"I was using six watts when you Received me"
For SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial, 27 September – 9 November 2013, Christchurch.
The following is sourced from scapebiennial.org.nz:
From the wide open fields of Hagley Park, at scheduled but irregular times, radio operators from the Christchurch Amateur Radio Club will attempt to contact the International Space Station as it orbits above the city. 'I was using six watts when you Received me' has the radio call sign ZL3ISS and transmits on 107.1 FM for local 'ground-based' audiences. Working with material held by the National Sound Archive Ngā Taonga Kōrero here in Christchurch, the project includes pre-quake recordings made in buildings and spaces now lost or transformed. ISS contact sessions and local broadcasts are overlaid to produce intriguing new sonic artefacts.
Location: North Hagley Park. Look out for the van parked on the grass on the playing fields when transmission is underway. Bring your own FM radio and tune in! Come down and be part of the experience as radio operators attempt to contact the International Space Station this week. It will take approximately ten minutes for each transmission to occur, and we recommend you arrive ten minutes prior to the transmission time:
Tuesday 5 November 8.56pm & 10.31pm
Friday 8th 8.07pm & 9.43pm
Saturday 9th 7.20pm, 8.55pm & 10.32pm
[See also accession 14/050 for radio interviews about this project]
The following is sourced from the artists website (www.maddieleach.net):
Produced by Maddie Leach in collaboration with Jem Noble
Archived audio, VHF/FM transmitters, antenna, Ham Radio operators, Nissan Civilian bus, International Space Station, letterpress QSL confirmation cards.
Supported by Sound Archives Nga Taonga Kōrero and Christchurch Amateur Radio Club
Curator: Blair French
Project Manager: Jo Mair
Radio equipment and operation:
Christchurch Amateur Radio Club (ZL3AC)
Sound Archivist: Sarah Johnston
Print design: Warren Olds / Studio Ahoy
With warmest thanks to Rory Deans (ZL3HB), Sarah Johnston & Karen Neill at the Sound Archives, CCC Transport and Greenspace Unit and School of Art Whiti o Rehua, Massey University Wellington.
The following information is supplied by the artist:
Track list (34 files):
Track relationship to original recordings supplied by the Sound Archives:
Organ recordings in the Civic Theatre: You're Lovely to Look At by William Gray; Southern Cross by William Gray.
Sampled in track 010, 020
V.E. Day Victory Celebrations Parade in Christchurch
Sampled in track 030
Address By Hon. R. Semple, State Theatre Christchurch (part 1)
11 Apr 1948
Sampled in track 022
Carmen. Christchurch Operatic Society. Theatre Royal, Christchurch.
10 Jul 1948
Sampled in track 003
Bridle Path trek during Canterbury Centennial.
21 Jan 1951
Sampled in track 023
Canterbury Roundabout. Presenter Fred Hyde visits the Cathedral.
31 Oct 1951
Sampled in interval signal appearing on all tracks. Also sampled in track 008, 014
Cookie Moyle – Christchurch Movie Theatre Promotion (1953)
Sampled in track 003
Royal tour 1953 to 1954. Christchurch Royal Progress.
20 Jan 1954
Sampled in track 007, 015, 025, 029
Canterbury roundabout. Laying railway station foundations.
19 Nov 1957. No. 311
Sampled in track 012
Christchurch factory whistles: 3ZB’s Roy Woodward. (c1964)
Sampled in track 021
The 1974 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, QEII Park, Christchurch. 02 Feb 1974
Sampled in track 009, 031
Springbok Tour protests (1981)
Sampled in track 018
Ron Mannix - yodelling (1981)
Sampled in track 005
Spectrum: A Kind of Square (1987)
Sampled in track 006, 016, 019, 026, 032
Spectrum: Garden City Springtime (1988)
Sampled in track 001, 013
Spectrum: Show Week (1992)
Sampled in track 028
Spectrum: Between the Harbour and the Hills (1993)
Sampled in track 027, 033
Spectrum: A Park in the City Heart (1994)
Sampled in track 004, 011, 017
Spectrum: The Avon Loop (1997)
Sampled in track 002, 024
Quake audio 2011-02-22 ex RNZ Checkpoint (2011)
Sampled in track 034