RAJAR is Bob Boster, Xopher Davidson, Michael Gendreau, David Kwan and Patty Liu.
RAJAR focuses on real-time processing of live radio transmissions to shape the musical potential of fleeting signals and static interruptions. Each performance is a unique experience as a result of the differing radio reception at each location and the program material available on air during any given moment.
RAJAR was founded in 2003 as part of the Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age exhibition in San Francisco, based on the idea of extending the use of appropriation in art practices to include real-time scanning and processing of live radio transmissions. While this idea has links to a wide range of musical thinkers, including John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Holger Czukay and others, RAJAR updates this approach to represent the current spectrum of electronic music practice. Tactics include a wide range of technologies, from lo-tech stomp boxes and outboard gear to DSP schemes deployed on laptops, or no processing at all.
1. No Other Radio, KPFA-FM, Berkeley, 16 March 2004
2. Meet Your Home Stereo, 21Grand, Oakland, 18 October 2003
3. Illegal Art 1, 21Grand, Oakland, 9 July 2003
4. Jiffy-Scuttler 1, RX Gallery, San Francisco, 31 January 2004
5. Illegal Art 1, 21Grand, Oakland, 9 July 2003
6. Field Effects 14, 924 Natoma, San Francisco, 1 August 2003
7. Recombinant Media Labs Compound, San Francisco, 5 March 2004
8. Neighborhood Public Radio, 21Grand, Oakland, 17 January 2004
9. Meet Your Home Stereo, 21Grand, Oakland, 18 October 2003
The Boy Beneath the Sea weaves tidal music with spoken word to create an effecting, immersive environment. Story and voice by Dean Santomieri. Music by Bruce Anderson, David Kwan and Karen Stackpole. David Kwan