Show 229: Magic Soundbox Redux

What is radio?
What has your experience with radio been?
Did you ever wonder what a radio host looked like? How the voice would match the face?
Did you ever feel like your radio was talking only to you? Like you could almost see the lips of the radio host nearly pressed up to the microphone, almost uncomfortably so, that the host almost… entered your room?
Have you ever felt trapped by the radio?

Radio has a way of introducing you to thoughts, ideas, perspectives, things and sounds you may have never otherwise found. At any moment, there is something going out over the airwaves, dictated by the whims of the broadcaster. This faceless broadcaster, who enters and leaves through the revolving studio door, creates a relationship with an invisible audience: a one-sided dialogue.

Community radio welcomes the voices of the underworld that have fallen through the cracks to reside in the nooks and crannies in our society, and invites them onto the airwaves.

Radio is access: access to a number of worlds you may never be able to enter physically.

On July 16th, in a darkened box somewhere in Montreal, we invited listeners to sit with a room full of strangers, separated by only space and a thin black clothe from more than a dozen amateur and veteran radio-makers, and asked them to leave themselves to the whim of the radio broadcast. Now we invite you into Radioland – CKUT’S magic sound box – to indulge in musical soundscapes, story-telling, exploratory sonic installations and poetry.

All the sounds, including random sounds emitted by the audience, were captured by microphones dangled above the room, and broadcast over the airwaves of CKUT, reaching the ears of unsuspecting audience members in their cars, bedrooms, living rooms and bathtubs. This piece is a remixed of this very special eve.

Contributors include: Emilie Mouchous, Jay Gillingham, Andrea-Jane Cornell, Neil Griffith, Maria Mavrig, Chris Albinati, Tony Vaughan, Rafael Sacramento, Liz Pieries, Nick Dodd, Kaitlin Prest, Fortner Anderson, Courtney Kirkby and Rachel Ni Chiunn

Magic Sound Box Redux
by ckut / Emilie Mouchous / Jay Gillingham / Andrea-Jane Cornell / Neil Griffith / Maria Mavrig / Chris Albinati / Tony Vaughan / Rafael Sacramento / Liz Pieries / Nick Dodd / Kaitlin Prest / Fortner Anderson / Courtney Kirkby / Rachel Ni Chuinn
production: Courtney Kirkby / Rachel Ni Chuinn