I chose to do a podcast for my first experiment, as I am an avid podcast listener. Going into this experiment, my favorite quality of the genre was its personability: I liked that I had constant access to intimate and engaging conversations. As I continued to research the structure of podcasts, though, I also came to appreciate their capacity for versatility. It seems like a podcast is a suitable format for almost any subject-matter, ranging from educational lectures to funny talk-shows. Ultimately, I found this to be daunting as well, since the possibilities were endless in terms of what I should talk about and how I should arrange my segments.
The primary realization I had when researching for Experiment 1 was that a good podcast requires good conversation. Although seemingly obvious, I certainly took podcasters’ ease of talking for granted prior to considering that I would have to master this as well. My expectations for turning this into a fully-realized draft have since evolved, as I initially assumed that organic conversation would be sufficient for producing a coherent piece. Now it is evident that my podcast would need to be thoroughly planned, likely with a robust script to ensure that I’m guiding my work in its intended direction.
My origin piece inspired the podcast’s theme of nostalgia through music. I think that, out of the four segments of the podcast that I planned, two are very literal in their connection to the plot of my origin piece. The other two segments will hopefully add dimension to my personal narrative and help make a holistic final product. I am especially excited to incorporate a psychological perspective into my work, as I found many interesting research papers that explore the how the brain expresses nostalgia as well as common traits of memory-provoking music.
I think that a lot of progress will have to be made in order to fully realize this experiment. Most importantly, I need to develop my interviewing skills. I plan on featuring two interview-style segments in my podcast, both of which are critical in helping facilitate the connection between music and memory. In order to gain meaningful insight from the people I’m interviewing, I need to optimize both the way in which I deliver questions and my ability to sustain a conversation/make productive connections. Additionally, I think that I need to learn how to instill a sense of longevity within my podcast. I do not want my work to come across as a stand-alone episode, but rather as a launching point for a broader exploration of its theme. Figuring out how to accomplish this will be challenging, as I think that this is a more nuanced quality that can change among different types of podcasts. A good starting point would be figuring out what keeps me, as a listener, eager to subscribe/continue enjoying a podcast.
To fully realize this experiment, I would need access to recording equipment and software. I plan on recording through the Wineberg Media Production Room, which gives full access to a microphone and booth. I also intend on editing with Audacity, which is a sound-editing software frequently used by podcast producers. There are many online tutorials guiding new users on how to create their own podcasts with Audacity. Finally, I would likely consider publishing this piece through iTunes, as it entails a simple uploading process and reaches a large audience.