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In 1996, long before the Youtubes of our world, there were 2 internet pioneers in Switzerland starting a site called BoomBox. A boombox is originally a tape-recorder which could be carried around so you could have your favorite tunes blasting wherever you go. But what is BoomBox.net?
The 2 pioneers referred to BoomBox.net as an online sound system, a platform for musical nonconformists dwelling in the hip hop, drum n bass and electronic club scene. Furthermore they believed that this new technology at the time called streaming media conformed better with the technology used to create these forms of club music; most of this music is created with computers, so what better way to distribute it then with computers.
Apart from this, and probably their main reason for starting BoomBox.net, innovative music is usually not carried by main radio and TV-stations which at the time had a very local area of broadcast. BoomBox.net broke these borders and gave anybody with even a low bit rate internet connection the opportunity to stay up to date and feel the beats and energy that formed music club life from 1996 until 2004.
If you navigate through the archive of BoomBox.net, you will find a who is who of that period including Rahzel, Carl Craig, Roni Size, DJ Krust, DJ Spooky, Kahn, Modernist, Herbert, Mix Master Mike, and many many more. The quality of the audio and video changes between the live sets. But delivering Hi-Fi was never the goal, Lo-Fi was the aesthetic and the restrictive bandwidth that was available at the time was definitely a decisive factor too.
Nowadays the bandwidth is there, the technology is there, but the true innovative pioneering spirit is gone. Spending night after night in clubs organising and broadcasting concerts, DJ-sets, and b-boy events not out of commercial interest but out of passion for the music and the club life and being able to share this with like minded music lovers all over the world is a rare treat nowadays...
BoomBox.net doesnt broadcast anymore since a few years, but part of its large archive is there and gives us a unique and intimate entry into an era of urban electric culture which was just as innovative as the internet boom itself.
So sit back, relax and go Lo-Fi with BoomBox.net...