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Nicolas Montgermont - Radioscapes - Picture disc 12" + book
Subject description: Art Kill Art label / AKA 14 / November 2017
AKA 14 - 2017
RADIO RECORDINGS FROM 3 GHZ TO 30 KHZ
SIDE A. Malakoff - 48°49'13"N 02°18'37"E
SIDE B. Besseuil - 46°33'32"N 04°39'19"E
A Recorded in Uchronies, Malakoff, France in August 2015
. Dense urban area
. 300 m from the Paris ring
. 4 km from the Eiffel tower emitter
B Recorded in Le Lieu Dit, Besseuil, France in April 2015.
. Isolated farm in rural area
. 500 m from a high speed train track
. 10 km from an aeronautical reporting point
Radioscapes is a record that invites the listener to discover the electromagnetic landscapes that surround us.
The two sides of the vinyl propose to listen and to observe two very different radio contexts: the Paris ring road (Side A)
and an isolated farm in the French countryside (Side B). In each location, the whole radio spectrum was methodically
recorded during a period of two weeks and then transcribed into a single audio track. On each side, an image representing
the levels of the received frequencies is printed under the groove in synchronization with the sound.
Radioscapes is an exploration of existing artificial and natural signals. As the record rotates, the frequencies follow one
another, as on a radio where the button would be slowly turned: one successively travels across Wi-Fi waves, mobile
phones, hydrogen lines observed in astronomy, satellites exchanges, military and aeronautical communications, FM and
AM radios, and thunderstorm interferences...
The record is accompanied by a silk-screened booklet that brings together a text by astrophysicist Eric Chassefière
detailing the physical properties of radio waves and their implementation in radio astronomy and the protocol used to
carry out the recording of waves.