theoretical & hands-on workshop miniFM transmitters
What is Radio Party?
Radio Home Run had been always a party radio. But more conscious idea of radio party started with my transmitter workshop. One of the earliest examples of it was "Tetsuo Kogawa Cooks up a FM transmitter" at Paper Tiger TV in New York on November 4, 1991.
"Toward Polymorphous Radio" workshop at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre of the Arts, March 5, 1992 developed the idea into a constant form. On my way back from Banff, Hank Bull invited me to Western Front, Vancouver and I had a chance to repeat it in a bit rough way.
My attempt to use a micro TV transmitter with sounds let me imagine how a party with multi-media (coming 'streaming video/audio') is like. NTV (non-TV/netwrorkTV) project at Western Front on February 4-5, 1994 linked translocal communities via the airwaves of TV transmission and the telephone line (regular telephone and videophone).
After testing several multicast technologies such as CU-SeeMe and NetVideo, I tried to the same thing without Mosaic by exchanging the encoded digital files on the mail. Another Mosaic Party on November 25, 1994 at Goethe Gallery Tokyo was a party where people watched the images that were manually decoded as soon as they arrived and talked together over eating and drinking. Each participants were to set their own party at their space.
Since the streaming technology of RealAudio (RealVideo later on) became popular around mid-90s, I have been experimenting various types of radio party in combination with transmitter workshop, radio art performance, airwave transmission and streaming.
Nethomeless and Translocal Palimpsest are ongoing projects. Nethomeless was an attempt to use the public telephone with ISDN modular jack on the street for an Internet connection by laptop PC. Translocal Palimpsest is a net jam where local and global participants interplay on the net.