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Transmission Mission
5/1/2004
Transmission Mission was a live electronic sonic experience and audience interactive event created by sound artists Guillermo Galindo and Chris Brown, in collaboration with spoken-word poets Paul Flores, Leticia Hernandez, Thomas Riley, Marziano Acevedo, and Caroline Kuntz. The event was held at the Yerba Buena Gardens.
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Curated By: Guillermo Galindo and Chris Brown

TRANSMISSION MISSION FAQ

WHAT IS TRANSMISSION MISSION?
A live audience-interactive radio performance by Guillermo Galindo and Chris Brown co-presented by Galería de la Raza and the 2004 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Audience member bring their portable radios and boom boxes, which act as receivers for low-power broadcasts. The audience members’ radios become the sound system for the performance. Four separate FM transmitters will broadcast different layers of sound in dynamically changing motion patterns.

WHAT IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE RADIOS?
- Soundscapes and music developed by Galindo and Brown with the sounds of San Francisco's Mission District
- Poetry, recorded and live, by spoken word artists Tomás Riley, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Paul S. Flores, Caroline Kuntz, and Marziano Acevedo.
- Ambient sounds.
- Using laptop computers, Galindo and Brown respond to the musical ambiance, creating live remixes of the shifting sounds for the transmissions, incorporating the poets’ spoken words and pre-recorded ambient sounds of the Mission district.

HOW DO AUDIENCE MEMBERS INTERACT WITH THE PERFORMANCE?
As the orchestra for the performance, audience members move through the performance area, altering the four-channel mix. Audience members experience sound in all its spatial dimensions, becoming creative partners in a choreography of sound in space, making the event an ever-changing interaction among musicians, poets, audience, and the sounds carried by the radio transmissions.