Radio Kiosk...

Radio Kiosk is an experimental radio compilation. It gathers together experimental radio shows and music labels from around New Zealand and Australia, into a single programme broadcast from the Kiosk Public Art Site on the corner of High and Lichfield Sts in Christchurch. It is a radio station made up of other radio stations, an adventure in adventurous radio, channelling the sounds of other times and places.

Radio Kiosk broadcasts through a small handmade transmitter built by Adam Hyde, and designed by Japanese ‘mini fm’ pioneer, Tetsuo Kogawa. Kogawa inspired Japan’s ‘mini fm’ boom in the early 1980s, by establishing radio stations that broadcast across only a few Tokyo blocks to evade Japan’s strict broadcast licensing laws. Most radio stations try to transmit with great power across a wide area, so that their audience can listen as they go about the rituals of daily life – at home, in the car, at work. Mini fm deliberately restricts its transmissions to its immediate surroundings, so that it physically draws its listeners in. Radio Kiosk will have a very small transmission zone; audible within a couple of blocks through your own portable radio, car stereo or walkman. It will be audible without a radio receiver when you are standing very close to the kiosk.

The Radio Kiosk programme was contributed by radio hosts and musicians from New Zealand and Australia. Some of its content was first broadcast last week, some was broadcast last decade - these are the transient products of other radio stations, plucked from the ether for another listen. The programmes will be played randomly for three weeks, so that the unpredicatable content is never predictable.

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