Need a holiday break? Try an audio stroll in Radio Garden

There is a feeling, when you listen to radio, that it’s one person, and they’re talking to you, and you really feel their presence as one person. Ira Glass

Do you harbor a deep desire to escape the political-geographic-climactic realities of the day? Do you feel hemmed in by the nation’s tempero-centric focus? Or do you worry that, while the globe is shrinking, we’re not getting the whole story?

Escape the winter of our discontent by settling down in your easy chair, prop your device within reach, stoke the fire and cross time and geographic borders with a leisurely audio trek through the Radio Garden (http://Radio.Garden) Just thinking “garden” will warm you a bit, while your world will expand as you listen to real time streamed radio from around the world.

Radio Garden is the brainchild of Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE) developed with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision that is providing public finance for the project. Listen – and view- from any device. (Yes, there’s a visual component. ) The designers at Studio Moniker have created a physical map on the absence of border routines is deliberate. Jonathan Puckey, one of the creators, observes that “the main idea is to help radio makers and listeners connect with distant cultures and re-connect with people from home and thousands of miles away.”

As of this writing, 8000 stations have signed on – and Radio Garden shows every evidence of going viral. Puckey reports that “there are 56,000 page views per minute.” Though planners note that there is currenty a Western bias this appears to be a temporary challenge.

Claire Voon, writing in Hyperallergic.com shares her experience with Radio Garden:

In the “History” section, you may listen to a number of archival clips that transcended borders, such as when Radio Moscow announced in 1963 that it had sent its first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, into space; the news was read in English-ensuring that any Americans who heard this major space race development would understand.

Voon also reports her thoughts on the “Jingles” section where listeners may hear, yes jingles – and more – from cities around the globe. This includes “various sounds such as show openers or interval signals; these became familiar cues to countless listeners, together showing how radio created communal understanding of a musical language. There’s also a section on “Stories” where people talk about radio in their lives, “from an Australian radio journalist to a Danish woman describing her first time hearing commercials on American airwaves.” Needless to say, Radio Garden carries a rich mix of global music options described briefly in a December 15 Billboard announcement .

Learn more about Radio Garden here: http://www.transnationalradio.org/node/79

 

 

 

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