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Dark Side of the Rainbow

2014-11-28 12:05am – 5:00am

Mash-up of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wizard of Oz" movie dialogue and sounds. Plus, The Flaming Lips try the same trick. Plus radio theatre presentations of the later Oz books.

Other Music: Michael Century

2014-11-29 12:05pm – 2:00pm

This edition of Other Music features a recording from the November 6, 2014 performance "Michael Century Solo Piano and Accordion" at EMPAC (Troy, NY). The broadcast program features Johann Sebastian Bach: "Overture (Partita) in the French Style" and selections of Preludes and Fugues from "The Well Tempered Keyboard (Clavier);" Morton Feldman: "Palais de Mari;" Terry Riley: "Keyboard Study 2 for accordion and digital delays;" and Karl Stockhausen: "Interval, from For Times to Come." The program presents a broad vista of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach in counterpoint to an unusual selection of compositions by some of the leading voices in creative music from the mid-20th century.

NIRRH: Feedback!

2014-11-29 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Sam Sebren, creator of The Nothing Is Real Radio Hour, has been experimenting with feedback sounds using microphones, radios, televisions, telephones, stereo speakers, amplifiers, and processing effects. At a time when many scientists and environmentalists are increasingly looking at closed ecological systems (CES), or loops, for sustainable solutions to pressing global issues, Sebren examines electronic methods of looping (a signal fed back from the output of a device, to the input and then back to the output), and created a sound collage made from his recent recordings. Parts of the collage include excerpts from a recent composition, "Contaminated", plus material Sebren recorded with frequent collaborator, WGXC programmer Tyson Hauf (Zoom, deceived), and also with guitarist Sam Rosen (Boy+Rocket, Tree Collage) who uses multiple looping effects.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Low Power to the People

2014-11-29 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Tune in to hear Saturday Afternoon Show host Tom Roe in conversation with Christina Dunbar-Hester, author of "Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism" (MIT Press: November 2014.) From http://mitpress.mit.edu: "The United States ushered in a new era of small-scale broadcasting in 2000 when it began issuing low-power FM (LPFM) licenses for noncommercial radio stations around the country. Over the next decade, several hundred of these newly created low-wattage stations took to the airwaves. In Low Power to the People, Christina Dunbar-Hester describes the practices of an activist organization focused on LPFM during this era. Despite its origins as a pirate broadcasting collective, the group eventually shifted toward building and expanding regulatory access to new, licensed stations. These radio activists consciously cast radio as an alternative to digital utopianism, promoting an understanding of electronic media that emphasizes the local community rather than a global audience of Internet users.

Dunbar-Hester focuses on how these radio activists impute emancipatory politics to the “old” medium of radio technology by promoting the idea that “microradio” broadcasting holds the potential to empower ordinary people at the local community level. The group’s methods combine political advocacy with a rare commitment to hands-on technical work with radio hardware, although the activists’ hands-on, inclusive ethos was hampered by persistent issues of race, class, and gender.

Dunbar-Hester’s study of activism around an “old” medium offers broader lessons about how political beliefs are expressed through engagement with specific technologies. It also offers insight into contemporary issues in media policy that is particularly timely as the FCC issues a new round of LPFM licenses.

Christina Dunbar-Hester teaches in Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, where she is also affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Vital Weekly: Kare Kohlberg

2014-12-03 1:00am – 2:00am

Episode 958 of weekly experimental new music show, by folks formerly behind Staalplaat. Click on title for playlist 958.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Nicolas Collins

2014-12-06 4:00pm – 4:00pm

The "Saturday Afternoon Show" welcomes Nicolas Collins, celebrated artist and Professor, Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who will speak with host Tom Roe about his newly released "Pea Soup To Go," an open access version of Collin's venerable feedback composition, "Pea Soup." "Pea Soup To Go" is a free streaming audio web application that generates an ever-changing domestic sound art installation on any computer.

Premiered in 1974, "Pea Soup" creates a self-stabilizing feedback network of microphones and speakers that tunes itself to the architectural acoustics of the space and responds to events—instrumental performances, ambient sounds, human movement, even air currents—with swooping flights of sound. "Pea Soup To Go" mines decades of performances, including contributions by numerous guest musicians, from around the globe to produce a similarly dreamy soundscape that slowly shifts from key to key as the app shuffles and cross-fades from one recorded space to another.

Saturday Night Seance: In Memory of Johnny B. Goode

2014-12-06 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM is pleased to present a special broadcast of In Memory of Johnny B. Goode: A Radio Play by The Ghosts of Nothing. The work consists of 13 brief installments, aired together here (52:00) as a Saturday Night Seance program. In Memory of Johnny B. Goode: A Radio Play is a bizarre and allegorical repurposing of Johnny B. Goode anachronistically re-cast as Pierrot as an alter-ego of an archetypically alienated drug-debauched artist. Across the 13 episodes, listeners follow Johnny/Pierrot into the darkest corners of excess, addiction and, eventually, suicide. This is a lost, mashed-up world of rock music, art and poetry, with swirls of psychedelic sonic atmosphere, interwoven with fragments of loosely connected narrative. The central connecting thread consists of radical English adaptations of thirteen rondels thirteen rondels in French from Pierrot Lunaire by Albert Giraud (and freely altered translations by Ilmar Taimre). incorporates

Saturday Morning Serial: Peter Brauch

2014-12-13 9:00am – 12:00pm

Tom Skarimbas and Tom Roe talk local radio live from Wave Farm. Multi-locational radio show about local radio. Interrupted at 10:30 a.m. for "Radio Wonderland." "Saturday Morning Serial" is a live transmission art show with a cast of many regular characters, and regular radio segments, based out of Wave Farm. Local frequencies, signals, transmissions, and walk-in on-air guests are all mixed in. Skype in at WaveFarm. Check in on CB radio, weather radio, shortwave, scanners, cell phones, strings-and-cups, or whatever else we can tune in. The show opens with "Radio Rewind," the past week in local radio. The show usually includes the Weekly Presidential Radio Address and Republican Response. Hear the best radio segments of the past week, and WGXC Program Director Katy Donnelly previews the coming week on the air. Call in and be on the air at 518-622-2598. Twitter song requests and links to audio to play @free103point9 and @wgxc. Plus, radio theatre, cartoon music, stories, sound effects, songs, and more. "Radio Wonderland" from Joshua Fried, comes at at 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., as Fried remixes New York City morning radio on Hudson Valley frequencies. This week Saturday Morning Serial welcomes special guest Peter Brauch (Host of Untitled, 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on WGXC 90.7-FM) visits in the 11 a.m. hour.

Other Music: Alexander Turnquist

2014-12-13 12:05pm – 2:00pm

Artist and musician Alexander Turnquist (who hosts "Odd Weather" on WGXC every 4th Monday of the month from 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.) is special guest host of Other Music, live from the Wave Farm Study Center and WGXC Acra Studio.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Zach Layton

2014-12-13 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday Afternoon Show special guest Zach Layton is a guitarist, composer, curator, teacher and visual artist based in Brooklyn and Troy, NY. His work explores emergent visual and auditory phenomena occurring in space, time, sound and light. He has composed orchestral music for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and has performed and exhibited at the Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Eyebeam, MoMa/PS1, International Computer Music Festival, Experimental Intermedia, Performa, Exit Art, Sculpture Center, Transmediale Berlin, SCOPE Art Foundation, Audio Art Festival Krakow and many other venues in New York and worldwide. Zach is also founder of the experimental music series, "Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde" (co-curated with Nick Hallett), former co-curator of the PS1/MoMa WarmUp music series and former curator of Issue Project Room. Zach has received grants from the Netherlands America Foundation, Turbulence.org, NYFA, Experimental Television Center, Danish Council for Visual Arts, Jerome Foundation and Wave Farm. Layton is currently completing an MFA at Bard College and a PhD at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.

Radius Sketchpad: Ethan Rose

2014-12-27 2:00pm – 3:00pm

"Radius Sketchpad" is an ongoing monthly program on WGXC 90.7-FM presented by the Chicago-based platform, Radius. This month features Ethan Rose's Hum, and is followed by a playlist of works selected by the artist.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Oral History and Radio

2015-01-17 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Michael Garofalo (Senior Producer at StoryCorps) returns to the Oral History Summer School to lead a special winter workshop on Oral History & Radio. The five-day intensive workshop covers the fundamentals of radio storytelling. Students will learn how to conceptualize and develop a story for radio, as well as how to edit and assemble interview tape and incorporate additional sound, such as music, to really make a story sing. The workshop culminates with a visit to Wave Farm, and a broadcast of their works-in-progress on WGXC 90.7-FM.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Videofreex

2015-01-31 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Host Tom Roe is joined by Curator Andrew Ingall to preview the exhibition "Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television," which will be on view at the Dorsky Museum of Arts at SUNY New Paltz February 7 - July 12, 2015. The exhibition surveys the history and mythology of the Videofreex, a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists who produced and disseminated alternative media across New York and other U.S. communities during the 1970s. They lived in Greene County in the early 1970s and produced Lanesville TV, perhaps the first pirate television station in the United States. The Videofreex exploited the new technology of portable video as an emerging medium for creative expression and as a democratic tool for disseminating independent points of view in a pre-digital age. By establishing the first pirate television station in the United States, the Videofreex created a base for media education and training, and an informal media art center hosting local and international visitors.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Jan Williams, Garry Kvistad

2015-03-07 4:00pm – 6:00pm

The Saturday Afternoon Show welcomes Jan Williams and Garry Kvistad live in WGXC's Acra Studio at the Wave Farm Study Center. More information will be available soon.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Laura Kuhn

2015-04-25 4:00pm – 6:00pm

The Saturday Afternoon Show welcomes Laura Kuhn of the John Cage Trust, for a special program on John Cage and Percussion. Kuhn also serves on Wave Farm's Board of Directors. More information will be available soon.

Reveil 2015

2015-05-02 – 2015-05-03

Stay tuned for details about soundCamp's new iteration of Reveil in 2015. Hosted once again by Wave Farm Radio and Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM, Reveil is a live 24-hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed by audio streamers around the world.