The project radio aporee ::: maps has started 2006. it is a global soundmap dedicated
to phonography, field recording (and related practices) and the art of listening. it connects sound recordings
and places, in order to create a sonic cartography, open
to the public as a collaborative project. It contains recordings from numerous urban,
rural and natural environments, showing their audible complexity, as well as the
different perceptions, practices and artistic perspectives of its many contributors,
related to sound, public and private spaces, listening and sense of place.
(more about aporee.org ...)
important: before uploading, read this...
move the map with the mouse or the arrow keys at the upper left corner. the slider or your mouse wheel zooms in & out.
search provides a basic interface for searching places, sounds, contributors or addresses. hit aporee ::: maps
for a search within the aporee database, or google places for an address based search. the buttons on the upper right
corner of the map let you choose between different map types provided by google, as well as an Open Street Map
layer. click places for the most recent contributions and this month's favourites choosen by listeners.
a click on the map opens a bubble with a link to the upload interface. before sending anything, read the posting
guidelines! click add a new location.
you will be asked for a place and recording title, your email address (see privacy statement),
a short description and the recording date and time. select a licence under which the recording should be published,
or choose PUBLIC DOMAIN. beware: you can't revoke or change a licence later, so choose it carefully.
if you choose to upload a sound, there's a button for selecting the file from your hard drive, if you want to fetch an
already existing recording from your website, give the full url to the file in the corresponding form field,
including http:// at the beginning! soundcloud users see below.
address, placename, title should be a short term describing the location. the website suggests a title based
on the geographic location, change that as you like, but please keep it short and significant. this label shows up in
navigation bars, search results etc.
title of recording should be a short term describing this recording, since there may be more than one recordings
at the same location.
recording date & time is self-explanatory, the date and time when you've made the recording. if you don't know the exact date/time, make a reasonable guess.
licence is one of 6 creative commons licences, and public domain. if you're not sure which licence to choose, read
about it at the Creative Commons website. you can't
revoke or change a licence later, so choose it carefully.
description should be whatever you think is important to know about your recording,
place or circumstances. tell us what you've experienced there, what's special about this place, what gear you're using,
the weather conditions, and so on. the search engine utilizes this info, along with titles and addresses, so please take a
second a provide some descriptive words.
choose file: for file uploads, the browse button opens a window to your hard drive. here you can select the soundfile
to send to radio aporee. files can be mp3 or wav, see specs below.
download sound from URL: if your recording is already online somewhere, you can fetch it from there. please give the full URL to the sound
including http:// at the beginning, e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/yoursound.mp3. fetching sounds from existing URLs
is usually pretty quick.
if your files are at soundcloud.com and if you've enabled downloads,
you can fetch it from there too. since soundcloud doesn't provide direct links to a sound, please give the URL for your
specific soundcloud page, e.g. http://soundcloud.com/my-favourite-fieldrecording/. radio aporee takes care of the rest.
if things don't work the first time, try again. this feature relies on propper behaviour of the remote site. see also specs below.
files must be mp3 or wav (flac maybe soon)
sample rate must be 44.1 or 48khz
mp3 bitrates must be 128 - 320 kbit/s
wav resolution must be 16 or 24bit
min. length of recording is 1 min.
wav files will be converted to mp3 320kbit/s
max. file size is 100 mbyte
all other formats will be rejected. see also tech tips below.
send starts uploading to radio aporee. all necessary information to activate your sound,
in order to make it audible / visible on the map, will be send to your email address, as well as some instructions how to access
the editor. it obviously makes no sense to enter an invalid email address... if something goes wrong,
you should get an error message explaining the problem briefly. almost all known problems
are related to wrong file formats. if you cannot resolve the problem yourself, drop me an email.
please be patient while uploading, don't hit reload or back on your browser until the site has returned.
depending on your connection, this may take a while. you can continue using the map while uploading, but don't start another upload,
it will cancel the one in progress otherwise.
if you want to add a sound to an existing place, just click the red blinking marker
or more details... at the lower right corner, which opens the info window for this sound.
choose add recording, then proceed as described above. if there's more than one sound at a place,
they will be played consecutively in chronological order. some use this feature for examining the sounds of a specific location
over time, for personal sound diaries etc. it is also interesting to see how different persons approach the same place,
sound-wise. so, if you take recordings at a location where someone else has recorded before, consider to add yours to the existing one!
there are some other options available in the info window. if you click on the title of the
recording, it starts to download the file. link & embed lets you include a little map of this
place on your blog or website, the envelope icon opens a comment form which sends an email directly
to the contributor of this sound. if you expect a answer, provide your email address. it's only used for sending and won't be saved permanently.
click the yellow star
in front of the recording title, to add this location to the current month's favourite sounds, selected by listeners.
frameworkradio regularly selects some of these for its weekly worldwide radio show.
things to come...
edit your recordings
you don't need a login or account in order to participate in the project, however, after uploading
your first sound, you have access to an editor for your contributions. there you can edit titles, locations,
descriptions and other info. it also provides a possibility to create your own projects. imagine it
as the radio aporee ::: maps with only your selected recordings, under a dedicated URL, see also
project maps below. there are links in the
confirmation emails you receive after uploading, about how to get/set a password and access the editor.
here you can also set your name, which then will be shown instead of the (shortened) email address. recommended!
when the map loads initially, it jumps to the most recent recording and plays it. the currently playing
sound is indicated by a blinking red marker. click it to get more information about this sound.
play on the menue bar has several options for playing random selections, the radio aporee ::: stream
or the currently visible sounds on the map. previous mix & multiplayer-modes are now on a dedicated page.
geo-mixing mode lets you play different places around the world simultaneously in up to 5 channels. playtime, give it a try...
note: these functions may put some load on our computer, esp. if it's an older one. things may become slow or hang.
share your sounds
the tools section on the menu bar has some options for sharing sounds with others and embedding links and selected maps
on external websites, blogs etc. link visible map creates copy&paste html code for he currently visible map area.
with map selection it's possible to select an arbitrary part of the visible map for embedding. press <shift> and
drag/select the desired area on the map. for a specific location, use the share & embed function in the details infowindow
(e.g. opened when you click the blinking red marker, or the more details... link in the sound info bar at the bottom).
tl;dr - make field recordings of decent quality!
this project is about sounds from spaces and places, origin of place is important, also the quality of the recording.
the sounds we want to hear are field/location recordings (check
wikipedia for a definition), sounds from actual sites and situations, including their ambiences. check the many recordings to get an idea.
there are some rules, please consider them before posting anything, otherwise don't expect your recording to survive.
the following aspects will be handled rather strict...
take care about sound quality, don't send noisy mobile phone or camera recordings, see tips below.
don't send your music, songs, promo, ads, your greatest hits collection, recordings of concerts and the like
don't send sound mixes, compilations, compositions or soundart creations
don't fake locations, origin of places and their ambiences are important
no clips, sound effects, recordings of only a few seconds length etc., 1 min. required at least
for commentary, interviews, spoken words etc., please record it on-site and do not add&cut in post production
if you send sounds from others, implicitly ask for permission first and give propper credits.
if you plan a workshop with students, let us know about it in advance and show them how to use a recorder and microphone properly! see tech tips below.
if you find illegal or copyright-protected material on the radio aporee ::: maps, please send an email! see address below
your recordings will be published under the
Creative Commons License you've choosen during uploading (which implies that that you own the right to publish it
under this licence...). again: you can't revoke or change a licence later, so choose it carefully. if you don't agree to the above,
please don't send your recording.
use a decent recorder / microphones, mobile phones etc. are not suitable.
get familiar with your recorder and basic concepts of recording.
record in stereo, 24bit resolution, at 44 or 48kHz, uncompressed.
be careful with levels and gain. clipping ruins your recording and tortures the listener. don't record TOO LOUD!
use windscreens, windjammers, fake fur, deat kittens or your socks for wind protection!
if you hold the microphone or recorder in your hand, try a soft fabric, scarf etc. to minimize handling noise
be patient, listen carefully, try to change perspective. make longer recordings rather then short snippets, 1 min. at least!
if you want to edit your recordings (e.g. fade in/out, adjust levels), try audacity
for mp3-encoding, we recommend the LAME encoder.
use joint stereo mode and high bitrates (e.g. 256 or 320kbit/s) for best audio quality.
alternatively, upload WAV-files, the server converts it to mp3 and also keeps the original.
tip: make file names descriptive, e.g.: berlinAlexanderplatzFountain24122015.wav
keep the original WAV on your harddrive, you never know...
each contributor to this project can create personal or project soundmaps. this function is available in the edit section,
see above. a project map is a selection of the global aporee soundmap, accessible under a dedicated URL.
to get an idea, check the currently available projects. authors of a project map
may decide to open it up for contributions from others, so that one can directly upload to a specific project. however, sounds will
always be visible on the radio aporee ::: maps too. please respect the content rules, see about content above.
collaboration with archive.org
radio aporee has its own collection on IA, the Internet Archive at
archive.org (read more). all recordings are synchronized to IA daily.
this could be helpful for digital survival in case of a catastrophy. but it's also useful for uploading uncompressed
sound formats to aporee. there's not enough space on aporee for loads of WAVs, so it's only stored temporarily until it has arrived on archive.org.
a high quality mp3 copy remains on aporee. other formats like ogg and flac are created automatically on the IA servers. if you delete
sounds or update the metadata for a location, these changes will be incorporated into the archive.org item on the next synchronisation run.
the radio aporee ::: app
if you have a smart phone, you may want to check the radio aporee app.
it's a location-aware browser for the soundmap, a basic player for the radio aporee ::: stream
and an exciting interface for the miniatures for mobiles augmented aur(e)ality project.
sooner or later we want to get rid of apps... and rather use open standards like HTML5... things to come. news 2015: there will be a new app soleley
for the minatures for mobiles project. the radio aporee ::: maps and the streaming radio will be accessible by
a HTML5 web app.
APIs, usage, etc.
there is no public API so far. I agree that it would be nice to have one, so I'll look into sooner or later... If you have a project which wants to
use the sounds of the radio aporee ::: maps, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN ADVANCE and provide details. Do not mass-download with scripts. If you use sounds
in your project, propper attribution is mandatory. You have to respect the licence provided with each of the recordings!
your email address is the only personal information needed in order to contribute to the radio
aporee ::: maps project. it's used for the confirmation of sound uploads and related actions,
and for the daily news about new contributions, which you can opt-out at any time of course.
please note: your (truncated) email address will be displayed along with some other information related
to your contribution in the corresponding info box on the map, as well as in the status line for
the currently selected sound. if you don't want this, please log in and set a name in your
personal settings. once in a while you may get an email about interesting activities going on at radio aporee or
related sites. further, the site sets two cookies:
aporee_maps_lang: contains your prefered language settings, en or de for now
aporee_session: a random string that can be used for auto-filling fields in the upload form
it's fine if you disable cookies, everything will also work without them. that's all. we don't mess around with