Property Map + Installations
3. Here GOES Radiotelescope
4. Test Site of Acoustic Commons 1
5. Mobile 49
6. SURVANT USB Dead Drop
7. Remote Audio Outpost
8. Pond Station
9. Weather Warlock
10. Every Radio Station
Jen Kutler and Ian Vanek
Located at the Study Center entrance, the ETB Phone Booth is one of three components of Boomerang. The project is named in homage to the early 1980s unmanned flying object sightings in Upstate New York called Westchester Boomerang. Visitors may record messages to be transmitted as a beacon that traverses times and planes of space at the speed of light to unknown observers outside of perceivable contact, as well as listen to past transmissions as they drift farther and farther into space, hopefully conjuring return signals from the unknown.
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Jersey Barrier quickly became the ad hoc solution for low cost "hardening" of designated urban sites from attack. This simple form insinuated itself into the environment without grace or apology, affecting the ways in which the population was permitted to circulate. In contrast, Type A realized the Jersey Barrier’s potential for grace while maintaining its authority to dictate behavior. At Wave Farm, Barrier takes the shape of an audio waveform of S.O.S.
Heidi Neilson and Harry Dove-Robinson
Here GOES Radiotelescope is an artist-run DIY ground station receiving GOES-16's faint, data-dense transmission. Visitors to the sculptural station sit within it and look through the “telescope” and see images of the Earth as they are being received from the satellite. A generative audio stream interprets the interaction of the sun's energies with Earth's magnetosphere. Remote visitors may access visual elements of the project at heregoesradio.com.
TSAC are listening points linked to an online network of open microphones, that send live feeds to a server at Locus Sonus in Aix-Marseille where they become publicly accessible on a real-time soundmap. TSAC 1 is a stream box on the edge of woodland at Wave Farm. By placing such sites in the public domain, TSAC 1 makes local sounds, such as stridulations of insects, wind in different kinds of foliage, birds, planes, passers-by, or flows of traffic on Route 23, available to listeners for whatever purposes.
5. Mobile 49
Mobile 49 (M49) is an experimental research/production facility, with two recent iterations: The Deep Cycle project, was an area-responsive mobile radio program, originating in Hudson, New York, proceeding through a set of designated locations for performance and incidents, and arriving at Wave Farm. Regenerator describes M49 installed at Wave Farm. The vehicle houses Wave Farm Radio 1620-AM, and is open to public visitors, both as a performance artifact and as an active studio environment.
The SURVANT USB Dead Drop is an open-source file repository located off of a Wave Farm forest path. Inspired by Aaron Swartz's various hacktivistic dead drop projects, Quinn's SURVANT aims to function as both an archive and a remixological tool.
Japanther's Remote Audio Outpost is a solar-powered recording booth, outfitted with a rotary phone wired by Cablesmith Jason Rutherford for both recording and transmission. Installed in one of the most remote corners of the Wave Farm property, it is a place for introspection and confession.
8. Pond Station
Pond Station transmits the hidden activity within a freshwater pond at Wave Farm. During daylight hours, the underwater sounds of plants and insects are revealed by hydrophones. In the evening, insects are attracted to onboard lights. The reflections of their beating wings are transformed into sound, mixing with the underwater signal until the station shuts down for the night.
The Weather Warlock (Upstate edition) is one in a series of custom-built weather-controlled analog synthesizers. Outdoor sensors detect changes in sunlight, wind, precipitation, and temperature, with output becoming particularly dynamic during periods of rapid meteorological change, such as sunrise and sunset. At Wave Farm, Weather Warlock serves as a stand-alone installation and generative composition, an online stream, as well as an interactive instrument available to visiting artists and radio programmers.
Every Radio Station is a sculptural sound installation composed of 95 hand-made radios, one for every station in the FM band. Each radio is equipped with a speaker, letting viewers experience the entire spectrum at once, walk along it, or come in close to hear an individual station. For each geographical location the piece is installed, a totally different sonic experience results, informed by the number, strength, and kind of stations broadcasting in that area. As the terrestrial radio spectrum increasingly gives way to streaming services, Every Radio Station will reflect these changes.
A video tour of the Wave Farm grounds, in Acra, New York, created over three seasons, summer 2016 through winter 2017. This property tour features Music Omi residents participating in Meredith Kooi's Electromagnetic Spectrum as a Feminine Phenomenon workshop, as well as youth participants in Ralph Lewis's Radio Monster Party! workshop, and the WGXC Programmer Picnic. Video by FusionLab.