theradius on 04/01/2015 at 05:30PM
PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.
Radio Majesty documents the first meeting of four Vancouver-based audio artists who explore the frequency spectrum through real-time digital signal processing, unconventional tuning systems, and free improvisation. Radio Majesty was originally intended as a remote public performance via webcast for RadiaLx Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. It was also recorded privately at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, Canada.
factor X started as a conceptual idea, ended as an obtuse synth pop band. Radio DAda #1 happened somewhere in between. Founded by Shaun Robert in 1983, the first output was anti musik and then moved to rough collage. This recording is an overview of the project, a gathering of materials from live performances, kitchen jams, spoken word, noise improv, and adverts. Parts of a fantasy radio show; both as a recording prepared on tape to be played on the radio and also the fragmented parts that a listener at home records off the radio; these meet and fluctuate. The piece moves between style and context, making paradigm shifts. It is raw, personal, and unpredictable, like tuning a radio. Compiled over a year in 1991, Radio DADa #1 is a record of the collaborations, letter tapes, visiting friends, all starting in controlled chaos. factor X ended in 1994.
Glitch for Variable and Determinate States started out as a Midi recording of Rebekkah Palov’s Yamaha DX21 keyboard. With no audio output from the synth, Palov performed an improvisation according to a clock score she had written. Palov’s hope is that the piece opens to many interpretations including those concerned with contemporary multimedia mashups of image, text, audio, and video in internet activities and how to navigate these mediums in artistic practice. She also intends to incite new thinking about the rigor of historical protocols that regulate cursive penmanship and Western keyboards, the loneliness of conditional statements, and the pleasure of music.