Longform Episode 16

Izimbra #10

Dispersionology and Other Tales – May 10, 1:00-2:30

Dispersionology and Other Tales
*May 10, 1:00-2:30
Listen @ Free Radio SAIC: https://freeradiosaic.org/
Watch @ Zoom: Launch Meeting – Zoom

Doug Van Nord, PhD, student of Pauline Oliveros and founder of Dispersion Lab for distributed performance and sensorial immersion, celebrates 20 years of telematic performances with an ambitious transnational performance next week. A full list of the ~50 performers around the globe is below.

Garrett Laroy Johnson and CCAM is organizing a Chicago node in collaboraiton with Free Radio SAIC. He is joined by Eric Leonardson and Gordon Fung representing ATS, Sound, and FVNMA on this global stage.

*performance statement

In the world of physics, dispersion describes a phenomenon in which the rate of propagation of a wave in a medium, its phase velocity, is dependent on its frequency. This can be seen in light, sound, gravity waves, etc. Its a property of telecommunications signals, including the ulses of light in optical fibre cables, describing how the signal broadens and spreads out as it moves across the channel. Dispersion therefore is inherent in the medium that more-and-more binds us these days, in the movements of light pulses that transports our attention, and our listening, around the globe. A beautiful consequence of dispersion is a change in the angle of refraction of different frequencies, leading to a prismatic opening up of a full colour spectrum from incoming light. This ability to broaden out as signals propagate through the network reflects a much wider expansion of distributed listening and sounding that is made possible in the context of telematic musicking.


Hi Producers, and everyone else!!!

Our LAST open meeting of the semester is coming up April 14th! Producers are highly encouraged to come! We are going to talk about show transition into the summer, etc. Come to hang out! As always, we will have stickers, candy, and vibes.

SPRING DANCE – March 24th

Join us March 24th for a cool Spring DJ night!

Featuring student DJ’s Nam, Teg, and Jason!

Free food! Swag! Vibes!

Open AirWaves Listening Party 2023!!

At 4:30PM!

Join Free Radio for a stream of our audio festival Open AirWaves 2023! We have lots of amazing work from SAIC community members.

This event is open to everyone! It will be held in the radio booth, Maclean 1302-C. Come vibe in the booth, chat with and meet fellow sound artists, and have a cool time B-).

Open Meeting <3

Our FIRST OPEN MEETING of Spring is coming up! It will be February 17th in the booth room 1302-C in the MacLean building – 112 Michigan Ave) at 4:30pm!

Anyone is welcome to come and find out more about Free Radio and how to get involved, regardless of whether you are interested in producing a show! We would love to meet and introduce SAIC’s audio-based artists and creators to each other.

Come check out the station! It will be a good time, good music, good chats, and info about Free Radio.

THIS FRIDAY 12/16/2022

Students present and perform on new music instrument inventions. These include hand crafted acoustic and electronic Inventions, sound sculptures, and wearables, made from readily available materials. In the words of American composer Lou Harrison, “Making an instrument is one of music’s greatest joys. Indeed, to make an instrument is in some sense to summon the future.”

Tune in the Friday to a special broadcast by Eric Leonardson’s Instrument Construction class. We will be airing this live 2-3pm.

Open Meetin’ 11.11

Come hang with Free Radio SAIC, meet other show producers / audio-minded creators, and check out the booth. If you are a producer, please come! We want to check in and hang out!

Free Radio can broadcast your regular live radio show, host pre-recorded mixes/podcasts/audio pieces, or a combination of asynchronous+synchronous show production! At our open meeting, we will be discussing the possibilities, giving out info, answering questions, and brainstorming ideas.

Anyone is welcome to come and find out more about Free Radio and how to get involved, regardless of whether you are interested in producing a show! We would like to meet and introduce SAIC’s audio-based artists and creators to each other :)

Open Mic!!

Free Radio is hosting an Open Mic event October 28! It will be at 4:30 outside of 280 Columbus Dr.

Any type and any skill level are encouraged to come out and perform live in person! Or just come chill and enjoy outside before the winter.

If you have special equipment needs, please fill out a sign up sheet ahead of time: https://forms.gle/zevtAcCJ8CWNsyxAA ! Also find the sign – up sheet in the top menu bar.

We’ll also have a sign-up sheet ready throughout the event.