Channel Hopping


Channel Hopping is a sound installation which scrapes audio from a variety of live web streams from the internet. A specially made system cuts, splices and processes these streams resulting in an ever-changing, generative sonic output.

The output is diffused through two or more speakers and one or more DIY audio reactive lightbulbs.

Snippets of commercial radio, community stations, live weather reports, news channels, religious broadcasts, cosmic radio, underground music shows, data packets, and open microphones are collected and re-composed with using custom made software.

channel hopping gif showing light flashing Channel Hopping at ESAAIX, Aix-en-Provence, France w/ Acoustic Commons [Image: Wilfried Legaud, 2022]

You can listen to Channel Hopping running on a remote server here:

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Channel Hopping has been presented in the following places:

In some versions of this work, an onmi-directional aerial was used to pick up analogue radio broadcasts using a DIY software defined radio system.

channel hopping gif showing light flashing Channel Hopping at Structural Media - Collegium Helveticum, Zurich, Switzerland [Image: Tim Shaw, 2024]

Channel Hopping was funded by ESAAIX and supported by Acoustic Commons, Full of Noises and the Collegium Helveticum. It was first developed during a residency with Locus Sonus in Aix-en-Provence during 2022.