Radio Ethnographer (2015)
As a radio ethnographer, I go into the wild and survey the radio there.
Radio is both a private and public activity. It is private because a person chooses to listen to the radio, individually. It is public because it is broadcast, and thus intended for an audience. Further, even if one is the sole listener to a radio broadcast, one is in a relationship with the individual creating the broadcast. Radio is often public in another way: for instance, when one listens to the radio in the car and it is audible from outside the car. This ethnographic survey pursues this latter form of publicly available radio. For an hour during rush hour in Atlanta, I took an audio survey of the radio escaping from the private cars of myriad drivers. Many drivers willingly let me get close to their radios and capture them quite intimately. As a survey, it reveals the radio of a particular time, place, and culture.
Here is the brief report: http://www.jonciliberto.com/sounds/2015/1-Radio-Ethnographer_brief.mp3
The survey reports are available for listening here:
"Radio Ethnographer" was created for broadcast on Radius, October 2015:
Videos from this project:
"Radio Ethnographer" vimeo.com/140740936
"Radio Trio iii" vimeo.com/140142546
"Radio Trio ii" vimeo.com/140108805
"Two Circles of FM Feedback, Related" vimeo.com/140068643