Tag: audio

Planning A New Kind Of UK General Election Results Show – Can You Help?

Tuesday’s announcement of a General Election in the UK for June 8th caught me a little by surprise and set off a riot of emotions. I tend not to talk about politics too much online, so many of the thoughts I had yesterday are mine, or for friends and family. But I’ll happily tell you my very first thought, because it’s one you can all help with. “I need to get behind a microphone to do the results show from 10pm on June 8th.” I’ve anchored a number of overnight election shows on community radio here in Edinburgh since 2010. These

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Another end of the line for MixRadio

Part of me thinks that a service that has died so any times just to be brought back to life again can never be considered ‘dead-dead’, but the announcement today that MixRadio is be closed feels much more terminal. Picked up by LINE from Microsoft (who picked it up from the Nokia Lumia team, who picked it up from the Nokia Music project, who picked it up from Ovi Music, who picked it up from the Nokia 5310, who picked it up from a Series 40 test app…), MixRadio is a personalised radio station that worked… offline listening, artist seeding,

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From The Sublime… To The Cliffhanger

I know there are a million ‘media/sci-fi/genre‘ podcasts out there, but here’s another reason to listen and subscribe to ‘From The Sublime‘… I’m making an appearance this fortnight! FTS (because every good show needs to have a good abreviation) is hosted by Iain Hepburn, and works on a magazine-style format, with discrete topics introduced and presented as monologues from Hepburn and his “finely honed fighting force.” Yes, it’s ‘Nationwide for Nerds’, with just a little bit more attitude than Frank Bough. Anyway, Hepburn asked if I would take a swing at a topic for the current episode, and I decided

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The moment when a post about ‘audio not going viral’, goes viral

An interesting article for two reasons on Digg about the viral nature of content and why audio doesn’t have the same viral velocity as an animated GIF or a flashy YouTube video: “Audio never goes viral,” writes radio and podcast producer Nate DiMeo. “If you posted the most incredible story — literally, the most incredible story that has ever been told since people have had the ability to tell stories, it will never, ever get as many hits as a video of a cat with a moustache.” It’s hardly a fair fight, audio vs. cat video, but it’s the one that’s fought on

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Some thoughts as the Fringe ends for another year

And that’s that. The Edinburgh Fringe Podcast, one of the most high profile, enjoyable podcasts that I do in the year can be put away till about March next year – that’s when people start to email me asking if I’ll be doing it again. How about some numbers to put this year’s run in perspective: 31 podcasts, made up of.. 22 regular shows 5 preview shows 3 Sunday specials and 1 “Top Ten” clip show (which only has two clips actually repeated from other podcasts) The podcasts featured 19 musical acts 1 poetry recital 1 rap 58 ‘studio’ interviews

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How Many Minutes Of Video Must a Man Watch?

The ideal length for a video podcast turns out to be between two and a half to four minutes, assuming you want to agree with the data at Shooting By Numbers. I’d tend to agree with that, but with a couple of caveats. I don’ think it’s a surprise given the proliferation of music videos on services like YouTube that the perfect time fits an MTV-style view of the world, but there are videos and subject matter that need to be longer. Interviewing is a good example. I’ve got a fair bit of experience with this, and my gut feeling

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