The Radio Art Hour: The Voice of Doom, radioqualia, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron Davidson (Audio)

Dec 11, 2021
Produced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellows and Artistic Director Tom Roe.

Today tune in every Bruce Springsteen reference to radio, plus radio art works from The Voice of Doom, radioqualia, and the duo of Melissa Dubbin and Aaron Davidson. "The Machinery of Doom" by the Voice of Doom from 2012) is first. In Joseph Brenner’s (whose radio air name is the Voice of Doom) long-running sound art project The Machinery of Doom, influences from industrial and avant-garde music materialize in sets of found objects that he suspends from tree-like metal frames in the broadcast studio. These are animated and amplified by equipment from around the radio station, including electric fans as well as microphones. In 1995, the Machinery of Doom became an anchor for the first annual Day of Noise, a 24-hour continuous live experimental sound performance event that Brenner organized, engineered, and hosted on community FM station KZSU Stanford. The recording you’re about to hear is from the 2012 revival of Day of Noise, for which Brenner and his machinery returned to the station in a characteristic pre-dawn performance slot. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2021/2022, Andy Stuhl. Then hear an excerpt of radioqualia's "Free Radio Linux." And the show ends with Melissa Dubbin and Aaron Davidson's "Every Spy Has Their Numbers" using recordings of so-called numbers stations, radio station that just broadcast a series of numbers that are said to be for spies.

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.