A night of Kinokophonography at the British Library

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A night of Kinokophonography at the British Library

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This is and isn’t education related.

Tonight I spent one of the most enjoyable evenings in years in the Foyle Room at the British Library.

The theme of the night was disappearing sounds and I sat through some wonderful acoustic terrains captured and reimagined by field recordists and sound artists. Kinokophone, an artists’ collective, curated and organised the evening.

At a time when the schools’ curriculum seems to be becoming more and more restricted around a narrower set of academic hurdles with high accountability driving forwards streams of collections of data, it was a joy to sit and absorb the ambient sounds that had been captured by a few dedicated individuals. Artists tend to turn the funnel back on itself and get us to reinterpret the familiar.

It was a pleasant change from the endless wars of verbal attrition going on between teachers on Twitter – even at half term.

The evening was marginally under the aegis of the British Library’s ‘Save our Sounds‘ project. This was a recent plea to save our recorded sound heritage – I am so glad the BL got Lottery Funding before we lose more valuable recordings.

All sounds are ephemeral, some are liminal and as we have seen through the SoS project, fragile – literally. Perhaps they will never occupy the mainstream of cultural life but it says a lot about a culture willing to preserve them.

I have fond memories of the Sound Archive at Exhibition Road and remember the sound engineers who used to record the events at the old Poetry Library at Earls Court more than 30 years ago. Many of those recordings are there in the vaults. My reading from the 1980′s certainly endures.

Cheryl Tipp assures me the archive is still recording many poetry events today. Long may it continue.

Sitting and listening to the artists who explained their recordings tonight, in what seemed a much gentler, more considered space, was a world away from the, now, extremely driven realm of teaching and learning in our country’s schools.

If more people just took time out of the day to reflect we might all be a little calmer and more insightful.

Enjoy the rest of the half-term everyone, and if you have time, take a tour of the conservation centre at some point in the future to see how hard and skilfully the staff work.

Be thankful we live in a such a country still.

L4L_News – Podcast 2 – The Fog of War – 18 May 2015

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The trouble with notional rubrics is that they tend to rubric people up the wrong way.

This references this story on the Beeb.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32763097

If you cannot see the plugin above on your device then go to the podcast on soundcloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/l4lnews/l4l-news-episode-2-the-fog-of-war

L4L News Returns

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If you can’t see the widgit on your device go to here:

https://soundcloud.com/l4lnews/learn-4-life-podcast-may-2015?in=l4lnews/sets/l4l-news-podcast

BETT TeachMeet Part 1

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I have been sitting on this series of videos for some time – not because I was deliberately holding them back but because I have had a massive volume of work this year preventing me from getting the time to post produce this properly.

I’ve also been experimenting with colouring and sound with various test videos. In this one I didn’t have a direct clean sound feed into my camera and the colour cast was extremely purplish – I have tried to compensate for both with various post production techniques.

More to come later this week:

How to mix and broadcast a live radio programme from your phone

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Here’s an audio trailer I made for a weekly news podcast I’m resurrecting around May.

The sound file below is not altogether that serious but it shows the power of what you can do with a few apps and a good microphone.

In my quest for miniaturising and making simple broadcasting I used an old iPhone 4s + 3 apps, one specialist lead and a good podcast mic.

After several attempts I combined BossJock Studio, Audiob.us and Mixlr to make a live mix in real time whilst simultaneously broadcasting it out live on air over the internet.

I started up Mixlr (which is free) and primed it to broadcast then added the AudioBus app. AudioBus connects audio on different apps – here it is connecting BossJock Studio to MixLr.

I put MixLr as the output app – where the audio was going to, and BossJock as the input App.

I then set the Mixlr app to broadcast live and went into BossJock via the AudioBus menu

Last I was able to load the intro audio from the cart and mix live – it was automatically broadcast out to the internet. Result!

Here’s a quick video runthrough – best seen full screen:

I believe the process is called App Smashing – I just think it’s smashing. Best heard through headphones!

The podcast begins May in earnest.

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