"Agent Radio" is an automatic radio station built around a computer with a broadband internet connection. The algorithm which runs the station downloads random sound files from the internet, and mixes them into an ongoing soundscape.
Project Staff: Arthur Elsenaar (Principal Investigator),
Huge Harry, Martin Meeldijk, Remko Scha.
"Agent Radio" is one of the main projects
taking place in the Department of Random Radio
of the Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam.
The IAAA promotes the establishment of dedicated radio stations for
the diffusion of sound-environments created by algorithmic music,
physical processes, industrial machinery, randomly selected audio-documents,
and arbitrarily sampled live sound. Our aim is a global network of
fully automatic permanent radio stations which together take up all
available bandwidth. Stations controlled by human persons broadcasting
expressive music and manipulative messages should be abolished.
29 - December 5, 1998 Agent Radio: Continuous live radio
broadcast of an automatic mix of sound files gathered at random
from the Internet. N-radio,
95.3 FM. (Temporary local radio transmitter, covering the city of
Groningen, installed at Niggendijker Gallery, Groningen.)
11-14, 1999. Agent Radio on 96.3 FM in Amsterdam. Continuous
live radio broadcast of an automatic mix of sound files gathered
at random from the Internet. This broadcast, transmitted from De
Waag (Society for Old and New Media, Amsterdam) could be
received in the inner city of Amsterdam. It was part of The
Next 5 Minutes, which took place in De Balie and Paradiso.
21, 1999. Radio Broadcast about Agent Radio. Sound by Agent
Radio; comments by Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha. Production: Hans
Stibbe (Grenzeloos Geluid, De Balie). Radio DOC.NON.STOP,
Amsterdam, 93.6 FM.
March 13, 2000. Supplement.
Radio 4 (Dutch National Radio). Relay of Agent Radio.
February 23, 1999. Agent Radio: Continuous live radio broadcast of an automatic mix of sound files gathered at random from the Internet. (Temporary local radio-transmitter installed at De Appel, Amsterdam.) This broadcast by Agent Radio could be heard through 20 radio receivers in the various exhibition rooms of De Appel, in the context of the exhibition unlimited.nl II. It was part of a house party organized by De Vaalserberg, which also included contributions by McWisecrack, Jeroen Jongeleen, Florian Wüst, Just Quist, and Daniël Rodenburg.
October 31, 1999. Agent Radio. VIPER International Festival for Film Video and New Media. Luzern, Switzerland. October 27 - 31, 1999.
April 29 May 13, 2001. Gallery 1646, the Hague. Exhibition UNDEFINED. "290401" by 0010 (Lucas van der Velden): automatic audio-visual installation; "Query = 1646" by Arthur Elsenaar: image search engine; "PARR" by Wlfr (Taco Stolk): combinatoric enumeration of graph structures.
August 16 August 31, 2001. Audio-installation "Dialogue" by Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha, using the "Agent Radio" software. Adrift, Part 3: Transmission. Stubnitz / Las Palmas, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Improvised & Automatic Music, with automatic images by Artificial. Jam Session by Rik van Iersel (drums), Ger van de Beuken (guitar), ??? (saxophone), Agent Radio, and The Solenoids (guitars). Mu, De Witte Dame, Eindhoven, September 6, 2002.
October 2004. "News from home." Exhibition at The Annex (601 West 26th Street, 14th floor, New York NY 10001). Curator: Moniek Voulon. Audio-installation by Arthur Elsenaar & Remko Scha. Paintings and video-installations by Leon Golub, Kim Gordon, Paul Groot, Yoko Ono, Robert Longo, Babeth van Loon and others.
2001. Recordings from the temporary radio station N-radio
95.3 FM at Niggendijker Gallery, Groningen, November/December
1998. Including Agent Radio: Continuous live radio broadcast
of an automatic mix of sound files gathered at random from the
Demos, Lectures and Discussions
12, 1999. The Amsterdam Media Debate. De
Balie, Amsterdam (The Next 5 Minutes). With Marja Oosterman (No Paper), Nina Meilof (Digital
City), Radio De Vrije Keizer, Salto, Remko Scha (IAAA / Radio
100). Moderator: Menno Grootveld.
13, 1999. Streaming Media Workshop. Paradiso,
Amsterdam (The Next 5 Minutes). With Tetsuo Kogawa (Tokyo), Rasa Smite (E-Lab, Riga),
MauzZ, Nina Meilof (Digital City), Adam Hyde (Radio Qualia,
Adelaide), Convex TV (Berlin). Including demo of Agent
Radio by Arthur Elsenaar (IAAA). Moderator: Josephine
Bosma (Radio Patapoe).
15-17, 1999. V2, Rotterdam.
Workshop Insular Technologies. With Balasz Beothy, Jaap
Both, Michael van Eeden, Arthur Elsenaar, Karel Fassotte, Jaanis
Garancs, Rob Gonggrijp, Peter Hagdahl, Borja Jelic, Dmytrik Kleiner,
Sergiy Kuchma, Kees Mulder, Marko Peljhan, Tomaz Isanc, Sinisa
Rogic, Remko Scha, Raitis Smits, James Stevens, Patrik Tschudin,
Will Waites, Maurice Wessling.
22, 1999. Art Department, Brown University, Providence, RI. Two
Lectures on Artificial Facial Expression and Algorithmic Radio
by Arthur Elsenaar.
22, 1999. Lecture/Demo by Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha about
Agent Radio. Goethe Institut, Amsterdam. [This lecture is part
of the Festival Soundscapes (be)for(e) 2000, coordinated
by the Centre for Electronic Music (CEM),
taking place in De Balie
and the Goethe Institut, November 19 -26, 1999.]
7, 2000. Paradiso, Amsterdam. The
Hybrid Media Show. Innovative media formats from around
the globe, which interface the internet with traditional broadcasting
formats, or fuse the digital with the analogue. Presentations by
Adam Hyde (Frequency
Clock, Australia), TwenFM
B92 / ANEM (Yugoslavia), media.live.nu
Pirate Radio (UK), Radio 90
(Canada), TV 3000 (Netherlands), Toek (DFM,
Netherlands) and Arthur Elsenaar (Agent Radio, Netherlands). Host:
Micz Flor. (net.congestion,
International Festival of Streaming Media, Paradiso, De Balie
and De Melkweg, Amsterdam, October 6 - 8.)
10, 2001. Gallery 1646, the Hague. Discussion with
Lucas van der Velden, Arthur
Elsenaar and Taco Stolk about
their work in the ongoing exhibition UNDEFINED.
Elsenaar & Remko Scha: "Voor Automatische Radiostations
in de Vrije Ether."
Automatic Radio Stations in the Free Ether."]
Harry: "Radio for Everyone; a Computer's Reflections on the
Future of Broadcasting."
In: Eric Kluitenberg (ed.): New
Media Logbook KUNST.NRW.NL, pp. 28-29. Amsterdam: De Balie,
September 1999. [Reprinted in: Michael Fahres and Othmar Schimmel
(eds.): Soundscapes be)for(e 2000, pp. 43-46. Amsterdam:
Centre for Electronic Music, 1999. ]
Harry: Letter of recommendation for the project "Radio Dom" (Fragment).
Catalogue Panorama 2000, Centraal Museum, Utrecht,
1999, pp. 130-131.