Posted in Radio by Generator on Wednesday 29th of February 2012
The famously eclectic record collection of late, great Radio One DJ and presenter John Peel will be displayed virtually in an online recreation of his home studio.
Arts Council England project ‘The Space’ will allow users to browse through a portion of Peel’s 25,000 vinyl LPs (of which only 24,999 are reported to be by The Fall), with The John Peel Centre aiming to make 100 albums a week available online throughout the project. The online experience will also include the DJ’s personal notes, home movies, contributors' stories and newly filmed interviews with his family and musicians.
Tom Barker, director of the John Peel Centre, said: "What we're hoping to do is create an online interactive museum which answers the question 'What is in John Peel's record collection?' but also provides the audience with a visualisation of it. This is the first step in the journey of making one of the most important archives in modern music history available completely."
Quite. It is also a bit like a High Fidelity version of The Sims video game, which should perhaps also include a virtual tour of London’s toilet venues, the continual hissing sound of C96 cassettes and an eventual progression to a coveted virtual seat at Steve Lamaq’s roundtable.
Generator was also commissioned by The Space to produce a sequence of multi-discipline commissions, site-specific performances and live events.