A Hack a Day #12: Frequency Modulations

Workshop with !Mediengruppe Bitnik (.ch /.uk)

Radio is a surprisingly straightforward media - you only need to assemble a few electronic components for a low-range broadcast with your own micro FM transmitter.

In this workshop participants soldered their own low-range FM transmitter using a predesigned printed circuit board by piradio.de (a Berlin based free radio initiative). Once assembled, this board gave every participant a 0,15 Watt transmitter with mini-jack input and USB as power source. After a brief introduction from !Mediengruppe Bitnik to some of their more recent works related to media hacking, the group experimented with different ways to use our FM transmitters: As a tactical tool, an artistic device, a communications media.

No previous soldering experience required!

!Mediengruppe Bitnik is an artists group based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Their artistic practice is focused on medial systems, mediatized realities and live media feeds which they like to manipulate and reproduce so as to give the viewer a novel and refined understanding of their mechanisms. In doing so, Bitnik aims at revealing functionalities and operational methods which allow other uses and extend the utilities of these systems.