Coupled and Resonating Crystal Radio Circuitry with Analog Recording

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Coupled and Resonating Crystal Radio Circuitry with Analog Recording

http://www.alansondheim.org/install3.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/install4.mp3

"install3, a remarkable soundwork in which voices flot through the
(metaphoric) ether, representing the universal radiations of the virtual"

In the installation, two crystal radios (one loose coupler with double
diodes replacing the crystal, and one with honeycomb coil and single air
condenser plus single diode) are coupled together, along with a variometer
and early aerial air condenser. The coupling is designed to detune the
broadcast band, so that the maximum number of stations are piled on each
other. The resulting output is fed to high impedance earphones in parallel
with a guitar (low impedance) amplifier. Line out from the amp is fed into
a Marantz pro single-channel cassette recorder with automatic level
control set. The tape was digitized with Audacity; the result is install3,
a remarkable soundwork in which voices float through the (metaphoric)
ether. install3 represents the universal radiations of the virtual, from a
single location, Eyebeam.

install4 was recorded through the Eyebeam window with a small digital
recorder pressed against the glass. The resulting file was edited and
processed in CoolEdit. I find it an interesting anomaly.

 
Projects: Alan Sondheim
Research: Urban Research
Tags: sound, urban research, virtual