Wave Farm Email Announcement August 2021

Aug 01, 2021 9:00 am
Meet our August Resident Artists; Come visit Wave Farm during Upstate Art Weekend (8/28-8/29); Tape Decks anyone?
Wave Farm news in August: Our first artist-in-residence for this month, August Black, is on-site and is working on a new software platform for live radio collaboration. Throughout his time at Wave Farm he'll be engaging folks near and far for experiments that are shared live on Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM. See below for details. 

Later this month, Kamikaze Jones joins us to create Over and Out, an experimental radio play that mines the history of—and utilizes—CB radio to sonically investigate the underrepresented legacies of gay cruising culture in the trucker community. 

As the month draws to a close, we are thrilled to be participating in the mammoth UPSTATE ART WEEKEND, which includes 61 participants and spans from Garrison to Chatham on the east side of the Hudson River, and from Windsor to Acra on the west. Plan your journey soon, and include Wave Farm in your itinerary. We'll be open for drop-in visitors Saturday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. But most noteworthy, is Jen Kutler's Sonified Physiological Indicators of Empathy, a durational performance and broadcast on Saturday, August 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. More information is below.

Finally, reel-to-reel tape machines needed! Do you have any? We are looking to borrow, rent, or possibly purchase properly working reel-to-reel machines (stereo OR mono) for use in Aaron Dilloway's performance of John Cage’s Rozart Mix presented by Wave Farm and the John Cage Trust at Bard College in October. Can you help? If so contact info@wavefarm.org. Thank you!

Coming in September.. stay tuned next month for an announcement of the 2021/2022 Wave Farm Radio Arts Fellow, as well as a ton of new shows coming to WGXC-FM Radio for Open Ears. We are currently wrapping up our biannual application review, and can't wait to share details about all the new programmers and shows coming to your airwaves soon!

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: August Black

Jul 30, 2021 - Aug 09, 2021

At the heart of August Black's residency period is a prototypical web application that aims to catalyze new forms of live interactive radio for the purpose of growing communities, making speculative acoustic situations, and enabling grassroots initiatives. The software allows multiple constituents to fluidly participate in broadcast-like scenarios through their mobile devices at the flick of their thumbs. It works in a browser, requires no downloads, and is meant to be frictionless, quick, and easy. Black will host workshops on-site with the software, solicit ideas and interaction from the local community, and conduct radio experiments outside the studio with various local and remote participants.

August Black is a hybrid practitioner of art, design, and engineering. He builds instruments in hardware and software for the sake of enabling expressive spaces of potential acoustic and interactive outcomes. august.black


Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Inquire about participating at info@wavefarm.org. 

Radio Broadcasts:
Tune in at WGXC 90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley, or at wavefarm.org/listen from anywhere.

  • Mon. August 2, 2021 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Footsteps as Radio Sculpture. Custom cell phone footwear gives a parabolic shape to near-ground recordings as Black walks Wave Farm.
  • Mon. August 2, 2021 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Radio collage with Steve Bradely. Black and Bradley will juxtapose and mix with cicada drone samples, the chirps and whistles of radio communication, narrative anecdotes about the BROOD X and other pertinent topics.  
  • Tues. August 3, 2021 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Participants in the August 3 workshop bring what they've learned live to WGXC's airwaves.
  • Wed. August 4, 2021 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Migrant Detention Radio, a live one-hour radio conversation using Black's software platform, about migrant detention in the U.S. with visual artist Eliseo Ortiz and historian Jessica Ordaz, will be live from Otay Mesa and Denver, CO.
  • Thurs. August 5, 2021 11 a.m. - noon
    Black reunites an old radio show he had on Radio Orange in Vienna with Rupert Huber. Huber will play tracks from an Alm on the Altausee lake while Black goes shopping. Other collaborators may join in the fun.
  • Thurs. August 5, 2021 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Hudson Back-to-Back, participants in the August 3 workshop reunite outside the WGXC Hudson Studio. Starting back-to-back for a live radio collaboration as they explore the sounds of the city each following a unique trajectory.
  • Sat. August 7, 2021 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    On the Saturday Afternoon Show, Black is interviewed by Tom Roe about his work during the residency and presents a finished radio art work drawing from the week's experiments.

Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Kamikaze Jones

Aug 13, 2021 - Aug 22, 2021

Over and Out is an experimental radio play that mines the history of—and utilizes—CB radio to sonically investigate the underrepresented legacies of gay cruising culture in the trucker community. CB radio in the United States has historically subversive connotations: primarily as a tool to evade police detection during the 1973 oil crisis, in which a nationally mandated speed limit hindered truck drivers’ productivity and earnings. CB radios were further implemented as a means of organizing blockades to protest the speed limit and, concurrently, to discreetly facilitate sex work. The implicit risks of chance homosexual encounters on the open road (exposure, arrest, persecution) were significantly reduced by the ‘misuse’ of these devices. For this piece, in addition to the manipulation of archival and field recordings, Kamikaze will quite literally ‘cruise the airwaves’ of the Hudson Valley and incorporate the raw recordings of his encounters to explore the innately queer hauntologies and dissident materialities of CB radio. How does CB radio, an arguably outmoded tool that is nevertheless still used today, continue to inform sexual ideologies? Has the lineage of these technologies moved further away from—or closer to—a homosocial syntax? To what extent have these devices permanently sculpted the semiotics of queer consciousness? It is Kamikaze’s objective to immerse himself in these conceptual inquiries as both an active participant and a sonic medium, to receive and transmit some of the spectral mysteries that exist within these obscured correspondences.

Kamikaze Jones is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often explores extended vocal technique, queer hauntologies, and ritualized erotic transcendence. His recent practice has been focused on cultivating both sonic and sculptural sanctuary for the ghosts of public sex. He is a co-founder of The Anchoress Syndicate, a poetry and performance collective based in New York City. 


Radio Broadcast:
Tune in at WGXC 90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley, or at wavefarm.org/listen from anywhere.

  • August 21, 2021 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 Wave Farm during UPSTATE ART WEEKEND!

Founded in 2020 by Helen Toomer of STONELEAF RETREAT to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York, UPSTATE ART WEEKEND connects people and places, building a community that not only visits for the weekend, but explores the Hudson Valley throughout the year. Its second expanded edition, takes place from August 27-29, 2021, and incorporates sixty-one participants in the Hudson Valley. This three-day self-directed, accessible event connects tourists and locals alike, with art and the outdoors, celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York. 

#58 in the map above, Wave Farm's Acra campus on 29-acres featuring 10 site-specific Property Installations will be open on Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29 from noon - 6 p.m. for guided tours. 

On Saturday, August 28 from 1 - 6 p.m. Jen Kutler will present Sonified Physiological Indicators of Empathy, a durational performance and broadcast. Kutler will perform sound works created from physiological data collected and analyzed for markers of empathetic response to curated sounds. Wave Farm visitors are invited to be participants. A subject is outfitted with sensors reading electrodermal activity, breath, and heart rate. The subject is then exposed to clips of site-specific audio in ten second intervals separated by ten seconds of silence. As the data is collected, it is given synthetic voices and processing. The timbres and textures draw from Wave Farm Radio streams to create immersive soundscapes.

Visit Wave Farm during Upstate Art Weekend

  • Saturday August 28, noon - 6 p.m.
    • Jen Kutler's Sonified Physiological Indicators of Empathy (1 - 6 p.m.)
  • Sunday August 29, noon - 6 p.m.

Wave Farm / WGXC Acra
5662 Route 23
Acra, NY 12405

Directions at https://wavefarm.org/wf/about/contact-locations


Reel-to-reel Tape Machines Needed

Do you have any? We are looking to borrow, rent, or possibly purchase properly working reel-to-reel machines (stereo OR mono) for use in Aaron Dilloway's performance of John Cage’s Rozart Mix presented by Wave Farm and the John Cage Trust at Bard College in October. Can you help? If so contact info@wavefarm.org. Thank you!

In case you missed it...

Listen to the radio artworks created by Wave Farm's July artists-in-residence.

Defiant Masculinity

July 2021, 2:57:00 min.
KHONSU X and Titan

Defiant Masculinity is a radio theatre production born out of The Broken Bois Series–a compilation of transmissions exploring how social constructs of masculinity have been historically warped by media. Through dissonance, intermodulation, and resonance, the play follows a trans-man and his trusty radio as he traverses a sea of cultural influences. A three-hour soundscape developed during the Wave Farm Residency, incorporating five nights of live broadcasts and recording sessions with WGXC listeners guided by curated audio prompts. 

Listen here.

Image Broadcast

June 2021, 1:51:00 min.
Neo Gibson and Charles Stobbs

Image Broadcast, focuses on FM’s material nature, the broadcast suspends visual works in air, allowing them to interface with the sonic and visual landscape of the residency’s location. The broadcast is made visible through the use of a real–time “waterfall” spectrogram read-out.

Listen here.

Your charitable contributions to Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM make a world of difference, now more than ever!


Wave Farm remains tirelessly committed to making the airwaves a participatory medium. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.

These activities are made possible, in part, from state and federal art grants, foundation support, earned income derived from studio rentals and special curatorial/consulting engagements, and from private, tax-deductible, support from individuals like you.

Listeners, attendees, and collaborators support provides a critical piece to keeping Wave Farm programs afloat, especially WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears, and we are grateful to the many individuals who have shown their generosity past, present, and future.


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Wave Farm programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by CREATE; the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation; the T. Backer Fund; the Joseph Family Charitable Trust; and hundreds of other generous individual donors, including WGXC Sustaining Supporters, who provide critical monthly support to Wave Farm's radio station WGXC 90.7-FM.


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