Walking from Down Under
We're very chuffed to find the intrepid Jeanti St. Clair in town walking our CONSENT soundwalk today - braving the usual cold & mauzy Newfoundland April weather.
Highly recommended read: her article on geo-locative audio walks in Australian Journalism Review: Stories that walk with you: opportunities in locative audio for feature journalism
Our geo-locative audio documentary CONSENT is a finalist in this year's Atlantic Journalism Awards.
CONSENT is a free smartphone app based on a 2017 sexual assault criminal trial in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, Creators Emily Deming and Chris Brookes produced it as an aid to understanding sexual assault issues. It features verbatim trial testimonies and includes interactive links to rape crisis centres, sexual assault information, and Canadian case law.
The documentary is nominated in the category of Excellence in Digital Journalism.
Award winners will be announced at the AJA awards event in Halifax on May 11th.
RNC Officer will face new trial
A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision means RNC constable Doug Snelgrove will face retrial. On Friday Canada's highest court dismissed the constable's appeal against a new trial.
The original court case is the subject of Battery Radio's CONSENT app. CONSENT places verbatim trial testimonies in a narrative framework to present the events behind the court case, and to explore wider issues of sexual assault.
A date for the re-trial has not yet been announced.
Widespread protests greeted Snelgrove's acquittal in the original 2017 trial .
You can listen to that controversial trial with our app. CONSENT places verbatim trial testimonies in a narrative framework to present the events behind the court case, and to explore wider issues of sexual assault. You can also hear the Crown and Defense summations to the jury, legal expert commentary, and find links to information about sexual assault and the law in Canada.
CONSENT: the app - the issue
A free GPS-triggered documentary created to advance understanding about sexual assault issues. The app is based on a 2017 sexual assault case in St. John's, NL, using verbatim transcripts from the trial, voiced by actors. The words you hear were actually spoken in court.
Walk the route in downtown St. John's and sounds trigger where many of the events took place, or tap onscreen buttons to listen remotely.
Check out some buzz:
Hot Off the Launchpad...
Our brand new interactive soundwalk, commissioned by the Town of Brigus, NL. As you stroll the streets and lanes, you'll hear the voices of residents telling you the inside stories about the town and its history.
Brigus is perfect for walkers, a beautiful small community packed full of history, quirky stories, and a famous blueberry crumble at the local cafe when you feel like a rest. When you're there, the stories whisper in your ear automatically by GPS-location as you wander around.
If you can't get there, you can touch map locations on your smartphone screen to hear the stories.
Meet the NEIGHBOURS!
Our brand new app is now available on GooglePlay and iTunes. An interactive adventure in sound, reflecting cultural communities in and around St. John's, Newfoundland. Explore the city through stories via GPS as you walk ! If you can't get to the city, you can tap the onscreen map and take a virtual stroll downtown.
Neighbours was created for Memorial University's MMAP (Centre for Music, Media, and Place) Check out the PROMO VIDEO
COME TO THE LAUNCH: January 10/18, 7pm - The Rocket Room, St. John's.
Take a walk with Aly...
Our new smartphone app just launched.
We produced it for the O'Brien Farm Foundation in cooperation with Memorial University's Folklore Department. This interactive sound walk lets you stroll through a 200-year-old family farm in St. John's while listening to the voice of the late Aly O'Brien. Aly points out farm landmarks as you walk, and weaves stories about the sustainable traditional farming methods that he and his brothers practised all their lives.
CBC checks it out.
Ok so this is a quickie. I live on the side of a cliff in a harbour that's shaped like a big bowl. I was piddling about in the studio today when this unexpectedly started up outside. I grabbed my little Marantz flash recorder and ducked out onto my deck.
The harbour symphony began as an idea for the St. John's international Sound Symposium back in the 1980's, and every so often someone gets one together. Various players go to different ships in the harbour with a score. The scores are written fast, depending upon the pitches of horns that happen to be in port on a given day. You can never tell when someone decides to get one together (although I suspect today it was the lovely Delf Hohmann). This was today's.
Listen to the bass notes (cruise ship) and the way the wind plays dynamics. Only wish I could have had time to use a better microphone: Harbour Symphony