1/25/13: Decadio webcast offers streams of music and other audio from specific decades

Paul Maloney
January 25, 2013 - 11:40am

The so-new-it's-still-under-development webcast Decadio (who doesn't love a clever portmanteau?) is a series of audio channels focused on the music and sounds of each decade from 1910 through today.

Sight8, the company designing Decadio, explains, "Decadio allows listeners to simply select a frequency on a dial and feel transported in time, hearing voices from the past to the present, both familiar and unknown."

You "tune in" using a sliding radio band that's really a timeline (see the image). Listening to "1930s," we heard music from Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt, and vintage radio ads for Dodge and Jello Chocolate Pudding. Sliding up (through audible static!) to the 1970s, we heard Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and Fleetwood Mac. In between decades, there are small audio nuggest to discover (we heard a radio report about the Beatles at Shea Stadium).

To be true, it's not yet a finished product, but you can request an invitation to try it here -- or simply watch a demo video (and read the press release) here.

Paul Maloney
January 25, 2013 - 11:55am

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has applied to the FCC for a license to fire up an experimental radio service around its Mountain View, CA headquarters. But as Google's small-scale wireless network would be on frequencies -- from 2524 to 2625 megahertz -- that aren't accessed by nearly any consumer mobile device out now, it's likely they want to experiment with developing wireless data delivery technology. 

"Those frequencies, which could work well in densely populated areas, could be important in the future because mobile operators in China, Brazil and Japan already are building wireless networks using them, meaning that compatible devices eventually will be manufactured..." reports The Journal.

Read more in The Wall Street Journal here and Digital Trends here.