Danny, Radio Utopia, Trimester 6, 2012.
An internet radio station based on the secluded utopian nature of the radio broadcast, At certain intervals the radio station will broadcast several methods of audible codes during a sound collage radio show. Listeners are enticed to decode the transmitted material and unravel the mysteries of a Radio Utopia.
A collage of sound fragments, pieces of spoken code placed within a radio utopia context, hints to where code's need to be placed, interviews on radio and its relation to utopia.
Instead of presenting a chronologically unified, coherent narrative, I will scatter pieces of the story across the Internet and other media, allowing players to reassemble it, supply connective tissue and determine what it means.
This thesis is primarily focused on the relationships between the notion of utopia and two devices used for electronic speech, namely the radio and the vocoder. This utopia is constructed out of contradictions rather than an unreachable social-politically perfect utopia. Considering radio as a utopian space, or rather a utopian moment within that space. Seeing radio as a distant and fleeting yet inescapable omnipresent broadcast. On the other hand the vocoder is a device that is concealing the voice, making the voice anonymous. The vocoder has a military secure speech history where the transmitted message is concealed and its users made anonymous, but it serves the same purpose in futuristic pop music vocals. How does the secluded notion of utopia relate to the idea of anonymity? The music that is made using the vocoder is usually a form futuristic nostalgia. These futuristic tendencies lead to the field of Afrofuturism where an alternative view on the space age is expressed via a form of music that most of all speaks on seclusion, as a metaphor for the position and history of the Afro American people. The history of the vocoder also leads towards other forms of cryptography within music, such as number stations and the Conet project as well as hidden messages within music.
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