Comissioned by Sonic Arts Network, the lead body for artists working with sound and technology in the UK, the brief was to create a website for their Sonic Postcards project.
Sonic Postcards is concerned with the impact of sound on our lives and as with an ordinary picture postcard it offers the opportunity for people to exchange information about their local environments with a view to providing windows into a variety of other places, lives and cultures.
The project is aimed at young people aged between 9 and 14 years in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools and their teachers and is free to participating schools. The project involves sound artists visiting your school over the course of a series of sessions and working with a single class of Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3 pupils.
The website allows users to explore the sonic, and media-rich, landscape via an interactive sonic explorers and uncover hidden treasures in the form of MP3 sound files, photographs, illustrations and video. This interactive evironment is created using Flash.
Content for the website can be uploaded by the SAN team via a taylor-made CMS (content management system). This enables them to upload sonic files, videos, data whenever they require. Thus keeping the site fresh.
Screenshot of the homepage
Sonic Explorers from the website
Icons from the admin section
Project Update 2007
Sonic Postcards won the New Statesman’s New Media Awards 2006 The award is for the body or project that has made the most significant contribution to education through the use of new media technology.
It wrote about the project:
“Sonic Postcards blends beautiful online imagery with real-world elements to create a whimsical journey through the sounds and images of everyday life across the UK. “
Recently, by request of the Sonic Artist Network, I have updated the site. The brief was to make the site more accessible and user-friendly but also it also allowed me to give it a stylish new make over too.