At Moogfest 2016 in Durham, NC, four MEGAPOLIS artists explored radio as technology, concept, and practice; reflecting on its history for facilitating democratic expression; and looking to radio’s future as an evolving sound medium for artists, documentarians, musicians, educators, and performers. Within an event space transformed as a multi-channel low-watt radio installation – with a sonic basis of manipulations of the atomic clock – radio artist and composer Anna Friz presented the historical theory and practice of the art of radio transmission, while transmission artist Jeff Kolar discussed using current considerations for radio as an apparatus for sonification of the electromagnetic spectrum. Kolar and Friz then performed radio as instrument, giving subtle treatment to the airwaves and unstable circuits from which highly detailed landscapes emerge.
Video by Amber Cortes. Editing by Justin Grotelueschen. Animation by Moaz Elemam with score by Shani Aviram.