Submitted by richard on Tue, 2006-07-04 20:04.
In June 2005 we prototyped the “SkintStream” project, a streaming audio network that allowed community based music groups to create a collaborative broadcast. These groups included Cue Music at YMCA Southend, the Congolese “Nostalgie Ya Mboka” in London, The Sound Kitchen in the South African township of Alexandra, the Container Project in Jamaica and Regent Park Focus in Torronto.
This streaming project proved very popular and has become a cheap and quick way for us to create projects. They are also very flexible and we now intend to develop a portable streaming kit which will allow us to develop new platforms for streaming events such as the “Stream Boat” and the “Stream Car” projects. These promise to be highly visible and popular events that will attract audiences to the Southend area and establish within an international context.
Wireless streaming projects are mobile and can be integrated easily into events such as festivals, clubs and rallys. These forms allow us to make links to many other forms of popular culture like the Essex seaside and the street culture of ‘modding’ or customising cars. The fact that the streaming technology allows producers from anywhere in the world to broadcast also makes this attractive to bodies interested in linking communities and fostering international relations. These projects also constitute a series of basic formats that we can export out to other organisations, running projects or providing support to install the technology and to develop events.
Read about the SkintStream project at the MediaShed here