We launched Radio Garden almost two years ago. Since four months I have shifted from doing RG on the side to giving it my full attention. We are doing millions of monthly visitors from all over the world. Now our mission is to build out the platform in such a way that people can use it as their main destination for radio.
We are currently focusing on putting out some much needed features like search. Next up will be some great curation features to help guide you to stations you care about and also surprise you with hard to find gems.
Happy to answer any questions!
It's like when interfaces become map-based, especially on top of an actual 3d globe, something weird happens and some of the skizoid foggy fragmentation of the modern internet falls away and becomes ordered.
There is a scarcely known concept called Psychogeography that has to do with the interaction between humans, places and emotions, and its like globe based presentations of data does something both important and magical that works as an antidote to the disassociation, rootlessness and loss of both history and empathy that cyberspace without geographical anchors has lead us to.
90's comic book pop-esoterica took up the idea of the living-city, an advanced evolution of the Anima or the spirit from tribal religions, where each street, neighbourhood and country had it's own unique mood created from the people-cells of the country-organism. This spirit was an amalgamation of the locally anchored tastes, music, smells, sights and philosophies - unique to each area and that formed a somewhat cohesive aesthetic framework that functioned as a local mythology in which people could form an individual identity or an identity as a neighbourhood or a country.
The internet has somewhat eradicated these local emergent properties because people look into their phones and don't connect with each other locally anymore. Today cyberspace is all encompassing and we don't go to a gadget to get emerged, we exist inside of it at all times and everywhere.
This in turn has lead us to become fuzzy identities that has difficulties navigating without a GPS or other authoritarian maps of meaning while the parts of the brain devoted to navigation shrinks with unknown consequences.
These unknown consequences presents themselves most potently when "something clicks" sporadically and we become aware of the spaceless, fractured fog we have come to exist inside of at all times.
Looking at a globe with some cultural context is one of the mystical potent Sigils or gateways that instantly helps to deprogram and declutter this noisy feeling and becomes a starting point for further non-insane exploration.
Edit: an => any typo
I find the green dots easy to miss on a green earth.
I find the gray dots even easier to miss.
I wish I could "lock" a stream while I spin the globe, just to be able to browse and see how dense an area is for signals, before committing or stopping what I was listening to.
History didn't do what I expected it to do AT ALL. I wanted to find a stream I had previously, but lost because I couldn't find the dot due to the previously aforementioned issues.
Okay now that I'm in History anyway, why am I stuck in 1987? Can I change the year... with the plus and minus buttons? Nope! Okay I'm done with History now.
Good job! Looking forward to seeing this evolve
This page has an interesting behavior when used without a session key: http://data.radio.garden/live.json
It returns stations but with fake/warning data.
name "This app is fake"
Found and updated a couple of my old 'missing in action' links, and added a couple of good ones they were missing.
Thanks for posting it
I noticed there that the top comment is "developer here, ..." by user studiopuckey, do you work with them?
This is the second random Show HN post in three days under this profile.
I only speak English fluently but I've been learning some French and I can see this helping.
Small UX feedback: I wish I could pan to another part of the globe and then click on a radio station, rather than it almost immediately switching to whatever station is closest to the middle of my view. (I'd like to keep listening to the old one a bit before choosing the new one.) Also, the + and - buttons seem wonky and sometimes seem to get stuck/inactive.
If you’re up for some traditional southern Tunisian music, tune in here: http://radio.garden/live/djerba-midun/ulysse-fm/
(I had no luck on Wayback; YMMV) Somewhere out there, someone's sitting on that stuff. I'd be eager to learn more.
(Also out there somewhere is a 48-hour 'History of Rock' radio series that originated 1969. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_Rock_and_Roll
and was updated a couple of times. It WAS online ... I wanna say, a decade ago?)
The UI and ease of access to so many streams is incredible. Great job.
Currently listening to Black Velvet at http://radio.garden/live/saarbrucken/classicrock-radio/
This is going to help my fledgling German no-end.
These little stations are total gems. What a fun site!
[1a] http://seoulcommunityradio.out.airtime.pro:8000/seoulcommuni... (direct)
EDIT: In the credits, they link to https://cesiumjs.org/
It's incredibly mind-opening, if I asked you "Do you think Timbuktu has a radio station?", you'd say "For sure.", and we could even google that term to find a website or two, but with them visualized on a globe we could just randomly browse places to listen to what the locals are listening (sadly Timbuktu doesn't seem to be on their map).
Currently zoomed too far in and can't zoom out.
Devs gotta stop testing their apps only in Chrome. Not everyone wants Google spyware shit on their systems.
I just submitted a local radio station. Since this is in the front page, I guess that you'll be overwhelmed with the number of new submissions, though. :)
The first station was playing "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man.
Anyway, awesome application.
Also, being able to listen to WW2 Nazi Propaganda (and a fun commentary about it):
In other words, I doubt the site _could_ do anything about the volume.