# Jingle Tales
Device ( ) Writing ( ) Design/Illustrations ( ) ...
## Short description (250 words)
We speak about a project that we did in Mirzapur, India where we sent laptops made of Raspberry Pis to young women that they could play with, reconfigure and explore their interests through. The problem ahead of us, was how do we demonstrate the tactility and adaptability of these devices while having to compete with more ‘complete’(read blackboxed) devices like phones and laptops. This recipe is a mix of one of these ideas, to be able to OWN your device by customising the boot-up sound. The process would be an exploration of learning the device, a little bit of sound editing and learning to adapt python scripts.
Three keywords that reflect the themes of your recipe
Tinker-play, Alternative Self-learning, Vernacular devices
## Long description (500~800 words)
Please respond to the following questions in your description:
Q. What is the context or background that inspired your recipe?
We, at Janastu, build decentralised Community Owned Wi-Fi [COW] mesh networks to provide low-cost last mile internet connectivity in remote areas. We raise questions about technology and different learning mediums for communities, and develop hypermedia annotation tools for archival needs of communities for inclusion of low-semi literates as first-class internet citizens, and not as next billion users.
We have been hacking together more of an unPC: a not-so-personal computer, with a Raspberry Pi core, called the Aamne Saamne Pi (ASPi). It is a community-owned white box laptop which facilitates the creation, discovery, and re-narration of community expressions. It also enables the use of personal devices as extensions of community-owned network devices.
Our primary objective was to encourage rural women, students, young women in traditional labor and skill contexts — typically low literate, as well as unconnected or unable to discover or publish useful content on the internet — to find purposeful online communities to actively engage with for their collective needs of skill development and entrepreneurial aspirations.
### Q. Which community are you offering the recipe to?
Through the Work 4 Progress project, we started to experiment with our ideas of how to deal with this. We were bringing these ideas to the communities that we were partnering with to see if they would agree with us and see value in such an approach. W4P with Development Alternatives have been helping stimulate economic initiatives over a couple of years now in Mirzapur, UP. It is one of the districts that were identified as one of the backward districts. Janastu actively engaged in a dialogue with some of the girls from a few villages. Our team (Dinesh and Shalini) visited Mirzapur for community outreach and identifying local partners to help develop such networks before the lockdown. After the lockdown, it was essential to be able to enable remote collaboration and online education. This brought forward the need for providing connected devices to the girls. However, this was a decision that we couldn’t and didn’t make lightly. As their exposure to the Internet, connected devices and the Web increases through interventions like ours, there is no option but to nurture a safe and cohesive community network. . The values like play, tinkering, openness and access become important for the platform we want to choose for the girls.
### Q. How does your submission relate to intersectional feminism?
While phones might be most familiar in low literate contexts, they are inherently personal devices. In low income areas they are generally unavailable to the women and the low literate members of a household. Devices could instead be inclusive, available to a group and adaptable to different contexts. Encouraging the reuse, repair and recycling of peripherals was one of our objectives. This involves the girls asserting their identity and voicing out their opinions, expressing their likes and dislikes in a safe space away from the prying eyes of the algorithm. To be able to do these things, just a slight prompt works wonders. When we showed the girls the hacky jingles that we recorded and shipped the devices with, they exclaimed that we can also put our songs as boot up sounds. These kinds of catalysts go a long way to the aim of making devices playable.
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### Further readings (optional)
When you have a ASPi infront of you, open it up try and familiarise yourself with all the parts of it.
Speakers, screen, keyboard, camera, power bank, different cables: usb c, micro usb, hdmi, charger
Familiarise yourself with the cables, try to match the slots with cables:
Connect speaker to the screen/pi
Keyboard to screen/pi
Camera to screen/pi
Put in power and start
Did you hear the jingle that played?
Lets change that jingles to something that you want to hear
Look into the folders try going in one, try coming out of it , try going finding etc, (add different folder names)
Type in this link: git hub link
Copy these files in the /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart folder
Shut down the pi and switch it on.
Did you hear the song. Did it change?
Look the big red button at top press it try speaking something, did you see a wave forming. Press pause and save the file
Try recording your voice, try singing a song, bring in what you want that jingle to be...maybe your mothers voice calling you out, or that one song which you fell asleep to at the end of the day
Copy this file in the autorun folder
Copy as many songs you want to the folder
Turn off pi and start again. What did you hear?
What do you want to hear more?
Sanket please make us understand the code
Also check it the recipe is right