Commercial Break, Lone Broadcast and Numbers by Magz Hall

Commercial Break, Lone Broadcast and Numbers stations start tomorrow July 13-18th 2012, presented as a micro radio installation using solar powered radios at The Old Look Out Gallery, Broadstairs, Kent transmitted in situ on FM it can also heard at times on DAB boat radio from this eve.
All are part of the Switch Off [dead air] project which considers the boundaries of radio art practice and the possible futures for FM radio long after digital switch off. Divergent radiophonic works form eight fictional speculative radiophonic trace stations, where fragments of familiar, strange, overlooked and unheard sounds coalesce with experimental drama and radio art. The work is themed as the imagined futures of FM analogue radio once abandoned by sanctioned broadcasters, presenting future sonic possibilities of analogue radio after ‘switch off’. These fictional stations represent different aspects of how FM radio could sound in the future and form the basis for generating a narrative a loose dramaturgical structure. Each trace stations functions as an abstracted self-contained narrative as well as being part of the overall suite.
Numbers 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.
Commercial Break 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 adverting to create an extreme FM sample of 2012.
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