Hackney Hear – a story telling smartphone app which triggers sound by GPS

Hackney Hear is a fantastic aural history project from Hackney Podcast

This is the launch video for the project.As you walk the streets of Hackney stories new and old will be channeled direct to your ears. With over 400 audio pieces you’ll discover interviews features and archive recordings reflecting the layers of history and communities.We’ll hear from famous residents like Iain Sinclair and Michael Rosen to the Turkish and Vietnamese migrants that now populate the area. We’ll also reflect the rich artistic community that have flocked here – commissioning new music poetry and literature from voices such as Lemn Sissay and Kaffe Matthews.This will be a totally immerse experience – all seven square miles covered in sound. A kind of interactive radio programme where famous and ordinary residents share their stories as music scores your journey with the Olympic stadium on the skyline. . Hackney Hear will be made by the Hackney Podcast – audio producers who specialise in beautifully crafted audio and winners at the 2010 Sony Radio Academy Awards and 2010 New York Festival Program Awards. Not content with making programmes they now want to cover the whole borough in glorious soundHackney is the main host borough of London 2012. The app will be free and launch in January 2012 in the lead up to the Olympic Games



  1. The launch of this is next Friday 18 March at the Red Gallery with performances by Hackney poets Michael Rosen and Shane Solanki, sound artist Word the Cat, and musicians Paper Dollhouse and Earl Zinger.I’ll be there with @alexpink and @katybeale

  2. Ooh, looks like Truman beer too 🙂

  3. The launch of this is tonight, who’s going?

  4. is it still possible to get yourself to guest list ?

  5. @wajerrr I’d just turn up, I don’t think there is a list

  6. Help make Hackney Hear happen – donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Hackney-Hear

  7. Hackney Hear has the go ahead, great news http://www.hackneyhear.com/2011/07/05/hackney-hear-is-go/

  8. A little update on this…..

    From a Hackney Hear press release:

    The award-winning producers of the Hackney Podcast have been awarded £10,000 by ArtsCouncil England to begin work on their Hackney Hear iPhone app.

    Making innovative use of Amblr, a new platform for the crafting and publication of locationbased experiences, Hackney Hear will trigger audio relevant to the listener’s location as they travel around the borough.

    Producer Francesca Panetta and her team of volunteers will be out on the streets aroundBroadway Market in August, recording passers-by and creating new poetry and prose bylocal artists – including Lemn Sissay, Shane Solanki and Kaffe Matthews.

    And if you’re interested in taking a first-look, there will be three public demonstrations ofthe app on 3rd, 10th and 24th September. You will be free to roam the marketplace andhear this new creation as it takes shape.

    Also the Guardian have done a review of the podcast over here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/jul/26/radio-review-hackney-podcast

  9. The trials for the prototype started on Sunday, I’ll write up something soon, but here is a note on them from the Hackney Hear team: http://www.hackneyhear.com/2011/09/05/first-prototype-trial-inevitable-learning-curve-begins/

  10. Hackney Hear launches
    Hackney Hear podcast is released this week on Thursday 8th March and will be available from the Itunes store. If you have an iphone  make sure you get your hands on it. You can read my write up of the prototype release version over here: http://www.yeahhackney.com/hackney-hear-prototype-trial/Or see what others thought on this video:

  11. Folk may be interested in this video just published by http://www.techcityinsider.net, featuring an extensive interview with Francesca Panetta – and shot on location in London Fields and Broadway Market. http://www.techcityinsider.net/2012/07/13/panetta-makes-places-sound-better/

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