Radius Sketchpad: Desh & Ekis
Brooklyn (2003 - 2004) | Acra (2005 - 2015), NY
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90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere
Radius Sketchpad is an ongoing monthly program on WGXC 90.7-FM presented by the Chicago-based platform, Radius. This month features Desh & Ekis's Xprmtal Short Wave Radio B-Side (Radius Edit), originally produced for Radius, and is followed by a playlist of works selected by the artist.
Site: Argantek Industrial State, AIII Motorway, km 23, MAD ESP.
A landscape of scrapheap hills, rusty heavy-duty machinery, abandoned building sites sheltering engine cults’ followers. A constant metallic buzzing interferes with encoded technical transmissions and radio spectrum “white spaces” while, high above, floats a chaos of frequencies.
Two short wave radio broadcasters establish contact through these airwaves, their dialogue sent back to the listeners of the area who are unaware of such free-form vibrations coming from their speakers.
XMITTER: Digikampradesh [D3SH] … nisutronics improvisations … registers and manipulates the incoming radio signals with a Zenith Transoceanic Royal State D7000Y radio and a third rate MP3 recorder … guitar hero drones … teletypes become robo clappers … oriental jammers taste their own medicine … a night flight across a storm …
RCVR: Ekis [X] … ArD2′s Left Brain … translates, remixes, and produces the output … all info waves are subject to be recast as drum patterns (easier to memorize) … pulses transformed into melodic lines … jammed stations back on air … strength signal amplified …
It all sounds like a polygonal reverb.