Checklist for an armed robber

ABC Radio
ABC Radio National, 2004
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Research Background - While spatial audio was familiar in immersive sound art, its potential on the Internet was ignored for technical and conceptual reasons. There was a need for an experimental artwork to demonstrate this potential. Further there was a need for effective and engaging cross-media projects, within major institutions such as the ABC. In relation to radio, there was a need to investigate how cross-media broadcast events and enhanced audience involvement could expand the reach and potential of radio drama, which was suffering from dwindling audiences. Research Question - Checklist for an Armed Robber comprised a two-part radio play and an associated online Internet site. The site reworked both the audio and its ideas in a visual-audio form. The project investigated effective and engaging dimensions in cross-media (radio and Internet) drama. It explored how spatial audio could specifically configure a dramatic space on the Internet. Checklist demonstrated possibilities to develop the same project both for Internet and radio in ways that challenged current practices of audio on each. It contributed to changing and expanding the constituencies and practices of audiences of each, through experience of cross-platform cross-pollination. The project looked to a future where radio broadcast could interweave with the Internet to enable the radio and Internet works to complicate and enhance each other. Research Significance - The significance of this research is the innovative use of spatial audio in an Internet work and the development of cross-media drama for radio and Internet. Its value is attested by the funding from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) Radio and ABC New Media as well as UTS. This (first time) collaboration between ABC Radio and New Media was one of the bases for the formation of its highly acclaimed Pool site, and the UTS researchers were invited to play a key role in this as a result of this work.
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