with sounds of public uprising in Chile shared by Rodrigo Ríos Zunino. First broadcast for Art’s Birthday 2020; rebroadcast on Radio Tsonami, Valparaíso for Chile’s 2020 election.



NRRF Bb Radio


On the 100th anniversary of the first global entertainment broadcast, Radioee.net and online radio stations from across the world present Wireless, a 24-hr translingual radio broadcast about planetary wireless communication.

NRRF Bb Radio: The development of planetary radio practices and systems also brought the insight that Earth is continually bathed in radio signals emanating from points across the universe, from ‘nearby’ within our solar system or from vast distances in space and time. Departing from Velimir Khlebnikov’s poetic observation in 1920 that “even starlight is a wireless signal”, the NRRF collective eavesdrops on the radiophony coming our way, and encounters fast radio bursts, long waves, and even the loneliest wave of all.

NRRF is an intermittent collaborative effort to make unlicensed neighborhood radio art. Earlier projects include a series of clandestine FM broadcasts in Chicago, Montréal and beyond with a rotating group of collaborators. Since 2012 NRRF features Jonny Farrow, Anna Friz, Stephen Germana, Jeff Kolar, and Peter Speer. It’s live radio expanded and improvised from various geographical locations, with the current group collaborating from Vermont, Florida, North Carolina, Chicago and Santa Cruz. The core group of performers play everything from traditional instruments to home built electronics, sample wildly, speculate broadly, and have been known to sing. @JonnyFarrow, @peter.speer, @jeffkolar, @wave_farm, @free103point9, @wgxc

On August 27, 1920, “The crazy people on the roof” (Radio Argentina Society initiators Enrique Susini, César Guerrico, Miguel Mugica, Luis Romero and Ignacio Gómez) installed a smuggled Marconi transmitter on the rooftop terrace of the Teatro Coliseo in downtown Buenos Aires. This broadcast of Wagner’s “Parsifal” marked the first radio broadcast in Argentina and the first mass public entertainment broadcast in the world.

On August 27, 2020, Midnight to Midnight Argentina Time, Wireless explores radio pasts and futures, from technology to entertainment. Everything wireless runs on radio, radio waves are the medium of wireless internet. Through translingual dialogue, music and sound, Wireless will consider the various modalities of this evolving planetary condition–spectrum, networks, telecommunications, infrastructure, urban acrobatics, physics, entertainment and education. Each partner radio will rebroadcast the marathon stream, leading to an amplification of radio investigation, entertainment, and solidarity.

radioee.net is an online, nomadic, multilingual radio station. They host 24-hr broadcast events on mobility and movement. They take up topics of transportation, migration, and climate transformation, transmitting local voices, music, and sound to create an audio portrait of a place in time.



Radio Tsonami en 40tena


CWCH Collective


Live Broadcast on π-node (Paris and Mulhouse, France on DAB), Resonance Extra (Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Norwich, UK on DAB), Sound Arts (Dartington, UK on FM), and WGXC (Green and Columbia counties, New York on FM), Radio Tsonami (Valparaíso, CL online); Thursdays at 19:00-20:00 GMT (0). Rebroadcast on FM by Radio ARA, Luxembourg, Jet FM, Nantes, France, Radio Orange in Vienna, Austria and Radio Panik in Bruxelles, Belgium. One-off rebroadcasts on Radio Corax, Halle (Saale) Germany and others.

Worker-artists convene a hive broadcast of indiscriminately gathered sound-pollen, transmitting codified messages to kindred folk.
Each week a potent gang of sound artists are at play, exploring whatever is on their minds. Style guide: Anything goes

Each node streams live to Mobile Radio while listening to the complete live stream that goes out to our broadcast partners. Due to inevitable online delays of 10-20 seconds, all participant artists are hearing a delayed version of the group mix as they play together, effectively improvising with an as-yet unheard future.

April 9, 2020: Episode 1: “The Same Boat”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington, Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib, Anna Friz, and Ralf Schreiber broadcast sounds from Ürzig, Saarbrücken, Santa Cruz & Cologne.

April 16, 2020: Episode 2: “Oil and Vinegar”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib,(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf),DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne).

April 23, 2020: Episode 3: “Wormhole Variations”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

April 30, 2020: Episode 4: “Transcendental Trepidation”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

May 7, 2020: Episode 5: “Mission Compossible”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

May 14, 2020: Episode 6: “Weltschmerz Heimat”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

May 21, 2020: Episode 7: “300 Trillion Times Less Dense”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

May 28, 2020: Episode 8: “We Got Der Funk”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

June 4, 2020: Episode 9: “Rhapsody in Why?”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

June 11, 2020: Episode 10: “Stand Down Racist”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

June 18, 2020: Episode 11: “Fast Radio Bursts”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), and Ralf Schreiber (Cologne)

June 25, 2020: Episode 12: “Last Wave Standing”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird & Jean-Philippe Renoult (Paris), dieb13 (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), Lloyd Dunn (Prague), Lucinda Guy (Buckfastleigh).

July 2, 2020: Episode 13: “Indivisible i”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), Frauke Berg (Düsseldorf), DinahBird & Jean-Philippe Renoult (Paris), dieb13 (Vienna), Anna Friz (Santa Cruz), Ralf Schreiber (Cologne), Lloyd Dunn (Prague), Lucinda Guy (Buckfastleigh), Hannes Hölzl (Andrian).

July 9, 2020: Episode 14: “More Bows Less Arrows”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), DinahBird (Paris), dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Lloyd Dunn (Prague), Anna Friz (Vancouver), Ralf Schreiber (Cologne), Rodrigo Ríos Zunino (Valparaíso). Special guest Nástio Mosquito.

July 16, 2020: Episode 15: “Close-Flung”; artists Knut Aufermann & Sarah Washington (Ürzig), Xentos Fray Bentos (Broughton), DinahBird (Paris), Katharina Bihler & Stefan Scheib(Saarbrücken),dieb13 & Billy Roisz (Vienna), Lloyd Dunn (Prague), Anna Friz (Vancouver), Ralf Schreiber (Cologne), Rodrigo Ríos Zunino (Valparaíso).

Produced by Mobile Radio with support from π-node.



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



More 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.

May 21, 2019 17-17:30 Glasgow time (GMT +1): Embodied Radio Device created by Absolute Value of Noise and Anna Friz

May 23, 2019 2:00-7:00 (GMT +1): Embodied Radio Device (long form for overnight listening).

May 24, 2019 14:40-15:00 (GMT +1): Radiation Day: A Conversation with Anna Friz; interview by Earlid‘s Joan Schuman.

May 24, 2019 16:00-16:50 (GMT +1): The Joy Channel created by Anna Friz and Emmanuel Madan

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.