Lone Broadcast, Commercial Breaks and Numbers at the Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs July 13 -18


These radio art works are part of a series of eight fictive trace stations concerning the possible future uses of the FM spectrum after it is abandoned by sanctioned broadcasters in the UK. It is in part homage to shortwave numbers stations, on air since the cold war and will play a series of coded messages from provocateurs of the future, currently sampling tweets from the Occupy movement. The work predicts numbers stations will move to FM and will remain there after licensed FM services are switched off, to be used by outlawed gangs, groups, agents and political movements. Visitors will be invited to write coded messages for future broadcast. Lone Broadcast is a transmission realised as the futile FM mono broadcast of a lone women stranded at sea (voice and poem) Sonia Frost additional sounds Xylitol. Whilst Commercial Breaks sounds the discarded ether as sonic debris of commercial radio heard as glitches, noise and fragments, remnants of consumerism. This plunderphonic work incorporates found sound and appropriates radio adverting to create an extreme sample of 2012.