The Future Of Radio

What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at the BBC. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

Episodes

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0101Sweet Smell Of Success2014073020190717 (BBC7)In this week's episode, they discover that radio can transmit smells and use them to enhance the output of the Radio Drama Department.

Luke.... William Beck
Trish.... Emma Kilbey
Shelley.... Lizzy Watts
Felix.... David Brett
with Joan Walker and Chris Stanton

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2014.

BBC boffins explore the possibilities of broadcasting smells over the airwaves.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio, by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at the BBC. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, they discover that radio can transmit smells and use them to enhance the output of the Radio Drama Department.

Luke.... William Beck
Trish.... Emma Kilbey
Shelley.... Lizzy Watts
Felix.... David Brett
with Joan Walker and Chris Stanton

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2014.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

0102Plastic Fantastic2014080620190724 (BBC7)What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this episode, Luke and Trish seem to have cracked the old Star-Trek conundrum – how do you transport physical objects through space?

Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Aileen/Stella....Joan Walker
Lawrence....Chris Stanton

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale.

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

BBC boffins explore the possibilities of combining radio with 3D printing.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio, by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this episode, Luke and Trish seem to have cracked the old Star-Trek conundrum – how do you transport physical objects through space?

Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Aileen/Stella....Joan Walker
Lawrence....Chris Stanton

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

0103Breaking Small2014081320190731 (BBC7)What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, Luke invents a nano radio pill that can be taken orally. But the ingested radio molecules have curious side-effects.

Cast:
Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
With Chris Stanton, Joan Walker & Ben Crowe.

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

BBC boffins explore the possibilities of radio and nano technology.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio, by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, Luke invents a nano radio pill that can be taken orally. But the ingested radio molecules have curious side-effects.

Cast:
Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
With Chris Stanton, Joan Walker & Ben Crowe.

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

0104 LASTGood Vibrations2014082020190814 (BBC7)What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, Luke discovers that certain low frequencies add a whole new dimension to Book At Bedtime.

Cast:
Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Bella /Lola....Joan Walker
Des Redmond....Ben Crowe
Peter Kent....Chris Stanton

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

BBC boffins explore the erotic possibilities of low frequencies.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio, by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio, by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

What is the future of radio? In a world of digital overload can the public be expected to just listen to something without any pictures? Is the radio era over? The Institute of Radiophonic Evolution (IRE), based in South Mimms, is working hard to give radio a bright future.

Their secret work is revealed in these programmes which draw on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to keep radio relevant.

Instead of just adding pictures, the lab is working on ways to transmit smells, vibrations, and 3D images, as well as a way of putting radio into listeners' very brains!

It sounds impossible, but the IRE boffins believe in making the impossible audible. And that's their motto.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, Luke discovers that certain low frequencies add a whole new dimension to Book At Bedtime.

Cast:
Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Bella /Lola....Joan Walker
Des Redmond....Ben Crowe
Peter Kent....Chris Stanton

Pianist: Mike Woolley

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

0201The Absence App2016012720200213 (BBC7)Audio boffins develop an app that stops communication \u2013 to give us all a bit of peace.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

These programmes reveal the secret work of the Institute of Radiophonic Evolution in South Mimms - drawing on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to push forward the boundaries of the emerging digital technologies.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week’s episode, they develop the Absence App and use it to disrupt a politically controversial radio broadcast.

Cast:
Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
with Chris Stanton and Jessica Carroll

Written by Jerome Vincent & Stephen Dinsdale

Producer David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio, by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at the BBC. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this episode, they develop the Absence App and use it to disrupt a politically controversial radio broadcast.

With Chris Stanton and Jessica Carroll

Written by Jerome Vincent & Stephen Dinsdale

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2016.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

0202Mashup Heaven2016020320200220 (BBC7)Radio boffins assist Skanksy \u2013 the aural graffiti artist.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

These programmes reveal the secret work of the Institute of Radiophonic Evolution in South Mimms - drawing on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to push forward the boundaries of the emerging digital technologies.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this episode, they help audio graffiti artist Skanksy to mashup BBC Radio 4 – and try to unmask his secret identity at the same time.

Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Prunella....Sarah Badel
Pontius....Chris Stanton

Written by Jerome Vincent & Stephen Dinsdale

Producer David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2016.

Written by Jerome Vincent & Stephen Dinsdale

0203Bad Continuity2016021020200227 (BBC7)Audio boffins create an algorithm to put radio announcers out of work.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

These programmes reveal the secret work of the Institute of Radiophonic Evolution in South Mimms - drawing on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to push forward the boundaries of the emerging digital technologies.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this week's episode, they develop an algorithm to replace continuity announcers – resulting in industrial unrest and ‘easy listening’ on every BBC radio network – which is fine if you’re a James Last fan.

Cast:
Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Colin....Chris Stanton
with Jessica Carroll

Written by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale
Producer David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

In this episode, they develop an algorithm to replace continuity announcers – resulting in industrial unrest and ‘easy listening’ on every BBC radio network – which is fine if you’re a James Last fan.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2016.

0204 LASTFriends Electric2016021720200305 (BBC7)Audio boffins explore the possibilities of the Internet of Things.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.

These programmes reveal the secret work of the Institute of Radiophonic Evolution in South Mimms - drawing on conference calls, voice notes and life-logs, to tell a compelling and strange story of the technological lengths to which the researchers will go to push forward the boundaries of the emerging digital technologies.

Each week a jiffy bag of sound files arrives at BBC Radio 4. We listen to the contents to discover what backroom boffins Luke Mourne and Professor Trish Baldock (ably assisted by Shelley – on work experience) have been up to.

In this episode, jealousy of a fellow inventor drives Luke to take Artificial Intelligence to the next level.

Luke....William Beck
Trish....Emma Kilbey
Shelley....Lizzy Watts
Felix....David Brett
Leary....Eddie Eyre
Pontius....Chris Stanton
with Chris Stanton and Jessica Carroll

Written by Jerome Vincent & Stephen Dinsdale

Producer David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2016.

Audio boffins explore the possibilities of the Internet of Things.

Comedy series making fun of technology and radio.