An Internet radio station led by citizens of the pre-digital era.

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First things first.

Most of the people doing this know little or nothing about the Internet. We are Analogue by Default. We’re not much good at typing or squinting at a computer screen, but we know how to communicate – by talking and listening. Please join us!

When we are live …

Use our web player …

Or use our media player …

Click on the following link » Hackney Stream playlist file «

Catch-up: when we are not live.

We rotate recordings of all our previous live sessions on the radio server. We have found that organising the recordings into scheduled playlists is not very effective, so we don’t schedule the server catch-up.

Some of our recordings have been published on SoundCloud, and we have started uploading all of them to Mixcloud. SoundCloud and Mixcloud both provide a much better experience than the radio server – streaming is ‘on demand’, and sound quality is much better.

There is much more information about catch-up in the When section of this page.

When

Our live stream.

We stream live whenever we can – but it is rarely more than two or three hours each week.

Catch-up.

Our radio server playlists.

Our radio server is always on. When we are not live, we stream MP3 mono recordings of all our previous live sessions – so there is always something to listen to.

SoundCloud sets.

We use SoundCloud to publish all of the Hackney Homes sessions, and also a few other earlier recordings. SoundCloud provides on-demand streaming, and also downloadable tracks. The sound quality offered is much better than the radio server.

Mixcloud playlists.

Most of our recordings are now on Mixcloud for on-demand streaming – ad-festooned, but with better sound quality than our radio server.

Projects

Cultural Interfaces
(Feb – March 2013).

We have just completed a very successful project with postgrad students from the Royal College of Art.

We haven’t finished yet! We have a lot more to write up, and several hours of audio and video to edit. We will blog it here as we progress.



Hackney Homes at Hackney Stream
(Oct – Nov 2012).

Members of the Hackney Homes ‘Over-55’ focus group met on Thursday mornings to share ideas, opinions and experiences with local young people, and with each other. The discussions were streamed live, and also recorded or catch-up and archive.

Where and when.

  • The host venue was the Hackney Picturehouse.
  • We started on Thursday 4 October, and finished 15 November 2012.
  • Then we did an extra session at Petchey Academy in January 2013.
  • We placed notes on each completed event in the section named Hackney Homes on this web page.

Listen.

  • Archive: the best way to listen to our discussions is to visit our SoundCloud ‘Hackney Homes’ archive. Each meeting is saved as a recorded track, which you can stream immediately, or download to your own computer. Everything will be there eventually.

Links for the Hackney Homes project.



Hackney Seniors, phase 1
Live from The Lawns (May – Aug 2012).

The place we call ‘The Lawns’ is the Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre (the address is 52 The Lawns, Matthias Rd, N16). We had not originally planned to use it as a studio – but after we started, it seemed like an obvious thing to do. It’s friendly, accessible, and easy to find. It’s not very quiet, but the background hubbub is usually a good sign that everyone is relaxed. We streamed Talking Food from the computer centre, and we have had many film crews there (BBC in the photograph).

We had a regular weekly audio event there from May to the end of August 2012, with occasional visits to nearby locations.

We placed notes on each completed event in the section named Hackney Seniors 1 on this web page.

Listen.



Hackney Seniors, phase 2
(November 2012 ++).

Much the same as Phase 1 – but with slightly better equipment and slightly worse funding. We are moving around a bit more as well – including a weekly event at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.

We will place notes on each completed event in the section named Hackney Seniors 2 on this web page.



Dalston CLR James Library.

We organised weekly social events in the new Dalston Lane library during July and August 2012.

The venue was perfect, and the events were very successful – but our audio equipment could not compete with the building works outside the window. The recordings are very difficult to edit – so, until we have more time on our hands, we have decided to take them off the catch-up stream.

Hackney Seniors 2

Hackney senior citizens meet regularly to talk to invited guests, and to each other. Unlike phase 1, phase 2 is wholly unfunded. Here, we blog or review each phase 2 event. Click on any of the links below.

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Katie Harris, Nana Café, 13 Mar

Katie Harris (founder of Nana Comfort Food Café).

Location: Finding Space – St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St, Hackney.

Katie is the founder of at least two well-known social enterprises (The Amazings, Nana Café) and possibly others that we don’t know about yet.

We invited her to talk about Nana Café, which has just started at the Elderfield pub in Clapton. The café is run by local older people, as a service for the whole community. Katie’s visit was partly a recruitment exercise. She certainly got a lot of interest.

Where is Nana?

  • Address: Elderfield pub, 57 Elderfield Rd, Lower Clapton, E5 0LF
  • Map: goo.gl/maps/qA0N5
  • Phone number and email address are on the Nana website.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Nana Comfort Food Café links.

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Age UK East London, 20 Feb

Debbie Walker (Chief Officer, Age UK East London).

Location: Finding Space – St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St, Hackney.

Debbie Walker is Chief Officer of the new Age UK East London (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham). She came to tell our silver surfer group about her vision for older people in East London, answer questions and stimulate discussion.

This was our first proper audio event at St Joseph’s Hospice lively community hub. The background hubbub is a good indication of the success of ‘Finding Space’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Age UK East London links.

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Talking Music, 6 Dec

Talking Music Memories.

  • We are still editing the audio from this event. It’s almost ready.
  • Led by Melissa Bliss:
    “I am doing some research at university of how hearing changes as we go through life … including our amazing memories for sound, particularly music. There is lots of research to show what we know anecdotally, that often you can hear a few notes of music on a radio and be able to identify a song you first heard years ago. And that things learned in early adulthood are remembered best.”
  • Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.
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Talking Food, 30 Nov

More Talking Food.

  • We are still editing the audio from this event. It’s almost ready.
  • A follow-up to RCA Talking Food, 23 November.
  • Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.
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Unleashed visit, 24 Nov

We experiment with our audio equipment at the Barbican.

After the visit from Nadir Kinani (Barbican Ambassador) on 9 November, we (ten Hackney oldies) were invited to the final performance of Unleashed at the Barbican. It was even better than we expected.

We also took our audio and video equipment – with the aim of interviewing some of the audience as they left the auditorium. That’s exactly what we did – but the enthusiasm of the audience overwhelmed our microphones, so we haven’t got as much as we hoped for.

After the Barbican visit, we upgraded our audio equipment.

SoundCloud link.

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RCA Talking Food, 23 Nov

Yet another Talking Food.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

This Talking Food session was organised by four postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art. They brought enough Italian food to feed a roomful of Hackney Streamers, and kept us talking for more than two hours!

Now we have a vast amount of audio and video to sift through. We can’t possibly put it all online – but eventually we will have the highlights on SoundCloud and YouTube.

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Barbican – Unleashed, 9 Nov

Nadir Kinani (Barbican Ambassador).

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

We invited Nadir Kinani (artist and Barbican Ambassador) to tell us more about ‘Unleashed’ – a weekend series of performances by young Londoners (23 and 24 November 2012). The is how Barbican describes the event:

‘What do young people think about living in London? Celebrate the dreams and aspirations of young Londoners with this thrilling theatre show’.

That was enough to grab our initial interest. Nadir settled it conclusively.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Unleashed links.

We see it for ourselves.

Following Nadir’s visit, we were invited to see the final perfomance. Here’s our report: We see Unleashed at the Barbican, 24 November.

Hackney Homes

Members of the Hackney Homes ‘Over-55’ focus group met to share ideas, opinions and experiences with local young people, and with each other. Here, we blog or review each Hackney Homes event. Click on any of the links below.

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Winter Warmer event, 31 Jan

Live from Hackney Town Hall /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

Winter Warmer is an annual Hackney Homes event. This year it was on Thursday 31 January – at the Assembly Rooms, Hackney Town Hall.

Hackney Stream had a stall and a booth area. A technical hitch on the Town Hall network prevented us from streaming live, but everything else was really well organised and resourced. So no live stream, but we did get some audio and video, which we are editing now. Best of all, we got about 40 new people signed up for our various activities in Hackney.

By the way – this is the event we were talking about at our Winter Warmer discussion, 8 November 2012.

There is more information about Winter Warmer on the Hackney Homes community events page.

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Petchey Academy, 17 Jan

Live from the Petchey Academy /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

Our additional eighth session (17 January 2013) was a special visit to the Petchey Academy – to talk to, and share experiences with year 10 students.

We were in a classroom with a lot of background noise, so the sound quality is not great – but the conversation was inspiring.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download from SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Hackney Homes at the Petchey Academy – links.

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Our future, 15 Nov

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The topic of our seventh session (15 November 2012) was ‘Our future’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download from SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Our future – links.

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Winter Warmer, 8 Nov

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The topic of our sixth session (8 November 2012) was the forthcoming Hackney Homes event ‘Winter Warmer’

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

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Where is home, 1 Nov

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The topic of our fifth session (1 November 2012) was ‘Where is home’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Where is home – links.

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Sense of place, 25 Oct

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The topic of our fourth session (25 October 2012) was ‘Sense of place’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Sense of place – links.

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Food in our lives, 18 Oct

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The topic of our third session (18 October 2012) was ‘Food in our lives’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Food in our lives – links.

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Where we have been, 11 Oct

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The topic of our second session (11 October 2012) was ‘Where we have been’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Where we have been – links.

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Who we are, 4 Oct

Live from the Picturehouse /
Hackney Homes Over-55 Focus Group.

The new project got off to an excellent start on 4 October 2012. The topic was ‘Who we are’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Who we are – links.

Hackney Seniors 1

Hackney senior citizens met regularly to talk to invited guests, and to each other. Here, we blog or review each event. Click on any of the links below.

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Age & Ability Lab, 27 July

Technology and the cultural model of ageing.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Our special guest was Lisa Johansson from the Age & Ability Lab at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. We thought the visit was very successful. We have more than 90 minutes of audio and video which we are trying to edit as soon as possible.

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Audio books at the library, 26 July

From the library /
Books on CD and MP3 player.

We didn’t record anything from this session – there was no need to. All our participants have joined Hackney Library Service, so we showed them the audio books section and ecncouraged them all to borrow an MP3 player book (which they did).

We followed up the next day at our computer centre, explaining how to operate the MP3 player, and how to control headphones.

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Ourselves talking, 20 July

What is a community computer centre for?

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

At this event, our special guests were the senior citizens who happened to be in our computer centre at the time. The discussion was excellent.

Links.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server.

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I-USE, 19 July

Gabriella Spinelli (How we use the technologies that don’t quite work for us).

Location: Dalston CLR James library.

Gabriella is a Senior Lecturer in System Design and Innovation at Brunel University, and Visiting Scholar at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. She came to to get us involved in this project …

Technologies sometimes are difficult to use. TV sets, CD and DVD players, mobile phones, radios, sewing machines, satellite navigators, laptops and remote controls can be very frustrating.

Our research aims to understand how technologies make our life complicated and what modifications we make to simplify the use of technologies. Some of us for example disable some functionality in their TV sets so that the functions to choose from are less. Others decide not to use the messaging function on their phone because it requires too many steps. Some people delegate difficult tasks, such as recording telephone numbers on the phone, to someone who is savvier with technology.

Brunel University is researching what technologies older people (60 to 80 years old) find frustrating and what modifications they make to cope with the technologies they use. Can you help us?

We would need 3-4 hours of your time. We will visit you at your home or when you go shopping or go for a walk and we will ask you some questions about the technologies we can observe you using. We may wish to take some pictures with your consent.

The research will help us to consider what recommendations and changes should companies apply to make technologies more intuitive to use in everyday life.

Gabriella kept a roomful of disparate senior citizens totally engaged for two hours – a remakable achievement.

We are still editing the audio file for catch-up.

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Community Legacy Walks, 13 July

Cooltan Community Legacy Walks.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Melissa Bliss, whom we already knew as a Hackney Stream volunteer, is also a volunteer walk leader for Cooltan Arts Community Legacy Walks. She was with us to encourage us to join the future legacy walks on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server.

Links.

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Good Grub Club, 12 July

From the library /
Paula Yassime (Good Grub Club).

… update coming very soon …

Catch up.

We are still trying to edit the audio file for catch-up (there is a lot of background noise).

Links.

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Hackney Empire Elders, 6 July

Hackney Empire Elders and Barbican Ambassadors.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Some of the Hackney Empire Elders came to Hackney Stream to tell us about everything they do, and how easy it is to join them. Hackney Stream will be helping them to create an online presence – starting with a website at HackneyEmpireElders.org.uk – that will be the site to visit for full information (when it is finished). Meanwhile, you can join the Elders at their weekly meetings in the Pinter Room of the Hackney Empire, every Tuesday (11 am to 1 pm).

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Links.

Barbican Ambassadors.

The Ambassadors are young members of the Barbican Community Engagement team. They came initially to give us tickets to a free jazz concert in Hackney, 12 July 2012 (about 15 of us went to it).

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server.

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Illuminating Hackney, 30 June

Illuminating Hackney.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Illuminating Hackney had been postponed twice in June because of the weather – but then, on the last day, we had non-stop sunshine – and it was even better than it might have been, because of the postponements.

This is how the project was originally publicised …

Hackney Central Railway Bridge will soon be permanently illuminated by a colourful light installation by the artist Martin Richman. Richman’s urban interventions are designed to transform spaces and the way we experience them.

‘Hackney Secrets’ is a group of wonderfully engaged young people who have recently held a photography exhibition at the Picturehouse. Their work is now on show in the Hackney Museum ‘Mapping the Change’ Exhibition.

Martin Richman, Hackney Museum, Hackney Secrets and Hackney Silver Surfers will join together in a one day workshop exploring Hackney’s history in our brand new archives, before setting out around the Borough to photograph light, shadow and shade and capturing audio recordings of their experience.

Their work will be on show during the official celebratory ceremony at St Augustine’s Tower, when the lights are switched on later in the year.

So it happened! The walk ended at the Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre, where the participants unloaded their cameras, and reviewed the day’s success live on Hackney Stream radio.

By the way, Martin Richman visited Hackney Stream on 15 June. Read about it in our History section ‘Live from The Lawns / Martin Richman’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming or download on SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

We filmed most of it, and put it (with minimal editing) on YouTube.



Illuminating Hackney videos.

1. After the digital walk.



2. Hackney Museum cut, Jan 2013.



The wrap – ‘Lighting up our town centre’.

Photographs, video and audio from ‘Illuminating Hackney’ were exhibited at an event marking the official unveiling of Martin Richman’s new installation on Hackney Central Railway Bridge, 17 January 2013.

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Hackney Picturehouse, 29 June

Hackney Picturehouse.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Peter Phillips came to tell us about the Hackney Picturehouse community engagement program – including the free-for-oldies Silver Screen film club (especially what they are going to show on 5 July).

The Silver Screen 5 July program is part of the the 2012 Capital Age Festival. It will include the Oscar-winning film The Artist, and a collection of short community films made by older London artists and Q&A session with the filmmakers. We have put a flyer for this event on our website: Discover Silver Screen (pdf, 100 kb).

Peter stayed to talk about cinema in general. He was a very interesting guest, who had many valuable insights into the world of cinema to share with us. That’s why we invited him, of course – and we are really hoping to get as many as people as possible to the special Silver Screen event on 5 July.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming on Mixcloud.

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Taste of Hackney, 16 June

Launch of the Taste of Hackney app.

Location: Ridley Road market.

This was the final celebration event of the project – the launch of the app, announcement of the imminent website, and an all-day street party for everybody who happened to be on Ridley Road market on the day. We were closely involved with this intergenerational project for nine months, so it was a happy day for us oldies.

We took a digital sound recorder to the event – which, of course, was very noisy and not ideal for recording anything. However – we have edited it down (crudely) to 30 minutes, and included it in the rotating playlist on our radio server. We have retained Victoria Coker’s inspired summary.

Verdict and decisions.

Obviously, we are still learning how to record audio al fresco – but at least the learning is happening! It’s the thought that counts.

Links.

Some video.

Victoria Coker explains.

An audio recording – crudely edited and illustrated by a haphazard sequence of blurry stills. It does not do justice to the subject matter – which is the extraordinary achievement of Victoria Coker and her Different Drum team in getting the Taste of Hackney app completed.


Margaret’s bling.

One of several short amateurish (and unedited) videos we made at the Taste of Hackney celebration party. Margaret was part of the Taste of Hackney crew, and is also a volunteer receptionist at Hackney Silver Surfers and Agewell Social Network. It would be difficult to keep going without her.


Jerk Chicken.

If there was any evidence at all of video technique, the constant buffeting by wind and the market crowd could be used as an excuse. Pastor Elon responded to this impertinent interruption with his customary good grace and tact. By the way – his Jerk Chicken is even better than we say it is – and if you want the recipe, all you have to do is download the ‘Taste of Hackney’ app, or visit the Taste of Hackney website.


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Hackney Unemployed, 15 June

Andrea Enisuoh
(Hackney Unemployed Workers project).

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

We had two guests on 15 June – Martin Richman (Hackney artist) and Andrea Enisuoh. Both of them started really interesting discussions, which we thought were different enough to merit separate sections.

Andrea Enisuh is a support worker for the Hackney Unemployed Workers project. Andrea came to Hackney Stream to tell us how the project can help and support older unemployed people. The project has organised an ‘Express Yourself’ conference at the Hackney Carers’ Centre on 28 June 2012. Hackney Stream is planning to be there.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Verdict and decisions.

Did you notice the persistent humming and buzzing noise in the background? That was the lamp and fan in our Smartboard projector – probably signalling imminent failure. It’s not necessary, so will we turn it off in future.

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Martin Richman, 15 June

Martin Richman.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

We had two guests on 15 June – Martin Richman and Andrea Enisuoh (Hackney Unemployed Workers project). Both of them started really interesting discussions, which we thought were different enough to merit separate sections.

Martin Richman is a Hackney artist and a Hackney Senior Citizen. He will be leading the much-postponed ‘Illuminating Hackney’ intergenerational digital walk with the Hackney Secrets sixth-formers. Martin’s visit was intended partly to alleviate the disappointment of the postponement, and partly to take advantage of the postponement by helping us to understand his vision. By the way – the digital walk (with photography, audio and video) finally happened on Saturday 30 June. Read about it in our History section ‘Live from The Lawns / Illuminating Hackney’.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Verdict and decisions.

Did you notice the persistent humming and buzzing noise in the background? That was the lamp and fan in our Smartboard projector – probably signalling imminent failure. It’s not necessary, so will we turn it off in future.

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CLR James Library pilot, 7 June

Live from the library / the pilot.

We didn’t stream live because of a technical problem – nothing serious, and it won’t get in our way again. But we had an excellent turnout, and great support from the library service.

We think the library will be a really good base for Hackney Stream.

Future dates.

We have booked every Thursday during July and August, from 10 am to 1 pm. We plan to stream live from 12 noon until 1 pm. We will work out a program, and announce it here quite soon.

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Lawns Barbecue, 2 June

The Barbecue.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

In the end, we didn’t barbecue anything because the weather was unexpectedly bad. It was cold, so nobody wanted to be outside – and it was very windy, which would have made it very difficult to capture or stream good audio. So we had the event in the computer centre kitchen. Live streaming started 90 minutes late, but we had a good crowd and the food was excellent. Playback has revealed some audio gems, which we will edit into a shortened catch-up track.

Verdict and decisions.

The Hackney Stream Barbecue is a good idea – but it was a mistake to have arranged a live event that depended almost entirely on the weather. In future, Hackney Stream barbecues will be more-or-less impromptu pavement parties when the weather is warm, and the neighbourhood is out on the street. We also have to find a way of separating the microphone from multiple nearby conversations.

Links.

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Chelsea Fringe in Hackney, 25 May

Chelsea Fringe in Hackney.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Making the Streets of Hackney flourish.

Our guest was Diana Weir, an organiser and inspirer of Chelsea Flower Show Fringe events in Hackney – ‘a three-week festival of gardening that will stretch across London’, including the Dalston Flower Show (‘three weeks of garden tours, workshops, and garden dining taking place in the Eastern Curve Garden and out and about on the streets of Dalston’). Diana was interviewed by Jane Tchan (editor of SmallBizPod).

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Verdict.

It was good to have a change of pace as well as emphasis.

Chelsea Fringe in Hackney Links.

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Mapping the Change, 18 May

Mapping the Change.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

Dimitrios Tourountsis is project manager of the ‘Mapping the Change’ – a five year project, and now an exhibition at Hackney Museum. He came to be interviewed briefly, but ended up leading the discussion for the whole of our live session.

By the way – here is ‘Mapping the Change’ in their own words …

Our community heritage project is about capturing the many voices of Hackney’s hugely diverse communities by working with community groups, local artists and individuals to produce photographic, digital media, written, and audio based records of the changes and people’s responses to them.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Verdict.

One of the best so far, getting to the heart of Mapping the Change as well as our own Hackney Stream project.

Mapping the Change links.

On Mixcloud.
  • Mapping the Change – Radio
    (18 young people from Hackney learned the principles of radio production. During the training they learned how to produce professional podcasts, online at this Mixcloud link).

Hackney Life crowd-sourced video.

The Hackney Life film was mentioned in the discussion, and some people in our group appear in it.

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Fairer Charge, 11 May

Fairer Charge.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

David Gill has just created a very useful online tool (egmom.com) for calculating a correct ‘Fairer Charge’. He came to talk to us about it. We had originally expected a fairly short interview piece – but the discussion took up the whole hour.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Verdict.

  • Perhaps a little too unstructured.
  • We need to improve access to the microphone for people who are sitting further away.
  • The people who come to our Friday afternoon sessions clearly have much experience of care services – as former employees more than as recipients. This was a very worthwhile experiment.

Decisions.

  • We should be giving higher priority to discussions of health and care services.
  • Rearrange the seating in the makeshift studio.

Links.

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Talking Food, 10 May

Talking Food.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

This was an impromptu Talking Food group, led by Lydia Bachelor. We streamed the final 45 minutes live to the radio server.

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

We are editing some of the video for YouTube.

Links.

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What I’m trying to say, 4 May

Rachel Attfield (Commotion Arts).

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

We invited Rachel Attfield from Commotion Arts to talk about her current film project What I’m trying to say (three of the people in the studio discussion had already been cast for the shoot on 13 May). The film has been completed, and will be shown at the Hackney Museum in September.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Links.

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Talking Food, 4 May

Talking Food Reunion.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

We started our series of live broadcasts by reconvening the Talking Food group one last time. Talking Food was our first project to stream live to Internet radio, and one of the main inspirations for Hackney Stream. The old Talking Food crowd was invited, of course, because they knew what to expect and what to do.

We also invited Rachel Attfield from Commotion Arts to talk about her current film project What I’m trying to say (three of the people in the studio discussion had already been cast for the shoot on 13 May).

Catch up.

The recorded version of the webcast has been included in the rotating playlist on our radio server, and also for on-demand streaming from Mixcloud.

Verdict.

  • As good as we expected. No technical hitches.
  • We need to think more about the listener experience. The main objective of Live from The Lawns is to persuade more people to join us the following week. It would help if we tried not to have too many conversations close to the microphone.

Links.

  • Talking Food blog (we think of Talking Food as a pilot for Hackney Stream).

Decisions.

  • Food is a very popular subject, so we will reserve a short period of every Friday afternoon webcast for a food-related topic (for example – Recipe of the Week).
  • The studio participants all wanted to combine the Internet radio webcast with some practical learning (which is exactly what the Talking Food project was about). So that is what will happen – before the webcast, not while it is going on.
Close Project

Spring Online, 27 April

Spring Online / Silver Surfers’ Week /
Learn about Internet Radio.

Location: Hackney Silver Surfers computer centre.

This was a special Spring Online event for beginners and new learners. Attendance was about 30 – very good for an event planned and announced at such short notice. Several participants joined Hackney Stream afterwards.

About

About Hackney Stream.

Hackney Stream is a digital participation community outreach project, part-funded by Age UK and supported locally by Age UK Hackney and Age UK East London. We call it an Internet radio station, but describe it more accurately as ‘an audio adventure led by citizens of the pre-digital era’. Those citizens are older people who were brought up, educated, worked, raised families and retired in a world without computers or Internet. Many of them are digitally marginalised because they do not take naturally to mice and keyboards, although they can express themselves in speech with eloquence and conviction.

We aim to create social and community activities (rather than ‘radio programs’) which are streamed live to an Internet radio server, and also recorded for ‘catch-up’. It is not at all like conventional radio, as the emphasis is overwhelmingly on participation, not on listening. The first pilot phase (May to August 2012) was very successful at drawing in senior citizens from the digital margins – enabling them to become more visible as proactive contributors to digital culture and local history.

The Hackney Stream group and activities have been open to all, with no distinction between ‘broadcasters’, guests or studio audience.

Hackney Silver Surfers, phase 1.

May to August 2012.

We began in May 2012, and there was at least one audio activity every week until August – the end of the initial funded period. We were supported by an Age UK Radio Development Grant.

During the first phase we worked with, or ‘interviewed’ people from, these organisations: Age and Ability Lab (Royal College of Art), Barbican Ambassadors, Brunel University, Chelsea Flower Show Fringe, Commotion Arts, Cooltan Arts Community, Different Drum Productions, Hackney Empire Elders, Hackney Museum, Hackney Picturehouse, Hackney Unemployed Workers, St Mary’s Secret Garden, and others.

We have been pleasantly surprised that awareness of the ‘live’ stream inhibited so few people and seemed to help them focus their thoughts and the words that flowed from them. The presence of the microphone does not suppress natural, spontaneous discussion if the setting is kept informal.

One of our aims has been to find ways of using the audio stream as a driver for community engagement – for example, an intergenerational digital photo walk around Hackney, which will be exhibited at Hackney Museum – which seems to like what we have done. Here is the verdict of the Museum ‘Mapping the Change’ program manager (after being ‘interviewed’ by our group): “Your work is amazing … You have embraced digital technology in a meaningful way, taking ownership and becoming authors.”

Hackney Homes radio project.

October to November 2012.

Members of the Hackney Homes ‘Over-55’ group met on Thursday mornings to share ideas, opinions and experiences with local young people and each other. The discussions are streamed live, and also recorded and edited for catch-up.

We were supported by funding from Hackney Homes, and hosted by the Hackney Picturehouse.

More about the Hackney Homes project.

Join

We have space for you too.

Whoever you are, you can join us!

Especially if you are aged 50 or better.

The best way to get in touch at the moment is to send an email to contact@hackneystream.net

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