Hard of Hearing Radio
February 27, 2003 4:08 AM   Subscribe

Hard of Hearing Radio (warning: link goes fullscreen AND has popup windows. but it's worth it, really!) is a Canadian radio program targeted at listeners with mild hearing loss, that aims to "challenge the assumption that broadcast media should be tailored only to those with a flawless ability to perceive it's content." The site contains lots of high quality mp3s of broadcasts as well as some articles about the subject and links to related topics. Recommended listening for fans of bands like Sigur Ros, Godspeed You Black Emperor, labels like Constellation, and readers of FakeJazz. Quite possibly might also be enjoyed by those who smoke a lot of . . . Yeah. So for those deaf folks out there, what do you listen for in music? What are your favorite genres and groups?
posted by atom128 (10 comments total)
God, what an idiotic, annoying design. Hey webmonkeys, if I want to put your site in a new window or make it take up the whole screen, I know how to do that, OK?

Interesting idea for a radio program, but I'd never tolerate the website for more than a minute or two.
posted by Zonker at 5:07 AM on February 27, 2003

The design is rather irritating, but if you fall at that first hurdle, you miss some great music. The announcer's little introductory spiels are pretty good too, packing in plenty of information about the needs of deaf listeners, with a rather eccentric line in genre definition - full marks for managing to get from Monet to Ganger in the space of a few seconds.
posted by jack_mo at 5:50 AM on February 27, 2003

Anything that gets Godspeed You Black Emperor some play-time is good in my books. I love those crazy Montreal'ers.
posted by Dark Messiah at 6:57 AM on February 27, 2003

The design might be awful. BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER!

Design is a luxery. Having travelled for many years in Africa and Asia I can tell you that people live their short lives there with NO DESIGN WHATSOEVER. What I mean is that they go to a store and buy a magazine or whatever that looks like crap to our upper-class North American eyes and they still read it. The streets are dirty, houses are on fire, cattle run around shitting on the kids, and it doesn't matter one lick. People go to work, raise their kids, have sex, whatever... and the design all sucks.

Imposing some notion of design on people... well welcome to American imperialism 2.0. We waste money and resources like no one ever has in history. Most design is a waste. The Earth is our body but the USA is a cancer, and people around the world known this more and more everyday. They don't care about design, they care about content.

Design = Bullshit.
posted by johnnydark at 6:59 AM on February 27, 2003

what's wrong with thoughtfully making things easy, intuitive, and simple to use?
posted by Vidiot at 7:21 AM on February 27, 2003

re: songs for the deaf, well, there's always Songs for the Deaf.

re: johnnydark. good morning, sunshine!
posted by gwint at 7:58 AM on February 27, 2003

Chevy Chase : And now, a message from Hard of Hearing Radio.

posted by Stan Chin at 8:58 AM on February 27, 2003

you are so right. It is so much more _REAL_ if websites have extraneous flash and take over your screen. It really puts we imperialists back down where we need to be , fucking and dying.

In case you are wondering, i am completely aware that my response makes as much fucking sense as your original
posted by das_2099 at 9:00 AM on February 27, 2003


i was hoping the very obvious warning that you were gonna get a terribly designed webpage would mean that if that kinda thing bothered you, you wouldn't be dumb enough to click it and then bitch about it.

but i was wrong.
posted by atom128 at 1:43 PM on February 27, 2003

Well, I can't seem to make it do anything, in either web browser on my computer... too bad 'cause it sounds interesting.

As far as design, I'm always quite happy with no design. It's over-design and design that doesn't work that are the problem. Let me read the text, see the images, watch the movies, and hear the audio. Don't put anything in my way. That's all that matters. Add some good design to spice it up a little if you want.
posted by Emanuel at 8:20 PM on February 27, 2003

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