Developed during Buinho Creative Hub residency 2021 | Published in MAKE Magazine (Vol. 80) 2022 | Broadcast on Radiophrenia and and Movement Radio 2022
In September 2021, we undertook a residency at Buinho Creative Hub, Portugal, where three members participated on-site in the town of Messejana, and others worked alongside us from home. We held daily Zoom meetings to stay in touch as we developed the project. Our week at Buinho focused on innovating with homemade radio receivers. We constructed no-power, low-budget crystal and foxhole radios, using wire, razorblades, scrap cardboard and safety pins, and experimenting with materials and aesthetic designs for these. This work culminated in series of recordings made using the radios, a print and audio 'how to' guide and a series of workshops.
We tested our guide in an open workshop in Messejana. Participants heard a brief presentation on the physics of radio and our interest in artistic uses of the radio spectrum, and became co-investigators as we worked together to test materials and designs for radio builds. By the end of the workshop, all six participants had working radios! Amongst those, participants experimented by:
- Building the radio on cork bark, local to the area, and using this as a base-board - Anaïs Schendekehl
- Introducing a rock at the centre of the coil, altering its usual air-core properties - Carlos Alcobia
- Creating a wearable radio in the shape of a hat, for a more portable experience - Brigitte Hart
The How-To guide has now been published in Make Magazine in print (Vol 80) and online, documenting all of the making steps in photos and easy-to-follow instructions. Plus the article gives a little background on the project. Read the How-To guide here.
We have also made two audio versions of the How-to guide that have been broadcast at Radiophrenia in February 2022, Movement Radio in March 2022 and Colaboradio in April 2022. The extended cut of the Open Wave-receiver audio work (below) includes lots of transmission recordings captured with the Open Wave-Receivers.
In April 2022 we ran a public workshop at Soundcamp micro-festival in London, where participants constructed Open Wave-Receivers.