June 4th, 2014
Back in October 2013, while on residency at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland, I crafted a 16:00 minute radio beacon to broadcast on my private transmitter every evening at sundown for a week. Radiotelegraph featured my first formal attempts at performing vocal morse code, laid over a bed of signals and oscillations. It was simulcast on the mighty Radius in Chicago, U.S. as episode 44 in their esteemed catalogue of transmission experiments.
In the last month, Radiotelegraph has made its way around the world in various ways:
-featured in the latest curated playlist of Radius’ PATCH series on WFMU New Jersey and the Free Music Archive (FMA), posted June 1, 2014. This series includes three Radius episodes that reflect on the concept of distance.
-featured as part of radio trickster Gregory Whitehead‘s edition of Radio Yak, heard on the brand new Soundproof program, Radio National of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, aired May 25, 2014.
And finally… tomorrow I’m on my way to give a paper at the Radio As Art conference at the Weserburg Museum Studienzentrum in Bremen, Germany, taking place from 5-8. June 2014. I’ll be talking about “The Wireless Experience of Distance”. The whole conference will be streamed by Mobile Radio here, including some really nice curated overnight programming from the Radia network and ORF Kunstradio.
February 5th, 2014
Currently getting around the independent radio networks of Europe and beyond: extensive broadcasting in Ljubljana, Slovenia with radioCONA and Radio Študent in January, then some spontaneous radio making with p-node at Club Transmediale, Berlin (featuring some lovely collaborations with Jeff Kolar of Radius, Ann Rosen and Sten-Olof Hellström of Schhh, and as Ghost Imbiss with Jeff Kolar and Emilie Mouchous). Special Radius playlists including my episode 44 Radiotelegraph graced the p-node last week, and will be broadcast overnight on February 7, 2014, on the Endless Tape program of EPSILONIA Radio Libertaire, 89.4FM in Paris, France.
October 3rd, 2013
For the month of October, I have a new piece up created especially for Radius. I’m halfway through my two month residency at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in the small town of Seyðisfjörður on the east coast of Iceland, and the piece involves radiotelegraphy in spoken morse code. Seyðisfjörður is located in a deep fjord off the Atlantic Ocean just shy of the Arctic Circle, and was the site of the first telegraph cable connection between Iceland and Europe in 1906. 1906 was also the year of the first audio transmission of the human voice by wireless means undertaken by Reginald Fessenden on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean at Brant Rock, Massachusetts.
Radiotelegraph is a beacon simulcast by a private low-watt transmitter in Seyðisfjörður (on 107.1 FM) and by Radius Chicago (88.9 FM) at sundown Seyðisfjörður time, for a period of five days in October. The beacon signals the descent of the sun into the northern night. Voice, electronics, and radio signals, all recorded and mixed at Hóll, Seyðisfjörður.
Seyðisfjörður broadcasts (GMT 0):
October 7: 17:59; October 8: 17:56; October 9: 17:52; October 10: 17:48; October 11: 17:45
Chicago broadcasts (GMT -5):
October 7: 12:59; October 8: 12:56; October 9: 12:52; October 10: 12:48; October 11: 12:45
Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago Illinois.