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from the archives

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:

Das Große Rauschen: The Metamorphosis of Radio

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.

Sensing Electromagnetics

I have a track on the new CD/digital download from LOM out of Slovakia –

Sensing Electromagnetics is a compilation of 22 raw electromagnetic field recordings.

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RadioRevolten 2
Internationales Radiokunst-Festival

International Radio Art Festival
Halle (Saale), Germany
1 – 30 Oktober 2016

Henk Bakker (NL)  Steve Bates (CA)  Xentos ‚Fray‘ Bentos (UK)  Dinah Bird (UK/FR)
John Bisset (UK)  Alessandro Bosetti (IT)  Andrea-Jane Cornell (CA)  Peter Courtemanche (CA)
Chris Cutler (UK)  Hartmut Geerken (DE)  Irina Gheorghe (RO)  Fernando Godoy M (CL)
Lucinda Guy (UK)  Joyce Hinterding (AU)  Reni Hofmüller (AT)  Barbara Kaiser (AT)
Ivor Kallin (UK)  Tetsuo Kogawa (JP)  Jeff Kolar (US)  Konrad Korabiewski (PL/DK/IS)
Caroline Kraabel (UK)  Rogerio Krepski (BR)  Felix Kubin (DE)  Marold Langer-Philippsen (DE)
LIGNA (DE)  Emmanuel Madan (CA)  Sally Ann McIntyre (NZ)  Leandro Nerefuh (BR)
Neue Vocalsolisten (DE)  Udo Noll (DE)  Aki Onda (JP)  Anne Laure Pigache (FR)
Alina Popa (RO)  Anna Raimondo (IT)  Jean-Philippe Renoult (FR)  Resonance Radio Orchestra (UK)
Willem de Ridder (NL)  Tom Roe (US)  Kristen Roos (CA)  Gabi Schaffner (DE)
Lukas Simonis (NL)  Maia Urstad (NO)  Mark Vernon (UK)  Myke Dodge Weiskopf (US)
Gregory Whitehead (US)  Tamara Wilhelm (AT)  XTO (BR)  Rodrigo Ríos Zunino (CL)

fleeting components

Fleeting Components Ep. 3- Kristen Roos’ Electrosmog

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.

Radius Ep 54 –

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.
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Material Sounds

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



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The Radius GRIDS book is now available for $5.00 from Half Letter Press, Chicago.

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.