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Waste Kompost Radio

WKR is a constant radio flow of composting sound. We invite artists, musicians, radios and people to contribute by sending their sonic waste. The sounds are processed through a neo-built algorithm which gradually decomposes the sonic information throughout the year, applying the same mechanisms of biological and chemical reactions which decompose organic material into compost.

Compost decreases the original volume between 60 and 70%, turning it into fertiliser. Similarly our algorithms take in waste instead of producing it, turning it into wealth. Data storage consumes energy and produces CO2. That’s why we are asking you to give us your sonic waste. By composting it you will collaborate in creating sonic fertilisers and reduce energy consumption and CO2 production.

But what is the final fertiliser?
Well, we would like to leave this question open to you.

WKR is a sympoietic act of creation
WKR is Ulysses rejecting the wax corks
WKR is a process from abandonment to abundance

Enter the co-creation process of WKR. Donate your sonic waste!

Editorial team

  • Alan Alpenfelt
    Waste collector and co-editor
  • Daniela Allocca
    Mychelium runner and co-editor

“À nous de créer le temps,
De Tisser entre maintenant et toujours.”
 21 Août, Prières quotidiennes –Luce Irigary

We are living in the age of waste, called the Wastocene.

Waste culture has unlearnt to reuse waste or to envisage a production where nothing has to be discarded. We prefer to relegate waste to non-visible hiding places, we use the margins as a receptacle for the unseen rather than enhancing them as a place of wealth, of proliferation of diversity.

Recycling, use and reuse have always been part of our production processes until a reversal of trend occurred and a process of separation between the used and the new began.

The challenge is to be able to reverse this process, to develop an ecology of gestures that reintroduces, into our actions, respect for a material whose ontology lies in its transformation and not in its rejection.

Today, listening facilities such as radios, streaming services and social networks are defined by algorithms. They discard what doesn’t correspond to the users’ tastes.

Recovering an attitude towards the valorization of waste, rewriting our relationship with matter, with materials, with living beings and thus redesigning our possibilities in the cohabitation of the world. All this belongs to our culture, both material and social, but also acoustic.

Our acoustic “education” orients us towards the “clean” sound, the perfect sound, the infallible sound, the known sound, and consequently towards the elimination of “sound rejects” from the listening landscape.

To listen to the unlistenable, to move towards a culture that involves processes of reuse, where waste is valued and produces abundance, WKR was born.