Wave Farm Email Announcement November 2020

Nov 01, 2020 8:45 am
Durational broadcasts: Ragas Live Festival + You-. Plus 2021 Residency Program News!
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020, Wave Farm is pleased to co-present two durational broadcasts: Ragas Live Festival, November 21-22; and You-, December 12, 2020.

Looking ahead to brighter things in 2021, save the application deadline of February 1, 2021 for Wave Farm's Residency Program. In 2021 the program will focus on proposals for radio art projects designed specifically for FM broadcast.

Wave Farm is pleased to serve as a broadcast partner for the 2020 edition of Ragas Live Festival, a 24-hour broadcast featuring over 60 musicians performing in locations around the globe.

The festival was born in 2012, a 24 hour/24 set live radio broadcast on New York City’s WKCR 89.9 FM featuring over 50 musicians. Roughly meaning “color the mind,” raga are musical modes or essences from the Indian classical music tradition. Each raga has its own range of emotions associated with a specific time of day. The music harmonizes holistically with the subtle changes in light and with the various emotions associated with times such as sunset, high noon or midnight. The original concept was to beam out 24 hours of raga which largely conformed to this cycle, but also reflected the innovations occurring within the music today. These innovations have led to what is now has been recognized as a “Raga Renaissance,” and the festival grew to become a popular live event at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works.

In 2020 Ragas Live Festival will expand to include performances from all around the world including Terry Riley (Himitsu, Japan); Zakir Hussain (San Francisco, CA, USA); Toumani Diabate (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire); Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo (El Clavo, Venezuela); Brooklyn Raga Massive: IN D (Manhattan, NYC, USA); 3G: feat. VIkku Vinayakram & Selvaganesh (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India); Toko Telo (Morondava, Madagascar); Andy Statman (Manhattan, NYC, USA); Womanly Voices (of Jodhpur RIFF) (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Inda); Alam Khan (Kentfield, CA, USA); Derek Gripper (Capetown, South Africa); Krishna Mohan Bhatt (Brooklyn, NYC, USA); Raga Maqam: Amir ElSaffar with Brooklyn Raga Massive; Mysore and Karthik Nagaraj (Mysore, Karnataka, India); AACM Percussion Ensemble directed by Swapan Chaudhuri (San Raphael, CA, USA); Dhun Dhora (featuring the Dhol Drummers of Rajasthan) (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India); Parvathy Baul (Kamardanga, West Bengal, India); Jay Gandhi (Manhattan, NYC, USA); Arun Ramamurthy (Manhattan, NYC, USA); Roopa Mahadevan (Brooklyn, NYC, USA); Prince Nepali (Kathmandu, Nepal); Flute Shashank (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India); Anantha Krishnan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India); Charumathi Raghuram (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India); Abhik Mukherjee (Brooklyn, NYC, USA); Samarth Nagarkar (Brooklyn, NYC, USA); and Ask Hafiz (Manhattan, NYC, USA.)

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Broadcast in collaboration with Resonance Extra in London and Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM in New York's Upper Hudson Valley, You- is a 12-hour online event organized by Christof Migone. First in a series of twelve annual events taking place on December 12 from noon to midnight GMT (7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eastern). Each year the event will move through each word of the 12-word phrase you and I are weather earth fire air of life and death and activate the word of the year in myriad ways.

This year it all starts with you-.

Wave Farm was invited to organize two hours of programming with you- as the sole prompt. Writes Migone, "The result could be a mix of live and recorded (or entirely one or the other)... An open structure welcoming coherent incoherence (or incoherent coherence.) A radio-but-not-really-radio event where you and you and you share the same nonplace."

Schedule (in Eastern Times)

Hour 1 (7 a.m.): Christof Migone, featuring Xuan Ye
Hour 2 (8 a.m.): UTSC Dept. ACM presents the Scarborough Sound.
Hour 3 (9 a.m.): Steve Bates
Hour 4 (10 a.m.): Wave Farm presents: Jen Kutler, Sadie Woods
Hour 5 (11 a.m.): Wave Farm presents: Agustina Woodgate, Jeff Kolar
Hour 6 (noon): Béchard Hudon
Hour 7 (1 p.m.): University of Saskatchewan Art Galleries and Squint Press presents "Voice of Hearing."
Hour 8 (2 p.m.): Resonance Extra presents Merlin Nova, Erik Lintunen, Andrew Ford
Hour 9 (3 p.m.): Resonance Extra presents Milo Thesiger-Meacham, Anastasia Freygang
Hour 10 (4 p.m.): Anna Friz
Hour 11 (5 p.m.): Animals of Distinction presents Dana Gingras, Tot Onyx, Sonya Stefan
Hour 12 (6 p.m.): Glenfiddich Distillery presents "Swan Song."

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Wave Farm's 2021 Residency Program
Save the Date:
Applications Due February 1, 2020

In 2021, the Wave Farm Residency Program will provide artists with a valuable opportunity to concentrate on new radio artworks and conduct research about the genre using the Wave Farm Study Center resource library. Applicants are asked to propose a specific radio art project, which they will complete while in residence and premiere on Wave Farm's full-power FM radio station: WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears.

Radio artists explore broadcast radio space through a richly polyphonous mix of practices, including poetic resuscitations of conventional radio drama, documentary, interview and news formats; found and field sound compositions reframed by broadcast; performative inhabitations/embodiments of radio’s inherent qualities, such as entropy, anonymity and interference; playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers, and the potential feedback loops between hosts and layers of audience, from in-studio to listeners at home to callers-in; use of radio space to bridge widely dispersed voices (be they living or dead), subjects, environments and communities, or to migrate through them in ways that would not be possible in real time and space; electroacoustic compositions with sounds primarily derived from gathering, generating and remixing radiophonic sources.

Artist Fee

Wave Farm Artists-in-residence receive a $700 artist fee.


What do we mean by "radio art"? This is a call for projects that conceptually and formally use radio as an artistic medium. The act of transmission and reception over terrestrial AM/FM airwaves is intentional and integral to the work. Proposals who use radio broadcast in service to another genre, or simply as a means for distribution will not be competitive.

Wave Farm's Residency Program application is an international open call. Artists should make a compelling argument in support of their proposed project, and either possess a significant body of past radio-based work, or demonstrate the technical aptitude and capacity to complete the project. Full-time students are ineligible; however, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for career artists who may have returned to school for post-graduate work.

COVID-19 Note

Should physical distancing remain in place during the 2021 residency season, please note that Wave Farm accommodations can easily be designated as a private space for the artist-in-residence. All interactions with staff will take place outdoors and with face masks.

Learn More

Wave Farm's WGXC needs your financial support. In these extraordinary and unprecedented times we know there are many worthy organizations in need. We hope that you consider Wave Farm among them.

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, and we are grateful to the many individuals who have shown their generosity past, present, and future.


Your charitable contributions make a world of difference, now more than ever!

If you value WGXC, and want to keep it a part of your daily life, we ask that you make a tax-deductible contribution to keep local and adventurous content freely available on the Upper Hudson Valley radio dial. Thank you so much for keeping independent voices and sounds on your radio dial.

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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 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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