I collaborated with Dorion Berg on this installation in 1999-2000. It was installed at Centre Skol in Montreal in 2001. I’ve just digitized the footage from tapes and slides for a new edit on Vimeo.
An album was also released with the installation – all of the sounds come from the drum machine (Yamaha RX7) that was used in the installation, which had separate outputs that were sent to the separate sculptures. It can be streamed or purchased here:
Acoustic Radiator is a site-specific sound installation created for Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival in Halle, Germany in September-October 2016. The building in which it is housed was abandoned for 15 years prior to the festival occupying it for – installation spaces, a radio station, offices and a performance space. The installation uses a high frequency RF receiver to receive the packets sent from a wifi router, and translates them into audible sound. These fast tapping packet rhythms are used as a clock, and sent to a modular synthesizer. The synthesizer subdivides the rhythms, and sends them to three modified speakers that vibrate a door, two radiators found in the building, and a subwoofer also buried under a pile of radiators. The lighting used in the installation was also found in a discarded pile in the building.
Fleeting Components is a micro doc series following the experimental radio broadcasting platform, RADIUS through it’s year long series, GRIDS. The GRIDS series consists of four mobile commissioned radio broadcasts at four different Chicago geographical locations throughout the 2014 calendar year.
Electrosmog is concerned with themes of electromagnetism and material processes which sonify inaudible events. Using an electrosmog high frequency receiver, Roos captures sounds produced by mobile phones, wireless phones, wifi, microwaves, and other electronic devices (between 800 MHz – 2.5 GHz). Important to electrosmog is that wifi operates on the same frequency as a microwave oven (2.4GHz), and when modulated into audible frequencies, wifi sounds like pops and clicks and a microwave creates a deep drone.
Cross Waves is a Canadian Sound Art series that includes performances and internet radio programs curated by eight media artists representing various regional and cultural perspectives in Canada. This edition is curated by Anna Friz. Friz’s radio and performance program “Material Sounds” explores the materiality of sound, and artists who collaborate with every day devices to reveal audible but unstable systems of sound and signal.
Featuring work by Kristen Roos, Nancy Tobin, The User (Emmanuel Emmanuel Madan, Thomas McIntosh), Andrea Jane Cornell, Peter Peter Courtemanche, Music for Lamps (Adam Basanta, Max Stein, Julian Stein), and Gambletron. Read more here
Featuring interviews with Kristen Roos, Amanda Gutierrez, Ethan Rose, and Radio Aktiv (Antye Greie-Ripatti, Brett A. Bloom, and Bonnie Fortune)
The GRIDS series consists of four mobile commissioned radio broadcasts at four different Chicago geographical locations throughout the 2014 calendar year. The transmissions occurred at either working or now defunct electrical production or distribution centers. Using a low-power FM transmitter – the Audio Relay Unit – that can be powered by solar panels, the broadcasts specifically addressed how energy is produced, distributed, and consumed in the event of radio broadcast. Radius has previously supported and broadcast audio work that makes inaudible energy fields audible. GRIDS continues to investigate the sonic qualities of electromagnetic energy and specific sites that produce this energy.