This international two-day conference presented different ways that artists and musicians engage with radio and broadcast technologies. It was part of Newcastle University’s Music and Machines seminar and performance series, which critically examines relationships between music, sound art and technology. This edition explored avant-garde composers’ appropriation of broadcast, the development of radio art as a genre of practice, and the ways in which sound artists have utilised these concepts, through radio, or more recently network streaming, in their practice.
It featured lectures and interventions by several of the key thinkers, artists and musicians in the field, including: Douglas Kahn (USA), academic and editor of the book, Wireless Imagination; Atau Tanaka (UK/FR/JP), musician and Chair of Digital Media, Newcastle University; Heidi Grundmann (Austria), founder of ORF-Kunstradio; Brandon LaBelle (Denmark/ USA), artist and editor of the book, Radio Territories; Tetsuo Kogawa (Japan), writer and activist, founder of MiniFM movement in Japan; Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (Slovenia), artist; Andreas Broeckmann (Germany), art historian and curator; and Honor Harger (New Zealand/UK) director of AV Festival 08 & co-founder of r a d i o q u a l i a. The conference was moderated by Sally Jane Norman and Bennett Hogg.
Produced by AV Festival 08, Culture Lab and the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, and the CETL for Music and Inclusivity.