For the last few years I’ve been interviewing bands, DJs and singers at a range of levels of success. From brilliant new local bands like The Valentines or Quick and the Dead to more established acts like Paul Weller or Biffy Clyro. Read More
I’ve had ‘the middle’ iPod in one form or another since the first iPod Mini was released in 2004.
And ever since, from the very beginning of my iPod ownership life, music and speech have been fighting for dominance of the limited space. Read More
Part of my job includes making promo trails for my show, for the BBC Jersey website and occasionally for other things as well.
Usually this just involves me writing 30 seconds worth of speech, finding a piece of music and talking over it with a fade in at the start and fade out at the end.
Sometimes I’ll pull together something a little more creative – adding sound effects, other voices, acted scenes.
Well the one I’ve just been asked to help on included singing and me on the guitar – it didn’t go out.
I thought I’d share it with you thought: Clash of the Colonies (sung radio trailer).
I will say in my defense that I didn’t write the lyrics, I’m not singing on it and was asked at very short notice to perform and write the music.
If I had my way I would have recorded the music track first, then recorded the two people (a Canadian and an Aussie) singing the words.
This would then give me the freedom to mix it properly and put together a properly balanced jingle.
I should probably also have played the music a key higher as well – but as you can barely hear the guitar – I don’t think that really makes much difference.
And if anybody is interested the trail is for a special being repeated this Easter on BBC Radio Jersey that was originally recorded for Commonwealth Day that saw an Aussie and a Canadian (both BBC Jersey journalists) argue for their own part of the Commonwealth.
What do you think?
Also I’m interested in improving my voice over skills so if anyone wants a good quality recording for their podcast give me a shout and I’ll do it for you – within reason based on legnth and copy.
More from me
You can listen again to my show on the BBC iPlayer (wherever you are in the world) or listen to a trail I made a few years ago for a Podcast Sitcom I started writing but got bored with.
You might have noticed that I haven’t exactly kept up with this regular diet diary idea – it isn’t that I haven’t kept up with my diet (although to a certain extent I haven’t) – it’s just that I got a bit bored.
I love food, I love cooking, I love combining flavours and most of all I love eating – so why would I write about the absence of food – or at least something that makes me considers the absence of food?
Well I’ve decided to start again; I do like the idea of writing a diary of my eating habits – but approach in a less dogged way.
Instead of saying – time to get rid of the junk and write about what I have and haven’t eaten – I’m going visual.
I’ve been trying to think of a way to bring back my much ignored video podcast for a while but its one of those ideas that is constantly put to the back of my mind every time something shiny enters my line of site.
Well I’ve decided to combine the two problems of being bored with a diet diary and too easily distracted for a video blog and create a diet vlog.
Yup I’m going to show you what happens when I make food, I’m going to talk to you about my diet and I’m going to rant when I can’t have a bar of chocolate.
But I’m also going to look into alternatives to the bars of chocolate, try and avoid eating at my desk and generally use it to take my mind off not having all the junk that normally fills the gap in my day.
Some posts will be with a proper video camera, others with a mobile phone and some will be recorded with my webcam – but all, hopefully, won’t be too awful.
Well 2008 is finally coming to a close and I’m ending it in a house with no central heating, insulation or warmth in any shape or form.
But you’re not interested in that – only to know I’m sitting here wearing five layers and tight gloves while typing this blog post – so apologies in advance for any typos.
So what will the new year bring? Well I’ve already outlined some of the things I expect to see happen in the media world in 2009 – and some of the things that did/didn’t happen in 2008.
For me personally my show is going to increase from 45 minutes to an hour, will see the addition of live session recordings and hopefully the odd gig as well.
The BBC Jersey website will get a new look around March and with it I’ll be doing a lot more in the way of people features and leaving the office to go out and about.
And as for this blog – I’m hoping to organise the categories a little bit better – split things up along much more generic lines than I’ve previously used.
In the past I’ve been of the opinion that it is better to split things into a specific a groupings as possible – but as time has gone on I’ve come to the conclusion that categories are a bit of an irrelevance.
I would much rather have some very generic top level categories like Media, Technology, News and Thoughts then use tags to find things beyond that – than the current mess I’ve got at the moment.
I may also further tweak the look and feel of the homepage and sub-pages as well – oh and more video clips for the top right hand side as well as a new audio podcast.
Whatever happens – see you in 2009.
If you want to have a really successful podcast in the UK it seems you need to stick to a number of key rules – at least if the top 25 chart on iTunes is anything to go by.
The number of BBC Podcasts seem to be increasing all the time – the number is now well over 100 from across Aunties radio output.
You’ve got everything from Chris Moyles on Radio 1 and Mark Kermode on 5 Live to The Archers on Radio 4 and Digital Planet on the World Service.
I have a fond childhood memory where I’m sitting in my grandparents living room on a Sunday – watching television sitting in front of my grandads chair while he pokes the TV with a big stick to change the channel – his remote control.
Then the clock would turn and he would dissapear into the kitchen and the radio would sound “Dum di dum di dum di dum dum di dum di dum dum” and the Archers would start.
A while later he would come out of the kitchen with something really nice to eat, kick me out of his chair and change the channel with his big stick.
I’ve never liked The Archers, I tried listening to it but it always bored me silly. Silly in much the same way that I can’t stand Coronation Street or Eastenders.
I’ve never lived in the country and I’ve never much liked the country either – I suffer from Hayfever and am allergic to animal hair – so listening to a programme full of people speaking with stereotypical farmer type accents talking about things that either don’t concern me or I can’t be arsed with.
So when I saw the Archers podcast in the top five on iTunes podcast list – I was struck with two emotions – fondess for the memory of my grandad on one hand and complete indiference for the dull nonsense that the programme actually is.
So I downloaded it – listened to the theme tune and skipped to the next song in my podcast.
But I still want to say thanks for the Archers as a podcast and I love the fact that such a stalwart of ‘old BBC’ is in the top five podcasts on iTunes – just goes to show Podcasting really is the fourth media.