With the advent of web radio, the world of the geographically situated broadcast limited by the
power of the transmission network of a station, is becoming a thing of the past. Now you can
have radio stations from anywhere streamed to your desktop. While this is undoubtedly a
wonderful listening experience, something of the mystery of the radio broadcast and its
dependence on the geography and physics of our little world has been lost.
In Radio Streams, the listener is returned to the world of the earth-bound broadcasting
network, by using web radio to stream content into a spherical listening space. Using a
hand-held compass, augmented with motion sensors, the 'listener' can probe the earth's radio
content. As an 'active' listener, it is possible to search the space for music, news and
comment and even to juxtapose diverse representations of world events in a shared acoustic
Sile O'Modhrain is a lecturer in haptics and acoustics at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queens University, Belfast.Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, especially interfaces incorporating haptic and auditory feedback. She earned her master's degree in music technology from the University of York and her PhD from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). She has also worked as a sound engineer and producer for BBC Network Radio. In 1994, she received a Fulbright scholarship, and went to Stanford to develop a prototype haptic interface augmenting graphical user interfaces for blind computer users.Before taking up her position at SARC, Sile directed the Palpable Machines group at Media Lab Europe, where her work focused on new interfaces for hand-held devices that tightly couple gestural input and touch or haptic display.
Born in Sheffield in the last millennium Tom Davis has had plenty of time to wade his way through life in a variety of different guises. Previous incarnations have included Davis moonlighting as a Rock Star, Grouse Beater, Housing Officer, Sheep Farmer, Television presenter, Physicist, Sound Designer, Artist, Waiter, Musician, Poker Player, Butler, Record Producer, Delivery Driver, and Radio DJ. Recently in a seemingly never ending quest for yet more qualifications Davis has been spending far too much time at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens in Belfast where he is in pursuit of a PhD. Working mainly in the medium of Installation Davis' research is currently exploring the use of Complex Dynamical Systems in an audio domain.
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