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Sunday, May 20, 2018

On Vacation This Week

On on vacation all week, and I aim to begin work on a few projects.

1. I really want to begin writing and recording audio essays. My first topic will focus on how I am reading Harry Potter for the first time at the age of 34, and whether or not my view of the character will be different from those whom grew up along side the character.

2. Production will begin in earnest on my ghost story's podcast. I think I'm going to make it a two parter. The first part will focus on just the stories. Part two could focus on the social impact ghost stories have on us as a society.

3. I took out two books from the Chicago Public Library. (Girl Waits with Gun and Harry Potter.) I think I may have bitten off more than I could chew. I typically only read a book at a time. I felt ambitious for some reason this week. Maybe it is the vacation talking.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The 5.8.18 Listomania Edition

1. This week I began an online course to become a certified online professor.  The course is six weeks long, and I have homework to complete. I don't know if I'm feeling homework. I am so used to coming home and doing whatever I want. Homework at 34....

2. I'm two listens away from 50 total listens for the Analog Experience. I'm pretty pleased with that, although I always wish that it could get a few more. Maybe triple digits... However its just a reflection that need to do better when comes promoting my work. I've never really been good at self promotion, and I'm always afraid of being that one guy who annoys their friends by always promoting one thing or another.

3. Speaking of promoting, I just finished an Agatha Christie novel entitled: "The Mystery of the Blue Train". It was a super fun read. Christie's Hercule Poirot is on par with Sherlock Holmes in my humble opinion.

4. I found a new musician who I am enjoying very much. His name is Ry Cooder, and his latest record is called "The Prodigal Son". Its very blues/folky/roots music. There's also a very strong spirituality to the music which I am rather enjoying. He's preaching, but not in an overbearing way. Below is a live version of my favorite song of the new record called "Straight Street"

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Random Thoughts for 4.29.18

Earlier today I found out that my old grade school is suspending operations after this school year. Funding is the issue. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I don't have any real "sentimental" connection to the school. In fact, grade school wasn't the happiest period of my life. Nevertheless it does feel like a massive chapter of my life is closing. It's a somber reminder that nothing is forever, and life is always full of change.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Podcasts You Listen To

Earlier today my cousin Matt sent me an email about how he was migrating all of his podcasts subscriptions from iTunes to DownCast. While conducting this transitions, he pared down the number of podcasts he's subscribed to from 185 to 39. Additionally, he created a spreadsheet to organize his most listened to shows into particular categories. I love that he did this, and without knowing he did this, he has motivated me to organize some of my podcasts. Specifically my episodes of WireTap. I've always wanted to organize them into some sort of chronological order. But doing so will be a very large task, and that frightens me. 

Anyways, I love podcasts. The democratization of the media through the digital revolution is amazing, and allows independent audio producers, such as myself, the ability to publish our stories independently, develop an audience, and in some cases make some money. It truly is a game changer. But you know what I think would be cool addition to the podcast phenomenon? Distributing them on either a cassette tape, vinyl record, or CD. 

We all love the ease of podcasts. We subscribe to a particular shows RSS feed, and then we are guaranteed new episodes whenever one is published. But what would it be like to create almost a mix tape of podcasts that follow a common theme, topic, and guest? I think it could add an interesting element to it. Plus with the resurgence of analog technologies, it may create a cool marketing gimmick for a new program. 

Also, how cool would it be to get a podcast....on vinyl? I would spend money on that. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Random Thoughts for 4.10.18

1. I'm reading a biography on Paul McCartney by Phillip Norman. It's very good. While reading it, I had an idea. It would be neat to listen to his entire solo discography in order. Like as I'm reading the book and following his life, listening to his music in order would be following his musical life as it progressed.

2. I'm currently on my next episode of the 'Looking Glass' series. It's going to be ghost stories and the paranormal. I'm not sure how I want to organize the content. I just want to get a lot of good ghost stories.

3. I hope by working on ghost stories won't mean that I somehow get haunted by a ghost....

4. WrestleMania was a lot of fun this week. Matches were good. The storytelling was outstanding. But seven hours is way too long to watch wrestling.

5. I haven't found any new good music to listen to for awhile. It really bums me out.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'The Analog Experience'

Four months of hard work has finally come to a conclusion, as I released the 'The Analog Experience', the season 3 debut of the my podcast series "The Looking Glass". Overall, I'm very pleased with the new formatting of the series, and I think its some of the strongest audio I've ever put together. Although I think I could of done better with the narration writing, but hey there is always room for improvement. For my next episode, I want to do a story about ghosts and the paranormal. I'm in the pre-planning stage, and I'm really enjoying the topic thus far. Until then, check out the latest episode below.

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Analog Experience Update

I'm very happy right now. I think I have my final mix of the latest episode of my podcast series "The Looking Glass" completed. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's approximately 27 minutes in length, and is called "The Analog Experience".

I'm especially proud of the promo I created for this new episode as I tried something new. I ran a filter on my voice to give it an "old time radio" feel to it. I then placed my voice over into a multitrack session, and underneath my voice, placed a sound effect of record static. Thus creating the effect that I sound like a record. I really dig it. But the aspect that I love the most about the promo, is it is something outside my regular editing comfort zone. And that is what I wanted my new format to consist of. Me trying new ideas.