Radio Nouspace intends to create new knowledge regarding the importance of sound in narrative and storytelling. Radio, based on sound (human voice and other), provides an excellent laboratory. To assist in this work, Radio Nouspace experiments with affordances and interface designs of future radio to archive and curate sound(s) associated with aural narrative in both streaming and on demand contexts. In this undertaking, Radio Nouspace utilizes a practice-based approach to methodologies, histories, and theories of radio + sound art curation. Reports on these iterations are available as multimedia "infocasts." As a result, Radio Nouspace is both an installation / performance work and a research site, instantiating its archival and curatorial practices in streaming and on demand formats.
Select "programs" channel for information about Radio Nouspace content . . . the "listen" channel for ways of listening to the streaming broadcast . . . the "archives" channel for on demand listening to curated aural artifacts . . . the "infocasts" channel for documentaries regarding different aspects of Radio Nouspace's work . . . the "about" channel for more information. Archiving and curating sounds of electronic literature is the focus of the "radioELO" channel. Enjoy!
Why archive and curate sound?
Sound dissipates soon after its creation. Despite this ephemerality, sound is . .
the prompt for abstract thought
the phoneme for speech (verbalization of abstract thought)
the central component of narrative (the recounting of a sequence of events and their meaning)
the driver of storytelling (the addition of setting, plot, characters, logical unfolding of events, a climax)
the basis for literature (written works considered to possess lasting artistic merit) and the various practices and cultures associated with its production and consumption (reading, writing, and listening)
the compelling feature of the cultural and social configurations humans create in response to the swirl of abstract thoughts they encounter within themselves and their their surrounding environments.
Why use radio to archive and curate sound?
The content of radio is speech and other sounds. [1 ] Given only sound, one must engage in the act of listening. This promotes critical thinking, interaction, even immersion.
 Marshall McLuhan argued the content of any new medium was always another, older medium. Speech and orality allowed the communication of abstract thought. Storytellers produced explanations for the sounds in acoustic space and wove them into larger narratives that helped explain the presence and purpose of humankind. Orality provided a means to preserve and share cultural histories and memories. Alphabets and writing preserved and extended the aural nature of speech but emphasized the solitary, visual experience of reading or writing. Radio subsumed speech, returning emphasis to the aural.