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iLab Debuts Stylus, an Experiment in Sound, Music and Listening


WBUR has launched Stylus, the third iLab fellowship project, co-created by Zack Ezor and Conor Gillies. Stylus is an experimental series about sound, music, and listening.

For this three-month series, the team is exploring innovative paths for content production and distribution. Rather than produce traditional documentaries on themes relating to sound, they are spending a month at a time exploring three themes: Seeing and Illustrating Music (February), Sounds of the Earth (March), and Sounds of Science Fiction (April). Over the course of each month, Stylus will share different types of content that deeply explore that theme — highly-produced audio, videos, image galleries, explainer pieces, interviews, blog posts, interesting links and more. These will all be collected together on the Stylus Tumblr, which is the main outlet for this new iLab project.

The series debut, Seeing and Illustrating Music, features “A Brief History of the Waveform,” a 12-minute non-narrated piece that provides a foundation for the rest of the month. The Stylus team has also published a visual history of the waveform to accompany the piece, an extended interview with one of the experts from the piece, and an explainer on what sound is. They hope you’ll follow along, as they release new content every day.

The WBUR iLab is the center for innovation, imagination and ideas at WBUR — a place for experimentation with sight and sound. Explore what we’re working on in the iLab, and let us know what you think. Major funding for the WBUR iLab is provided by Biogen IDEC, committed to science and innovation since 1978.


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