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The Unfortunates: Interacting with an Audio Story for Smart Speakers - BBC R&D
"In an interview excerpted in The Advance Guard of the Avant-garde, he says that ‘the randomness of the material was directly in conflict with the book as a technological object’. We hope that by using the randomness available to us in a new technological object, we have created a treatment of the work that Johnson would have felt does the material justice." IRFS on their version of _The Unfortunates_ for Alexa - an idea I have a tiny hand in prompting into existence. There's so much frustrating about developing creative content for smart speakers, but this feels like a strong fit between the source material - a radio play in fragments - and the technology - a speaker that is also a computer. Henry's writeup is strong.
bsjohnson  irfs  bbc  theunfortunates  fiction  literature  interactivity 
13 days ago by infovore
BBC Radio 4 - Into the Music Library
"It's the music which has surrounded us our whole lives, but which most of us have never quite heard let alone listened to... and nearly all of it made in the UK." Two years old now, but this is a lovely little documentary about library music, with lots of interviews with composers and collectors alike; so nice to contextualise this stuff. (And: a reminder why secretly I always wanted to be a session player).
bbc  music  librarymusic  composition 
april 2013 by infovore
BBC Radio 4b
"Built upon that sinking feeling of tuning into Radio 4 and hearing people acting at you, Radio 4b plays you a string of random programmes from Radio 4's factual archive. You might get the last thirty seconds of an episode of the Archers, but that's all. You will not hear middle-class actors tapping a teaspoon and talking about divorce."
radio4  factual  radio  bbc  filtering 
march 2011 by infovore
YouTube - Law & Order: UK - Lessons in British Justice
Lovely trailer from BBC America for Law & Order UK. Sadly, it illustrates roughly what the British trying to make American-style procedural drama looks like. Lots of slamming things down. And tea. (Although: they don't know what "knackers" means, clearly.)
culture  tv  bbc 
january 2011 by infovore
BBC iPlayer - The Archive Hour: The Feynman Variations
"In this programme we hear from colleagues, friends and former students as well as the great man himself about the beauty of nature and the importance of science to our understanding of the world." A lovely Archive Hour on Radio 4, on Richard Feynman; only available for a few more days, so grab it whilst you can. Delightful, and nicely structured.
physics  radio  bbc  radio4  richardfeynman 
september 2010 by infovore
BBC - BBC TV blog: Doctor Who: The return of the Weeping Angels
"The best way to explain the difference between Blink and these two episodes would be to say that I think the best conceived movie sequel ever was Aliens following Alien. It took the same monster into an entirely different type of film." I love Steven Moffat very much.
stevenmoffat  bbc  doctorwho  writing  sequels  telly  tv 
april 2010 by infovore
BBC - Adam Curtis Blog: THE TRAIN OF TERROR
"Here is an extraordinary piece of film. It is a live outside broadcast of a British army simulation of an attack on a train in Britain. It went out at prime time on a BBC programme called Saturday Night Out. And it happened in 1956."
adamcurtis  bbc  documentary  postwar  britain 
april 2010 by infovore
BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Shownar: reflecting online buzz around BBC programmes
why do it? To borrow from the site's About pages: "First, it will help you find shows that others have not only watched, but are talking about. Hopefully it'll throw up a few hidden gems. People's interest, attention and engagement with shows are more important to Shownar than viewing figures; the audience size of a documentary on BBC FOUR, for instance, will never approach that of EastEnders, but if that documentary sparks a lot of interest and comment - even discussion - we want to highlight it. And second, when you've found a show of interest, we want to assist your onward journey by generating links to related discussions elsewhere on the web. In the same way news stories are improved by linking out to the same story on other news sites, we believe shows are improved by connecting them to the wider discussion and their audience." Dan Taylor explains Shownar from the BBC's perspective
bbc  shownar  blogpost  tv  radio  discovery  discussion  community  behaviour 
june 2009 by infovore
Shownar
"Shownar tracks the online buzz around BBC shows. It's an experimental prototype and we want your feedback." What I've been working on in the first three months at Schulze & Webb, and is now live. Exciting!
bbc  shownar  prototype  tv  radio  scheduling  popularity  buzz  whatshouldiwatch 
june 2009 by infovore
BBC - Adam Curtis
"This is a website expressing my personal views – through a selection of opinionated observations and arguments. I’ll be including stories I like, ideas I find fascinating, work in progress and a selection of material from the BBC archives." Adam Curtis has a blog.
adamcurtis  bbc  blog 
june 2009 by infovore
BBC iPlayer - Jaguar Skills: 25/05/2009
"Master of the mix Jaguar Skills provides a special soundtrack to round off Radio 1's Gaming Weekend. " Available until June 2. It's epic. Get it.
music  bbc  jaguarskills  mix  awesome  games 
may 2009 by infovore
It's not a race (Phil Gyford’s website)
"Sheeeeeeeeeeeeit! BBC, you just don’t deserve to get your hands on these shows." Yes - whilst we all binged on the Wire when we had it on DVD, that doesn't mean that the "binge" is the correct method of consumption. 60 episodes across 12 weeks? Madness, and I say that as a Wire fan.
tv  thewire  bbc  scheduling  madness 
march 2009 by infovore
The Nun and the Archimedes - Reprocessed
"After she left, the school began to switch away from Acorn computers to Windows PCs, and computing at school became less and less about actually wrangling the machines for their own sake: programming went away, to be replaced by word processing and the other kinds of useful activities which I'm sure helped a lot of pupils gain the kind of computer literacy they needed for the real world, but it wasn't the kind of computer literacy I needed. I needed the more abstract, joyful, engagement with computers that Sister Celsus provided, and which could only have been provided at the end of the 80s." A lovely post for Ada Lovelace Day from Matt.
design  education  learning  computing  bbc  dtp  mattpatterson  adalovelaceday  archimedes 
march 2009 by infovore
BBC SPORT | Cricket | Cricket mourns death of Frindall
That's sad; he was a fount of statistics since I first listened to TMS, and long before that.
bbc  radio  cricket  radio4  tms  billfrindall 
january 2009 by infovore
BBC NEWS | Business | The Box takes off on global journey
"The Box is an ambitious and unique year-long project for BBC News to tell the story of international trade and globalisation by tracking a standard shipping container around the world." Awesome. What's better is that it's a working container, which means it's not significantly contributing in a negative way to environmental damage any more than other containers. Could be interesting.
bbc  thebox  shipping  container  shippingcontainer 
september 2008 by infovore
BBC - BBC 6 Music Programmes - The Record Producers, Brian Wilson
Heard some of this last night; a superb BBC documentary about Brian Wilson and some of his production techniques that shaped the Beach Boys' albums. Some great interviews, and lovely musical deconstruction of harmony and voicing. Obviously, as a "listen again" programme, it's only around for six days - so get listening!
music  production  brianwilson  bbc  beachboys  documentary  sixties  pop 
august 2008 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: Meta4orce - chat with the designer
Now this *is* interesting: a comments thread in which Michael Abbott's readers put questions to Iain Lobb, one of the designers behind Meta4orce... and he answers them candidly and informatively. Interesting stuff about the limitations of building games around TV shows for public service broadcasters.
tv  meta4orce  games  interaction  design  play  broadcast  bbc 
august 2008 by infovore
BBC - Switch Meta4orce
Narrative-driven flash game from BBC Switch. Combines animated cut-scenes with minigames representing key plot aspects; as such, it's very linear. Script by Peter Milligan, though! It looks expensive; I'd be interested to know how successful it's been. As it stands, it's a little bit Freakangels-lite, a little bit Torchwood. And yes, I know how that sounds.
games  flash  bbc  petermilligan  minigame  animated 
august 2008 by infovore
BBC - KS2 Bitesize - Games - Questionaut
Lovely. A flash game that combines point-and-click with KS2 revision problems, made by the people who build Samorost. Actually fun; actually educational. And just beautiful to play and listen to.
bbc  revision  bitesize  flash  games  pointandclick  adventure  soothing  beautiful  play 
july 2008 by infovore
YouTube - FaceBook In Reality - idiotsofants.com and BBC'sThe Wall
"But it's a joke! A REALLY FUNNY joke." Entertaining because it's accurate and awkward, all at once.
bbc  socialnetworking  facebook  humour  video  funny  parody  interaction  design  copywriting 
june 2008 by infovore
Perl on Rails - Why the BBC Fails at the Internet | I Am Seb
"Yes, that’s right, Siemens forks Perl to remove features that their engineers don’t like." More on the craziness that is the BBC web infrastructure. It's shocking, really.
bbc  infrastructure  siemens  crazy  corporate  business  enterprise 
december 2007 by infovore
BBC - Radio Labs - Radio Labs - Perl on Rails
"Like most organisations the BBC has its own technical ecosystem; the BBC's is pretty much restricted to Perl and static files." How depressing.
perl  ruby  rails  programming  development  bbc  constraints  ridiculous  depressing 
december 2007 by infovore

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