Stephen Bradley and Edward Ruchalski Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence (Video)

Jul 21, 2019
Video edited by Nico Reh, with still images by Will Hunt.

Stephen Bradley (Catonsville, MD) and Edward Ruchalski (Syracuse, NY)

Stephen Bradley and Edward Ruchalski’s SpiderCricket (Sp+Cr) is a multi-phonic ecological radio installation informed by Wave Farm’s biophonic and radiophonic soundscape. The core of Sp+Cr uses a “spider web” wind-harp structure, which also functions as an antenna for low-power FM transmitters that broadcast on the property. Using DIY micro-mixers, numerous solar-powered FM radio receivers are tuned to one of the broadcast channels. Each wire’s unique length is tuned to a particular frequency that mixes with other sonic algorithms. Field recordings made during the dawn and dusk cycles are incorporated into Sp+Cr sculpture and into the final, live WGXC radio broadcast.