We’ve just launched the latest Radio Labs prototype, Mooso. It’s a game to play while listening to BBC 6 Music radio, enter tags to describe the current song and score points if you match other players. Sign up and play here or read more about Mooso on the Radio Labs blog.
But this is the end of an era, or something like that, as Chris and I have left BBC Audio & Music and are now part of the Prototyping team at BBC R&D where I'm the lead producer. Soon after we formed the A&M R&D team we held a planning week and scoped out four major project areas for us to tackle. One was around presence, attention and socialness for radio - this became Radio Pop and Olinda, another was around live events which became an internal-only prototype of a social gig attendance site, the third explored how the web could create new forms of radio content which evolved into the work we did exploring chopping up the Archers narrative and the final area aimed to develop new ways of music discovery. This final brief, combined with our interest in games, became Mooso. It’s certainly satisfying to have completed these four major prototypes, as well as lots of other things along the way including (with the help of James) setting up the Radio Labs blog.
These have been good times but the new team is just as awesome and I’m already knee-deep in many exciting projects, from representing narratives on the web to a number of possible prototypes around digital music. And hopefully, when I get some time, I’ll be writing about them either here, on Radio Labs or on the new R&D blog.