Options Radio Free Culture: Playlist from April 29, 2013 Options

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Options April 29, 2013: App-Based Storytelling with Francesca Panetta

Tonight on WFMU's Radio Free Culture, multi award-winning producer and sound artist Francesca Panetta joins us to discuss Hackney Hear, the winner of this year's Prix Europa Radio Production Award. It's a smartphone app that asks you to put it in your pocket as you explore London Fields and Broacway Market in London. As you travel, the app scores your journey with a blend of location-specific interviews, archived audio, music, and poetry.

We'll discuss the future of app-based storytelling, the challenges of GPS accuracy, and learn how Franchesca pins two lapel mics to her left and right ears to capture a wide stereo sound.

Then, later in the show, listen back to this past year's Radiovision Festival, where Francesca spoke on a panel with Pejk Malinovski (East Village Poetry Walk) and Ellen Horne (RadioLab). The three super-producers will discuss how they're pushing the boundaries of audio with walking tours, immersive apps, and live events. Plus, the significance of taking risks and experimenting with new methods of storytelling. Jim Colgan (Soundcloud) moderates.



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YACHT  Shangri-La (Instrumental)   Options Get it on the Free Music Archive 
Francesca Panetta  Hackney Hear   Options

Want to also look cold while holding your phone? Get the Hackney Hear app here.
 
Francesca Panetta  Hackney Hear   Options

You can learn more abut the project on the Free Music Archive.
 
Francesca Panetta  Hackney Hear   Options

 
Francesca Panetta  Hackney Hear   Options She recommends App Furnace if you want to have a go at this yourself. There's a free trial. 
Pejk Malinovski  East Village Poetry Walk   Options

Explore the East Village Poetry Walk: Passing Stranger
 
Ellen Horn  Radiolab   Options

Radiolab explores how to tell stories on stage vs. in airless studios.
 
     

Listener comments!

Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:04pm Matt from Springfield:

Go RFC!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:10pm Fredericks:

I wonder if John Cage will get a mention in the discussion. Hey there, Matt!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:11pm Matt from Springfield:

Hey hey, Fredericks!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:13pm Matt from Springfield:

Just like Five Points, in Manhattan!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:17pm Andrea:

Hi Matt! Hi Fredericks! Unfortunately, Cage never came up. But if you're ever standing outside my apartment my wifi password is cage422. Hope that makes you feel better.
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:19pm Matt from Springfield:

Hi Andrea!
So, atmospheric silence, with a few seconds trimmed off?? ;)
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:20pm Matt from Springfield:

I'm guessing the Hackney app is like an audio tourguide that plays you stories based on the locations you walk to?
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:20pm Andrea Silenzi:

ah, typo! cage433.
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:22pm Andrea Silenzi:

Yes, exactly like that. But it won big deal awards, and is more artsy and musical than just your average tour guide stuff.
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:22pm Andrea Silenzi:

You will all soon learn what a giant radio nerd I am. I am about to ask her what podcasts she likes!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 6:24pm Matt from Springfield:

@Andrea: Makes more sense. But, 4:22 would be somewhat original! ;)

Although I imagine the quality of similar apps would vary heavily, based on who's organizing it for an area--whether they seek out a variety of people with interesting stories like Hackney, or just upload the first stories they can find.
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 7:00pm Matt from Springfield:

All right! Thanks Andrea, RFC, FMA and WFMU!
See you next month!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 7:05pm Andrea Silenzi:

Thanks for joining me, Matt!
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 7:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Is something amiss? The main WFMU page still links here and not to Narwuar's show.
Avatar Mon. 4/29/13 7:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

OK...now it's showing his show.
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