The Radio Festival 2015
Sunday, 27 September 2015 at 19:00 - Tuesday, 29 September 2015 at 20:00 (BST)
On behalf of Chris and I and everyone at The Radio Academy, welcome to Radio Festival 2015, this year at The British Library, London.
We’ve shaken things up a bit, lots of fantastic content and a brilliant line-up of speakers, as you’d expect, but we’re presenting it all in a fresher way.
So, this is how it works.
Radio Festival is over three days and you can build your own, with tickets available for each day, so you can create a Festival that’s right for you.
The days are shared experiences designed so you don’t miss a thing. It’s one big room, one stage, one session at a time. And we’ve worked really hard to deliver you a great price with an even better first release price - grab those whilst you can!
Here’s how the days look:
Sunday 27th September - tickets fully allocated
The Festival opens in the glorious British Library. You’ll spot Jarvis Cocker in there, too, presenting his programme for 6 Music before we all go through to the auditorium for the legendary BBC Music John Peel Lecture with Brian Eno. It’s being filmed for BBC Four and recorded for BBC Music with an invited audience. We'll then head back into the Library for a gorgeous drinks reception.
Monday 28th September - some tickets still available
Radio Festival TechCon. A day focussed on how innovations in technology are transforming the way we serve our audiences and make content. A big shout out to Broadcast Bionics for their continued support, especially in helping bring down the cost of Radio Festival TechCon tickets.
And here is an exclusive preview of the full schedule - exciting!
Preserving Sound Over many years many creative people have toiled to produce great programs. In this session we learn about the British Libraries initiative to preserve and make accessible the sounds of the past for the future.
Engineering in a Conflict Zone Radio engineers from South Sudan explain the challenges they face in getting radio coverage to listeners in the world's newest country.
DAB Switchover in Norway Norway is leading the world in switching over radio listening to DAB+ and this session will shed light on how this process is going, what the need to be considered and what the challenges have been so far.
Radio Everyone This week Project Everyone strives to update the world on the progress of the United Nations Development Objectives. In this film we find out about the objectives and progress as Radio Everyone plays it part!
Dabbling in DAB The development of ""Small Scale"" DAB in the UK was the initiative of an Ofcom Engineer. The radical approach inherent in the technology used opens up the prospect of even the smallest UK Broadcaster, including Community Operators, being able to cost effectively broadcast using DAB. Following successful experiments Ofcom advertised for interested parties to apply for a limited number of trial licenses. The response was overwhelming with 51 applications. 10 applicants were awarded licenses. One of the service providers for the successful London Small Scale DAB multiplex is here today to tell his story.
SDL in a Nutshell It's not every day the UK launches a new National DAB multiplex so this session gives you an insight into how it will be done.
Mini Masterclass: unravelling AoIP There are 2 new technologies which will fundamentally change the audio world. In this Masterclass we learn how 3 early adopters' first implementation of the Audio Over Internet Protocol went. Did it deliver and what will they tackle next?
The Isle is full of Noises… Radio in the Digital Public Space Tony Ageh [OBE] talks with Bill Thompson to reveal the thinking behind the need for a digital public space in a democracy and the role of the license feed as well as the proposal that original engineering principles are as relevant as ever and how they apply in the digital age.
CSI : Audio Forensics Audio signals can hide many secrets and in this session we find out how these can be revealed for legal purposes.
Audio Objects - More Than Just 3D There are two new technologies that will fundamentally change the audio world. Object Based Audio is already in some cinemas and will soon be part of UHDTV. In this session BBC R&D explain what Object Based Audio is and the benefits it will bring.
A Radio Station on a Laptop With the increased power of computing how many of the tools you need to run a radio station can you get to work on just one computer? Find out how the TechCon experts get on in this live demo.
MiniMasterclass: Letting the Cameras In Sam, Sacha & Joe will explain how their organisations have embraced visualised radio, explaining the decisions they have made in implementing studio cameras and equipment. They'll also share some top tips for optimising radio studios for visualisation.
How's Listening: The Secrets of Digital Audiences New research that will shed light on the continuing evolution of the listening habits of audiences of all ages, as they adopt new digital technologies.
The Björk Audio Experience In this session find out how Björk & her team used state of the art audio technology to deliver an audio experience that changes depending on the way you journey through MoMA in New York.
Tuesday 29th September - registration from 0830 with a masterclass at 0845 and welcome to the Festival with Paddy at 0930
Radio Festival Showcase. Packed full of keynote speakers, contributors and polemics from the Radio and Audio industry designed to inspire, celebrate, challenge and inform. Hosted by Paddy O’Connell, the full schedule will be published shortly, but here's a taster of what you can expect; Chris Evans in conversation, Amy Kean, Head of Futures at Havas Media Labs on why mobiles have to be part of the creative decision making process, Will Page from Spotify and Peter Barron from Google on Google creativity and Google Culture.
On in to the evening, your ticket also includes an invitation to our drinks reception with special guests, awards, ReelWorld 30u30 and a chance to catch up and reflect on the earlier sessions.
Tickets are going fast, the early bird Showcase tickets were snapped up in days but we still have tickets available - but, get a move on - the Festival is next week and you won't want to miss out!