Online Mp3 sound library, for all people to listen to when they are out and about in Singapore. It is meant as a combination of: incentive for citizens to document, share their discoveries about their home town to others. Influencing citizens getting more exercise; walking around, experiencing and enjoying the scenic routes.
Enabling sharing of all types of stories/guides/narratives/activities and letting others discover the local heritage. Increase local tourism, increasing local peoples desire to stay at home during vacations to rediscover their city.
MP3-library online Let citizens create, record, upload, download & "borrow" like Audio Books from a public library. (web based forum and/or App)
GPS-tagging with exact geographic locations and directions on how to walk/bike/follow the story in the actual city locations. (see more info about Geo-caching) If there are spoken instructions in the Mp3-file; for instance: jump onto the bus number 88, the listener should choose to do so, similar to when "Alice in the wonderland" crawled into a rabbit hole, and = experience the customized ride.
Equipment: any portable device that the users already own, that they can download Mp3-files to, from the internet — and bring with them into the streets and parks.
all sorts of narrated stories, sounds, background noise/field recordings, spoken word, informational (historic or architectural or botanical/zoologic) descriptions of a geographical location, or any route.
Meant for any mode of transport, from just sitting on a hillside or bench in a park watching the view — to walking around, biking, taking a bus or a train.
And learn as you listen and go along in the stories you can choose from to enjoy.
Web page or App with the library and functionality.
Upload instructions, so that users will be able to create their own stories and geo-tag them in a simple way.
Catalogue, Categorize and browsable in different ways:
1. Geographical (coordinates on a map)
2. Chronological (historic timeline)
3. Chronological (calendar for stories adapted for christmas, midnight, early morning, rainy days etc)
4. Dewey Decimal system (just like library shelves, topics, themes, fictional, educational, current events, historical, local celebrities, nature observations, Documentations of events, descriptions of a building, region…)
5. adapted to different user groups (age appropriate, bicyclists, bus riders…)
6. literary narratives or biographies about literature/movies that take place in those locations
7. Other ways to search/browse/find … ?
Crowdsourced content creation:
People would spontaneously record their stories and trips and guides. There will be lots of creative volunteers that come up with their own individual ideas on how to create unique material, see the videos above. Potential for users to innovate new use around Mp3-s with Geotagging/calendar/wikipedia-connections.
Users can share and vote/recommend any Mp3 in the library (Connect with existing social forums, such as facebook, Google+…)
Authors could write historical narratives & literary storylines that activate the listener into walking or bicycling between different locations.
Real time documentaries or fictional stories that take place at certain times of the year, perhaps horror stories at night?
Environmental reportages; how the environment needs a cleanup or describe how the neighbourhood are cleaner since yesteryear.
Listeners will be able to "experience" the stories and learn, as the narrator and characters make progress through the environment.
This concept should be only a flexible frame work, that allow participants and content creators to use in any way that they can imagine! Construct the framework/infrastructure with flexibility (or "piggy-back" on existing audio-file and sharing technology like soundcloud.com, tagwhat.com, historypin.com, http://www.broadcastr.com, goprotravelling.com or http://www.singaporememory.sg/)
I have lots of different ideas to create income and make this a self sustained project. I will only mention a few of them here:
"Freemium" versions: A new user gets a couple of hours free downloads. (or a couple of hours free per week/month)
Price tag on each mp3 could be set by the creator, if they wish to share it for free or to earn profit from it.
Subscription services could be implemented, Users that pay a monthly fee could download up to X hours per month.
Automatic subscriptions of one of the most downloaded or most "Liked" story once a week could be delivered automatically to your email-box for a monthly fee. (if you receive one story that you already had listened to, you could exchange it for another one from the archive)
Content creators can get limited space to upload their files to, and when reaching a limit they are asked for a fee (or donation) to continue to upload more.
Price level that are proportionally relative in size to the distance that the customer is from the starting GPS-point. Singaporeans would get it nearly for free, while tourists from abroad, that pre-download sound files at their home before they fly to Singapore, will be charged a higher price, and asked for higher donations to local charities.
Purchase and pay for a Mp3, you could be allowed to send one free copy of it to one of their friends = buy 2, pay for 1.
Content creators could set a percentage to donate to charities. They could set any %percentage on the cost for the sound file, that is suggestion for the listener to donate, and to which charity they should choose.
In the end of each sound file, the content creator could include a read message/statement that influences the listener to donate to a charity, or to pay a symbolic sum, that lets them send the same MP3 to one of their friends. "Paying it forward" or "Café sospeso"-system.
Subscribers could earn credits/tokens when they recommend and share sound files on their facebook page, they could use these credits as discount on purchase of more stories. or as tokens to send to their friends as birthday gifts.
Potential addons and features (only mention a few examples):
Connections to wikipedia? to make it possible to read more about famous people that was born or resides at the actual sites.
Organize regularly frequently scheduled open workshops to influence citizens to create new content. (collaborate with sound studios, schools for performing arts, arhitecture/design schools?)
Customize content for visually impaired people or disabled?
"Product Placement" becomes "Geo-location placement"
Content creators could include "paid product placement" from commercial restaurants/shops/companies by including those spots in the narrative about fictional characters, but should also choose to do equally amount of minutes on some sort of "socially responsible product placement" in their narratives, local shops, street vendors, food hawkers, "Mom&Pop-stores". More info, see this concept:"Amazing Singaporeans"
Commercial companies could choose to donate money through this concept, and "order" production of custom sound files by volunteers on this forum, if the company wish to "buy" some sort of customized background sounds in their restaurant or shop. or for their TV or radio adverts.