Shortwave Collective contribute 22 hours of radio to Radio Art Zone - a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022, broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM.
Over the course of 22 hours during Radio Art Zone, we shared our processes of making radios and listening through our devices. Listeners tuned into Shortwave Collective engaged in collective and solitary listening experiences as we searched for radio reception through Open Wave-Receivers and other devices such as VHF and VLF receivers, software-defined radio, walkie-talkies and electromagnetic detectors.
Our collective material was sourced over many months and seasons, and across different time zones, from listening sites that connect environments, technologies and voices. Each recording was broadcast at (or close to) the hour it was originally heard. In two live sessions taking place during the Perseids meteor shower, Shortwave Collective members filtered recordings made by the group through their home environments: between 18:00-18:30 CEST on Friday 12th August from a garden in Crete, and 11:00-11:30 CEST on Saturday 13th August from a mountain in the south of France.
Our DIY radio building how-to guide 'Open Wave-Receiver' will be broadcast on the Matters of Transmission programme on Colaboradio on 26th April at 3pm (GMT+2). Listen out here.
In May 2021, we ran a workshop building DIY radios at Soundcamp in Stave Hill Ecological Park, London. The session shared radio recipes, inviting participants construct their own and join us to search for radio transmissions. The workshop was the basis for a collaborative listening experiment, with participants hooking up their radios to the Stave Hill mound at dusk.