Tom Roe (Wave Farm)

/ OneBeat Virtual
Master Artist

Sound Artist

Acra, United States

Wave Farm’s Artistic Director, Tom Roe is a sound transmission artist who performs with transmitters and receivers using multiple bands (FM, CB, walkie-talkie), as well as prepared CDs, vinyl records, and electronics. One of the original founders of free103point9, which is now Wave Farm, he has written about music for The Wire, Signal to Noise, and The New York Post, among others. His writing appeared in Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music (2002). Roe has led many “Radio Lab” education lectures and workshops, speaking about how to perform with transmitters and the history of radio performance and microcasting at venues such as Columbia University, Brown University, Brooklyn College, Flux Factory, The Kitchen, NYU’s ITP Program, Kids Discover Radio in East Harlem, Grassroots Media Conference at The New School, RPI University in Troy, and other locations.

Roe’s Donald Drumpf Theatre was a radio theatre program with sounds culled from the previous week, about a fictional, theatrical presidency. It ran weekly from January 2016 to January 2021 and was broadcast by over forty stations across the U.S. His current program Turn On The News is the weekly newscast from the fictional Radio Network, with parody radio coverage of the radio and its headlines. Now with computerized news readers, and fewer meddling reporters, plus aggregated reporting, and automated music.