The aether is full of radiomagnetic waves. Wifi, mobile telephony,
radio stations, yet also the electromagnetic waves of distant comets
float through the air around us. BEACON is an installation performance
in which the aether is scanned for all kinds of signals. The found
signals are channeled into an ongoing cosmic composition.
The beacon consists of three compartments with speakers, raspberries,
software defined radios and antennae. Software is developed in
telecommunication environment GNURadio and audio programming language
SuperCollider. A controller has been made from melted plastic to
control parameters like the tuning frequency, the band width and the
demodulation type. In the top of the beacon there is an AM
transmitter, which enables the beacon to receive radio waves,
manipulate them and then send the distorted waves back into the
Beacon is a project by Sjoerd Leijten and Olle Kruijt, who
collaborated earlier on the audiovisual bicycle project Volle Band and
scooter radio play Dus Niet Brommen.