New Device Hacks Radio To Broadcast Real-Time Tweets
‘Volume and Noise,’ the latest brainchild of artist Sean Hathaway, combines social media content with the old school medium.
‘Volume and Noise,’ the latest brainchild of artist Sean Hathaway, combines the popular 21st century social media platform with one of the earliest forms of mass communication: radio.
Hathaway modified a 1930s Philco radio case to hold a device of his own making that can relay a stream of real-time tweets. Through an Arduino microcontroller, the device can select tweets based on chosen keywords and then broadcast them utilizing a text-to-speech program.
Included in Hathaway’s device are a custom Tweets Per Minute (T.P.M.) meter to control the flow of tweets read, old-time radio static, tuning sounds, and filtering noises. The experience is so complete, you may find yourself thinking it’s an old broadcast by Edward R. Murrow.