What an incredible week learning about, un-learning about, making radios and expanded radios in all kinds of ways. There were found materials, unexpected sounds, antenna games up in the air, all conducted out in a lovely village in southern Portugal (and online) with the Shortwave Collective (in hybrid mode).
Big thanks to Buinho Creative hub for having us.
What began as a "foxhole radio residency" became an "open wave-receiver" residency as we made our own variations on what a simple radio receiver could be, and re-positioned the device we were working with as listening devices / microphones of sorts listening in to the wider radio field and electromagnetic sphere all around us. We've written up our experiences in a How-to article being published in Make Magazine early next year, and an audio version will be premiered on Radiophrenia. More soon.
We also left an Open wave-receiver built into the Buinho Creative Hub roof, ready for listeners.
Here are a few pics from our making week. Sound coming soon.
Why are we testing radios by night? To listen at the 'grey line' transmission, when radio is much stronger at dawn and dusk. And wow was it!
And the below is Messejana life. Pomegranates, chickens, 360 sunsets, roads that lead to the sky, amazing doorways and washing lines that do more than dry clothes. Looking forward to going back next year :)
We ended the residency on a high, with a morning workshop making experimental radios, all of which worked and picked up the transmissions available at that time. Pics coming in the Make Magazine article showcasing each hand made radio.
Hannah Kemp-Welch and I just passed our Amateur Radio exam and are now licensed for the Amateur radio waves!!
A giant home made aerial will soon be being strung out of one of our windows, as we get our radio shack set up...
Thanks to the wonderful people at Eltham's Cray Valley Radio Society for the epic two day course to get us clued up and ready for the airwaves and part of the Radio Society of Great Britain.
Lovely to meet Robbie Judkins recently and to take a cricket song sound walk around east London together talking about the sound of crickets and insects.
His brilliant radio show Animal Sounds, has a new episode #8 Insects that will air on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 25th Nov at 20.00. and feature a bit of our walk.
Its also going to be online afterwards on the Resonance FM Mixcloud page.
The amazing poster image is by Wil Judkins
Very pleased to have been invited to Sound Traces Moves conference last weekend to share my work Walking with Crickets with dancers, choreographers, musicians and researchers at the Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria.
The full programme is here:
An excerpt of Walking with Crickets will feature on an upcoming radio show on the BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series exploring the cultural interest in Crickets.
A cricket walk and interview were recorded on 8th August by Brett Westwood & Sarah Blunt with myself, Ximena Alarcon, Hannah Kemp-Welch & Francesca Oldfield in Elephant and Castle.
On air: November 2016 - Tuesday 1st @ 11am & Monday 7th @ 9pm.
Online in November listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05w99gb/episodes/player
Photo by Sarah Blunt
A curated playlist of sound works selected by Framework Radio - featuring the lovely recording made by Richard Bentley on the Points of Listening sound walk in April - Walking with Crickets.
Listen here: http://www.frameworkradio.net/2016/05/553-2016-05-22/
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