On Oct 30th -- Day Three of WFMU's RadioVision Festival -- digital storytellers, creative developers and freeform thinkers will come together for a day of hacking and coding called Re-Inventing Radio.
This isn't a typical hack day, because there are no pre-requisites for participation; you don't even need to know how to code (though if you do, you'll have plenty to tinker with between workshops from the Free Music Archive and Echo Nest). Re-Inventing Radio is a forum for creative people of all stripes to collaborate with each other using open-source digital tools.
Zeega, a new open-source HTML5 platform for interactive storytelling, and a recent winner of the Knight Foundation News Challenge, will debut three projects for people to experiment with at RadioVision. We asked them for a preview...
The personal music history
We all have the music that we listened to over our lives – the songs that were forced upon us by our parents, the albums, cassette tapes and cds that we listened to obsessively over and over and over again; the album (or probably more realistically, the song) that we lost our virginity to. Using music archives across the web, we'll use the freshly created Zeega Alpha editor to create a mash-up that traces our personal music histories. We'll also invent ways to visualize and move through our combined playlists. (like - does someone born in the same year as you have a lot of the same songs at age 10, 14, 20) If we pull it off, we'll perform some of them publicly at the end of the day and create a space for them online.
Hacking physical spaces
With the starting point of thinking that most audio tours suck, we'll distort the typical audio tour model by creating experiences that involve stickers, text messages, phone calls and short sound and music messages. Participants will be able to use Zeega to excerpt songs or tell stories of things that happened in a place, write a text message length detail about the sound and we'll build the beginnings of a WFMU Sound Tour of basements, bars, kitchens and other music-filled places in the city. We'll also be carting down sticker printers from Boston so that people can leave with markers to stick around town to alert people to the places where they can experience the tour.
What can music look like on the open web?
In this project, we'll generate new forms of mash-up music videos. We'll start with music from the Free Music Archive and add visual soundtracks by remixing visuals pulled from the APIs of YouTube, Blip.tv, Google Street view and Flickr.
The Hack Day is free with WFMU Record Fair admission but priority will go to folks who've purchased tickets to the Saturday Symposium. Space is limited.