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CollegeLives Episode One


Recording in PR ClassI TUNED INTO College Lives, a half-hour audio segment on TippFM at 6:30 on Saturday evening. We had the bog-standard FM radio running in the kitchen and I walked around the house listening to TippFM online on my iPod Touch with TuneIn Radio. I had not heard the episode before it aired so I recorded the show while listening to it, then shoveled it onto this blog post. The little bells that you might hear during the show are from Boxcar, an iOS app recommended by John Hannafin. I set Boxcar up to make a single bell chime whenever someone added #collegelives to the public timeline on Twitter. And the sound of a cash register opening is Boxcar telling you that someone made a favorite of the tweet I posted about College Lives being live on air.


College Lives Episode 01


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Collegelives in the Studio

Mark ProToolsWE HAVE STARTED recording episodes of College Lives in Tipperary Institute and plan to have the first 24 minutes ready for broadcast on TippFM before Valentine's Day. Fran Curry, programme director for the local radio station, will advise on the broadcast time slot for the six shows. And in a related work flow, creative multimedia students are taking cutting room snippets for release onto Podcasting.ie, a dormant domain maintained by the college. Programming for the College Lives series is supported under the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound and Vision programme. Production services are provided by Edgecast Media in association with the Tipperary Institute's Applied Communications module.

Follow Mike Kiely, Susan Cloonan and Conn O Muineachain for tweets related to  College Lives in Tipperary Institute.


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One GTD Audio Clip a Day


Audiomo Episode 02I NOW USE AUDIOBOO as a productivity device, making one short audio clip every day of November as I try to get my primary email inbox done to zero unread mails and my unsorted pile of paper below one foot of pulp. During my audio journey, I've stumbled upon a dozen people who are also engaged in making short audio clips every day during the month of November. I don't think the others I've discovered want to use the month to finish a task or to weave the daily audio into a GTD routine. No matter. For me, combining the goal of Getting Things Done with an audio clip feels like meditation. Plus, it's as fast as tapping and talking on the iPhone or Android device. Today, I've got to attack email and paper (see below the line for the current status), scan an owner's manual for the Humax HD Fox T2, make a quick circuit outside through my unfinished symphony, summarise The 2020 Workplace, and prep for Limerick Open Coffee. All those items sit on a cluttered table top and are cleared as part of my daily Audio Moment today. (aka audiomo).

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Current inbox backlog: 525 unread mails. Current paper pile: 14.7 feet high.

Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd -- The 2020 Workplace ISBN 978-0061763274

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Underway in Ireland


Underway in IrelandIT'S TIME to reboot Underway in Ireland because podcasting has become an easy pocket-sized skill, thanks to Audioboo and Libsyn. Back in 2006, when I was churning out podcasts several times a week, an entire production process figured into the mix and that meant setting aside hours of time for post-production. Today, you can tell if someone has used high-quality editing skills but the emphasis is shifting to media swarms. When you work in that space, you're one step from live broadcasting. That's the space I'm going to slip into because I can go from my pocket-sized device (Xperia X10 or iPod Touch) straight to a subscribeable production, thanks to Audioboo. And a few clicks of the mouse later, I can pull the same MP3 file into a Libsyn database for complete statistical analysis. I have to teach this kind of process at the Tipperary Media Academy in LIT Clonmel so I want to stumble first and explain the potholes to creative multimedia students who follow.

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Of the podcasts left standing

iPod MicLOOKING BACK AT FIVE YEARS of podcasts that I've collected, only a few of the original posse remain in my weekly playlists. I started thinking about the audio tapestry in my life after Conn O Muineachain tweeted that he was listening to some of my students on a recent Educast episode. Students put Adam Curry's Daily Source Code into that episode. The Daily Source Code paused in mid-February this year and I miss it. I got bored with Dawn and Drew more than two years ago and tuned themout. But I miss Steve and Jessie nattering on from Dublin. Brian Greene has slipped over to Blip.fm while Dean Whitbread, England's first podcaster, holds the line. I started paying for some enhanced podcast services while learning how to produce password-protected audio inside the creative multimedia programme at Tipperary Institute. Those enhanced podcasts have chapter headings and that makes it relatively easy to punch forward in the content, landing at electronic markers where new topics get discussed.

Because I grew up with a radio constantly playing in the house, I'll always hold a special place for audio in my personal life. I walk around with our little girl, often with a single earbud plugged in, listening to For Immediate Release, This Week in Tech, The Aloud Series from Los Angeles Public Library, This American Life, or some Deep House sessions by Steffen Coonan. I'm well overdue for ripping decades of cassettes and CDs onto my well-worn iPod.


Learning from Media Virgins

Media Virgins 16x9TUESDAYS MEAN FOUR HOURS of contact time with a very creative group of multimedia students and today's session resulted in one of the highest-energy podcasts ever to land in my Dropbox. Several different groups of students recorded segments separately, then dropped them into a post-production process connected to a dropbox in the cloud. Even though that 50 GB of swap space has resulted in a few errors (i.e., some working files were inadvertently deleted by classmates who didn't realise the difference between "cutting" and "copying" files), using a community workspace properly is one of the most critical skillsets we can teach at third level in Ireland. The artwork (at left) appeared from several cameras and Flickr photo collections, most of the images sourced on the same day the recordings were made. A big thanks to Liam Burke, denise cox, and Mike Maunsell for setting aside time to talk. Although some of the recording levels reveal weaknesses in technique (and some problems with older cables), the overall process and hour-long audio result [53 MB MP3 file] is better than most community radio segments broadcast in Ireland today. Drop over to Media Virgins.com for more details and to see elements of the creative process on screen.

Artwork by Ben Hennessy. Podcast produced on the southern campus of Tipperary Institute.


Sony ICD MX-20 Mobile Recording Gear

I HAVE THREE digital dictaphones, all of them from Sony. They have served me well on four continents, in the rain and in the hazardous environments of loud and noisy pubs. On some occasions, they have recorded where they shouldn't have been, but their work has enhanced my work and my quality of life. I know there are better mobile recording solutions available, but I like my Sony ICD MX-20 recorders. This short clip tells our creative multimedia students how to use the little devices for best effect.

Previously: "Best dictaphone" explained as an MP3 [1 MB 96 kbps file].


On the Phone with Euan and Co

Desktop Cisco IP PhoneEVERY WEEK, AROUND 9AM ON WEDNESDAYS, I join Krishna De and Ken McGuire to chat about things on the social media landscape in Ireland. It's not all social media and it's not just the three of us. Like today, I used my desktop Cisco phone to connect both Euan Semple and Roseanne Smith into the conversation. And then as the 52-minute call [36 MB MP3 file] developed, Ray rang in from Los Angeles. I'm learning a lot about trying to record a compelling conference call, especially in the area of getting decent audio. We're not producing a clean original file and as a result, some of my respected critics have tuned out of the show. They "tried listening" to a few episodes and then couldn't be bothered. Hearing their concerns has increased the standing of TWiT with Leo Laporte in my mind. Leo starts with good pipes from all his guests and has a way of modulating individual voices as he records his shows. The highest technology we have with Podcamp Ireland is a conference phone hooked into Blogtalk Radio. From the sound of things we've done, it might be time to move into an Irish phone conference call-in number, if only to reduce the latency and echo inherent when using the US VOIP dial-in number. After I listen to the enclosed MP3 file, I'll produce some show notes about the content. And I might even produce a four-minute audio version in 3GP format for mobile phones. In the meantime, I'd really appreciate your feedback on the value of recording a telephone conversation as a podcast with pointers to comments about Barcamp Cork, the New Media New Audience conference and a PRII social media workshop that I hope contains elements relevant to the social media classroom.

The Cisco 7910 phone shown in the photo has a three-year service life when used every day.


Mobile Earbuds

Free BroadbandIN MY WORLD, if it syncs to my phone, it's going to get done. That means music I want to buy (after scraping it via line-out of my laptop), podcasts that educate, and calendar items that point to best use of my time. It's dead easy to download music onto my Nokia E90 over my O2-Ireland 3G connection, across the room with Bluetooth, or through simple drag-and-drop onto the phone or memory card. While I don't think the iPod is going to an early grave, when the recession bites, some people are going to see more value in buying a phone that can double as their entertainment device instead of buying a dedicated music player. I personally like SonyEricsson's music phones because they give me the best control of the bass line along with proper rich media streaming capability and the best Bluetooth earbuds in the business. But I like the podcatcher on my Nokia E90 better than the SonyEricsson one. After more than three years of messing around with RSS feeds, I can control my audio programming better than iTunes can manage it for me. I don't know if I represent any significant factor in the way music will be distributed in the next decade. However, I see creative multimedia college students making some decisions where they are actively tuning out the national broadcaster. Their habits will profoundly affect radio.  I wonder if the "New Media New Audience" conference in Dublin has scope to address this issue. I'm carrying a new media distribution device in my coat pocket when attending the talks. I'm keen to chat with anyone who shares my concerns about the way my mobile earbuds may portend a change in how we consume media.

Irish Arts Council Conference on "New Media, New Audience?"