| XCHANGE - NET.AUDIO & RADIO NETWORK
XCHANGE - NET.AUDIO & RADIO NETWORK
XCHANGE mailinglist and network for creative internet broadcasters project was initiated by E-LAB, Riga. It started in 1997 with "Xchange Compilations" - the online project on linking audio content on the net.
* Pre-history - "The Xchange Compilation"
It was online audio project on exchanging and linking up the real time audio content on the net, initiated by E-LAB artists Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits. This project was one of those we did based on the idea that 'data can be placed everywhere' (like net.radio OZOne's data were placed on 3 different servers in Riga, Berlin, Amsterdam).
The idea was to make a picture of alternative Internet broadcasters
at the present moment, using real audio as a tool for it. The content was
built by contributors themselves - their sound material created the content.
All Xchange Issues are available from any of the entrance pages:
Xchange #1 - first edition, July'97 compilation, on line since
July 9 - at OZOne in Riga
* Xchange On-Air session
"Xchange, the mailinglist and net.audio network, emerged from "Xchange on-air session", the 2nd new media festival in Riga "Art + Communication II", which was organised there by the E-Lab artist organisation from November 12 - 14, 1997. The festival featured presentations from artists, musicians, theorists and organisers from such diverse countries as Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, the United States (of America), the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and of course Latvia itself.
The festival was a very loose and free gathering of notably young people who were exploring the new possibilities of making live audio transmissions via the Internet, usually called net.casting. The program consisted of talks, lectures, discussions, concerts, jam sessions and even screenings. But what was really surprising about it, was that all three days were sent out to a tiny segment of the world, live for the entire duration of the event, reaching a micro-audience via the net, that could be dispersed across the globe.
Thus, even a coffee table conversation was transmitted to the very person the conversation was about... This funny incident gave a new meaning for me to the term 'intimate media', which signifies something outside of, rather than in opposition to, mainstream mass-media. Xchange is 'sovereign media' in the best sense of the word: It is completely useless and has no commercial value. It will never reach a mass-audience, nor does it intend to do so. It is completely international (the network now even extends into Australia, where it has some highly active members), it is non-funded, non-commercial, and has no market-value. It seems to operate on pure enjoyment, and does its very best to escape attempts at a fixed definition, as does this incomplete collection of contributions by some of the most active Xchange participants about the 'hows and whats' of the Xchange network for the Ars Electronica '98 festival catalogue....
In his Xchange on-air session's lecture 'Acoustic Cyberspace', Erik
Davis explored the immersive qualities of audio-environments, to find out
what audio might mean for our experience of the 'space' of digital networks.
His notion of an acoustic (cyber-) space became a guiding idea for the
development of the Xchange net.audio network:
Eric Kluitenberg (text for Ars Electronica'98 catalogoue).
* Xchange mailinglist
Xchange Mailinglist was established in December 1997 as an outcome of
the conference and net.radio workshop "Xchange On-air Session" (Riga, November'97).
All messages posted on the Xchange Mailinglist are also available in
the web-archive at
* X-Open Channel
was created in the beginning of 1998 due to Xchange Mailinglist, initiated by net.radio OZOne and it is still ongoing. It is an open platform for experiments on live streaming audio and collaborative broadcasting on the net. X-Open channel is open every Tuesday night during OZOne live net audio sessions - or any other time when someone announces it.
For meeting and co-ordination of the live co-sessions, there was created the IRC channel on irc.re-lab.net server #xchange (and web-java-browser at http://irc.re-lab.net/xchange)
* Xchange @ Ars Electronica'98
Xchange project "Acoustic Space/56h LIVE" at Ars Electronica'98 Festival
was first international Xchange meeting in 'real space'. There were around
10 remote and 25 onsite net.broadcasters from all over the world (Zina
K.Sydney, b2men/Pararadio/Budepest, Borut Savski/MZX/Ljubljana, Honor Harger/Radioqualia/Adelaide,
and many others from Riga, Berlin, Ljubljana, London, Amsterdam, Budapest
- participating in this 56h LIVE net.radio broadcasting project.
The project was called "The Acoustic Space" and the aim was to broaden
the space within which we communicate - connecting the physical space and
virtual spaces, using sound as a tool for it.
The Xchange project got the 2nd prize "Award of Destinction" in the competition "PRIX Ars Electronica'98" in .net category.
* Other Xchange initiatives:
- Acoustic.Space magazine
[net.art] '5 min before lunch'
screening of most interesting net.art projects:
* Vuk Cosic "Art history for airports" http://www.vuk.org/history/
3. [workshop] Real Media servers and tools
download real audio servers and tools:
* Basic servers:
* some things about Real Media Basic servers:
MEMORY AND STORAGE REQUIREMENTS
* Server storage:
* Memory Requirements: