Walkie Talkie Dream Garden is an interactive soundwalk being developed by sound artist and composer Dafna Naphtali using U-Gruve AR Audio Augmented-Reality platform by Richard Rodkin. The free app, available for Android and iOS mobile devices uses geo-tagged audio files, originally recorded on-site to create short electroacoustic compositions, that are played / altered by the physical (GPS) location of the participants listening over headphones.
Available on-site only in Williamsburg Brooklyn (NY, USA) and the Wilhelmsburg neighborhood of Hamburg (Germany), the work focusing and commenting on uniques sounds of industrial and post-industrial-artist-occupied-gentrifying areas. Also planned is full-length album to be released Fall 2018. The project is part of the two-year cultural exchange W-burg with funding from NYSCA, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Hamburg Cultural Council, and launches in Hamburg June 9, 2018 and Brooklyn September 15, 2018.
Tips for iOS app:
- Make sure Location Services is turned on and that you have a decent signal.
- Disable Screen Lock (set it to “Never”)
- Make sure the app’s “Cellular” option is turned on (in Settings)
- Make sure the ringer switch is not set to vibrate, or you won’t be able to hear anything (for iOS, not sure about Android yet)
- After starting the app, it may take from five to ten minutes to establish a reliable connection with the GPS satellite, so give yourself some time.
- It is best to download the app while connected to WiFi. And if possible, it’s also a good idea to start and initialize the app while on WiFi as well. It’s not mandatory, just works faster.
- Make sure your battery is fully charged, and consider bringing a portable charger
- The app will display where the various zones are, and you will be able to see your position as a blue circle, similar to what you see in standard map apps.
- If a screen becomes stuck or non-responsive, close the app completely and restart
for testers only: link for Android testers only.