As much as I love the written word and the power of video, I have a special love of audio-only storytelling. Perhaps because we humans are such visual creatures, we often under-appreciate the importance of sound. I much prefer good radio news to TV, and I often prefer to listen to TV rather than watching it. I find I’m more attentive to the details of the story and less caught up in the power of the image.
I have focused most of my audio recording on capturing conversations, whether it be an interview I am conducting or an interview someone else is doing. I love good interviews. I love the way voices express emotion.
You can hear examples of some of my recent interviews on The Mamalode Podcast, which I produce. I’ve also done some audio recording of interviews for The Montana Repertory Theatre, for their production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, including an interview Artistic Director Greg Johnson did with designer Joey Sarno and Mason Wagoner’s conversation with actor Mark Kuntz. I have done some recording of non-spoken sound, including some recording of choral music. An example of that type, below is a recording I did of a Hellgate High School Chamber Choir rehearsal in October 2016. NOTE: This is a recording of a rehearsal, so there is lots of activity, movement, chairs, and of course the director (Ms. Ellen McKenzie) giving direction. I have recorded a few full concerts for these choirs, and I have to say, I much prefer the recordings of the rehearsal. There’s less audience noise, and all the layers of activity tell a better story. Listen, and keep in mind that these are teenagers who several minutes before were engaged in the normal cacophony of high school. This was recorded in the period just before lunch, and until the song started, I was very much in doubt that I’d get anything worth listening to.
Earlier today I released a new episode of the Mamalode Podcast featuring singer and educational researcher Erica Rabner. Click here to listen.