The Radio Art Hour: Montreal Audio Placebo Transmission
90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere
wavefarm.org/listen and 1620-AM at Wave Farm
Produced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellows and Artistic Director Tom Roe.
In its first iteration, Audio Placebo Plaza (the collective project of artists Erin Gee, Julia E. Dyck, and Vivian Li) occupied a storefront in Montreal’s Plaza Saint-Hubert for seven days in June 2021 as part of Undefine Radio’s pop-up gallery and pirate radio station. Curated by Martín Rodriguez and Emmanual Madan, this larger project convened “a series of radio interventions under the theme of ‘bodies in resonance.’” Through a series of bespoke compositions, Audio Placebo Plaza explored the promise of therapeutic sound, drawing on everything from ASMR to Muzak. In this hour-long selection from Audio Placebo Plaza’s week of transmissions, the artists first consult with a visitor in order to tailor a custom “placebo” to the visitor’s auditory needs. These appointments were broadcast through Undefine’s FM transmitter, along with the finished placebos – such as the one that appears in the final stretch of the recording. Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2021/2022, Andy Stuhl.
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 wavefarm.org for more information about "The Radio Art Hour" and Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive.