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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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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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Quiet, isn’t it?

Image courtesy of Cristian V

Things are afoot. Big news: coming soon.

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Halfway through the trials – here’s our thoughts so far

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1. Audio is awesome   Some favourite moments shared with us include a recording of a table tennis match that triggers as you pass, a chilling account of the gangs that ‘own’ London Fields and a short story told from the point of view of a park bench. What links all of the responses is [...]

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First prototype trial (& inevitable learning curve) begins

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We did it! The app has had it’s first outing and – despite the rain – people loved it.   Thanks to every one of our volunteers who dropped by Lock 7 to give it a go and offer feedback. One pair got so caught up in Shane Solanki’s song that they found themselves dancing [...]

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

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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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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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