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Curated by Wave Farm: Climactic Climate

2015-04-01 – 2015-08-31

"Curated by Wave Farm: Climactic Climate" is a five-part series of new radio artworks on the theme of weather radio premiering on Kunstradio, and also airing on Wave Farm's WGXC-FM in 2015.

The commissioned broadcasts represent a broad spectrum of reflection on transmission in relation to natural environmental conditions. Participating artists harness weather as instrumentation in performance, celebrate the act of environmental observation as compositional score, or imagine and interpret the scientific impact radio transmission has on weather patterns and vice versa.

"Climactic Climate" features works by five international contemporary artists, each of whom approach and interpret conditions of natural radio distinctly.

Participating artists include Quintron (New Orleans, US); Mark Vernon (Glasgow, UK); Pauline Oliveros (New York, US); Anna Ialeggio (Los Angeles, US); and Zach Poff (New York, US).

Based in New York State, Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization that celebrates creative and community use of media and the airwaves. Wave Farm programs support artists who engage the transmission spectrum, on the airwaves and through public events and include the Wave Farm Artist Residency Program, and international visiting artist program; and the Transmission Arts Archive, a living genealogy of artists' experiments with broadcast media and the airwaves. Wave Farm's WGXC-FM is a creative community radio station that commits over 60 hours a week to transmission art and experimental sound.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann

2015-05-29 – 2015-06-07

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann (Uerzig, Germany). Their Mobile Radio will introduce a format called the 'Repro' - to enable the immortalization of memorable radio moments. By way of homage, excerpts from various existing sources will be selected and framed using contrasting and complimentary sounds, creating surprising new contexts which can stand alone as monuments to the glory of the medium.

Saturday Morning Serial: Mark Vernon's Domestic Weather

2015-06-13 11:00am – 12:00pm

Created for Wave Farm's broadcast series "Climactic Climate," commissioned by Kunstradio - Radiokunst in Vienna, Writes Vernon, "Domestic Weather is a parallel exploration of radio transmissions as carriers of meteorological data as well as the affects of weather on the propagation of radio signals. Through a series of interviews ham radio operators describe the positive and negative effects that atmospheric conditions have on their broadcasts. Their voices are interwoven with examples of meteorological information conveyed through radio such as weather, shipping and aviation forecasts and transmissions intercepted from Radiosondes - small weather probes that are sent into the atmosphere by balloon. Also interspersed throughout the program are a number of ‘Domestic Weather’ experiments. Using household appliances as analogies of various weather conditions, real audio recordings of weather are micro-broadcast to small radios inside or in the vicinity of these devices with the resulting duet recorded - for example, the sound of a tornado coming from inside a tumble dryer, heavy rain in the shower or howling winds alongside a hairdryer – thus drawing attention to the micro-climate of our own domestic environment."

Radio Stew: Matt Mottel

2015-06-18 12:02am – 1:00am

Details to be announced soon!

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: August Black

2015-06-19 – 2015-06-28

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome August Black (Oakland, CA). His Hearhere My Fellow Peer is a user-centric radio application that allows multiple users to input short segments of sound to an FM station live from their browsers or cell phones. An evocation of Bertolt Brecht’s utopian two-way radio, Black’s application is an experiment in building a democratic and interactive environment where users can connect to all participants, as well as the main FM radio output. The app makes use of new HTML5 capabilities such as WebRTC and web sockets, and will provide each user with visual feedback so that they can "see" and hear the other participants in the experiment.

Saturday Afternoon Show: August Black

2015-06-27 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-residence August Black joins Saturday Afternoon Show host Tom Roe live in the WGXC Acra Studio to discuss his work while in residence.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Collectif Radiophonique Oboro Radio Collective

2015-07-03 – 2015-07-12

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Collectif Radiophonique Oboro Radio Collective (Montreal, Canada). Consisting of members of Oboro's board of directors, artistic committee and executive staff, the Collectif Radiophonique Oboro was formed in late 2014 for the purposes of researching, organizing, and mounting a major exhibition at Oboro on the broad theme of radio in Fall of 2016. Each of the group is a practicing artist and/or curator whose work has intersected with sound and the transmission arts. The group will spend time at Wave Farm researching and developing this exhibition.

Saturday Morning Serial: Pauline Oliveros's Environmental Dialogue

2015-07-11 11:00am – 12:00pm

Created for Wave Farm's broadcast series "Climactic Climate," commissioned by Kunstradio - Radiokunst in Vienna. Writes Oliveros, "I like to listen to the weather - its songs and rhythms. Sometimes the sounds of weather join me in my performances. Naples 1981 on tour with Elaine Summers Dance and Film Co. We were performing a dance piece about the wind. We were in the Castle of the Egg on an outdoor plaza. I was playing my accordion with wind like passages for the dance. The wind started to rise - soon we began to feel particles of sand from the beach below, the intensity of the swirling waves of sand soon drove us all off stage and inside to safety. I was in Guelph Ontario for a solo performance with my accordion. During the day at my hotel I was watching the largest media event in history - The funeral of Princess Diana. In Ontario thousands of people gathered in a stadium to watch this event. That evening as a prelude to my concert I invited the audience to join me in an exploration of the energies of two extraordinary women - Princess Diana and Mother Theresa. Mother Theresa had also passed a couple of weeks prior to Princess Diana. We were in a large square Anglican Church with beautiful stained glass windows and a good resonance. I thought this would be an appropriate tribute to these to powerful women. Just as I explained my process of performance to the audience and was saying "I have to listen to everything all the time and include what I am hearing in my performance" there was the first low rumble of thunder. The audience sighed audibly and I began to play. There were sudden flashes of lightning that lit up. the stained glass windows in wonderful irregular rhythms. Thunder growled and rolled. I felt like I was playing with God's percussion and light show. Somewhere towards the middle of the performance two (not one but two) of the loudest thunder claps I ever heard sounded directly over the Church! As my forty-five minute performance began to end the storm tapered off and ended with me. The next day I read that not one but two tornadoes had blown through the town. What a magnificent duet. In the review of the concert the critic noted the storm as well. Maybe Princess Diana and Mother Theresa had spoken. A performance of my Environmental Dialogue took place with players from the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello Venetzia on February 6, 2015 during a wind storm with twenty players from the Conservatorio and the Venice Ca' Foscari University. Players were mixed Jazz, classical instrumentalists and singers plus a young girl of eleven years playing toy piano under the direction of Paolo Zavagna of the Conservatorio and Ca' university Foscara under the direction of Daniele Goldoni. The beautiful old building that houses the Conservatorio became activated by the wind and the banging doors and windows became an engaging percussive part of the musical dialogue."

Saturday Afternoon Show: Collectif Radiophonic

2015-07-11 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Collectif Radiophonic join Saturday Afternoon Show host Tom Roe live in the WGXC Acra Studio to discuss their work while in residence.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Ed Bear

2015-07-17 – 2015-07-26

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Ed Bear (Brooklyn, NY). His experimental array of 60 microradio transmitters is a massive multichannel synthesizer with 180 voices, transmitting to any and every station across the commercial FM spectrum. The “organ” will create a large physical space, where every station on 'your FM dial' is composed. During his residency, Bear will research the conceptual and technical precedence for this new instrument and installation. He will also compose, record, and begin mixing a set of long and short form pieces for the radio organ.

DIY Transmitter Hacking + Computer Music on the Radio Workshop

2015-07-18 10:00am – 4:00pm

Wave Farm artist-in-residence Ed Bear leads this two-part workshop. Attendees may choose to attend Part I, Part II or both. Pre-registration is Required. Please email info [at] wavefarm.org to reserve your spot.

Part I: DIY Transmitter Hacking 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Materials Fee: $10) [Lunch]

Modern life is surrounded with ubiquitous consumer electronics ripe with creative potential. We will repurpose a specific device designed to transmit audio to a car radio, the iTrip. Every generation of this device is specifically designed for each version of the iPod, leaving previous iterations of the iTrip obsolete and very cheap! The act of reprogramming and modifying the iTrip to work without an iPod is a unique and simple introduction to FM transmission and digital electronics with practical and creative motivations. This workshop requires no previous knowledge of programming, electronics, electromagnetism, etc. We will go through the reprogramming process, from breaking into the casing to reprogramming the chip. At the conclusion of this three hour workshop every participant will have one hacked iTrip transmitter.

Part II: Computer Music on the Radio 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Personal laptop required)

Wait! There's a subtle secret! With a simple, parasitic circuit, the hacked iTrip can be connected to advanced audio programs and used as a digital synthesizer. Introducing the basics of digital sound synthesis and the industry standard MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) protocol, we will learn to write simple, interactive compositions that will play from a laptop or from the DIY radio transmitter without an attached computer. Because we are using the MIDI standard, the techniques covered in this workshop can be used with a variety of powerful musical instruments and programs (e.g. Abelton Live, Max/MSP, or MIDI enabled drum machines and sequencers).

To save time participants of Part II can install to following tools on their personal laptop:

Pure Data is creative media oriented visual programming environment.
Hairless MIDI is a utility which allows MIDI programs to use the USB port on the DIY transmitter.

... but don't worry, both programs will be available at the workshop.

Saturday Morning Serial: Radio Relay

2015-07-18 11:00am – 12:00pm

DinahBird's "Radio Relay" is the story of a box, a leather box that is over eighty years old and has lived in three different countries, and on two different continents. It contains over fifty 78 rpm recordings of classical music and opera hits of the day. The box and its contents were inherited by the artist's grandmother who was born on the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, in 1910. She grew up on Salt Spring. She took the box with her when she left the island in 1925 and carried it to her various adult homes until her death in 2000. In September 2012 DinahBird retraced the box’s long journey and took the records back to the island where they were first played.

Radio Relay is a vinyl release consisting of the the box of 78's audio (24:00), and on the other side of the release, a series of locked groves. In 2015, the project will relay across the globe, passed from one radio station to the next.

DinahBird writes, "The scratches formed en route will become part of the piece, mirroring the journey my grandmother’s records made." Over twenty stations, including Wave Farm's WGXC-FM, will participate by receiving the record, broadcasting the work, making an entry into the enclosed log, and then mailing it to the next station. Wave Farm's WGXC-FM will receive "Radio Relay" from the station VOBB (Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, Canada) and following a July 18 broadcast on 90.7-FM, send the record on to CFRC (Kingston, Ontario, Canada).

Saturday Afternoon Show: Jassie Rios

2015-07-18 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm welcomes Jassie Rios live in the WGXC Acra Studio for the Saturday Afternoon Show hosted by Tom Roe.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Kyle Eyre Clyd

2015-07-25 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm welcomes New Orleans-based Kyle Eyre Clyd live in the WGXC Acra Studio for the Saturday Afternoon Show hosted by Tom Roe.

Saturday Night Special: Ed Bear

2015-07-25 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence Ed Bear, and special guests to be announced, are featured in this live performance and broadcast.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock

2015-07-31 – 2015-08-09

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock (Philadelphia, PA). Lanalog is a six-hour durational performance using wireless radio and TV transmitters to connect six performers located around the Wave Farm buildings and property. The piece explores interference, feedback, and contingency of site; confronts the uneasy relationship of signal to noise in the rural airwaves; and addresses our fading memories of analog television and the uncertain future of analog radio.

Sound Thresholds Workshop

2015-08-01 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Wave Farm artist-in-residence Mike Bullock leads this field-recording workshop. Participants will be asked to select threshold spaces in and around Wave Farm, and make audio recordings in those spaces. Attendees will use those recordings, edited but unprocessed, to create a live improvised performance during the Saturday Afternoon Show broadcast on Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM (4:00 - 6:00 p.m.). The purpose of this workshop is to engage with threshold spaces, both real and imaginary, through phonographic practices: making audio recordings in everyday settings and using those recordings to create art works.

Pre-registration is required. Email info [at] wavefarm.org to reserve your spot.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Sound Thresholds

2015-08-01 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Participants in Mike Bullock's Sound Thresholds workshop, taking place at Wave Farm earlier in the day, share work and discuss field recording practices and experiences.

Saturday Morning Serial: Anna Ialeggio

2015-08-08 11:00am – 12:00pm

Created for Wave Farm's broadcast series "Climactic Climate," commissioned by Kunstradio - Radiokunst in Vienna. More information will be available soon.

Lanalog

2015-08-08 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Mike Bullock and Linda Bullock's Lanalog is a six-hour durational performance using wireless radio and TV transmitters to connect six performers located around the Wave Farm buildings and property. The piece explores interference, feedback, and contingency of site; confronts the uneasy relationship of signal to noise in the rural airwaves; and addresses our fading memories of analog television and the uncertain future of analog radio.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky

2015-08-14 – 2015-08-23

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky (Jersey City, NJ), who will be working on Strategies Against Communication: NIGHT, a four episode interactive radio performance series, incorporating original composition, theatre and spoken word. The project is the latest in a twenty-year body of work utilizing chance and semiotics based compositional approaches for working with the written and spoken word. For this incarnation, the theatrical poem NIGHT, written by Patricia Kositzky with GE Schwartz will serve as source material for the experimental text processing. During the residency there will be four late night broadcasts consisting of algorithmic soundscapes, live vocals and an interactive component where participants can call in via telephone and internet streaming.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Mark Harris

2015-08-15 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm welcomes Mark Harris live in the WGXC Acra Studio for the Saturday Afternoon Show hosted by Tom Roe.

Radio Stew: Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky

2015-08-17 12:02am – 1:00am

Wave Farm residents Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky present Strategies Against Communication: NIGHT, a four episode interactive radio performance series, incorporating original composition, theatre and spoken word. The project is the latest in a twenty-year body of work utilizing chance and semiotics based compositional approaches for working with the written and spoken word. For this incarnation, the theatrical poem NIGHT, written by Patricia Kositzky with GE Schwartz will serve as source material for the experimental text processing. This four-part broadcast series includes algorithmic soundscapes, live vocals, and an interactive component where participants can call in via telephone and internet streaming.

The four broadcasts take place on: Monday August 17, 2015 at midnight; Wednesday August 19, 2015 at midnight; Friday August 21, 2015 at midnight; and Saturday August 22, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Radio Stew: Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky

2015-08-19 12:02am – 1:00am

Wave Farm residents Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky present Strategies Against Communication: NIGHT, a four episode interactive radio performance series, incorporating original composition, theatre and spoken word. The project is the latest in a twenty-year body of work utilizing chance and semiotics based compositional approaches for working with the written and spoken word. For this incarnation, the theatrical poem NIGHT, written by Patricia Kositzky with GE Schwartz will serve as source material for the experimental text processing. This four-part broadcast series includes algorithmic soundscapes, live vocals, and an interactive component where participants can call in via telephone and internet streaming.

The four broadcasts take place on: Monday August 17, 2015 at midnight; Wednesday August 19, 2015 at midnight; Friday August 21, 2015 at midnight; and Saturday August 22, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Radio Stew: Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky

2015-08-21 12:02am – 1:00am

Wave Farm residents Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky present Strategies Against Communication: NIGHT, a four episode interactive radio performance series, incorporating original composition, theatre and spoken word. The project is the latest in a twenty-year body of work utilizing chance and semiotics based compositional approaches for working with the written and spoken word. For this incarnation, the theatrical poem NIGHT, written by Patricia Kositzky with GE Schwartz will serve as source material for the experimental text processing. This four-part broadcast series includes algorithmic soundscapes, live vocals, and an interactive component where participants can call in via telephone and internet streaming.

The four broadcasts take place on: Monday August 17, 2015 at midnight; Wednesday August 19, 2015 at midnight; Friday August 21, 2015 at midnight; and Saturday August 22, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Saturday Morning Serial: Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky

2015-08-22 11:00am – 12:00pm

Wave Farm residents Damian Catera and Patricia Kositzky present Strategies Against Communication: NIGHT, a four episode interactive radio performance series, incorporating original composition, theatre and spoken word. The project is the latest in a twenty-year body of work utilizing chance and semiotics based compositional approaches for working with the written and spoken word. For this incarnation, the theatrical poem NIGHT, written by Patricia Kositzky with GE Schwartz will serve as source material for the experimental text processing. This four-part broadcast series includes algorithmic soundscapes, live vocals, and an interactive component where participants can call in via telephone and internet streaming.

The four broadcasts take place on: Monday August 17, 2015 at midnight; Wednesday August 19, 2015 at midnight; Friday August 21, 2015 at midnight; and Saturday August 22, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Simon Ripoll-Hurier

2015-08-28 – 2015-09-06

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Simon Ripoll-Hurier (Patin, France). In his non-narrative experimental film, Project Diana, Simon Ripoll-Hurier creates a fictional zone where radio hams and artists intersect to explore Earth–Moon–Earth communication (EME). The project is rooted in a two-year collaboration with ARP - Paris Radio Hams Society and the use of an abandoned radio telescope in the Parc de la Villette. Project Diana will feature night scenes shot in significant transmission locations across the US including HAARP (Alaska), Huntsville (Alabama), Camp Evans (New Jersey), Luna Park (Coney Island, NY), and Wave Farm (Acra, NY). Ripoll-Hurier will culminate his travels at Wave Farm with an artist residency.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Victoria Keddie and Vivienne Corringham

2015-08-29 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm welcomes Victoria Keddie and Vivienne Corringham live in the WGXC Acra Studio for the Saturday Afternoon Show hosted by Tom Roe.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Simon Ripoll-Hurier

2015-09-05 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Simon Ripoll-Hurier joins Saturday Afternoon Show host Tom Roe live in the WGXC Acra Studio to discuss his work while in residence.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Gambletron

2015-09-11 – 2015-09-20

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Gambletron (Montreal, Canada). While in residence, Gambletron will create, tune, and maintain the growth of a large-scale outdoor radio Theremin. Using AM radio transmitters and receivers, Gambletron will push the boundaries of this interactive installation-instrument incorporating transmission into its oscillating chords.

Saturday Morning Serial: Zach Poff

2015-09-12 11:00am – 12:00pm

Created for Wave Farm's broadcast series "Climactic Climate," commissioned by Kunstradio - Radiokunst in Vienna. More information will be available soon.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Bernd Klug

2015-09-25 – 2015-10-04

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Bernd Klug (Brooklyn, NY). His Transmissions and Frequency Spectra of a Radio Station is a site-specific sound work and installation centered around the electromagnetic residue that occurs when making radio. Conceived for an outdoor exhibition space, a large-scale network of musical strings that carry electromagnetic information will be installed so that the signals they carry are picked up and amplified by adjacent coils to create a live generative broadcast environment in which “the radio” plays itself.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Bernd Klug

2015-10-03 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Bernd Klug joins Saturday Afternoon Show host Tom Roe live in the WGXC Acra Studio to discuss his work while in residence.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Amanda Dawn Christie

2015-10-09 – 2015-10-18

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Amanda Dawn Christie (Moncton, Canada). Her Requiem for Radio is a body of interactive works based on the disappearance of shortwave radio transmissions. Requiem for Radio: New Dead Zones is an interactive gallery installation in which 13 theremins are sited to represent the towers at the Radio Canada International (RCI) shortwave site in Sackville, which after 67 years of transmission closed in 2012 due to budget cuts.

Theremin Building Workshop

2015-10-17 10:00am – 6:00pm

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence Amanda Dawn Christie leads this full-day workshop on building a theremin. Participants will leave the workshop with their own analogue theremin.

The workshop will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a break for lunch which will be provided. There will be a materials fee, not to exceed $150 (and which will be reduced if possible once a full components list is confirmed.) This workshop requires pre-registration and can accommodate a limited number of participants. Please email info [at] wavefarm.org to reserve your spot.