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Surf the Russian Radio Waves

New website allows tuning into any local broadcast.

The “Radio Garden” project, created for the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision by the interactive design firms Studio Puckey and Moniker, launched a couple of days ago and already caught the attention of media outlets. The website allows navigating the interactive satellite map and listening to any broadcast – even to those operating at the far reaches of our planet. 

Although at the moment most stations available are located in Europe and United States, inquisitive listener can still explore radio waves elsewhere. Going through Russian frequencies, you can stumble upon the Orthodox chants at the city of Yekaterinburg, classic compositions on Moscow-based “Orpheus” station and local pop hits played at the capital of the Mari-El Republic, Yoshkar-Ola. Or you can listen to the historical broadcast, dedicated to the flight of the first woman in space – the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

Developers aim to prove that "radio knows no borders," revealing new sonic territories to wander through. No language, just sound – that's all we need to know.