I wish I had the time and money to go to the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio Art and Radio Without Boundaries conference up in Toronto which wrapped up this past weekend. The Festival is “a month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including performances, installations, broadcasts, workshops, (and) a Youth Radio residency.” It’s interesting that with the meteoric decline of commercial radio there seem to be an increasing number of conferences, festivals and events celebrating forms of mostly non-commercial radio and radio art.
At least I can experience elements of Deep Wireless vicariously via blog posts from free103point9‘s Tom Roe and Transom.org.
Unfortunately I missed most of free103point9’s live stream — I hope archives are posted soon.
Tom’s blog posts include (itemized because they’re otherwise not easily linked as a group):
- Andra McCartney on soundscapes
- Chris Brookes on the need (or not) for narration, “Oh, Shut Up! Who needs a narrator anyway?”
- Radio that reflects community, which Tom says “was preaching to the converted.”
- Soundscapes of the imagination: the grey area between fact and fiction
Radio and transmission arts is something I’ve been interested in since I started in (legitimate) radio broadcasting back in 1989, and I’m really glad to see that the internet has only increased interest and helped unite and catalyze artists, rather than discouraging them. I’ve tried to cover the subject on the radioshow here and there, and hope to do more both on the show and on this here blog.