Radio Reconstructions

(as Jones/Bulley, with Daniel Jones)

Sho-Zyg, London, UK
(20 — 27 September 2012)

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, UK
(26 October 2012)

Limewharf, Hackney, London, UK
(6 March — 15 April 2013)

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
(9 May 2013)

Design Museum, London, UK
(24 October 2013)

Broadcast, Concertzender, NL
(29 October 2014)

Radio Reconstructions is a sound installation which use indeterminate radio broadcasts as its raw material.

Each piece is structured by a notated score, which controls its rhythm, dynamics and melodic contour over time. The audio elements used to enact this score are selected in real-time from unknown radio transmissions, by an autonomous software system which is continuously scanning the radio waves in search of similar fragments of audio. Using a technique known as audio mosaicing, hundreds of these fragments are played back in an attempt to reconstruct the original score.

The result is a piece whose timbre is ever-shifting, and contingent on the content of countless radio streams from around the globe.