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June 21 2013


Pensatech: Cinema senza più pellicola. Arriva il digitale

14 giu. – Il 65,5% delle sale cinema italiane è già passato al digitale, molte altre sono in procinto di farlo per evitare l’aumento dei costi di distribuzione della pellicola a partire dal gennaio 2014, quando lo swich off della celluloide dovrebbe essere completato.

Le storiche “pizze“, le pellicole cinematografiche stanno davvero scomparendo, sostituita dal nuovo sistema di distribuzione e proiezione attraverso il supporto digitale. L’immagine migliora, si evitano i problemi di deterioramento della pellicola nel corso del tempo, si trasportano e duplicano le copie dei filma prezzi inferiori. Il costo del passaggio però richiede uno sforzo economico importante, 60mila euro secondo i dati del Sole24ore.

La regione Emilia Romagna ha contribuito con due bandi del valore complessivo di 4 milioni di euro. Le multisala sono ora quasi tutte digitalizzate, mentre rischiano di restare indietro le piccole sale, gli oratori o i circoli che potrebbero optare per dei piùà economici proiettori bluray. Ce ne parla Foschini, amministratore delegato delCreec, il consorzio regionale emiliano esercenti cinema.

Dal digitale nascono anche nuove opportunità. Tra queste la possibilità di proiettare al cinema in diretta ciò che succede a teatro, per esempio L’opera. E’ ciò che faMicrocinema. Ne abbiamo parlato con l’amministratore delegato Roberto Bassano.

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June 14 2013


Pensatech: Datagate. Una guerra senza norme internazionali

14 giu. – Sono i metadati il cuore del programma Prism, progetto della Agenzia per la Sicurezza al centro dell’ultimo scandalo degli Stati Uniti. Non il contenuto delle nostre conversazioni web  ma un aggregato delle caratteristiche di chi utilizza i servizi online. A spiegarlo a @Pensatech è il security evangelist Corrado Giustozzi(@cgiustozzi). Siamo partiti dal caso Snowden, la fuga di notizie sul controllo della rete da parte della Nsa, per spiegare la struttura delle rete web e le sue distorsioni.

La legislazione americana riguarda anche noi quando navighiamo in internet, perché i grandi centri si trovano oltreoceano. La Cina sta creando la sua alternativa. Siamo in mezzo ad una guerra per il controllo della rete, priva però di patti internazionali che garantiscano la protezione dei singoli utenti.

L’ex garante per la privacy Francesco Pizzetti (@francopizzetti), in quanto presidente di Alleanza per Internet, ha inviato una lettera alle istituzioni italiane ed europee per chiedere un intervento normativo. L’intervista integrale

Grazie a Marina Petrillo (@AlaskaRP),  Raffaella Brignardello e Alessandra Neve  per la traduzione in italiano dell’intervista del Guardian a Snowden. La versione integrale della traduzione la trovate sul blog di Alaska.

Immagine dalla pagina Facebook 4chan

May 22 2013


Pop Up Archive Makes Audio Searchable, Findable, Reusable

After an insane and memorable week at SXSW Interactive in Austin in March, we came away with our work cut out for us: improving Pop Up Archive so that it's a reliable place to make all kinds of audio searchable, findable and reusable. Thanks in no small part to the brilliant development team at PRX, we've come leaps and bounds since then.


what it can do

Pop Up Archive can:

  • Generate automatic transcripts and keywords so that audio is both searchable and easy to organize.
  • Provide access to an archive of sound from around the world.
  • Save time and money for producers, creators, radio stations, media organizations, and archives of all stripes.

We've been opening the site to select groups of pioneering users, and we'd love input from the community. Request an invite here.

The content creators and caretakers we're talking to have valuable digital material on their hands: raw interviews and oral histories, partial mixes of produced works, and entire series of finished pieces. They can't revisit, remix, or repackage that material -- it's stored in esoteric formats in multiple locations. And it gets lost every time a hard drive dies or a folder gets erased to make more space on a laptop.

We're hearing things like:

"Someday I'm gonna spend a month organizing all this, but I plug [hard drives] in until I find what I need."

"Imagine being able to find a sentence somewhere in your archive. That would be an amazing tool."

"Unfortunately...we don't have a good way of cleaning [tags] to know that 'Obama,' 'Mr. Obama,' and 'Barack Obama' should be just one entry."

No one wants to figure out how to save all that audio, not to mention search on anything more than filenames. Some stations and media companies maintain incredible archives, but they've got different methods for managing the madness, which don't always line up with workflows and real-world habits. Content creators rely on their memories or YouTube to find old audio, and that works to a degree. But in the meantime, lots of awesome, time-saving and revenue-generating opportunities are going to waste.

Want a taste from the archive? Let Nikki Silva tell you about "War and Separation," one of the first pieces The Kitchen Sisters produced for NPR in the early 1980s.

Read more in the press release.

Before arriving in California, Anne Wootton lived in France, and managed a historic newspaper digitization project at Brown University. Anne came to the UC-Berkeley School of Information with an interest in digital archives and the sociology of technology. She spent summer 2011 working with The Kitchen Sisters and grant agencies to identify preservation and access opportunities for independent radio. She holds a Master's degree in Information Management and Systems.

March 29 2013


The coolest Canadian

Screenshot 2013-03-29 at 9.27.41 AMI had the great pleasure last night to watch one of my favorite interviewers on one of my favorite shows, live in New York. Jian Ghomeshi [except for an excess H it sounds like it's spelled] is the host of the CBC’s Q, which I’ve listened to for years. You can — no, should — listen to him online, on Sirius (channel 159), or on some smart public-radio stations like WNYC, which have started carrying him.

Ghomeshi runs a radio variety show, but not like one of the late-night TV shows in America. It’s a smart variety show. It doesn’t try to be funny or hip but is both. Ghomeshi’s opening monologue is a written essay/soliloquy/riff that sets the pace for the show; it says, “keep up now.” He gets great musical bookings and gives them time. He knows how to speak with them because he was a rock musician himself. But the heart of the show is his long-form interviews with musicians, authors, actors, and divas; he’s comfortable with them all.

Last night I was thinking about my favorite interviewers: Howard Stern, Jian Ghomeshi, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, each live and uncut. And I started to understand, I think, what makes them great. They treat interviews like music.

That’s not my thought. At the after-party — an understated Canadian affair — I was talking with an American public-radio executive who was also a musician and a jazz producer and he said he saw Ghomeshi’s experience as a musician play out in his interviews: playing over the occasional wrong note, going with the flow of someone else’s solo. When Jian arrived later he, too, talked about getting into the right rhythm with a guest. It is musical, he said.

03-25-13---James-FrancoRight. In the car on the way home, I listened to a replay of Stern’s hour-and-a-half interview with James Franco this week. When I first heard the start of it, live, I thought Stern was being slightly ADD. He’d get Franco to go down a path; Franco would get ready to launch into a story; Stern would get distracted by a squirrel or perhaps he’d worry that Franco would spend too long and he’d deflect him to another subject; there was a bit of Mexican jumping bean to it. But last night I heard the rest of the interview and it was amazing. They got into sync. They were comfortable and out of that comfort came the surprising candor Stern can get even from jaded, over-interviewed stars. He truly is a genius at it. The real advantage of Sirius is not that he can say “fuck” but that he has the time, uninterrupted, to find that rhythm.

Ghomeshi has the similar advantage of being on public radio in Canada with two hours to devote to his guests. I’ve had the privilege of being on the show a few times. It’s shocking to my American media biorhythms to find myself in an interview or debate that doesn’t end in 2:30 — a race to the finish of the sound bite — but instead can turn into a real discussion. That contrast was apparent last night in Q’s media panel — one of my favorite parts of his week, but this time with American guests: The New York Times’ David Carr, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, and right-wing CNNer Will Cain. Though Goodman decried the sound bite, the truth is that they were all trained to recite theirs in sparse minutes while Ghomeshi was trying to get them to actually arrive at least at a clear statement of disagreement about gun control. Good luck with that. Cain wouldn’t play. Still, it made for fascinating radio/video/theater.

His other interviews each had their own cadences. Cyndi Lauper, who is approaching diva status, talked about her Broadway show with Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots, and about her childhood and, God help us, the Dalai Lama. Ghomeshi let her go. At his usual pace, with fewer guests than he had on stage last night, the interview would have gone on longer but the clock got in the way. Still, leaving us wanting more is not a bad thing.

Alan Alda tried to show Ghomeshi who was boss (“You grew up in the Bronx,” said Ghomeshi. “No I didn’t but I can tell you’re a Wikipedia reader,” said Alda) but that turned into a pleasant chat about the impact of M*A*S*H and about science (Alda is challenging scientists to define a flame and time so 11-year-olds could understand).

Vampire Weekend played three songs, a luxury the crowd enjoyed. Actually, they played four, asking to come back after the taping was done to rerecord their first. That provided a post facto punch line; now I understood the sly grins they shared when Ghomeshi — obviously aware of the redo that was coming up — asked Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij whether they were perfectionists.

The highlight of the night for me was David Cross talking about the return of Arrested Development. At the party, Ghomeshi said the two of them had hit that certain rhythm; watch how they did it at the start of the second hour, below. Cross began, like Alda, testing the line. He asked Jian whether he was that guy who had that interview — famously strange — with Billy Bob Thornton. “He was just such an insufferable prick,” Cross said. “We’re not going to replay that now, are we?” Ghomeshi asked. That could have gone either way. But then Ghomeshi exhibited real knowledge of Cross; he’d seen his stand-up act and knew his shows and had insightful questions and Cross responded with both candor and great comic timing. In only a moment, they became an act together.

After the show, I talked with a bunch of public-radio people and asked whether there was anyone in the U.S. market like Ghomeshi. They couldn’t think of anyone. Neither can I. We’re lucky we get to listen here. I asked his producers what the Canadian reaction was to Ghomeshi’s growing American fan base — did they wonder why he needed us. No, they said, but Canadians did worry that the show would become — like surely too much else from their perspective — too American. I don’t think that can happen. The acts and the subjects are shared. The attitude isn’t.

Ghomeshi is quite Canadian. He embodies what I like about the place — and why I indeed almost moved there three times (I am the rare Canadophile, but that’s another story). The Venn diagram of his and Canadian’s characteristics has many overlaps: calm, charming, self-deprecating, witty, easy, smart, never too hip, quite comfortable…. Hear for yourself.

I have just one wish: that Sirius and public-radio stations here would give his Q’s full two hours. We’re almost as smart and patient and interested as Canadians. Really.

August 24 2012


August 23 2012


Une émission de radio lève 170 000 dollars auprès des internautes

L’émission 99% invisible vient de lever 170 000 dollars sur la plateforme de crowdfunding Kickstarter. Un record sur cette plateforme de financement par les internautes pour un projet journalistique. L’émission —réalisée par deux personnes seulement— se consacre à mettre en évidence les activités invisibles qui contribuent à créer notre monde. Une thématique qui entre en [...] A lire également:
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Tags: radio

August 14 2012


Why The Huffington Post and Boston.com are getting into streaming media

Nieman Lab :: Can a news site become a TV network? Or a radio station? Or if it can’t become one, can it at least grow to include one? These aren’t theoretical questions, as Monday saw the launch of HuffPost Live, the new streaming TV-style video network from The Huffington Post, and RadioBDC, an alternative streaming radio station from Boston.com, the webbier side of The Boston Globe.

A report by Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

August 07 2012


New radio station brings fun and freedom to Libya

DOHA Centre for Media Freedom :: Music and laughter spill out of the grey building in the Libyan capital which is home to Radio Zone, one of the hippest channels to hit the north African nation's airwaves after the ouster of Moamer Gaddafi. "The people haven't been heard for a while so we wanted to have a radio station where everybody can call in, speak their minds and not be afraid that they will be hung up on or made fun of," says presenter Fuad Gritli, 25.

A report by www.dc4mf.org

Tags: Libya Radio

Global Radio continues stand-off on digital radio

MediaWeek :: Global Radio, owner of the Heart and Capital networks, has refused to carry the latest campaign to promote digital radio, despite signing a memorandum of understanding on the funding of local DAB last month.

A report by Maisie McCabe, www.mediaweek.co.uk

Tags: Radio

August 02 2012


SoundCloud expands its effort to become the YouTube of public radio and podcast

Nieman Lab :: Now, as part of its effort to “unmute the web,” SoundCloud is courting radio news professionals, podcasters, and indie storytellers. A year-old team of about a half-dozen people is focused on spoken-word content. The company just hired Jim Colgan, formerly a producer and digital experimenter for WNYC public radio, to manage partnerships with audio providers.

A report by Andrew Phelps, www.niemanlab.org

August 01 2012


July 27 2012


Boston’s WGBH acquires Public Radio International

New York Times :: In a merger of two of the country’s largest public broadcasters, WGBH in Boston has acquired Public Radio International, the producer and distributor of radio programs like “Studio 360,” “This American Life” and “The Takeaway,” the two organizations announced on Thursday.

A report by Ben Sisario, www.nytimes.com

May 03 2012


Rdio launches in UK and France


Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, one of the creators of Skype. Rdio allows you to "choose the music you want to play and listen as much as you want — from the web or your phone, even when you’re offline. Find new music by following what your friends are listening to. No ads".

TechCrunch :: Rdio has launched in the UK and France with a 7-day free trial of unlimited listening.

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Continue to read Mike Butcher, techcrunch.com

Tags: Radio

April 30 2012


Final farewells at legendary KISS Radio: A few days to collectively mourn its passing

New York Times :: Yet most of the employees of WKRS, or KISS-FM, who packed its Lower Manhattan studio on Friday soon after learning that the station was going off the air seemed content to bob their heads to “The Second Time Around,” an upbeat love song by Shalamar, one final time. “The long, fun journey is over,” the news director, Bob Slade, said. The end came suddenly and shockingly.

Continue to read C.J. Hughes, www.nytimes.com

Tags: Radio

A radio merger in New York reflects a shifting industry

New York Times :: But radio executives and analysts said the deal also reflected a broader trend in the business that has taken a toll on black and other minority stations. On its surface, the merger last week of WRKS and WBLS, longtime rivals in the R&B radio format in New York, was business as usual for the broadcast industry. Two struggling competitors combined operations, and a deep-pocketed third party — Disney — came along to lease the leftover frequency.

Continue to read Ben Sisario, www.nytimes.com

Tags: Radio

April 28 2012


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April 16 2012


How the Titanic made the modern radio standard part of shipping

Bloomberg :: When 705 survivors of the disaster were taken aboard the Carpathia, the transatlantic steamship that came to the Titanic's rescue, wireless transformed from a plaything into a necessity. Bride, once aboard the Carpathia, “never was out of the wireless room,” helping to transmit personal messages and lists of survivors back to shore. He recounted that he “saw nothing of Mrs. Astor or any of them. I just worked the wireless.”

After the tragedy, radios became a standard part of shipping

Continue to read Katherine Bygrave Howe, www.bloomberg.com

April 13 2012


February 20 2012

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