Hybrid analogue and digital MicroFM radio broadcast workshop for raspberry pi


Hybrid analogue and digital MicroFM radio broadcast workshop for raspberry pi

Learn how to set up a local FM radio broadcast with a raspberry pi, and use digital techniques of reception with RTL-SDR.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2016, 11 am to 7 pm  at LimeWharf

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With this item you will be booking a spot in our workshop.

Please send an email to workshops@stagingmhs.local indicating which option you want to make. There are two options to choose from:


Bring your laptop (linux by preference) + your Raspberry Pi + SD Card (specs: SDHC / microSDHC; class 10; size 8 or 16 Go) + 1 RJ45 cable (Ethernet cable) + Your own radio/s

RTL-SDR antennas will be provided.


Bring your laptop (linux by preference) & Bring your own radio/s

Get the full kit (Raspberry Pi + SD Card + Ethernet cable).

RTL-SDR antennas will be provided.

This £20 booking fee will be deducted during the workshop from the price of the kit of your choice. Please note this £20 booking fee won’t be refunded in case of you cancelling / not showing.

Thanks for the reservation and see you soon! We will be in touch with you to confirm registration and provide further details.

More information:

During the last past years, the radio world has witnessed the rise of numerous initiatives related to the hybridization of traditional radio means with digital standards and systems, nourishing and renewing the classic radio-amateur practises and approaches such as pirate satellite brazilian radios http://www.wired.com/2009/04/fleetcom/?currentPage=all

But even if technical protocols such as Software Defined Radio (SDR), streaming and p2p decentralized practices have opened new perspectives, it is mostly the recent new political approaches of radio, such as Kogawa’s MicroFM [A Micro Radio Manifesto http://anarchy.translocal.jp/radio/micro/o] or the Telecomix Internet radio initiative [http://telecomix.org/] that have unveiled new exciting territories.

Nowadays, radio is -in its digital transformation, far from the unidirectional relationship with the listener of the FM band. It is open to very local broadcast and wild transmissions over large spectrum, carrying both sounds and data, and offering to rethink its architecture on the principles of rhizomatic and meshed networks.

Following the Π-Node experiments [https://www.p-node.org], this workshop proposes to explore the use of RTL-SDR antennas:

  • primary conceived for TNT television reception [dongle based on the RTL2832U chipset http://www.rtl-sdr.com/about-rtl-sdr/]
  • subverted to the reception of various signals from the radio spectrum from 20MHz to 2000MHz.

The antenna will be receiving waves of data messages, encoded through Minimodem [http://www.whence.com/minimodem/]

A Raspberry Pi will be transformed in a radio transmitter, using the GPIO 4 and the PiFM software [PiFM: http://icrobotics.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Turning_the_Raspberry_Pi_Into_an_FM_Transmitter]

Participants willl use and connect those tools and techniques, in order to create a chain of radio data relays, and trying ultimately to subvert it by various means (radio interferences, sound transformation, data capture and text substitution, etc…).

Previous knowledge

Participants shall have a basic knowledge of command line programming and a wide curiosity for radio phenomenons.

Languages used will be python, but can also be programmed in other various langages (ruby, java, c++, etc …)

This workshop will be led by RYBN.ORG

RYBN.ORG is an extra-disciplinary artistic research platform, funded in 2000 as a web entity, disseminated into several servers all over the internet and physically present in Paris. RYBN.ORG operates through interactive & networked installations, digital/analog visual cross-performances and pervasive computing. Their projects refer as well to the codified systems of the artistic representation (aesthetic, painting, architecture, avant-garde, music) as to the socio-politic and physical phenomenons, exploring various fields such as economics, data mass analysis, perverted artificial intelligence, disrupting auto-learning, language and syntaxes, sensory perception and cognitive systems. 


This workshop is part of #SoundUnfolded #ACE funded.

The Music Hackspace programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


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