Tom Roe is a "sound transmission artist" and co-founder of microradio collective free103point9 in Brooklyn, New York (with Greg Anderson and Violet Hopkins, 1997). The nonprofit arts organization is focused on "establishing and cultivating the genre Transmission Arts by promoting artists who explore transmission mediums for creative expression."
Roe performs with radio receivers and transmitters, along with CDs, vinyl, and various electronics, and has written for publications such as The New York Post, Signal to Noise and The Wire. He's also lectured at venues such as Brooklyn College, Brown University, Columbia University, Flux Factory, Grassroots Media Conference at The New School and The Kitchen.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Tom Roe...
*Name: Tom Roe
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No
*Do you use a pseudonym? Sometimes DJ Dizzy.
*Members: Collaborations on my record include Matt Bua and members of the free jazz Gold Sparkle Band.
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Yes. Not so much tape, but a little.
*Location: Upstate New York.
*Original Location: I had a record store in Florida in early 90s with racks on wheels so bands such as Unwound and Team Dresch could play.
*What is your creative/artistic background: Rock critic turned microcaster, turned artist. Used to be music editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and then had a music column in The New York Post for a time in mid-to-late '90s. Helped start 87X microradio station in Tampa in early 90s, then free103point9 in 1997.
*History: Since 1997-ish.
*Born: November, 1967.
*Motivations: I used to make sort of mash-up cassette things as a kid, recording things off the radio. Wish I had those tapes now.
*Philosophy: A philosophy of using what is on the radio to make what could be on the radio. Expanding the idea of radio art, or transmission art, as we call it. I use John Cage-style chance practices, making noise tracks often in pop arrangements.
*How would you like to be remembered: ?
*Web address: http://www.free103point9.org/artists/2/