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-> Dirk Waldik
-> Application Programer | Databases | Exhibitions | Interactive Developer | Online Systems | Web Developer
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Dirk is a specialist in Interactive Technologies and has been developing Information and Navigation Systems for the web and interactive media for the past 6 years. He possesses a thorough understanding of community-based websites, having worked on projects such as the innovative online radio Last.fm. This site features a complex mapping system, which learns from the musical tastes of the site's visitors. Recently Dirk created an interactive map of Berlin, which is on display in the Town Hall.

Below are some examples of commercial and personal projects this Team Member has recently worked on

->The Players Association
-> Brand Identity | CMS | Hosting | Marketing Material | Newsletter | Website
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The tools for music production and audio mixing are becoming more affordable and accessible, while the range of equipment is constantly expanding and evolving with demand. DJs now have the opportunity to mix with Vinyl Turntables, CD Mixers, MP3 players, Samplers and Laptops.

The Players Association is an initiative conceived and developed by the team at Raw Nerve. The online resource allows established and emerging DJs alike to upload and share mixes for free and gain international exposure to music lovers from around the globe. The site is among the first DJ portals to offer an integrated search engine, enabling the user to search for musical genres as well as individual tracks by artist or song name.

There is no other DJ Mix website on the market that offers this combination of resources.

Dirk Waldik, the technical lead on the project, was one of the developers responsible for Audioscrobbler, a powerful community mapping tool behind the popular internet radio site Last.FM. The Audioscrobbler system is a database that tracks listening habits and calculates relationships and recommendations based on the music people listen to.

->Penguin Books / Dowcarter
-> Interactive Media | Website
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Raw Nerve worked closely with Dowcarter’s Design Team and Content Management Developers to develop interactive online catalogues for Penguin Books, Penguin Press and Puffin. Joanna Prior, publicity and marketing director at Penguin, said: “We all feel that this new site is a brilliant showcase for our new season’s lists and has the potential to generate excitement and interest in our books amongst a larger audience than ever before.”

-> Interactive Installation | Motion Graphics | Video Production
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Originally created for our entry in The Deptford Design Festival 04, DigiScope is based on the penny arcades of the late 1800s - one of earliest ways of viewing motion pictures. Participating businesses, eco designers and artists in the festival were provided with an industrial recycling bin with a challenge to transform it into a exhibit of beauty and wonder, in some way particular to their working practice. The interface was made from found objects - a coffee grinder handle and a computer mouse. Turning the handle controlled the playback of experimental animations and videos created by members of the Raw Nerve team, and were viewed through the velvet lined peephole. DigiScope was also featured in the lobby of Metropolitan University's Central House and The Houses of Parliament during Recycling Week. You can see a photo of the latter in Adbusters Sept/October 2005 edition, alongside Artmonger's piece "Bling Bin".