The Joy Channel, now available on IO Sound


Finally Emmanuel Madan and I are launching The Joy Channel, our foray into the radio of the future which we have worked on over the years (2007-2017) through several iterations, this being the third and final. This radio art piece was supposed to be about the future a century from now, but at some moments I feel like the present has caught up rather quickly to where we imagined we might end up… or rather, the ‘business as usual’ which results in a transformed New North America seems to be rather imminently taking place. But no matter—the theme is still ultimately one of optimism, as we consider the prospect of tele-empathy versus corporate emo-casting.

To listen or purchase your own digital copy of The Joy Channel, head on over to IO SOUND.  The Joy Channel will be the first on IO SOUND’s transmission arts sub-label. They are a Vancouver-based label who have some terrific releases in the world of experimental sound and now transmission arts, so do take a moment to peruse their catalogue while you’re there.

Here’s what The Joy Channel is all about:

Over a century from now, business as usual has rendered the nation states of Canada, the United States and Mexico extinct. Approximately 40 million people remain in New North America who are mainly concentrated on the west and east coasts in city-states such as Van and Turnpike, or in the walled-in corporate state strongholds of Fortress Alaska and the Protectorate of Utah. Inland, sparse but emergent communities persist.

In this future, the radio ecology still includes community radio, CB and ham radio as technologies which have survived the social and environmental cataclysms by being relatively easy to salvage, fix, and modify, and therefore remain useful to improvised new societies that tend towards local systems, nomadism and scavenging. But radio in the future is not only a sonic medium: it also becomes a means of transmitting neural information in the form of standardized human emotions (corporate ’emo-casting’), or for tele-empathic communion without devices practiced by dispersed nomadic communities.

We tune across the territories of the future radio to learn of the transforming geopolitics and the emerging EM (empathy modulation) band, from the transmissions of a lone ham radio operator or ‘wavefinder’ to the ongoing conversations of a group of hams radioing across the continent, to corporate shills, pundits, religious figures, the seductive sounds of emocast channels, and among them, something new being felt across the spectrum.

This speculative radio art piece explores tensions between the neurological manipulation of emotions and empathic realization, the interaction between the listeners as active or passive subjects, and the renewed struggle over access to the airwaves.

The Joy Channel was originally commissioned by Radio Tesla, Berlin for RadioVisionen: 250 Jahre Radio in 2007. This release is a completely new version of the work with a new script, characters, and scenario, and was chosen as a finalist for the Phonurgia Nova Awards in the category of Sound and Radiophonic Art in 2017.

credits

released September 4, 2018

Produced: /Undefine, Montréal
Recorded : PRIM, Montréal
Mastered: Stéphane Claude, Oboro, Montréal
Design: Jesse Purcell + Fairypunk + s*

Production Assistance:

Canada Council for the Arts
ORF Kunstradio (Vienna)
Wave Farm, Acra NY
Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin)
PRIM (Montréal)
Oboro (Montréal)

Voices: Sarita Ahooja, Leslie Baker, Alexis Bhagat, Matt Bua, Brian Dewan, Lorrie Edmonds, Danielle Frank, Anna Friz, Gina Grotelueschen, Justin Grotelueschen, Darsha Hannah Hewitt, Ricardo Lira, Emmanuel Madan, Randy Peters, Tom Roe, Victoria Stanton, Vince Tinguely, Rufo Valencia

Special thanks to Galen Joseph-Hunter and Tom Roe (Wave Farm), Stéphane Claude and Claudine Hubert (Oboro), Steve Bates (Hexagram), and tobias c. van Veen (IO SOUND).

Thanks to all those involved with earlier incarnations of this work, especially Martina Groß, Andreas Hagelüken, Séamus O’Donell, Moritz von Rappard and Johannes Wilms (Radio Tesla, 2007) and Elisabeth Zimmermann (ORF Kunstradio, 2009).



80/30 on Kunstradio for Heidi Grundmann


“80/30. An on air – on line – on site homage for Heidi Grundmann

On air:
Radiokunst – Kunstradio special from 10pm CET, Radio Helsinki Graz,
USMAradio San Marino and deferred on CITR FM Vancouver.

On line:
esc.mur.at, kunstradio.at, oe1.orf.at, usmaradio.org


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On site:
Radiocafé at ORF Funkhaus, ESC medien kunst labor Graz, Usmaradio San Marino and Western Front Vancouver

Relating to radio art projects of the early 1990s, the project “80/30“ takes places on various sites: at Radiocafé in Vienna, at the ESC medien kunst labor in Graz, at the artist-run-center The Western Front in Vancouver, Canada and at USMAradio in San Marino. And of course on air, with a 2-hour-live-broadcast of Kunstradio in the Ö1 Kunstsonntag.

Participating artists are Deanne Achong, Hank Bull, Peter Courtemanche, Roberto Paci Dalo, Elisa Ferrari, Anna Friz, Paul Gründorfer, Horst Hörtner, Reni Hofmüller, Rupert Huber, Josef Klammer und Seppo Gründler, Runar Magnusson, Norbert Math, Clara Oppel, Bruno Pisek, Igor Santizo, Elisabeth Schimana , Sarah Shamash, Andrea Sodomka, Anna Steiden, Gerfried Stocker, Russell Wallace, Lise Vinberg, Stefan Voglsinger, Thomas Wagensommerer, Ludwig Zeininger, and others.



Against All Suns at U Houston


I will be giving a presentation and Q&A as part of the series Against All Suns sponsored by the Desert Unit for Speculative Territories and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Interdisciplinary Initiatives at University of Houston.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 6:30pm at the University of Houston, Fine Arts Building- Room 110

The presentation is entitled Sound Signal Conductor, and here’s what it’s all about:

Consider transmission art as occupying ‘radio space’: continuous, available, fluctuating transmission ecologies, described by the reach of signals within overlapping fields of influence and the space of imagination such invisible territories enable. The extrasensory nature of radio space, taken together with acousmatic explorations of geological and political landscapes, allows for a productive slippage between real material signals and sounds and imaginary spaces. Friz will discuss solo and collaborative installation and durational performance works which broadly engage both critical physical and radiophonic spaces: from the intimacy and distance of radio beacons, to the naturalization and pervasiveness of military practices into contemporary civil communications (such as drone technology, or the atomic clock), to the radial logics of expanding urban and industrial infrastructures.

 



ICEbreaker FM


Settle in for quality listening on a long winter’s night with radioCona ICEbreakerFM, and exhibition of sound and radio art on the FM dial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and streamed worldwide online.

Curated by CONA | institute for contemporary arts processing: Ljubljana, Slovenia.

From Sunday 11th to Thursday 15th February, 2018,
FM 88.8 MHz and www.radiocona.si
every day exactly at nautical twilight, from 18:28 (GMT +1) on with one minute delay every next day.

My contributions to this 10-year retrospective of radioCONA includes a rebroadcast of a piece for two radio stations created together with Brane Zorman: 4 Channel Improvisation on Two FM Frequencies
Monday, 12th February 23:00 to 00:00 (GMT -1) heard in Ljubljana on radioCona 88.8 MHz & Radio Študent 89.3 MHz

ICEbreakerFM will also rebroadcast the following pieces from my past residency with Cona in Ljubljana, Slovenia: Trilogy for Night and Radio (created with Konrad Korabiewski), Whale Radio, and White Night.

“The anniversary of radioCona reveals the ten year long breaking and melting of ice of radio-frequency space, through which it is becoming more accessible for the contemporary art production and offers the public an opportunity to gain sensibility for listening to more complex sound artworks. Five day long broadcasting in the form of FM exhibition showcases the cross section of production of radioCona, that opened up the issue of use of radio frequency as a public and gallery space and inspired artists, who are participating in production and promotion of sound and radio art. ”

Curators: Petra Kapš, Irena Pivka, Jasmina Založnik, Brane Zorman

 



Live Performance at Indexical


Curated by the essential Indexical, I’m performing live this Saturday February 3, 2018  8 pm  

Radius Gallery, 1050 River Street #127, Santa Cruz, California

I’m sharing the stage with Eoin Callery, who will be doing an installed performance with strings (as in the strings themselves) and an electric guitar using automated filters to create an evolving scape from sonic textures and drones.

My live solo set is themed around the idea of beacons:

An audible radio signal picked out of an ocean of static serves as a beacon, a lighthouse, a weather station, a warning: here be rocks, here be shallows, here be treacherous tides. A signal anyone might hear, but also imagined by and especially made for the listener who finds it. A performance considering the radio beacon, using radiophonic instruments and transmitters, cottage-built electronics, and recordings/photo montage from recent fieldwork in Iceland and Chile.

I’m particularly interested in ubiquitous but perhaps minor audible beacons, such as dog barks and terrestrial morse code flyover signals. And the idea of an opaque environment, that is to say, the visual and audible static from which such beacons emerge.

 



Radiation Day featured on Earlid


The winter 2018 edition of Joan Schuman‘s ever-earful font of sound art Earlid is up online, featuring interview, thoughts and sounds related to my field work in Chile last summer.

My sojourn in the deserts and the altiplano regions of northern Chile resulted in the performance Radiation Day and as well as two free-form radio shows under the moniker XRRB on Radio Tsonami, both created with Rodrigo Ríos Zunino.

Tune in here.

 



Echophone


Echophone

Installation consisting of four parts (2017)

Commissioned by the mighty Radius for the Museum of Arts and Design, for the exhibition Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound
September 14, 2017 – February 25, 2018
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 10019

Echophone is the first of a new Radius series entitled BEACON. BEACON invites commissioned artists to investigate the idea of radio as a signal from afar.

Two women rent a room in the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York City in late 1947. Their belongings seem to be comprised entirely of a large number of aluminum postal boxes of the sort used to mail laundry; three bellhops are needed to transport it all up to their room. The women stay for one week, pay in advance, and are not seen during their stay. Over several nights the neighboring rooms complain of strange hums and sounds heard through the walls, disturbing their sleep. Three hotel guests complain of the sudden onset of severe migraine headaches, and request a doctor. The dumbwaiter in the hotel breaks down and is stuck between two floors.

After one week, the hotel staff find the room unlocked and empty. The women are gone, as are their boxes, and the maids discover wires and electronic components on the table and the floor of the room. The dumbwaiter is never repaired.

Four aluminum boxes re-appear at MAD this year. Careful inspection reveals that they are radiophonic, each transmitting a single signal to either AM or FM bands. Perhaps they were sent out as probes, recording what they encounter, and then transmitting their findings. The probes have returned as beacons, measuring distance and indicating time passed or times parallel. Four presents from the past.

Responding to the idea that radio measures and allows for relationships over distance and time, Echophone is a radio based installation that reveals itself to visitors as they explore the Museum of Arts and Design, searching for and tuning into transmissions from beacons which are placed throughout its interior. Radios and headphones can be checked out from the admissions desk to experience this piece. Each individual beacon can only be heard in close proximity to its physical location, and are tuned variably to 107.9FM, 1600AM, or 1620AM.

The installation consists of four beacons and two vintage radios with headsets.

Custom electronics for the project by Ryan Page.

Echophone was developed with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Arts Research Institute of the University of California, Santa Cruz.



Radiation Day at Ars Electronica


Performing Radiation Day at Ars Electronica, Big Concert Night 08.10.2017

I had a world premiere of new work at the Big Concert Night of Ars Electronica Festival at PostCity in Linz Austria this past weekend on 10 September 2017. Radiation Day was created during my research residency in Chile this summer, in collaboration with artist Rodrigo Ríos Zunino. This is the first of what will be a series of audio/visual works for performance and installation. Many thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the work, and for the Arts Research Institute of the University of California Santa Cruz for flying me over to perform!
The live concert was curated by Elisabeth Zimmermann for the 30th Anniversary of ORF Kunstradio, and broadcast live to national public radio Ö1 in Austria the same evening as part of a special program entitled Different Places.
Radiation Day

This is the metamorphosis of Earth being: in the desert, around open-cast mines loom massively heaped and compacted slagheaps; evaporation ponds spread across the salt flats, and pipelines and power lines run alongside roads punctuated by truck transports and blowing dust. Copper, lithium, rare earths; mining the ingredients for wireless communication devices. Ancient geoglyphic inscriptions on the desert are dwarfed by deep industrial scars visible from satellites. But environments are also media, and bodies are recording devices. For days under the sun at high altitudes in northern Chile, we sought elemental media amidst the industrial continuum. A performance devised of infrastructural sounds, atmospheric signals and live electronics.

Video by Rodrigo Rios Zunino (CL/EC)


Sonic Saturday at Ars Electronica


XRRB: Radio Tsonami edition


This week, tune in to Radio Tsonami for three live radio mixes of audible materials gathered on a recent trip to the altiplano and salt flats of northern Chile. XRRB returns July 12, 14, and 16, at 21:30-23:00 GMT -4; live from CASAPLAN‘s artist residency space, where I’m staying here in Valparaíso, Chile. Tune in here.

XRRB
Nocturnal outpost, distance monitoring, and experimental radio beacon. Night time respirations after days spent staring into the sun. Featuring journeys over the Flatlands of Patience and through the Ruins of the Future. Live radio by Anna Friz with special guest Rodrigo Ríos Zunino for Radio Tsonami.

Anna is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and University of California, Santa Cruz.