TRANSMISSION ART ARCHIVE
Avoiding music and talk bands on AM radio is tricky - in some places the airwaves are full of chatter, and in other places (frequently indoors) almost the entire AM band is "empty" of recognizable broadcasts, leaving only various timbres and intensities of noise. While the appearances of the radios we use are nostalgic for their 70s styling, the emphasis is on their use as playable noise instruments, and as mediators of the ambient electrical signals in the air. With their use value (i.e. broadcast content) removed, we emphasize instead the physicality of transistor radios: while the performer plays the radio, the radios instrumentalize the buzz of ambient electrical fields in the air and in each other.