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Arts Wire Announces Real Audio

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Beth Kanter (kanter)
Fri, 04 Apr 1997 17:30:13 -0500


Arts Wire is pleased to announce the generous donation of a 30-stream
RealAudio server by
Progressive Networks. RealAudio is award-winning software that allows
playback of audio in
real-time over Internet connections of 14.4 Kbps and faster.

Arts Wire members will now be able to place RealAudio files on their Web
sites after compressing
the audio files into the RealAudio format with the free RealAudio Encoder.
Up to 30 Web site
visitors may access the audio file at the same time.

Web site visitors will need to have the RealAudio Player plug in order to
hear the audio. The
RealAudio Player is also free. Both the Encoder and the Player are
available for download from
RealAudio's Web site at

Arts Wire's non profit members and individual artists will have access to
the server at no additional
monthly charge. A discussion item in the AWTECH Conference will assist
members with technical
information on encoding, directory placement, etc. as well as serve as a
gathering point for members
to discuss and share language about the types of projects they would like
to put together in the
coming year.

NewMusnet co-host Doug Cohen; Tom Dougherty (on behalf of Pauline
Oliveros); and "audio
describer" Joel Snyder designed sample RealAudio sites for Progressive
Network's review
committee. Their pilot projects, described below, reflect some of the many
ways in which Arts Wire
members will be using RealAudio.

Pauline Oliveros, an internationally acclaimed composer, performer, author
and lecturer, has
worked at the forefront of new music composition since the fifties.
RealAudio is enabling The
Pauline Oliveros Foundation to disseminate new music on the Internet via
live broadcasting. CD
samples of composers' work will be available through her DEEP LISTENING
CATALOG site that
promotes the work of acclaimed new music composers who have relatively few
distribution options.

NEWMUSNET is a place within Arts Wire to access information about new music
and discuss
issues concerning composers, performers and presenters of experimental
music. NewMusNet's
Web site will use RealAudio in sound sites such as a "Sonic Memorial" for
David Tudor. The pilot
project is an audio interview with composer Carl Stone in which Stone
discusses how changes in
music technology from the '70s to the '90s have effected his music. Sound
excerpts from his work
are included, and the conversation concludes with a discussion of NYALA,
his most recent
composition for dance.

Joel Snyder, Presenting Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts, was
one of the nation's first
"audio describers." Joel's abilities as a describer and narrator have made
dozens of live theater
productions accessible to visually impaired audience members. Joel has also
used audio description
to enhance media works such as PBS' American Playhouse productions, and the
IMAX film "Blue
Planet." Sndyer, who is Chair of the Steering Committee for the
newly-formed service organization,
Audio Description International, will be using RealAudio technology on the

Arts Wire works with discovering and sharing ways the emerging and evolving
technology can be used by artists and arts organizations in the creation of
their work and the
fulfillment of their missions. This Arts Wire and Progressive Networks
partnership will serve the arts
community by providing the technology to enable Arts Wire and its members
to be an important
part of this developing medium -- by providing an advanced tool for
leadership and management, as
well as a tool for the development of new and larger audiences and stronger

A copy of the user agreement developed by Arts Wire and Progressive
Networks is available at For information about
Arts Wire membership,
send email to artswire. Or, visit the Arts wire Home Page at

For more information on ways people are using RealAudio please visit
Beth Kanter Arts Wire Network Coordinator kanter