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An antidote to our productivity-oriented culture, the 2020 On Air Audio Residency calls upon storytellers and artists to propose an audio artwork in response to the prompt: “last sounds of the day.” This theme encourages applications which dance at the borderlands between the conscious and the subconscious, that emphasize experimentation, and that showcase a unique point of view. Few residencies exist for experimental sound projects. The On Air Fest Residency Program seeks to fill that gap.

Last Sounds of the Day is an ongoing series produced by On Air Fest for the liminal zone between awake and asleep. It is a tribute to the wandering and the wondering mind. A celebration of surreal fantasies and lullabies, poems, stories, musical compositions, and soft whispers.

The selected Artist-in-Residence will be invited to stay at Wythe Hotel the week of On Air Fest to develop their project and present it during the festival. The work will be distributed on radios in every guest bedroom at Wythe Hotel, and published on the Last Sounds of the Day podcast feed.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EST, Friday January 17th. Proposed works must respond to the theme, be able to be shared as an .mp3 file and not exceed 30 minutes in length. To fully utilize the residency opportunity, applicants are encouraged to propose new works, or fresh explorations of an existing project. For previous works commissioned for Last Sounds of the Day, listen here. To explore the work of previous Artists-in-Residence, click here or scroll down.

- Showcase installation or performance at On Air Fest
- 5-night stay at Wythe Hotel to create work
- $500 stipend
- Work crit with an industry mentor
- VIP 3-day festival pass

Submit a project description detailing the concept for your piece using the form below by 11:59pm EST, Friday January 17th. Feel free to upload audio, photos or sketches to illustrate your idea (not required). The description must be 400 words or less, and include your answers to the following:
- What is the concept for your piece?
- How is it inspired by the prompt ‘last sounds of the day’ ?
- Why are you uniquely suited to make this work?
- How do you envision this work will be presented at On Air Fest? I.e. played in-room, exhibited, installed. Include both anticipated duration and physical space needs where applicable.

Arwen Nicks, Managing Creative Producer LAist Studios
James T. Green, Conceptual Artist and Radio Producer
John DeLore, Senior Editor, Stitcher and Sound Designer

On Air Fest 2019 Residency Program Application



Who is eligible to apply?

We encourage creative practitioners to apply irregardless of background or years of experience. Artists, documentarians, journalists, musicians and beyond are welcome to apply, as long as the project has not been previously broadcasted, performed or exhibited to a large audience.

May I submit more that one project proposal?

Go for it!

Can teams apply to the Residency Program?

Yes. Teams of up to three contributors may apply to the Residency Program. Please note however that the honorarium is fixed and hotel room stay limited to one room per project.

Does On Air Fest cover travel?

On Air Fest does not cover travel to and from New York City. Residents will be awarded a 5-night stay at Wythe Hotel to create their work.

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In 2019 we expanded our residency program to include two residency opportunities. Interdisciplinary artist Sharon Mashihi was awarded the On Air Audio Residency, and the Brooklyn Sound Residency went to performance artist Omari Soulfinger. The two residents created and premiered stunning new pieces at On Air Fest.

Mashihi created "The Bed Whisperers," an audio investigation into intimacy, and a testimony to Mashihi's belief that the act of recording another person’s voice is a loving exchange. On Air Fest attendees signed up for appointments to join Mashihi in bed for several hours over the course of the festival weekend. Mashihi then generated audio portraits from their interactions inspired by Sophie Calle's 1979 photo project, “Les Dormeurs."

Soulfinger presented "What The...You Mean?" A live sound collage that satirically explores the nature of social norms. Comprised of over 30 recordings of conversations Soulfinger made over two years, Soulfinger brought the collage to life by theatrically tune the radio dial of his surreal boombox, scanning the noisy frequencies of vulnerable confessions, faux-pas, and the paradoxes of privilege, all of which define the piece.

Alexis Wilkinson, Director of Exhibitions and Live Art, Knockdown Center
Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement
Arif Noorani, Executive Producer, CBC Podcasts
Davia Nelson, Radio Producer, The Kitchen Sisters
Meredith Graves, Director of Music, Kickstarter
Phoebe Wang, Independent Radio Producer and Artist


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In 2018 we announced our commitment to support emerging audio artists and storytellers. Our inaugural On Air Residency was awarded to ‘Drill Meditations,’ an immersive sound and dance performance by Nola Hanson and Nicky S. Smith, members of the Trans Boxing Collective. As members of the trans and QTPOC communities, Nola & Nicky are deeply invested in exploring the ways in which embodied practices such as boxing, dance, and meditation, can be used to transform suffering and achieve collective liberation.

Gretta Cohn, Founder, Transmitter Media
Bill Curran, Programming Producer, Made in New York Media Center
Brittany Luse, Producer, Gimlet Media and Host, The Nod
Sachar Mathias, Supervising Producer, BRIC TV and BRIC Radio
Molly Webster, Reporter and Producer, RadioLab