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We Can See Edith by Radio

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Overview

We Can See Edith by Radio is a 3'00" sound art work that responds to the question, "What is the audible form—the sound—of the intermediary, and what does this entity (person, myth, animal) herald?" To me, the intermediary was radio. We Can See Edith by Radio provides one tuning. Listen to We Can See Edith by Radio.

Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

Earlid logo Liminal Sounds
(juried exhibition)
Earlid
4 February-4 May 2016
One of ten international sound art works selected for the second annual "Liminal Sounds" exhibition at Earlid, curated by Joan Schuman. Earlid is an online gallery of evolving exhibits of sound art. The exhibition theme was The Intermediary. Responses to the exhibition theme were to be short (1-5 minutes). My work We Can See Edith by Radio is here. A second submission, Darkness, was not selected, but I archive it here.

Artist Statement

Soon after its implementation at the beginning the twentieth century, radio was thought to facilitate communication with spirit spectrums, parallel dimensions, even alien worlds. Thus, radio is the intermediary with its sound(s) arriving through the ether, heralding hearing from and being heard by others in alternate realities or worlds. Sampling electronic voice phenomena and radio signals from space, We Can See Edith by Radio provides one tuning of the intermediary radio.

Timeline and Content

00:00-3:00
Harbor ambience
Recorded November 2015, Inner Harbor, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

00:00-2:58
Stardust
Sample from "Passing Comet Tempel 1," NASA Soundcloud

00:06
Dawson
Sample from Track #8, Ghost Orchid: An Introduction to EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), Ash International, 2006

00:10-00:16
Light Curve Waves to Sound I
Sample from "Star KIC12268220C Light Curve Waves to Sound," NASA Soundcloud

00:15-00:16
Chorus radio waves
Sample from "Chorus Radio Waves within Earth's Atmosphere," NASA Soundcloud

00:16-00:57
Light Curve Waves to Sound II
Sample from "Star KIC7671081B Light Curve Waves to Sound," NASA Soundcloud

00:18
Jesus
Sample from Track #16, Ghost Orchid

00:22
Radio Luxembourg
Sample from Track #17, Ghost Orchid

00:27-00:37
I've made it!
Sample from Track #28, Ghost Orchid

00:28-00:52
Out of this world
Sample from Track #23, Ghost Orchid

00:37-1:26
Helium whistle
Sample from "Strange Whistle of Ultra-Cold Liquid Helium-3," NASA Spooky Space Sounds

00:37-2:14
Chorus radio waves
Sample from "Chorus Radio Waves within Earth's Atmosphere," NASA Soundcloud

01:20-1:44
Radio waves from Ganymede
Sample from "Weird Radio Transmissions Gathered from Jupiter's Largest Moon, Ganymede," NASA Spooky Space Sounds

00:57-1:15
Mrs. Green
Sample from Track #34, Ghost Orchid

1:15-1:20
We can hear Edith by radio
Sample from Track #51, Ghost Orchid

1:25-1:31
Dead machines
Sample from Track #45, Ghost Orchid

1:31-3:00
This is a recorded message from your man in service
Sample from J.H. Anderson, recorded message on 45rpm record to his mother Mrs. Carl Anderson, Shrewsbury, MA, reporting on his experiences at United States Naval Air Station, Dallas, Texas, during World War II

1:33-1:43
Exalted visitor
Sample from Track #54, Ghost Orchid

1:51-1:57
Cosmic Race
Sample from Track #47, Ghost Orchid

2:07-2:12
Sistrenatus
Sample from Track #70, Ghost Orchid

2:12-2:18
This pressure
Sample from Track #64, Ghost Orchid

2:18-2:36
Una
Sample from Track #68, Ghost Orchid

2:36-2:43
Schallplatten
Sample from Track #66, Ghost Orchid

2:43-2:52
There are probably millions now
Sample from Track #73, Ghost Orchid

2:46-3:00
Chorus radio waves
Sample from "Chorus Radio Waves within Earth's Atmosphere," NASA Soundcloud

Darkness

The intermediary is the inner voice, encouraging / discouraging our undertakings with alternating emphasis. Darkness imagines such a dialogue in the mind of a young woman walking to the hospital with eyes covered ("for good practice") where she will undergo an operation that will either save her failing eyesight, or result in permanent blindness. In this radio drama produced with students at the Audio Drama Seminar, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2014, the intermediary heralds the uncertainly that lies ahead, in the darkness.