The Radio Art Hour: Heidi Neilson, Annie Gosfield, Steve Roden

Oct 01, 2022: 3pm - 4pm
WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears

90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and everywhere

Standing Wave Radio and 1620-AM at Wave Farm

Produced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellows and Artistic Director Tom Roe.

Today tune in satellites on "The Radio Art Hour," with works from Heidi Neilson, Annie Gosfield, and Steve Roden. The show begins with a Heidi Neilson recording of a satellite passing over Wave Farm in New York, with an audible approach and exit. Then tune in the 2004 work "Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites" from Annie Gosfield. The track includes satellite sounds, static, machine noise, microtonality, and includes violinst George Kentros. Finally, this episode features Steve Roden's "Transmissions (Voices of Objects and Skies)." The work was created for the exhibition "Transmissions From Space" at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, inspired by John Glenn’s first transmission from space, as well as Rimbaud’s poem “Vowels” in which each vowel is given a color equivalent. Roden's installation in the exhibit consisted of 102 color coded tin cans hanging in a dark room – one for each vowel in Glenn’s text, with 64 of the cans containing small audio speakers playing an eight-channel soundwork, while other cans contained small four-watt colored lightbulbs. The source material was recordings of satellites by amateur astronomers from the 1960’s through the 1980’s, processed and transformed electronically.

Welcome to "The Radio Art Hour," a show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio. "The Radio Art Hour" draws from the Wave Farm Broadcast Radio Art Archive, an online resource that aims to identify, coalesce, and celebrate historical and contemporary international radio artworks made by artists around the world, created specifically for terrestrial AM/FM broadcast, whether it be via commercial, public, community, or independent transmission. Come on a journey with us as radio artists explore broadcast radio space through poetic resuscitations and playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers in this hour of radio about radio as an art form. "The Radio Art Hour" features introductions from Philip Grant and Tom Roe, and from Wave Farm Radio Art Fellows Karen Werner, Jess Speer, and Andy Stuhl. The Conet Project's recordings of numbers radio stations serve as interstitial sounds. Go to for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.