Sunday, October 26, 2008

General Purpose Podcast #3: A Walk in the Park with Veronica

Step inside the mind of a pre-school girl as she takes a walk in the woods with her father at sunset, and lets her imagination, creativity, and sense of humor off the leash.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

General Purpose Podcast #2: I Like Peanut Butter

In which you, the lucky listener, get to hear a sound collage containing, among other things, the sounds of my two-year-old son Sam chewing on a piece of toast liberally smeared with peanut butter and drawing on a chalkboard. I also interview my four-year-old daughter Veronica about dragons, and accompany the two of them on my tenor ukulele.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

General Purpose Podcast #1: Learning to Listen

Today’s subject: Learning to Listen. Subtitled: What I Heard on my Summer Vacation, by little Paul R. Potts, age 40.

So, this past summer along with microphones and other recording gear I acquired a Sony PCM-D50 portable recorder. This is a little box with built-in microphones that does high-quality audio recording directly to flash memory. The microphones in this thing are very sensitive, and you can add a lot of gain to make sounds that are normally below the threshold at which we would notice them seem very loud indeed. It’s interesting to hear what this device picks up with its ears that are much more inherently objective than my ears are. If you combine the two and add a few lithium AA batteries you’ve got a hand-held device that will make hours of remarkable field recordings and let you upload them directly to your computer.

So for this first episode of my general purpose podcast, I’m going to share with you a little bit of what I heard on my summer vacation, and talk a little bit about listening.

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