Radio.Garden's Unusual Online Streaming Tuner Draws Attention
December 15, 2016 at 5:36 AM (PT)
An unusual variation on an internet radio tuner allows listeners to spin a globe and hear streaming stations from cities around the world.
The RADIO.GARDEN tuner, created by GOLO FÖLLMER at MARTIN-LUTHER UNIVERSITÄT HALLE-WITTENBERG for the RADIO CONFERENCE 2016 in JULY in THE NETHERLANDS, displays green dots where stations are located; spinning the globe and landing on a dot brings up streams and a menu of other stations available from that location. The offerings include internet-only streams and some broadcast station streams, as well as a handful of vintage jingles and station histories. The site was developed as the online exhibition of the TRANSNATIONAL RADIO ENCOUNTERS project, developed with the NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SOUND AND VISION and designed by STUDIO MONIKER.
An explanation in a post at the project's website says, "By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places, RADIO GARDEN allows listeners to explore processes of broadcasting and hearing identities across the entire globe. From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away – or using local community radio to make and enrich new homes." The project is designed as a "traveling exhibition" with participants recording their radio "stories" for inclusion.