Listening beyond radio, listening beyond history
This paper argues that the documented history of human interaction with radio is a matter to be unravelled, and pirated. The ‘first documented radio listening experience’ is questioned, and followed by the proposal for alternative radio histories – that disrupt, critique, and reach beyond the usual masculine, Western, ‘modern’ tellings of this era.
Interweaving scientific research into the capabilities of human hearing, with the often spectacular occurrences of natural radio (such as the Auroras, lightning and meteorites entering the earth’s atmosphere), this audio paper takes seriously Donna Haraway’s statement: ‘It matters which stories tell stories’ (2016), and therefore purposefully entangles radio history with feminist, postcolonial, and speculative tellings of the past.
Here, the notion of listening is used in an expanded sense, and as such is posited as a way to pay attention to – and foster care and respect for – not just the voices, sounds and gestures which often go unnoticed, but also the possible histories.