The Flow of Electricity turns the Radio
Once the radio has been constructed and all its parts are in
place and functioning, it must be turned on in order for it fulfill its purpose. What
turns it on? What changes it from a beautifully complex dead structure to a living being
capable of transmission? The answer is simple yet mysterious: The flow of energy.
It must be specificied that flow is different from
accumulation. This distinction may seem obvious but the two can easily become confused in
practice. What we want is not to accumulate large amounts of energy in the Radio. For one
thing, the large accumulation won't make the radio work. For another, it may hurt it or
even destroy it! So we don't want an endless process of intake and storage, a massive
stockpike "for the future".
We want the energy to flow through the radio: to come in and
go out! More of it, faster, harder!
So we must be careful that for every intake there should be
an equivalent output. Energy has a myriad forms and at least a few of them will be
compatible with our particular radio. So we must form and maintain the inputs for these
various forms of energy. But we must also form and maintain the outputs! This last part
can easily be forgotten in the hubris of newly discovered energy... and this mistake can
be fatal (metaphorically and literally).
1- Set your timer to 15 minutes. Turn on the radio. Have a
pad of paper and a ped at hand.
2- Start the timer. For every full sentence or idea you
receive from the radio, write something down. What you write can be a full sentence, a
word or even a picture. But it must be something and you have to quickly go on to the
3- Continue doing this until the timer sounds.
You may have trouble hearing the new information while you
write the previous sentence. Do it as quickly as possible and don't worry about spelling,
making sense, etc. If you skip one anyway, go on to the next, but make your best effort to
not skip any at all. Try this experiment with different kinds of shows (talk shows, news,
songs, etc.) and see how the results vary. Most importantly, allow a part of your
attention to focus on the flow of energy through your mind and body as you take in
information and transform it.
1- Again set your timer to 15 minutes. Turn on the radio or
the TV. Find the station or channel at random. Stand straight in the middle of the room.
2- Take a few breaths and start the timer.
3- For every sound, phrase or image on the TV make a movement
with your body that responds, echos or somehow flows it. Continue to listen as you move so
that you can be ready for the next move.
Try to have an uninterrupted flow of constant movement, a
kind of uninterrupted improvisational dance interpretation of the flow of
energy/information that comes from the radio or TV.
1- Set the timer to 15 to 30 minutes. (Or play a single piece
of music that lasts that long.)
2- Stand in a circle as a group. Each person should be
standing up with both hands at their sides.
3- The leader starts by touching the right hand of the person
to their left, squeezing then letting go.
4- This person should now visualize that energy moving up
their arm, through their chest and down their left arm... as they reach to squeeze the
hand of the person to their left.
5- Keep on flowing around the circle. Slowly speed up and
then slow down until the music stops or the timer sounds.
The flow of electricity in a physical radio, where it comes
from, how it moves through it and allows the other parts to work