Well, this was a fun adventure in audio storytelling. I pondered numerous approaches and ideas when jogging or biking. There’s something about fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity that helps the brain function more holistically. Once I had the idea fairly well fleshed out in my head, I started collecting the bits and pieces I thought necessary for my story.
Blowing off the dust from my hand drum and thumb harp, I improvised some background music I hoped would complement the story. I also invited two of my girlfriends, Laura and Joyce, to provide voice recordings of parenting messages. I borrowed from my earlier recorded tutorial footage and also recorded an introduction and conclusion. After downloading the segments, I opened Adobe Audition and imported the MP3s into the project files. After which I drug the files over into several tracks and got down to business.
The first part of business included the drudge work of heavy editing. In the assigned readings, this was stressed as critical. I took it to heart and spent considerable time in removing clunky pauses, ums, sniffles and entire sections that didn’t add to the overall story. I tried focus on selecting for emotion, eliminating repeated thoughts, and identify those segments that got straight to the point. A large part of my work-a-day world consists of casting an editorial eye on written communication for plain-talk and brevity, so I was a bit surprised by how long this actually took.
I wanted to open the story building tension and capturing the anxiety created by competing voices and philosophies. To achieve this effect, I overlapped and layered the Laura, Joyce and narrator voices, and broke the percussion track into three overlapping sections. The tension resolves with “Stop!” and then the thumb harp cuts starts growing in volume as the narrator introduces the story.
At various spots, I faded in the thumb harp as a softening addition to the background, to add some flavor to the story. I also used brief percussion effects to punctuate a thought. I went back and forth several times between different track segments, arranging and then rearranging them to achieve the best possible transition and flow. I’m not quite sure I achieved the opening gambit in a multi-part series, but hopefully it will work for you, dear listener.