Since getting a start with community radio at CKUT, I’ve been podcasting on and off for nearly a decade, handling everything from recording interviews to managing RSS feeds. I’m a regular host, producer, and principle live audio engineer for the Three Patch Podcast (NSFW). I am also developing an podcast on Music Cognition, currently titled So Strangely. Besides coordinating and producing audio for podcasts, I’ve also recorded and produced audiobooks (podfics).
The Three Patch Podcast
The Three Patch Podcast is a collective run fandom podcast out of the BBC Sherlock fandom that engages in critical analysis of the source media, squeeful discussion of transformative works, and exploration of our fandom culture. Our production style is edited conversation, rather than spontaneous talk, and we strive for the best possible audio quality as well as carefully produced content. With this group I’ve had the chance to produce many kinds of segments. We usually record interviews and roundtable discussions over Skype (a process which involves teaching new participants how the record audio themselves). When attending fandom conventions with this group, I record panel discussion and events for later broadcast. On the more creative side, I also enjoy sampling and mixing source media with music, for bumpers or comic segments. The podcast is sex positive (and often NSFW) and it is with this group that I ran the Fandom and Sexuality survey in 2016. Here is an example of our discussions: the reaction roundtable to The Lying Detective, episode 2 of Sherlock series 4.
Podficcing, the activity of producing readings of fanfiction, may be less formal than professional audiobook production but the skills and work are much the same. I’ve produced recordings of stories ranging from 300 to 170 000 words, resulting in more than 30 hours of audio. Direct feedback from hundreds of listeners suggest that the results are sufficiently enjoyable, despite the absence of geographically appropriate accents. Below is my reading of a short festive kidlock short story: Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Father Christmas.
The Montreal Dancing Diaries
In 2009, I started contributing a radio program on dancing, Movement Museum, at the community-college radio station CKUT. To bring more of the sensations of dance to air, I started a series call the Dancing Diaries, in which I documented different kinds of dancing activities people could enjoy around town. The result would be a mixture of interviews with instructors, recordings from the dance floor, and voice over describing my experience and understanding of what was going on. The series covered Argentinian Tango, a mash of Indian classical dances, a collection of Urban Dance styles, Irish Ceilidh dancing, Belly dancing, and Swing. This is one of the less embarrassing examples of this early radio work, on Swing dancing.
Audio recording and production tech
In terms of software, I work with ProTools, Amadeus Pro, Audacity, and Audio Hijack. I use a Blue Yeti for recording online conversations and voice work at home, basic lavs and a field recorder for walking interviews, and (preferably) whatever PA I can tap into at live events. I have set up a small mixer (physical and digital) and amplification for small events, but it’s not my area of expertise.