P2P Radio from robertanderson on Vimeo.

Could meshes of data help the creation of new, international radio broadcasting and receiving mechanisms – even in rural areas? Artist Juan Esteban Rios proposes a design to do that. It’s not just a software concept; a hardware design would make the idea accessible even to people who don’t own or know how to use computers.

It seems a powerful idea for musicians, as well, particularly if it helped eliminate the need for dedicated streaming servers. (There may be others who are more familiar with P2P broadcasting technology out there; if so, I’d love to hear from you.) Imagine tuning into a gamelan performance in Jakarta, then a live electronic music evening from Brazil, then a performance in rural sub-Saharan African (relayed to better infrastructure in Lagos).

The technology here is radio-based (see clarification from the creator of the video in comments), but mesh and P2P technologies involving the Internet — or a bridge from remote, radio- or satellite-based communication — could likewise apply.

Video feature by designguide.tv, found via toxi.

  • gbsr

    gets me thinking about headphone festivals/concerts.

    i wanna make some too.

  • http://www.3amnoise.net/runagate runagate

    "Imagine tuning into a gamelan performance in Jakarta, then a live electronic music evening from Brazil, then a performance in rural sub-Saharan African (relayed to better infrastructure in Lagos)."

    I desperately want this to happen. This might be possible *without* an actual Playstation? That would be amazing. I think I've seen a PSP only twice now!

    Now that I have a wireless connection to a semi-reliable cable modem I've poked around trying to see if I could find random webcam connections to far-away cities with little luck.

    I'd much rather hear music from around the globe.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Well, of course, some of this is on shoutcast. But if you didn't need a server — if it were all P2P — that'd change things considerably. With easier remote broadcasting capability, doubly so.

  • Louis

    This is a very cool idea.

    is there no website for this?

    similiar are these types of websites that do use p2p streaming:
    http://www.peercast.org http://www.streamerp2p.com/

    but of course these arn't built around the ideas of hardware this guy proposes.

    can't wait for more info :)

  • http://www.designguide.tv Robert

    I interviewed the guy, there is currently no website for it. And he's working on a video version. It's not an internet technology but it's using the concept of p2p in radio waves, so no computer is required, the network is made through a mesh of these radio devices. He's also working on another project similar to this but instead of only audio, there will also be video.

  • gbsr

    @Robert: anything on the actual build process?

  • Jacob

    Could someone explain how the P2P works here?

    To me it looks more like just a regular low power FM transmitter.