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Georhythmic Drift Music is an on-going work which focuses on the intersections between deep listening research with VLF [very low frequency] radio emissions, unmanned aerial vehicles, and impromptu listening stations. Running experiments with aerial technology as both a courier system and an “acoustic prosthetic” goes against the grain of current art practices and privileges the use of drones to capture the auditory potential of the atmosphere with the aid of extended antennas.


Employing a combination of FM broadcast and cellular live-streaming platforms, Ruehlen trafficks re-tuned and "prepared" readings of VLF radio weather across the airwaves using D.I.Y. devices. These long range compositions are performed simultaneously in two different locations. At once, the artist transmits from a geographically remote region, while an audience often gather in urban parking lots, tuning in communally through their car radios to sounds otherwise inaudible on an electromagnetic grid infrastructure. VLF is often referred to by radio-hobbyists and scientists as “natural radio” because it acts as a conduit, apprehending and translating weather phenomenon.


Featured below are images, sonic maps and videos from various aspects of the work including a solo exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.


Georhythmic Drift Music was produced as a PhD dissertation project in Intermedia Art, Writing & Performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder and through a generous grant from Grand Challenge Society's IRISS Project Society of the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing Program.

Video Still  /  Mid-flight UAV perspective during performance  /  Rangely, Colorado  /  2018

Video Document / Georhythmic Drift Music Exhibition / Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art / SLC / 2018

Video Document  /  Performance  / Tank : Center For The Sonic Arts  /  Rangely, Colorado  /  2018

Video Document  /  Georhythmic Drift Music : Road Trip Field Experiments /  New Mexico  /  2017

Video Document  /  Selected Work From UMoCA Exhibit  /  Eldora, Colorado  /  2018

Video Document  /  Selected Work From UMoCA Exhibit  /  Capulin Volcano, New Mexico  /  2018

Video Document  /  Selected Work From UMoCA Exhibit  /  Cat Canyon Rd, Utah  /  2018

Emory Pass Vista Rd, New Mexico
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Eldora, Colorado
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BLM Territory, County Rd 435, New Mexico
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Capulin Volcano, New Mexico
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Old Highway 152, Geronimo Trail, New Mexico
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Graveyard Rd, Minturn, Colorado
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Cat Canyon Rd, Price, Utah
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Highway 15, Gila National Forest, New Mexico
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White Ranch Open Space, Golden, Colorado
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County Rd 1, Rangely, Colorado
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BLM Territory, Española, New Mexico
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Rabbit Ear Pass, Colorado
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Polaris Reservoir, Wyoming
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5-33 Old Highway 60 W, New Mexico
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Great Salt Lake, Mills Junction, Utah
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Radio Tower Rod, Silver City, New Mexico
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Niwot, Colorado
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