Wave Farm Artist-in-residence: Jeff Thompson
The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Jeff Thompson (Jersey City, NJ). His â€œEvery Radio Stationâ€ is a sculptural sound installation composed of 93 hand-made radios, one for every possible 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, â€œEvery Radio Stationâ€ will reflect these changes.
The idea of â€œeverything of somethingâ€ is a recurring and significant thread in Thompsonâ€™s work. He is interested in found materials and remix practice, but also seeks to remove the artistâ€™s hand from his work. By presenting every element from a set at once, the result is a sublime whole that is more than the sum of its parts. In â€œEvery Radio Stationâ€ the static of non-broadcasting frequencies, hyper-compression of Top-40 stations, and presence or absence of public and community radio will collectively serve as a portrait of both the FM and physical landscapes of the installationâ€™s site-specific location. Tune in to hear Jeff Thompson on the Saturday Afternoon Show on June 24 from 4 - 6 p.m.