Exhibitions & Events



Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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© 2024 Steve Rowell


Steve Rowell

2005-08 / 2012-?

An unmanned low power FM radio station, installed in the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Desert Research Station (DRS) which transmitted from 2005-2008 and again from 2012-present. KDRS broadcasts a looping program indefinitely to the void of the Mojave Desert, the only audience being the chance person driving down the little used road in front of the DRS or the infrequent visitor or resident on site, aware of it. Over the years, at irregular intervals, I've changed the program. Recordings of sonic booms from my Sonic Boom Archive project (also conducted on this site) have been part of this program.

2005 CLUI Lay of the Land Newsletter article

Most recent playlist
May 2005 - 2008; 2012 - present

Current program
June 2015 - present
Total program time: 4 hours, 46 minutes
Looping day and night, indefinitely

Track title ––– hh:mm:ss ––– Artist, Date

KDRS radio tones_mixdown ––– 47:34 ––– Steven Rowell, 2015
Ad Inexplorata / Toward the Unexplored ––– 24:34 ––– Edwards AFB, 1963
Nellis AFB Range scanner audio ––– 9:58 ––– Unknown radio scanner, unknown date
Nevada Test and Training Range ––– 1:10:32 ––– Unknown radio scanner, unknown date
The Shipping Forecast received at sea ––– 5:14 ––– BBC Radio 4, 2008
China Lake Naval Air Warfare Range Tour ––– 10:38 China Lake NAWR, unknown date
Remote Hams mix ––– 2:32 ––– Unknown ham operator, unknown date
Tom Nathan (1966) ––– 30:51 ––– KILE Radio Galveston, 1966
Nellis Red Flag March 2012 ––– 39:16 ––– Unknown radio scanner, 2012
Bill Young (1966) ––– 15:05 ––– KILT 610 Houston, 1966
The Shipping Forecast received on land ––– 5:14 ––– BBC Radio 4, 2015
Roy Storey's Sports Line #2 ––– 3:18 ––– Negativland, 1990

Part of this program, “Ad Inexporata / Toward the Unexplored”:

An earlier program featuring radio noises, tones, signals, and glitches, which looped for most of 2006:

The only way to get online except for satellite out there in the remote wastes:

Testing the first internet dial-up connection at the DRS in 2005. The very first broadcast of KDRS was done by downloading an audio file from the internet – the inaugural Long Now Foundation lecture by Brian Eno in 2003 (or as they say 02003) – using this connection. The one hour lecture took over 12 hours to download and was left to broadcast for one full year as a continuous, droning loop. The lecture was recorded with only one microphone in a very large lecture hall; the subtle distortions introduced by transmitting this audio through the desert atmosphere rendered Eno's voice almost entirely unintelligible and, appropriately, ambient as if the signal itself was somehow sent by an unknown source from a distant future Earth. In addition to this being broadcasted, I installed a small speaker near the front door of the DRS (to the left of the chair, in the video clip above) so that anyone visiting this remote, seemingly abandoned research station, day or night, would faintly hear the murmuring voice in what sounded like a cavernous hall many times larger than the actual structure itself.