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Remote Control

by Jeff Kolar

Power ON 03:10
Skip 01:17
Select 04:53
Exit 04:12
Standby 11:58


Remote Control is an investigation into domestic electromagnetic activity emitting from wireless remote controls. Remote Control transforms pulses of infrared light into audible waves using discarded remote controllers and hand-built amplitude modulators.

Remote Control detects the electronic patterns of infrared energy via a transmitter, a receiver, and a transceiver: a circuit that can both transmit and receive, modulate and demodulate. This open-energy format reveals the sensitive presence and proximity of infrared carrier waves.

Remote Control manipulates short line-of-site transmissions through patterned button pressing (i.e. power on/off, fast-forward/rewind), extended scrolling (i.e. volume, channel up/down), and deep system adjustments (i.e. menu, program).


released April 20, 2014

Performed, Mixed & Mastered By: Jeff Kolar

Recorded By: Martin Leitner, Christian Gortz
Cover Art By: James Connolly


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Jeff Kolar Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Kolar is a composer, sound artist, and founder of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform established in 2010. His work has been exhibited internationally at The Kitchen, Museum of Arts and Design, CTM Festival for Adventurous Music, Radio Revolten Radio Art Festival, and reviewed in The New York Times, The Wire Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy, and more. ... more

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