Exploring 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.
Anna Friz is a Canadian-born sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation and performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Sound in the Film and Digital Media Department of University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jeff Kolar is a sound artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press) and “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and the founder and acting director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform.