Project: Radio Reconstructions

A series of sound works that use indeterminate FM radio broadcasts as their raw material.

by Daniel Jones and James Bulley

Each piece is structured by a notated score, which controls its rhythm, dynamics and melodic contour over time. The audio elements used to enact this score are selected in real-time from unknown radio transmissions, by an autonomous software system which is continuously scanning the radio waves in search of similar fragments of audio. Using a technique known as audio mosaicing, hundreds of these fragments are played back in an attempt to reconstruct the original score.

The result is a piece whose timbre is ever-shifting, and contingent on the content of countless radio streams from around the globe.

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