mobile audio+mms blogging

01_Dial Elbarrio, Stephanie Owens, Parsons


DIALelbarrio is an “embedded” documentary in the streets of Spanish Harlem. By making the stories, images, and videos accessible to anyone with a cell phone, the project seeks to establish an ongoing, street-accessible narrative of its people and history. DIALelbarrio makes contributing information about the neighborhood, its people, places and histories as convenient as making a phone call.

—how it works—


Send a text message to “24442” with the word “startDIAL” or comienzaDIAL as the message. The message “comienzaDIAL” will send information in Spanish and “startDIAL” will send information in English.


Start by standing in front of the James de la Vega mural on 106th street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. Text “24442” with this message: “mural lex.106.3” (without the quotation marks). You will receive an MMS message in your phone inbox that includes an image of the mural and related information. If there is more than one mural in the nearby area, you will receive multiple MMS messages.



Once the mural image is retrieved, you can view a larger image and read more detailed information about the mural from your desktop computer later. Enter your mobile phone number at the top of the website and all the images that you saw on your phone as thumbnails will be displayed in large format. You can also contribute to what is known about the murals in this section. ‘ More…

02_Dial A chawl, Mobile Geographies@Parsons, Charles Broskoski,Eric Nunez,Emilia Wiles


This is a mobile audio-blog develloped in the Mobile Geographies Collaboration studio for the Girangaon Mil area in Mumbai.(see earlier posts) Following a voice menu, users can upload a story, listen to other entries, answer questions about their neighborhood and vote for the best entry so far. Here is a user test

Good and FREE technologies to use, are

gabcast or g-cast are free podcasting services that allow you to upload recordings from your mobile phone to a podcast and embed that in your blog and so on.

cafe bevocal – voice xml service

03_Call a diva, Zoe Irvine


To be part of DIAL-A-DIVA all you need to do is sing or talk into a telephone, or use your phone as a microphone wherever singing or vocal performance happens. Dial-a-Diva call centre will link as many different types of singing, from as many locations as possible to a wide international audience of telephone listeners. Whether at home, in a concert hall or bar, whether professionally or just for fun, whether accompanied or solo, whatever the vocal performace Dial-a-Diva would love to have you taking part. Sign up, we’ll arrange a slot in the schedule and call you at the time of your concert wherever you are – world wide participation is free.more…


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