- Micro Radio Renaissance
Micro radio used to be a compromise to restrain oneself from using higher power transmitter because of the budget or the regulation.
The first conscious micro radio started in the mid-1970s in Italy. As Felix Guattari wrote, 'des millions et des millions d'Alice en puissance',
over a thousand of micro free radio stations appeared along with the 'Autonomia' movement in Italy and then influenced other countries especially France.
In Australia, every city started to have a new type of multi-lingual/cultural community radio stations in the late 70s. 'Mini FM' in Japan in the early
80s was a mixture of the Italian free radio and a new element of the technological paradox. After the late 80s, micro pirate stations in the US went
into a new legal struggle against the authority for popular demands:Napoleon Williams' Black Liberation Radio in Illinois and then Stephen Dunifer's Free Radio Berkeley.
- Web Radio
In the 90s, the Internet technology such as RealAudio/Video has put micro radio onto the right track. Since it is no more difficult for individuals to broad-cast the same information to the global area, micro radio can concentrate itself into the very meaning of its 'micro-ness' and its 'autopoietic' character. 'Micro' shouldn't be the antonym of 'macro' anymore.
Micro radio does not 'cast' anymore but is interactive and streaming.
- Natural Radio Project
Radio and television have been absorbed in broad-casting:spread information as broadly as possible. However, micro radio is basically interactive. So, the most radical form of micro radio may be one that does not pro-gram: calculate beforehand. One of the form of Natural radio will be a sound counterpart of WebCam. This is a multi-media rough sketch of it.