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Bespoken

We think you’ll love this! Composer Johnnyrandom creates musical compositions using everyday objects. His debut single, “Bespoken”, explores the full potential of sounds generated from bicycles and their components, transcending the role of traditional instrumentation as the accepted method for creating beautiful and thought-provoking music. The following video gives a glimpse into the creative process behind this unique composition.

Wallpaper EDSM Project

In April we reported that we had been approached by Wallpaper* Magazine (the world’s number one publication championing the best in architecture, interiors, fashion and art) to collaborate with a young up and coming designer, to develop a unique audio system for their yearly ‘Handmade’ exhibition.

Wallpaper* Handmade is the magazine’s groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design. Each year, Wallpaper* commission select designers, makers and manufacturers to create one-off items and from the 8th to the 13th April these creations are displayed at the Salone del Mobile design show in Milan, Italy. From here they are then displayed at other prestigious design events around the world.

Reaction to EDSM was overwhelmingly positive, so much so that in the future we are considering the possibility of making these devices to order, where customers can customise the finish as they wish. We’ll reveal more about this in the future, but for the time being check out our video showing the construction of EDSM for the Wallpaper* design event.

Experience a Virtual Haircut

Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices, millions of people use headphones to listen to their favourite music, radio shows and TV programmes, but headphones can give the inaccurate impression that the sounds are coming from inside your head, rather than around it.

To address this, the BBC’s Research and Development team and others are developing new tools for the creation and delivery of binaural audio - a production technique that mimics natural hearing cues created by the head and ears. We’ll be keeping a close eye/ear on the development of this technology as it offers exciting potential to change the way we listen with headphones, but for the time being, put on some headphones, close your eyes and prepare to be amazed by this YouTube sound link below, created by a company called Q-Sound which shows the potential of this technology.

Radio listening is on the up!

A feature in today’s ‘The Times’ reported that in a world of streaming and multiple TV channels that radio listening is increasing year on year! This is something of which we are already aware and in a world where we are being bombarded with choice and technology we know that nothing beats the simple pleasure of listening to the radio and long may it continue. The text from the report is listed below…

Britons may be embracing online streaming services but that hasn’t diminished their fondness for the humble radio set. The number of listeners nationally has risen to a record 48.3 million, according to new figures.

Rajar, which collects official ratings data for the broadcasting industry, said that an additional 1.4 million people tuned in to the radio in the last three months of last year than in the fourth quarter of 2013. The overall audience is now the highest since it started collecting figures in 1999. Both the BBC and commercial networks had an increase in listeners. Michael Williamson, the head of radio at Carat, a marketing group, said radio’s popularity is enduring because stations have invested heavily in services and programmes and because of the medium’s “personal feel”. BBC Radio 2’s audience grew to a record 15.5 million, with Chris Evans’s breakfast show adding almost 300,000 listeners during the period to come within reach of 10 million a week.

Nick Grimshaw, his rival on Radio 1, appeared to have finally slowed the exodus of listeners that began when he took over the morning slot from Chris Moyles. Grimshaw’s show attracted 700,000 more listeners in the final three months of last year than it had in the third quarter, with a weekly audience of 6.3 million. Ben Cooper, Radio 1’s controller, has defended the decision to appoint Grimshaw as consistent with the BBC’s plans to make the channel more appealing to a younger audience. Grimshaw’s audience is now roughly the same as Moyles’s had at the end of his first year, the BBC said yesterday.

Radio 4’s Today programme attracted a weekly audience of 7.14 million, up by about 90,000 on the previous year and the third-highest the flagship current affairs show has had. Overall, Radio 4 had a record quarter with 11.2 million listeners a week. Helen Boaden, the BBC’s head of radio, said: “These figures are wonderful news for the radio industry and Britain’s love affair with radio shows no signs of cooling.

I’ll find her

Our Managing Directors son David, is currently at University studying Film & TV Production. Last year we featured a brilliant short film called 9:06am which he worked on with fellow students. ‘I’ll find her’ is their latest production and we think it’s a great ‘short’ that is showing a new-found maturity to their work. Sit back and enjoy this slightly twisted tale of love going bad…

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