The story of how a 50-year-old transistor radio made it around the world begins with the father of Brock Scott, singer-songwriter and band leader of Atlanta’s Little Tybee. The elder Scott, a sextant navigator for the Trans-Atlantic shipping industry during the 1970s, carried his GE radio along with him from port to port, listening to music. Brock recently inherited the radio, and when searching for a mascot for his band’s new album, something about the design and history of the radio just clicked.
Initially the idea was to to rig up the radio with modern electronics — including a band of sonically responsive LEDs– and have various videographers shoot the radio in remote and exotic locations. Once word about the roaming radio got out though, videographers from Portugal, Panama, Brazil, Japan, Ireland, China, Japan, and various states in the US reached out, wanting to be involved. So far Brock has compiled over 200 videos (with a goal of 400) of the radio playing Little Tybee’s new album, which will become the record’s visualizer.