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Workshop with APO33 and the Radio Noise Collective: exploring radio as a musical instrument

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 9:30am
McMahon Hall 8 - Google Map
Radio Noise Collective Workshop with APO33
Radio Noise Collective Workshop with APO33

Workshop with APO33 and the Radio Noise Collective

Exploring radio as a musical instrument: Collective music creation and DIY radio making

Wednesday, 1 May 2024 
9:30AM to 12:30PM at McMahon 8

Join us for an immersive 3-hour workshop that delves into the fascinating world of radio instrument creation. This unique experience combines collective music-making, DIY radio transmitter crafting, and a deep exploration of the radio as a musical instrument. Participants will have the unparalleled opportunity to work alongside specialized artists to enhance their understanding of the creative potentials of radio and everyday electronic devices.


Founded in 1997, APO33 is an association managed by artists who favor the practice and dissemination of intermedia art: crossroads of experimental arts, sound art, digital arts, social and theoretical creativity.

Based in Nantes, France, Radio Noise Collective is a project proposed by APO33 to perform with radio receivers and everyday cracked electronics. Radio Noise Collective was conceived as an evolutive open collective, which implies that anyone can bring along a radio device or just themselves and participate in the interpretation of the space through radio noise, interferences and relationship to others.

Workshop Schedule

Session 1: Introduction to AM Radio and DIY Transmitter Building (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

  • 9:30 - 10:00: Quick Welcome and Overview of the Workshop

    • Introduction to AM radio technology and its applications in music and sound art.

    • Brief overview of the Arduino Nano V3 Board and its relevance to DIY AM transmitter projects.

  • 10:00 - 11:00: Hands-on Building of AM Transmitters

    • Step-by-step guidance on constructing your own AM transmitter using the Arduino Nano V3 Board.

    • Focus on the assembly process, basic principles of AM transmission, and safety precautions.

    • Initial testing and troubleshooting of the constructed AM transmitters.

Break (15 Minutes)

Session 2: Collective Music Creation (1 Hour 15 Minutes)

  • 11:15 - 12:00: Integrating AM Transmitters into Sound Art and Music

    • Exploration of creative ways to use the AM transmitters in musical and sound art projects.

    • Demonstration of techniques for manipulating sound through AM transmission, including the use of various sound sources and receivers. Experimenting with various instruments and sound devices for a unique composition.

  • 12:00 - 12:30: Collaborative Music Creation

    • Participants use their newly built AM transmitters in a collective music creation. Exploring the innovative use of everyday electronic devices for sound composition together

    • Encouragement of experimentation with different sounds, textures, and the unique auditory qualities of AM transmission. Preparation for the collective performance

Workshop Objectives:

  • Provide a foundational understanding of AM radio technology and its musical applications.

  • Offer hands-on experience in building AM transmitters using the Arduino Nano V3 Board.

  • Explore the creative potential of AM transmitters in sound art and experimental music.

  • Foster collaboration and experimentation among participants to create a unique collective sound piece.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is ideal for individuals interested in radio art, DIY electronics, sound art, experimental music, and anyone curious about the intersection of technology and artistic expression. No prior experience in electronics or music is necessary, but a willingness to learn and experiment is key.

Additional Notes:

Participants are encouraged to bring radio receivers, boomboxes/ghetto blasters, and any personal sound-producing devices or instruments (everyday life electronics) they wish to integrate with their AM transmitters during the workshop.

Max number of participants: 25

To reserve your spot, please email Afroditi Psarra at by Sunday, 28 April 2024. The workshop is free of charge and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This workshop is supported by DXARTS, the City of Nantes, and the French Institute.

Additional events:

Following the workshop, Radio Noise Collective will present 'City Statics' at the Chapel Performance Space on Thursday, 2 May 2024 and the workshop participants are encouraged to join. Read more here:

Gallery 1412 on Friday, 3 May 2024