Concept: A persistent location based ambient sound layer

Concept sketch for a persistent location based ambient sound layer. The ambient sound layer will leverage location data (google maps, directions), photographs (Flickr, Twitpic etc), text (blog posts, wikipedia, annotation, comments via Twitter). The ambient sound layer is designed for mobile devices. Relationships between sound recordings can be created (For example, the same type of sound at different locations). Time specific recordings can also be located on the layer (For example, the sound of something last month, year or decade). So far the ambient sound layer is just a concept.

ds106: My first live ds106radio broadcast – AE & me

So, I just signed off from my first live broadcast on #ds106radio. It was a short 20 minute set made up of songs released by Autechre between 1994-1995. I called the set AE & me. AE being an abbreviation for Autechre.  I’m not a fickle fan who likes their old stuff better than their new stuff or anything, I just love Autechre releases from that period. I remember listening to Amber, Tri Repetae and Anvil Vapre repeatedly with my friends at the time.

If you caught my AE & me broadcast on #ds106radio, I hope you enjoyed it and thanks for listening. If not, here’s the set list.

ds106: My ds106 lawn

In Australia, mowing the lawn is the quintessential suburban experience. I actually don’t mind mowing the lawn. As a household chore mowing the lawn has potential for a bit of a creative twist. In the past I have attempted to create the Black Flag bar logo and a strange heart shape in an attempt to capture the interest of a Google satellite (No luck in that department). Today was different. I decided to try to mow something new. Something simple. Two letters. Three numerals. ds106.

Two letter, three numerals in my lawn. ds106.

I’ll continue to trim, shape and refine the ds106 in my backyard. Until the end of summer anyway.

ds106: Audio Assignment – Introducing the DS106 International Treaty

The concept

The ds106 International Treaty is a satirical and completely fictitious set of rules and regulations (Google document/Word) drafted by participants of the open digital storytelling (ds106) course. The International Treaty is an attempt to define an agreement which governs the behaviour of all mankind.

In this introduction, I have created a fictitious public service announcement from a  representative from the southern continent. They wish to discuss the terms of the International Treaty and put forward two possible caveats to the existing treaty as part of an ongoing dialogue with other ds106 participants. This public service announcement is a declaration of intent to create a treaty that is fair and just.

Right select (Save Target/Link As…) to download the ds106 International Treaty Introduction (MP3, 1.9MB)


The audio assignment – A course as a community

Ds106 could be regarded as a course made up of multiple student enrolment layers (open, online, face-to-face, UMW students), but I think it’s more than that. As an outsider completing the open section of the ds106 course, I see the ds106 course as a community. A non-clique community made up of global citizens that produce and share content and forge personal and professional relationships. The ds106 International Treaty audio assignment will provide the backdrop for me to explore concepts and themes of:

  • a course as a foundation for a community
  • a community as a self governing system
  • the development of networked relationships.