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19 MARCH 2010

Liberty Hall building transformed into 50 metre, low resolution, TV screen

"From the 24th of September until the 11th of October 2009, the iconic Liberty Hall building in Dublin's city centre will be transformed into a giant 50 metre, low resolution, TV screen. Members of the public are invited to create animations with sound and music, via our website, and broadcast them across the city's skyline.

Powering the display are 100,000 low–energy LED lights, installed into 330 windows on the south and west faces of the building. These lights can illuminate each window as a solid colour turning it into a tiny pixel that's part of a giant display.

Playhouse Daft.ie were approached with the Playhouse idea late last year. They loved the idea and jumped on board as main sponsor and agreed to fund the project. The team was then pulled together through connections made at the Trinity Science Gallery. For nearly a year, the team have been busy creating some amazing technology and are looking forward to showcasing it to the public on the 24th of September.

Originally inspired by the Blinkenlights installation in Berlin, Playhouse raises the technological bar with the ability to produce colour animations along with sound and music (broadcast over FM radio within the vicinity of the building)."

(Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival)

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2009Adobe AIRanimationBlinkenlightsbuildingcitydesigndigital cultureDublinDublin Theatre Festivaleventfacadefacade projectionfestivalFM • FM radio • installationinteractioninteractive installationLED • Liberty Hall • lightlocationlow-fi animationmedia artmotion graphicspatternpixelpixel matrix • PlayApp • Playhouse Daft.ie • Processing (software)Republic of Irelandsite-specificspectacle • Trinity Science Gallery • TV screen • video artworkvisualisation

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Simon Perkins
19 MAY 2007

Mp3 Player With Built-in FM Transmitter

The GH–KANA–GT series of mp3 players incorporates an FM transmitter so that you can host your own pirate radio station from inside the house, car, etc. The transmitter is enabled through replacing the player's headphones with a small antenna (plugged into headphone socket). The player that was created by the Japanese company Green House comes with 1GB of flash memory and support for both mp3 and wma digital music files.

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antenna • broadcastFM • GH-KANA-GT • Green House • Japanlistening experiencemedia devicesmedia playermp3musicmusic player • pirate • player • radiotransmitter
17 JUNE 2006

Mini-FM: Toward Polymorphous Radio

Tetsuo Kogawa
The birth of mini–FM is related to the peculiar situation of radio in Japan. ...

Article 4 in the Radio Regulations Book. It permits transmitting without a license if the power is very weak and is intended to accommodate wireless microphones and remote–control toys. ...

At the beginning, I was dubious about the power of this level of transmission. During several tests of small ready–made FM transmitters, however, we found that some of them could cover a half–mile radius. Presumably, the sensitivity of radio receivers had increased beyond the Ministry's estimation when they established the regulation in the 1950s.

The boom was fantastic, in a sense, but it puzzled us. We had intended to establish a free radio station, not to transmit a one–way performance that disregarded listeners as most stations did. During the boom, most mini–FM stations were able to communicate to a handful of people only. Many of these stations seemed to us be naively copying professional radio studio work. To the contrary, we paid attention to constant and serious listeners. We wanted to provide a community of people with alternative information on politics and social change.

The radio station that my students and I had started on the campus re–established itself in the centre of Tokyo when the students finished school in 1983. The new station was called Radio Home Run. Every day, from 8 PM to midnight, one or two groups aired talk or music programmes. Themes depended on who was host and who were guests. The members always invited new guests who were involved in political or cultural activism. Also, listeners who lived close to the station hesitantly began to visit. To repeat the telephone number during each programme was our basic policy. Guests sometimes recorded cassette tapes of our programmes and let their friends listen. Radio Home Run quickly became a meeting place for students, activists, artists, workers, owners of small shops, local politicians, men, women and the elderly.

Theoretically, I had argued that mini–FM stations might be linked together to extend the transmission/reception area. Since the cost of each unit is cheap, one could have a number of radio sets and transmitters to relay to each other quite inexpensively. Radio Home Run was not so eager to do this but some stations succeeded in establishing a very sophisticated network to link together and extend their service areas.[5] Through a number of experiments to remodel the transmitting system, create programmes and pursue a new way of getting together, we came to the conclusion at Radio Home Run that we must work within a half–mile service area. Tokyo is densely populated so even a half–mile area has at least ten thousand inhabitants. This meant that mini–FM could function as community radio. Moreover, we realised that in the process of transmitting we were more conscious of our members than (possible) listeners. The action of transmitting together changed our relationships and feelings in a way that seemed distinct from the effects of other collective actions that did not involve transmitting. Further, we surmised that relationships differed because we were narrowcasting rather than broadcasting. We decided it had something to do with the limited area of our transmission signal.

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activismbroadcastFMfreeJapan • Kogawa • mini-FM • narrowcastingnetwork • polymorphy • radio • Radio Home Run • radio stationTokyotransmitter
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