Flux & Permittivity: Radio Wide World & the R​-​329​/​URR Shortwave Phonographies

by Jeff Gburek Projects



Flux and Permittivity is a short presentation of my enduring enthusiasm for the shortwave radio as a medium not only for sound-art but as a philosophy of induction. Ezra Pound's statement that the artist must be an antenna for "the race" comes to mind. And I hope that when he said "the race" he actually meant "the species" and I personally take this to mean "all the life on this planet"-- and furthermore, all that lives within us and without us which we with our bios-bias take to be non-living-- for I feel, and use the shortwave radio to sense, the cosmos is indeed alive with strange and inexorable energies.

Track 1 is a remix that was commissioned by The Radius -- a radio-art collective in Chicago that broadcasts intermittently and archives itself online here:: theradius.us -- to be presented along with the retrospective of my Radio Wide World project. 20 years after I made the original recordings direct to cassette tape, which you can listen to and read about at soundcloud.com/radio-wide-world there is a world of difference in my own remixing tools and recording media. For this piece I used the digitized versions of the original tapes and improvised/composed a collage of some my favorite moments rendered in Audiomulch.

Track 2 uses live captures of shortwave radio made during the recent near-earth passage of the asteroid named 2012 DA14. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_DA14
I set up my gear to record the asteroids electromagnetic scatter and prepared to synchronize my actions with the online coverage via NASA
and just before, I noticed it was my friend Stephen Ellis' birthday,
so I made a radio-poem and sent him a podcast

In addition to this downloadable release, I am pleased to announce in the merchandise column, that I have one copy of the 10th anniversary 4cd edition of Radio Wide World (2003)--- with art-work made by the en.ve.lope project (Denver, Colorado)--- packaged neatly in vellum envelopes. See below and consider making a donation to the project.

Jeff Gburek
Easter Sunday, 2013
Poznań, Poland


released March 31, 2013



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guitarist, composer, improvisor, sound artist, prepared guitar, unprepared guitars, stones, found objects, phonography, electronics, digital manipulation.studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, developed as a percussionist studied the theories of Partch and Xenakis while working in the dance/theater/butoh project Djalma Primordial Science.STEIM residency and Darmstadt summer. ... more

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