free103point9 in essay and book

Dec 01, 2006 4:59 am
free103point9 is included a new book, and a scholarly essay. University of Wisconsin-Madison's Peter Brinson writes an essay "Libertion Frequency: The Free Radio Movement and Alternative Strategies of Media Relations" in "The Sociological Quarterly" #47. Click here to read the PDF. The essay is an excellent overview of the late 1990s microradio movement, how it led to an LPFM movement, and the implications of both. (There is one error: free103point9 is described as an all-DJ station, which was never the case.) free103point9 began as a microradio station at the same time as Grid Radio, Free Radio Berkeley, Free Radio Memphis, Radio Mutiny (in Philadelphia, with some members evolving into the Prometheus Radio Project), and others.

Wesleyan University Press just released Alan Gilbert's "Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight," which starts off with "Sound Mappings: free103point9's Constructive Engagement." The review, originally printed in "The Brooklyn Rail," breaks down the LP that combines field recordings from various political protests, with manipulated sounds from Matt Mikas, Transmaniacon MC, Tom Roe, Kelly Benjamin, and others. With disparate but connected topics -- from the Barbie Liberation Organization to Martha Rosler, and C. S. Giscombe's poetry to Gregory Green's "M.I.T.A.R.B.U." mobile transmission vehicle -- the book is smart, revealing, and on point throughout.