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Hackney Hear nominated for the Prix Europa Awards

Prix Europa Awards logo

Hackney Hear has been nominated for the Prix Europa Radio Production of the Year Awards.   Marked out in the innovation category, Hackney Hear was selected from over 600 submissions from 38 countries, as being a first in audio and technology, triggering sounds via an individual’s GPS location.   We’re extremely excited to have been [...]

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Lovely messages from lovely people

Early mock-up of Hackney Hear app

We’ve had so many fantastic responses since we launched Hackney Hear in February, and I wanted to take a moment to share two of our favourites with you.   Just this week, the award-winning Canadian producer Chris Brookes sent us this:   When audio features began in the last century, listeners had to cluster around [...]

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Lots going on…

Recently there have been lots of exciting things going on at Hackney Hear…   We had an event, in partnership with the CINE East Festival, where we asked people to share their experience of Hackney Hear with others. Hackney Hear Plus1 was our first ever event and helped those who came along to enjoy Hackney [...]

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Download Hackney Hear NOW

Iain Sinclair and the Pearly King and Queen in London Fields

That’s an order, from Mr Iain Sinclair.

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Hackney Hear launches 8 March 2012

Hackney Hear launches March 8

This innovative app will be available for download for the iPhone. Triggering sound via GPS-location, Hackney Hear provides an innovative way to explore and rediscover London’s east end by combining immersive sounds and storytelling.   Stories include: – Writer Iain Sinclair unravels the layers of history in his beloved local park – Performance poet Shane [...]

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Friends, Romans, countrymen – lend us your iPhones


Well, your old iPhones anyway. It transpires that Apple only allow a limited amount of installs of our app, prior to release. So if we want to test the app with different people, we have to find a way to lend them iPhones with the app preloaded on without breaking the bank. That’s where you [...]

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Things we’ve learnt so far about making geo-tagged audio


1. It’s scary This is mostly because us audio producers are used to nice, linear feature-making; where the passage of time allows you to reveal information to a listener at a pace that we control. But now it’s the listener calling the shots – and every step is one we probably would rather they didn’t. [...]

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Sounds of Broadway Market – suggestions please

So we’re just starting to come up with plans for our prototype this summer, and we can reveal that the area we’ll be covering is [fanfare]… Broadway Market! So we need your help. What should we record? The Hackney Podcast team is going to start putting this plan into action. What sounds, people and music [...]

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One Week Until the Sonys

We have our fingers crossed at Hackney Hear HQ that our sister programme, the Hackney Podcast, walks away with a Gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards next Monday… Francesca had quite a year in 2010, winning a Gold in London and at the New York Festival Awards, plus two individual awards for radio production. [...]

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Every picture…

Pic of British Union of Fascists index card - Hackney Archive

On Friday we went to Hackney Archives to find a scene not unlike the end of Raiders – piles of boxes, stacked up ready for the move from Haggerston to swanky new premises in Dalston. Fran had heard a while ago about a store of audio archive, recorded in the eighties. Our mission was to [...]

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