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Show 601: Dive (Wave Farm / WGXC)

Dive into the Wave Farm pond to hear a different sort of radio waves this week. Zach Poff’s Pond Station is a set of hydrophones at the bottom of one of the ponds at Wave Farm in rural New York. The solar-powered webstream runs from dawn until dusk, and, occasionally, artists interact with the waves. Hear, listen to artist Zach Poff explain the pond station, and hear artists Ralph Lewis and Jeffrey Leppendorf play with the pond sounds. Also, Neptune’s “Marconi’s Belief” opens the show.

Show 364: suite 106 by Gonçalo Alegria

suite 106

This piece is made in a specific environment, in an hotel room, with a set
of actions, being in a place and enjoying its monotonous nature. Hotel
rooms are not about being productive, they are made to numb you and force
you to rest. Because I travel a lot, and spending time alone inside this
type of rooms and out of boringness I started playing with it. The room
itself becomes something new, something that I can relate to. This kind of
set up consists of working with what you have available with you, for an
invisible performance where you play with sound and situation. Materials
used: double-bass bow, paper tape, bathroom, exhauster, glass, mineral
water, effervescent aspirin, tv set, shower doors, digital recorder Tascam
DR-100, headphones, water tap, ac unit, room phone and mobile phone.
The same kind of thing can be done inside the train toilet, but it is
riskier to set the recording gear and perform at the same time.

(Gonçalo Alegria was invited by Rádio Zero to produce Radia show #364)

Show 343: Cabaret of Complexity, Radio Zero

Last 21st October 2011, radio meet cars meet musicians in the garage bellow Maus Habitos, Future Places Festival HQ in Porto, Portugal. Two radio stations, Radio Futura 102.1 MHz and Radio Manobras 91.5MHz provided their frequencies to carry music and chaos into six audio tuned automobiles from the Portuguese community. Peter Principle composed a loose composition, grouping cars, musicians on frequency, garage sounds and more musicias. The complex setup worked into two floors of music, performance and radio, where out of sight musicians where channelled into these powerful, personalized, sound system on wheels.

Performance for 2 radio stations, six cars, one composer, and an innumerable number of musicians.

Show 323: “Colapso” by Vasco Vidigal and Carlos Norton


A Artadentro, em colaboração com a Rádio Zero (, apresenta a obra sonora Colapso, da autoria de Vasco Vidigal e Carlos Norton.

Destinada a ser transmitida através da rede internacional RADIA (, esta obra inclui excertos ou peças completas de: Ana André, Ana Borralho & João Galante, Luís Ene & Pedro Leote Mendes, Mariana Ramos, Mauro Amaral, Nuno Murta & Daniel Almeida, Sara Martins e Teresa Ramos. Inclui também excertos de debates entre os principais líderes políticos portugueses, o tema “Traffic Lights” dos Monty Python e as vozes “RUA FM” de: Pedro Duarte, Leila Leiras e Vasco Ribeiro Casais.

A partir da ideia de colapso ­— termo que designa a origem súbita de desabamento ou desfalecimento, da súbita diminuição da energia do cérebro e de todas as forças nervosas, ­ou a um estado de decadência, de degradação, de ruína —, são alinhados quase aleatoriamente, testemunhos sonoros de diferentes tipos de discurso: tecnológico, mediático, artístico e político. Aglutinados pelo actual ambiente de sentido, estes fragmentos sonoros desconexos, mais pela emoção que pela razão, acabam por compor um todo coerente.

Show 303: Paivascapes

paivascapes: show 303

This piece, created by the Binaural/Nodar collective, is a sound narrative about the Paiva River, located in Northern Portugal. This river runs for about 112 Km. It’s spring is near the village of Carapito in Moimenta da Beira Municipality and it ends in the Douro River, near Castelo de Paiva. Not many years ago the Paiva was considered one of the least polluted rivers in Europe and is classified by EU as a Site of Community Importance within the Natura 2000 network.

The Paiva is a mountain river with a rocky bed (granite and slate stone) that can either show its rebellious side (strong currents associated with the seasonal variations of its torrent and with the narrowness and unevenness of its bed in several areas), or gently slide through terraces of agricultural fields, crossing small rural riverside villages that live in close connection with it.

The narrative revolves around the uncertainties that exist about the exact spot where the river starts. You can listen a villager pinpointing the exact locations where different small streams gather to form the river, others discuss different theories and don’t reach any positive conclusion and one lady asserts that the river begins in two different locations: one of them being an hermitage on top of a mountain, the Senhora da Lapa, where people gather in pilgrimage once a year. Other themes are also present: the agricultural use of riverside lands, the names of particular “poços” or depressions where people claim “the river is bottomless”, the locations of the watermills where people used to grind corn and the places where fish was or still is abundant.

The recordings of the river itself are taken from different perspectives: overall soundscapes of different sections of the river and details of the water flow and the local fauna, both recorded above water and underwater.
Binaural/Nodar is will be organizing, from March 4th to 8th, the Paiva River Sound Festival, that will include a series of exhibitions, performances and conferences totally dedicated to the Paiva River and will take place in several venues and riverside locations in the Paiva valley. In particular, around 15 international artists will present the result of the projects they began last year in a series of artist residencies in different locations along the Paiva River. For more information you can visit or

Brodcasted from 17/01/11 > 23/01/11