With the idea that – data can be placed anywhere – Riga based E-LAB artists organization (Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Jaanis Garancs) with founded net.radio OZONE in the spring of 1997. Initially, while E-LAB didn't have its own server, it was playing around idea of “networked radio” – in terms of its structure, and using shared resources. Various parts of OZONE net.radio were located in different places: web-site – on the local ISP provider's parks.lv server in Riga (which later was moved to E-LAB's own re-lab.net server), while audio files – on RIS (later – orang.orang.org) server in Berlin and on xs4all.nl in Amsterdam. In this setting OZONE was archived-radio only, publishing online recordings from live jam sessions, organized by E-LAB together with musicians Ugis Vitins and Toms Vitins.
OZONE started their 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, DJs 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 djs, Clausthome, Casablanca 2000, DJs AG & Raitis, to name just a few.
OZONE net.radio was most active during the 1997-2003 making their programmes weekly. Later more rarely, but also today it is still broadcasting occasionally, mainly streaming from events organized by RIXC (former E-LAB).
Although a part of the audio files, which were hosted by orang.orang.org have been lost – due hackers attack, there is still large archive available online – more then 200 audio files (about 400 hours or 20 days long sound material).
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