I began the audio assignment for unit three by reflecting back on some of my favorite podcasts for inspiration; Radio Lab, The Joe Rogan Experience, This American Life and The Ricky Gervais Show. I tried to pin-point the characteristics and traits that I had enjoyed the most while listening to them, and assessed which aspects I could potentially utilize in my own audio project.
Since the objective of my course topic is to connect art and non-profit, I wanted to make sure that the interviewee I selected would have similar interests or at least be in a related field. But most importantly, someone who would want to be interviewed.
A good friend of mine, Kyle Rinta, had recently told me about a podcast that they were in the process of creating. The idea for the podcast had come from the current political climate in our county, and the growing divide between political parties. Kyle wanted to create a platform where people could respectfully discuss, face to face, their views and opinions. A safe environment to hear each other out, and possibly bridge the divide we seem to be facing in society.
Aside from it being a wonderfully optimistic idea for a podcast, it perfectly joined together the fields of art and non-profit in a way that could help people.
Prior to our informal interview, I wrote up a brief, but thoughtful list of questions and ideas that I wanted to cover in the audio recording. I didn’t want the interview to be scripted or stiff, but I didn’t want to accidentally leave out any key aspects.
To record the interview, I used the “Voice Memos” program on my laptop, and placed the computer in between the two of us to get an even audio recording.
I used the audio editing tip in this weeks readings and organized my content by “logging tape”. I created six individual audio clips ranging from 00:40 seconds to 03:06 minutes. For the first and last clip I recorded an interview introduction and story conclusion. The four middle audio segments referenced the general questions and ideas that I had previously established as well as the short story, “I, Pencil“, written by Leonard E. Reed that had inspired Kyle to create the podcast.
Once I had completed the interview and logged the tapes in chronological order, I sat down to listen through the recordings and transcribe them on to paper to visually organize their content. For each tape I wrote down a brief summary of the conversation with time-stamps referencing the key highlights, and best parts to potentially include in the draft story.
After establishing a visual reference for the interview with Kyle, I began the editing process.
To edit the audio clips, I launched Adobe Audition and imported each of the six clips to work on individually as new Multi-Track Sessions.
By utilizing the razor tool, I was able to select and delete specific time frames of each clip that contained un-wanted audio, such as, long pauses, redundancies, or awkward “ummms” in the conversation. In order to make sure the edited clips merged together seamlessly, I used the fade-in/ fade-out tool, as well as overlapping the ends of certain segments.
Once all six files were finished, I exported each session as a Multi-track Mixdown, saved them as MP3s, and then imported all of them into a new multi-track session.
Next, I cut, moved and placed the clips into the correct order, and listened to the final audio compilation to ensure everything was accurately placed.