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23 April, 2012 in Uncategorized


Yet another annoying piece of radio art?

In the beginning there was the paraphrase. Starting from the search for radio art events to be reproduced we ended up looking into landmarks of radio history in connection with art– hopping from its beginnings to the digital turn.

Listen to a simulation of history and how it is digged out of its holes.

Ironic reenactment of GX Jupitter-Larsens performance in a small bin. The small scoop produces the sound of a shovel.

A radia show by Kristina Fromm, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, Fiona Steinert

supported by Barbara Kaiser, Karl Schönswetter, Sara Norris, Christine Schörkhuber und Judith Purkarthofer.

Kristina digging out the radios (including a duck-radio) that are tuned in the frequency of a small pirate-transmitter,playing the reenactments of the historical radio events we performed in the weeks before.

In search of elements of radio history, we are re-using the key idea of a performance by GX Jupitter-Larsen:

“Jupitter-Larsen performed by digging a hole in a garbage-bin full of dirt & small radios. All of the radios were tuned to static. So as the hole got larger, the radio static got louder. Entitled ‚Building Empty Holes’, this solo performance lasted 15 minutes.” The performance took place in Vienna in 1991 at the Museum Moderner Kunst.
Source: Website GX Juppiter-Larsen

The paraphrase alters the original by tuning the buried radios into the transmission of the simulated historical radio events. A mini pirate transmitter is used to transfer the signal from a nearby computer to the radios in the bin filled with soil.

Lale is trying to find an old tube-tv to be able to receive the digital radio-signals with an analouge machine.

In Vienna the terrestrial channel 24 provides a digital signal on the video-cinch that can be recorded analouge.

The future claims: Radio turns digital on a terrestrial base. Will we lose low tech democratic access to the aether? In a first attempt the digital signals are ignored and being played on an analogue base. Hence, this is how the aether may sound in a couple of years if one refuses to invest in A/D changer. Rhythmic and annoying.

We paraphrased the first transmissions – terrestrical and via telephone line – transmitting salon music from the hotel “Intercontinental” into the dining room in a private appartement and sang the styrian hymn via a pirate radio transmitter.

Kristina is holding the antenna of the mikro-ukw-transmitter broadcasting the reenactment of Otto NuĂźbaumer's first radio-transmission, played on an old tube-radio in the back.The Styrian Hymne was sung by Lale, Judith and Christine.

The first wireless transmission of music and voice was successfully accomplished by the Austrian Otto Nussbaumer from the Technical University of Graz on the 15th of June 1904. Nussbaumer, at this time, was a constructor in the Institute for Physics at the Technical University, where he was employed in the area wireless telegraphy. After a lot attempts he finally managed in 1904, to transmit wirelessly music and voice through a self made transmitter. This transmission was audible for a distance of up to 20 meters through the rooms of the Technical University. For this important and historical moment, Nussbaumer transmitted the hymn of Styria, the Dachsteinsong, which was sung by himself. This led to proof that transmission of sound is possible. This pioneering feat was essential to the further development of radio.

The assembling of the live-salon-music transmission via telephone-line.

In 1881, Clément Ader demonstrated the world’s first stereo transmission from the stage. It was transmitted from the Paris Opéra with his new invention: the Théâtrophone. It was a telephonic distribution system that allowed the subscribers to listen to opera and theatre performances over telephone lines.

The bar and salon of the hotel intercontinental in vienna, the source of the cell-phone transmission, a reenactment of the theatrophone.

The loundspeaker are directly connected to a cell-phone, broadcasting live-music from the bar around 11:30 pm. (This time a crow is watching.)

Karl, Fiona, and Kristina are dining while they are listing to the live-music.

This enabled the subcribers to stay in the comfort of their homes and enjoy their evening meal, while listening to the opera performance .

Kristina and Fiona digging out radios.

In Between Radio Stations (Arduino hacked FM receiver)

22 July, 2011 in works

Using the Lisbon FM spectrum seems appropriate towards a project-specific piece, designed around the
leitmotiv given by curator Manuela SĂŁo SimĂŁo, a one minute project to be broadcast in RadiaLx 2010 -
Radio Zero’s international radio art festival – between scheduled programs.

Last year a friend gave me a Quartz Synthesizer FM Receiver, he found it next to a garbage bin. No
news flash here, the social value of radio waves have been shifting severely since the spread of public
TV broadcasting and recently has been digitalized in the many forms of the web chimera: “Internet
Radio”, “Podcasts”, “Streams on Demand”… just to name a few.

Paired with a old TV antenna, this FM radio receiver scanned the Lisbon radio stations, discarding the
frequencies where the stations locked the Quartz, thus their listening frequency. By disregarding the
correct tuned frequencies, this piece invites the listener to a stroll through the in-betweens of Lisbon
based radio stations.

No sound processing was used, except from recording the receiver sweeping the spectrum with a 0.05
Mhz interval, ranging from 88.00 Mhz to 108.00 Mhz in Lisbon surroundings, circa 16:44 on your typical
June’s Friday, 2010.

Aesthetically its a true challenge for myself. Mainly, because I’m used to creating the sound, shaping it,
altering it or to say the least interact with it, but here – in this piece – my presence is passive, exactly like
your typical radio-listener. In the city you can tune 40 or more stations, this making this some densely
very populated radio waves. Because this FM receiver has a high resolution we can listen to 410 different
radio tunes, mainly comprised of static, near-silence crispy noises or neighbourhooding frequencies of
the main radio stations but nonetheless an impressive range of artistic material, that was comprised into a
one-minute journey for this RadiaLx true “Radio Edit”

Note: The video is a bit off synced with audio, since they we’re recorded separately. The video is just for demonstrations purpose.

In Between Radio Stations (Arduino hacked FM receiver) from PedroLopes on Vimeo.