Category Audio Storytelling

Worth A Listen: Top Audio Tracks for July 23, 2016 – Personal/Family History Edition!

Photo courtesy of Pixabay. It’s been quite a while since I posted a roundup of podcasts and this is the first time I’ve focused upon personal and family history programs. But there’s a vast trove of audio to enjoy if you like hearing life stories, and here are some of the best programs I’ve discovered […]

Rock the Mic: 10 things I’ve learned from producing a podcast

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Solop via Flickr. September 30 is International Podcast Day, and since here at Listen Closely Productions, we celebrate the power of sound to change lives, I thought I would observe the occasion by sharing some observations from my six-plus years of podcasting. I became interested in podcasting in the summer of […]

Becoming the Family Storycatcher, part 5b: Getting It Ready – Editing Tips

  ¬†Photo courtesy mobilechina2007 via Flickr. In our last post, we looked at some ways to organize the raw materials from your interviews with your family narrator, including how to find a storyline and a narrative arc in their series of anecdotes. Today, I’ll provide a couple of keys to the actual act of editing […]

Becoming the Family Storycatcher, part 5a: Getting It Ready – Finding the Storyline

Photo courtesy of Jon Madison via Flickr. So far in our series of how-to posts related to family history, we’ve discussed getting permission from your narrator, selecting a format for the project, conducting the interview, and how to gather stories at a distance, when your narrator doesn’t live close to you. If you’ve followed these […]

Worth A Listen: Top Audio Tracks for March 2014

Harriet Quimby. Harriet Quimby | The Memory Palace Nate DiMeo provides a really compelling mini-portrait of Quimby, the first American woman to obtain an airplane pilot’s license. As ever, he takes historical people and events that have faded from popular view and imbues their stories with depth, character and adventure. Message in A Bottle/Re:Sound #185 […]

Becoming the Family Storycatcher, Step 1: Getting Permission

Photo courtesy of SXC. Today, I’m kicking off a blog series that discusses some strategies for completing a personal or family history project. If you’ve always been the person running the camera or writing down what happened at family holiday gatherings, and want to take your documenting to the next level, this series will show […]

Worth A Listen: Top Audio Tracks for October 20, 2013

Food Writer Marion Kane Remembers The First Recipe She Learned To Make A wonderful meditation, produced by Sean Rassmussen, on the power that one’s first recipe has on career, identity, and making connections. Marion Kane, a Canadian Jew who moved with her family to London at age 4, recounts making a cheesecake, a rarity in […]

App Review: Pocket WavePad

What It Is: Pocket WavePad allows smartphone and tablet users to create and edit audio and export it to other platforms, something nearly unthinkable just a few years ago. I downloaded this program from iTunes for my iPhone 4 several months ago, and have experimented with it using a fairly long (16 minute) file of […]

Archival Sound Roundup for Aug. 20, 2013

Photo courtesy of SXC. Today we start a new feature on Listen Closely Productions. The Archival Sound Roundup scours the Web for the best old-time tracks from the early years of recorded audio, or more contemporary tracks that nonetheless have a historical significance to them now. All of these sites are amazing. Check them out! […]

All Ears, All The Time: An Interview With The Creators of “Everything Sounds”

Today we have a real treat – an interview with the creators of one of the most intriguing new podcasts I’ve run across in a long, long time. Craig Shank and George Drake, Jr., creators of “Everything Sounds,” have found a way to explore the open-ended world of sound in a creative way. Whether they’re […]