CDS Shortwave is a project of the Center for Documentary Studies’ DocX lab. Launching in fall 2018, the experimental website showcases the documentary arts as practiced at CDS on a digital platform inspired and informed by analog modes of discovery.
The metaphor of a shortwave radio resonated for us, with its connotations of transmitting and receiving, of participation and discovery across great distances. On a desktop (where you can use your smartphone as a tuner) you’ll discover fresh ways to engage with stories that incorporate audio, photography, film, writing, and new media. A mobile version of CDS Shortwave will allow you to listen anywhere you are (think phone as portable radio). Desktop or mobile, different content appears every time you visit: Three mix stations feature a variety of stories and two stations feature related content; you’ll also find community-sourced sounds, “ghost” stations, the occasional live-stream, and more.
CDS Shortwave is an invitation to wander, listen, and look. Transmitting soon . . . stay tuned.