Radioscapes

Picture disc 12″, booklet, insert.
AKA 14

Radioscapes will be released in 2017

Radio recordings from 3 GHz to 30 kHz

SIDE A. Malakoff – 48°49’13″N 2°18’37″E

Recorded in Uchronies, Malakoff, France in August 2015
Electromagnetic context:
. Dense urban area
. 300 m from the Paris ring
. 4 km from the Eiffel tower emitter

SIDE B. Besseuil – 46°33’32″N 4°39’19″E

Recorded in Le Lieu Dit, Besseuil, France in April 2015.
Electromagnetic context:
. Isolated farm in rural area
. 500 m from a high speed train track
. 10 km from an aeronautical reporting point

PROCESS:

. Install a decametric spiral antenna with a radio receiver.
. Couple it with a decimetric antenna.
. Browse slowly frequencies from 3 GHz to 30 kHz.
. Do 76000 recordings of 3.6 seconds each.

. Divide the recordings in 450 frequency bands.
. In each band, select the recording with the loudest volume.
. Assemble theses recordings with a fade in/out of 0.9s.
. Convert the volume of each recording in grayscale.
. Shape each grey value as a circle.
. Assemble these circles in a picture.

. Cut a vinyl lacquer with constant groove distance.
. Print the picture on the disc.
. Press the sound.

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Concept by Cécile Beau & Nicolas Montgermont
Recordings & Data processing by Nicolas Montgermont
Texts by Éric Chassefière
English translation by Harold Schellinx
Mastering by Yann Leguay
Vinyl master by Flo Kaufmann
Graphic design by Jean Baptiste Parré

Produced by ART KILL ART – 2016
with the support of RURART / CNAP / SCAN – DRAC & RÉGION RHÔNE-ALPES / UCHRONIES / LIEU DIT / DESERT NUMÉRIQUE