This is an interface by Angeliki Diakrousi and Cristina Cochior for exploring ways of "streaming" to each other by listening, waiting and responding, both through text (via the collaborative editor Etherpad), or through audio (via the streaming audio/video server Icecast).
A stream is a body of water with surface water flowing within the bed and banks of a channel. From this visual we imagined the different ways of moving information the way a pad and icecast server might. We used the pad you see in the top half of the screen to write content together which we then transmitted live over a series of broadcast channels in the live composition interface you see on the bottom half of the screen.
The interface was first made for a workshop held on the 23rd of July 2020 as part of the 2020 Hackers and Designers summer school. The workshop happened remotely, while Angeliki was in Kefalonia, Cristina in Rotterdam and the rest of the participants were in different locations and timezones. You can still see, read and hear the traces from this workshop on this site.
We started by listening to a pre-recorded audio file next to the word ENTER at the top of the bottom half of the page.
In the last 20 minutes of the workshop we performed and listened to each other. You can listen back to some of the recordings through this interface, they are highlighted in green.
You can also find the instructions we used here.