Busker Du turns public payphones into global microphones for musicians, buskers and those who have something to say. Call in, let the phone hang and we'll record and publish it to the web.
There are some great musicians performing on the streets of New York, many underground. My friend Ryan Holsopple and I created a small website that allows people to call from a payphone and record street musicians which immediately gets posted to an audio blog. This site is called buskerdu.com for a play on the 80’s band Husker Du from Minnesota.
Unfortunately the site is now closed, it was too expensive to run. Perhaps we'll open it again in time.
The basics of the system, we accept an incoming phone call into our Asterisk server. The asterisk server runs a simple script that plays a welcome message and like a voice mail system records a message. After the phone is hung up the recorded song (message) will be uploaded to our web server, converted into an MP3 file and posted to our Wordpress blog.
Asterisk is amazing and I hope to play with it more in the future, controlling incoming and outgoing calls, connecting callers to recording dialog; all of this is available on a reliable open source piece of software. Amazing.