OZONE net radio
Internet radio Ozone was founded in 1997 by Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits (E-LAB). Once a week there was a livestream session held at the Ozone studio with participation of sound artists, musicians, DJ’s and remote online participants. Ozone was active node at the Xchange network. During the 10 years of its existence a large archive of streaming session has been created starting from collaborative online jam sessions up to experiments with mobile streaming.
Year 2003 – 2007
OZONE started the live streaming in November 1997 by transmitting online all events from the Art+Communication'97 festival in Riga. Since then OZONE was producing once in a week experimental live net.radio programmes featuring live music jam sessions and eclectic mixes from E-LAB studio, poetry readings, live interviews, DJ sets, ambient recordings from events, electronic music, etc. A number of local groups and individuals – musicians, DJs, multimedia artists, poets, theorists, etc. were involved – video artist Martins Ratniks and others from E-LAB, Sloka Sound Systems musicians, sound artist Peteris Kimelis, Orbita, Varka Crew dj's, Clausthome, Casablanca 2000, DJs AG & Raitis, to name just a few.
It never was the issue – how many listeners are there. (Often in studio were more people then those listening online). Also producing of the content was not so important. The only substantial value for OZONE artists was the process of experimenting and experiencing live sound streams on the internet. During its live sessions, OZONE also coordinated Xchange Open Channel collaborative broadcasting experiments. During the 1998 OZONE also experimented with mobile streaming possibilities – transmitting from clubs in Riga (using tiny telephone line and laptop with Real server and encoder installed on it), as well as from train (using mobile telephone for audio transmission to OZONE at E-LAB studio) – during the mobile contemporary art event, taking place on the train Riga-Ventspils.
OZONE net.radio was most active during the period from 1997 to 2003 having regular weekly programmes. Later livestreams were produced more rarely, mainly streaming from events organised by RIXC.
We Are On The Net. net.art.lv, kim?, Riga, Latvia, November – December 2010