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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Making music and making money

Here is my first attempt at recording a podcast using Soundcloud, an online "social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere".  As I state in my podcast, I am providing a response to Ian Condry's 2004 article in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, titled Cultures of Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and Japan.  Specifically, I respond to his explanation of the recorded music industry's concerns regarding the illegal downloading of music and how it will spell the end of music making.  Have a listen and post a comment if you like.  As I often do in my blog, I will share with you some of my learning in exploring this brave new world of new media. After much fiddling about with microphones and audio levels, I discovered that trying to record audio in close proximity to a cordless phone plays havoc with the quality.

Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and Japan. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363 

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

My attempt at posting to YouTube

After much frustration and way too much screen time, I have posted a video to YouTube.  I created it using Google's Picasa.  It didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped it would.  There are some issues with the timing of the captioning.  For some reason, when I uploaded it to YouTube, the captions were delayed to the last couple of seconds of each slide.  And, I had originally hoped to do a voiceover rather than using captions.  Unfortunately, I've discovered that my thinkpad doesn't have a good mic and recording audio to a video, via Picasa or YouTube isn't a simple endeavour.  Consequently, I had to pare my script down to bare bones.  I did learn quite a bit about Creative Commons and hope to expand on this in a later post. This video is kind of a prelude to such a discussion; is digital creative commons ushering in a 21st century evolution of Paulo's philosophy of education as the practice of freedom?  Anyway, check out the video and if you want to make a comment, feel free, particularly if you have any ideas about fixing the captioning.