Saturday Morning Serial: Mark Vernon's Domestic Weather
Jun 13, 2015: 11am - 12pm
WGXC 90.7-FM: Hands-on RadioWave Farm Radio
Created for Wave Farm's broadcast series "Climactic Climate," commissioned by Kunstradio - Radiokunst in Vienna, Writes Vernon, "Domestic Weather is a parallel exploration of radio transmissions as carriers of meteorological data as well as the affects of weather on the propagation of radio signals. Through a series of interviews ham radio operators describe the positive and negative effects that atmospheric conditions have on their broadcasts. Their voices are interwoven with examples of meteorological information conveyed through radio such as weather, shipping and aviation forecasts and transmissions intercepted from Radiosondes - small weather probes that are sent into the atmosphere by balloon. Also interspersed throughout the program are a number of ‘Domestic Weather’ experiments. Using household appliances as analogies of various weather conditions, real audio recordings of weather are micro-broadcast to small radios inside or in the vicinity of these devices with the resulting duet recorded - for example, the sound of a tornado coming from inside a tumble dryer, heavy rain in the shower or howling winds alongside a hairdryer – thus drawing attention to the micro-climate of our own domestic environment."