Sound Walk Hilversum and DBLR projects completed

SoundwalkDBLRIn the past four months a student team has been working as part of the SiLab in two projects:
– DBLR media
– Sound Walk Hilversum

The two assignments were:
– Sound Walk Hilversum: bring back liveliness to the city center of Hilversum by giving attention to the rich media history of the city. This is done by guiding people through the city with an interactive sound walk.
– DBLR: research new concepts and new application fields for the DBLR app/technology.

During the research process the students decided to merge the projects into one since the DBLR project was in need for content and the Sound Walk Hilversum project was in need of technology to test the ideas for the sound walk. The project continued under the project name ‘The Soundwalk’.

The concept for The Soundwalk is that of an interactive sound walk for a wide age group, with lots of playful elements and a finalising reward for the player. Target audience for the concept are families. More specific families visiting Beeld & Geluid (The Netherlands Institute For Sound and Vision) in Hilversum. The sound walk starts there and takes visitors on tour through some historical radio and television spots in the city and ends in the city center.

Below is a short video impression of the concept for The Soundwalk app. Please note that all of this was done within the context of a research project. This app is not a final product but a proof-of-concept to demonstrate the possibilities. The commissioners of the assignment B35/The White Box and DBLR Media are looking into a continuation of the ideas of the students and if it is possible to realise a real version of The Soundwalk.

The Soundwalk – concept presentation from Sonic Interaction Lab on Vimeo.

Sound Walk Hilversum


Hilversum is often called the Mediacity of The Netherlands. The first broadcasts for radio and television came from this city. Famous is the Mediapark with many television studios and the offices of the broadcasters. However since some years Hilversum is not always and by everybody seen as center of Dutch radio and television.

Because of this B35 Concepts, a creative think thank of local entrepreneurs, has started a campaign for the city of Hilversum called The White Box. This campaign aims at generating creative media solutions for economical, cultural, educational and social issues within the city. By doing this the want to give the city of Hilversum a boost and establish connections between creative and commercial forces in Hilversum.

A multidisciplinary student team from the HKU have started a research project to come up with ideas for a sound walk in Hilversum to show the rich media history as well as the current creative forces within the city (center).

The students are doing research on the current state of sound walk and what technique is best to use in telling the story about media culture in Hilversum. They are establishing connections with the Netherlands Institute For Sound And Vision (Beeld en Geluid) as well as with historians with an expertise on local media history as with alumni from the HKU whom work in the field of (interactive) sound walks and narrative design.