atk header
ATK head
The Gamelatron 2008 - present
Zemi17 1996 - present
Auditorium 2011 - 2012
Tumuli 2010
Emma 2009 - 2011
Cicada FM 2006 - 2009
The Ransom Corp 1998 - 2002
The Assault Poetry Unit 1997
Cicada Enterprises 1995 - 1997
Sky & Culture Corp. 1995
Cicada FM


Chapaqua, NY 2007

Cicada FM is an infinite point, location specific modular sound installation, whose name and concept pays homage to the summer emergences of millions of cicada singing in trees. Cicada FM is comprised of various low power FM transmitters and a collection of battery, solar and crank powered boom boxes, and transistor radios. FM radio signals is broadcast to the receivers orchestrated into a malleable large-scale sound installation. The project usually takes place in wooded areas but also has been staged in urban environments as well as indoor locations. Kuffner has used from 4 to 60 radio sources broadcasting as many at 6 unique mono signals at one time. Often the content that is broacasted will be linked to a central theme behind each installation. One of his popular pieces is called Sonnets for Trees, which is a series of abstract love poem (often wordless) written to trees from the point of view of whispering into the cracks of the bark. Other pieces have emulated white noise from various locations in juxposition to natural sounds of the installation site.