The idea still lives!
Everyone is plugged in to headphones, and lost in their own digital world. And we believe music should bring people together.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/piq/piq-a-jukebox-for-social-spaces

posted : Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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creating ad hoc music networks | concept video

posted : Saturday, June 25th, 2011

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'Social isolation' in public spaces is a choice.

edit: Read this first: Happinomics: What is the value of real-world social interactions?

Most people choose to set up their little ‘cocoon’ while waiting for the bus or train. After only one day of trying to capture people in their private moment I stumbled upon something quite interesting. When explaining to them what I was researching and what exact (non) action I was trying to capture they agreed with me. It is a known fact that people use their headphones in order to shut off the rest of the world.

But sometimes people NEED some private time in all these seemingly chaotic ambiances. When waiting there, on this narrow and long platform for the bus to come, I don’t always have the need to talk to someone. Especially not in the mornings. It’s just so easy for me to turn up my mp3-player and immerse myself in my music and my thoughts”.

This girl actually made my day. It’s not that I want to break this habit, no be my guest: whatever pleases the individual. Who am I to say: “No, don’t isolate yourself! TALK TO SOMEONE! My networked radio is just a medium that CAN be used in order to create some form of social contact exactly by using the media they use to shape the cocoon. The girl intensified my righteous thoughts about this project. If I were to place my networked radio on a strategic place, inside this public space and hereby creating some sort of invasive space, I am only creating opportunities. It is there, use it or not.

Is this relevant? I mean, why would someone create this opportunity for people? Why shouldn’t we create an opportunity? I mean I walked across the station for more then 4hrs. I saw a huge amount of people listening to music through their headphones. When talking to some of them I realised they are aware of their behaviour and they choose to do so. When explaining to them the concept they agreed: this is some sort of social isolation. They were quite keen on talking about the subject and could relate to my solution: share the thing which clearly is so special for you. Music!

Fact is I got some beautiful shots from beautiful people. They opened up to me and talked to me. I actually got to know a couple of them better, all I had to do was ask. They were very willing into letting me inside their cocoon.

posted : Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

tags : genk_station video interaction cocooning pu public_space

This takes me back to the time when I was wondering (I often still do) what songs people are listening to.

posted : Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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I decided to go picknicking. Great moment to test out my home-made amp and speakerbox. Some soldering allowed me to hook up a 25watt amp to a cheap speaker cone and power it with a 9V battery. It even has a nifty equalizer now. The battery lasts for about 6 hrs on end.
I also noticed there’s a lot of potential to alter the quality of the sound depending on the acoustic box I use. Right now this is a hard cardboard chassis. I’m using the bigger (bass) speaker inside the box in order to amplify the basses. In the back I’ve cut out a little hole for the mid-and highrange audiolevels. Works like a charm!
I do however would like a 50 or 60watt amp with better speakers. If they can be powered with one or two 9V batteries? I don’t know yet, probably :)

I decided to go picknicking. Great moment to test out my home-made amp and speakerbox. Some soldering allowed me to hook up a 25watt amp to a cheap speaker cone and power it with a 9V battery. It even has a nifty equalizer now. The battery lasts for about 6 hrs on end.

I also noticed there’s a lot of potential to alter the quality of the sound depending on the acoustic box I use. Right now this is a hard cardboard chassis. I’m using the bigger (bass) speaker inside the box in order to amplify the basses. In the back I’ve cut out a little hole for the mid-and highrange audiolevels. Works like a charm!

I do however would like a 50 or 60watt amp with better speakers. If they can be powered with one or two 9V batteries? I don’t know yet, probably :)

posted : Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

tags : amp soldering diy speaker sound public_space invasive_space

My first idea to shape the radio. The reversed shape of the traffic cone acts well as an acoustic housing for the speaker, amplifying the sound. If choosing for this design I will need to take a closer look in material: wood maybe?
Also, as constructing an invasive space the traffic cone fits well into this context. For what other reason do we use traffic cones then to create seperation between spaces.
A search on wikipedia lead my to an interesting artist called  Dennis Oppenheim. In 2007 the artist commemorated the traffic cone with a monumental sculpture of five five-metre tall cones. Check it out!

My first idea to shape the radio. The reversed shape of the traffic cone acts well as an acoustic housing for the speaker, amplifying the sound. If choosing for this design I will need to take a closer look in material: wood maybe?

Also, as constructing an invasive space the traffic cone fits well into this context. For what other reason do we use traffic cones then to create seperation between spaces.

A search on wikipedia lead my to an interesting artist called Dennis Oppenheim. In 2007 the artist commemorated the traffic cone with a monumental sculpture of five five-metre tall cones. Check it out!

posted : Monday, April 18th, 2011

tags : shape design c4d traffic_cone invasive_space public_space

The Urban Speaker is an art installation that transforms public space into an instant stage for mass communication. This portable urban furniture allows people to broadcast their voice in public by calling a telephone number from their mobile phones.

http://www.med44.com/pages/urbanspeaker.html

posted : Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Found this on dumpaday.com.It looks interesting, the idea I mean.

Found this on dumpaday.com.
It looks interesting, the idea I mean.

posted : Sunday, April 17th, 2011

tags : public_space social guerilla inspiration

Writing frenzy untill 01/05. After that I’ll be continuing my prototype (development & testing).

Writing frenzy untill 01/05. After that I’ll be continuing my prototype (development & testing).

posted : Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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Local Server, Basic Radio Platform & mobile WiFi connection [pics will be added]

For the first prototype I decided to use my Asus EEE PC to host my local server. I’m running Windows XP SP2 and the battery lasts for about 3,4 hours on end.
WAMP served to be a good & fast method to provide a stable platform on this small and lightweigth laptop. As far as the WiFi-signal is concerned I obtained an old TOPCOM WR 611 router which allowed me to send out a reasonable WiFi-signal and connect to my RADIO-platform using my HTC DESIRE smartphone.

Right now I’m working on the RADIO-platform. I’ve succeeded in creating a HTML5 mp3-player which loads its songs from a DIRectory on the Asus EEE PC. These mp3-files are loaded into a playlist and can be shuffled.

Next up:

  • - Automatically acces the predefined file location of the mp3’s. (right now I’m browsing to them.
  • - Use the HTML5 autoplay attribute
  • - Create a Mobile compatible upload system for Android (for uploading songs to the local server
  • - Automatic Update of the music playlist when songs are added

posted : Friday, April 8th, 2011

tags : wamp server radio wifi html5 smartphone