Show and tell: exploring Radio 3's new website ...
Interactive Editor Gabriel Gilson on the new-look Radio 3 website.
The new-look Radio 3 website is now with us - if you've reached this far you've already started to engage with it. So this is my chance to welcome you and explain a bit more about how it works. You can read about the background in my previous post. I'll devote the rest of this one to a quick guide to the key features. If there's anything not clear, or bits and pieces you'd like to know about then feel free to add a comment and I'll update this text as soon as I can.
To listen to Radio 3 live in normal quality, click the word 'Listen' in the red panel in the top right hand of the screen. You'll also find information about the programme that's on now and next. To listen in HD Sound – the highest quality audio stream offered by the BBC – click the HD Sound button. Most people should have no trouble with this stream, but it's still new for us so we've kept it as an option. Follow this link for more information about HD Sound.
Click on the word 'Schedule' in the navigation bar above the main picture, or in the red lozenge to the right of the main image. This will take you to a view of the whole of this week's schedule. You can change the view to see one day at a time, or to add more or less information by using the 'View' buttons near the top of the schedule display. These can be very helpful, so it's worth having a play to find which view suits you best.
Tracklists and Playlists
Almost all our music shows publish a track-by-track list of the music they've played (and we're working hard to ensure they all do it). Follow the links in the 'Playlists' panel to find the programme you're interested in.
You can listen to nearly all Radio 3 programmes for up to 7 days after broadcast. We'll promote highlights from the site and you can find any programme you like via the 'Programmes' or 'Schedule' links in the top navigation bar.
Classical, Jazz, World, Arts & Drama
Radio 3 offers a wide range of output. To help you find the type of music or speech you're interested in, we have a main page for each type ('genre' in BBC- speak). You can get to these using the Classical, Jazz, World and Arts & Drama options in the top navigation. Along with details of broadcasts, there's a wealth of related content on each of those pages – including archive programmes.
Many of you asked to be able to find information or choose what to listen to by composer. The Composer option in the top navigation is the first step. It lists all the composers we have information on. Usually this will include a biography, recent concert clips and documentaries from the Radio 3 archive. This is a new, permanent offer, and one which we're very excited to be able to make available.
Radio 3 is renowned for broadcasting a large number of live concerts with the best musicians in the world. All this music is available to Listen for up to 7 days after broadcast.
You can choose a complete concert to listen from those currently available, or you can choose an individual work from our highlights. These are offered as part of the BBC's 'Music Showcase' and you can listen to one work at a time, or use the 'play all' function to listen to them all back-to-back.
We've added hundreds of hours of Radio 3 archive from the Composer of the Week and Discovering Music strands. You can get to these from promotions on the home page or browse the complete collection via the 'Composer' page.
You can browse past editions of Jazz Library – available to listen or download and keep. These cover many well known artists and we'll add more over the coming weeks.
The World Archive features hundreds of hours of unique location recordings of music from all over the world.
Each music page now has a panel showing the latest reviews from BBC Music. Follow the links to see the full list of available reviews. Recommendations from Radio 3's own review show – CD Review – are available via the programme page or composer page.