Audio Relay

Audio Relay (2005 unit)

Aduio Relay (2005 unit). Designed and built by Brennan McGaffey. Technical support provided by Bill Milosz.

This unit was designed and constructed by the Intermod Series to operate as a mobile audio player that can accumulate and share homemade or unusual CDs as it travels to different locations. Designed to be as small and lightweight as possible for maximum portability, it can store several hundred unique CDs which can be played on the built-in CD player. Other audio sources such as a laptop can plug into the line input jack. A 4-watt transmitter is built into the unit for FM broadcasting. Average broadcast coverage is several city blocks. The Audio Relay runs off standard electricity. If that’s not available it’s designed to use a car battery which, when it runs low, can be charged using the solar panels or by connecting the battery and plugging the unit into any electrical outlet.

There are two Audio Relays. The original was built in 2002 and has been relayed to over a dozen locations. In 2007 it was loaned to Esteban Garcia and Radio Chiguiro ( in Lafayette, Indiana, for several years and is currently being used by Radius in Chicago. The second Audio Relay was built with a new Intermod design in 2005. This version traveled with Beyond Green, Toward a Sustainable Art which was originally at the Smart Museum (Chicago) and an iCI (Independent Curators International) exhibit. It’s now back in Chicago for a check-up before heading off to new locations.

The Audio Relay is a collaboration with Temporary Services. They maintain the library and coordinate the itineraries.

Audio Relay (2002)

This unit of the Audio Relay was built in 2002. It traveled to several cities in the U.S. and abroad. It collected material from people working in a variety of ways. Follow the link below to see images of the Audio Relay, its itinerary, and contributors.

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Audio Relay (2005)

This Audio Relay unit was commissioned for the exhibition “Beyond Green, Toward a Sustainable Art.” Follow the link below for information about the audio material collected for the Audio Relay and to see the venues that it traveled to.

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Radio Chiguiro

Radio Chig├╝iro was a community radio station based in Lafayette, Indiana. The station started operating as an archive of recorded public events diffused through an Internet site with a podcast (RSS/HTML), but soon evolved into a social platform for local music distribution. Today, the radio station wouldn’t be anything without the community that feeds the events that usually occur at different locations.

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Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA.

Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming.

The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

All audio works are broadcasted locally on 88.9-FM with a secondary stream online.


Audio Samples

From the Audio Relay (2002) archive:

Songs Suspected of Satanic Back Masking (Track 5) -- Gabriel Fowler     

The Most Disgusting Man on Wacker Drive (Track 22) -- Dave's Stories     

Sleep Talk Recordings -- Volume I -- 1986 - 2000 (Track 1) -- Paul Dickinson     

From the Audio Relay (2005) archive:

Venom (Track 1) -- Audio Oddities Volume 1 -- Gregory Jacobsen     

Selected track from Radius: