WHEN I HELD my radio crystal in my hand during a visit to the family home, I realised that I have never heard anyone in Ireland talking about listening to a crystal-powered radio. Those were early radio days for me as a 12-year-old and they involved wrapping copper wire around a spent toilet roll, stringing a long line of cable to the top of the attic and hunching over in a corner to hear a scratchy radio signal. Early days--and age-revealing as well.
I'm jolted back into the present while dragging some sound clips through post-production, revising a podcast (Educast 58 MP3 file here) from last week's summer school in DIT. Those who listen to the clips can often point out errors in the sound sample. They often suggest going back for resampling. Most of the time I don't because I equate scratchy sounds, background noise and straining to hear as part of the authentic audio experience.
Podcasting in Ireland -- "Truly, Madly, Deeply Engaged" at DIT's fourth annual e-learning summer school.