Low-signal utopia: Wayne Marshall remixes Boston’s pirate radio

Here’s Wayne Marshall at Cluster magazine on the veiled tapestry of pirate radio in Boston:

Irish jigs and avant jazz, MOR rock fragments and bachata loops, Rick Ross grunts, reports of accidents in Ecuador and raids on Santeria barbershops, Boston-accented Wall Street numerology, a Brazilian-accented “Boston,” Junior Rodigan’s sui generis Iranian-Londonian-Jamaican-Bostonian brogue, an inevitable (and apt!) instance of the “Lambada,” Christian cheerleading, ads for things that end in “punto com,” ignorance and nonsense and “gar-bajh” of stunning variety, and a wicked lot more than you might expect.

Marshall explores the cross-fading worlds of music, technology, and community not only through documentation, but creatively: he premiered an audio remix last Fall at metaLAB’s openLAB_03 event, where he triggered effects and loops cut from ambient car-radio recordings to evoke Boston’s vernacular, polyglot radioscape. The finished audio piece, and his evocative essay on “imagined community organizing, with music at its core,” are definitely worth a click-through.

Photo via Doc Searls on Flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.