RAUDIO IIIII : now available for free download on the app store! Published by Park4D.tv on the occasion of raudio.nl's lustrum, the Raudio IIIII application gives unlimited 24/7 streaming access to the full collection of 5 years of Raudio's one pure sound thing web streams (on any 3G network or wifi connection), including net sound classics like Leif Inge's 9 Beet Stretch, the Sound Injury archives and the BioPub_JamKaret ... Clicking the icon will teleport you straight to the Raudio IIIII page on Apple's app store. If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can of course also go and install the app directly on your device by using it to search for Raudio IIIII in the app store application.
november 17, 2009.
"the first Dutch use of a device like the iPhone
as a platform for works of art such as RAUDIO IIIII
is a shake without precedent"
Jos Houweling - art tycoon
We deserved it.
In just little over one month of hard work the Raudio IIIII app production team, consisting besides £PcM and myself of (applause and many a hat-tip!) iPhone [pure magic] developer Daniel Salber and graphic [5+-stars] designer Donald Beekman, took the special Raudio IIIII iPhone streaming audio app from its initial conception along an impressive series of debuggings and successive visual and functional improvements in ever bèt-ar versions onto a final one, which we submitted to the Apple app store for approval, about a month ago, on thursday evening october 15th, from the Amsterdam Stanislavski café (that's because, indeed, we got free wifi and wine there ... ...)
So we deserved the applause, and we deserved the celebration. Both we got on friday november 13th, during the app's official and festive launch & presentation, in the Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Paradiso.
Let me refrain here from going into the details of the app. We conceived of it as one thing, with a minimum of controls, but still including 20 great no-beginning-no-end audio streams and (!) in-app access to detailed information about each of the streams. You launch it. It works. Then you discover.
If you like Raudio, you will love Raudio IIIII.
So if you can, grab it, try it ...
Then tell us about it.
Friday evening in Paradiso, master of ceremonies Arnold Weel guided us through a short series of festive performances, including an eulogistic speech by Jos Houweling, Park4d.tv chairman and director of the Amsterdam Sandberg Institute. "Vandaag zetten wij een stap," he said. "No, it is more than just a step. Compared to the many developments that we have seen over the past decades in the field of electric and digital arts, the rise of powerful handheld computing devices like the iPhone as a platform for the presentation of works of art, of sound-art, is a shake without precedent. Here in the Netherlands, Raudio IIIII is the very first. And though it brings an awful lot for one thing, there is more and even better yet to come! Soon, very soon," he added, "even Paradiso's Grote Zaal will not be big enough for all us."
Special guest Peter Zegveld for his performance (pictures above) had brought an early prototype of the iPhone, in which the divers applications (notepad, pencil sharpener and torch) were not yet completely integrated, though they did interact in rather unexpected ways. Cupertino developers finally only kept the ringtone as part of Apple's first commercial release of the device.
In the 5 years of streaming pure web sound that we were celebrating, Raudio had been in Paradiso twice before: inside/outside, in the summer of 2005; and down below in the cellar hall, in october 2006. This friday 13th we finished our circumscription of the Amsterdam pop cathedral's main hall of divine service, upstairs, in the Kleine Zaal, the very one which no less than 27 years before had hosted the performance and recording of 'Het Gesprek', the one indeed that was brilliantly re-vamped and -visited as part of the current collection of 20 Raudio pure sound web streams.
It felt like a homecoming. Which it was. With the ookoi we took the little stage that we had set up in the middle, adjusted our reading glasses, and dived in for some mean minutes of ShakeNRoll ... Soli Deo Gloria!.
[The twenty thumbs are stills from a short video clip, shot by one of the visitors, of the ookoi shakenrolling; some hide a link to the full two minute clip at YouTube's. You'll find them ...]
Then it was all over, and for a moment had me wondering: had it even started? But isn't that just what a launch is all about? The ship's up and in orbit now. We're still down here, contemplating somewhat slightly dazed the smoldering leftovers of launch tower and platform.
A great many thanks to all of the fine artists that over the past five years contributed their work, and helped us to bundle 5 years of Raudio into 1 Raudio IIIII.
It's all yours now.
tags: raudio, paradiso, iPhone, Amsterdam
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