Mayberry Machiavellians, a mashup by ANON

Artist: ANON
Album: The Reign of the Mayberry Machiavellians
Song Title: Mayberry Machiavellians
Genre: Mashup/Electronic
Track #: 5 of 8
Description: Al Gore grows a spine and points out publicly the crimes of George W. Bush. Trying to become emperor of the United States is treason against the people of the world! But then again Mr. Gore was just quoting the obvious… “It is the Reign of the Mayberry Machiavellians”.

MP3 4m 33s 5.3MB 44.1kHz 160kbps

Taguba FSRN-Abu Ghraib Part 3, a mashup by ANON

Artist: ANON
Album: The Reign of the Mayberry Machiavellians
Song Title: Taguba FSRN-Abu Ghraib Part 3
Genre: Mashup/Electronic
Track #: 4 of 8
Description: Odd polka like music introduces us to reporting about the US military investigation by Gen. Antonio Taguba that exposed the abuse of Abu Ghraib prisoners by the US military in Iraq.

MP3 3m 46s 4.4MB 44.1kHz 160kbps

Mumia Speaks – Abu Ghraib Part 2, a mashup by ANON

Artist: ANON
Album: The Reign of the Mayberry Machiavellians
Song Title: Mumia Speaks – Abu Ghraib Part 2
Genre: Mashup/Electronic
Track #: 3 of 8
Description: Mumia Abu-Jamal – a prisioner himself – speaks about the terrible torture at Abu Ghraib committed by US soliders upon Iraqi detainees. “If you hate someone, if you disrespect them, if you fear them, how can you liberate them?”. A bit of music accompanies his words.

MP3 4m 4s 4.7MB 44.1kHz 160kbps

Interview with Alex Laats of Podzinger

This podcast is an interview with Alex Laats President of BBN Delta. They have a new audio search tool called Podzinger. It allows you to search for key words inside of audio content like podcasts. I wrote more about it in my post called Search for Keywords in Audio. I’ve used a bunch of services that try to do this and this is only one that works well. This type of audio search tech is used by governments why not activists?

In my first post I brought up some concerns I had about the metada created from audio Podzinger indexes. (To get a bit more context read Retaining My Attention Data Part 1 and Part 2.) Alex addresses some of these concerns and talks about how Podzinger can create metadata that can be used in interesting ways.

I encourage activists of all kinds to explore Internet tools that let you create metadata. This information can serve our missions in powerful ways, from investigating injustice, to gathering support for a cause, and making strategic decisions. But remember always be critical of Internet tools. They are powerful and can cut many ways.

Thanks to Alex for letting me interview him. He was very gracious and a excellent guest. 🙂
MP3 20m 12s 9.3MB 44.1kHz 60kbps

Podcast Academy at Boston University

On Friday April 28 and Saturday April 29 Boston Univesity will be hosting Podcast Academy. Here is the schedule. It’s being put on by Doug Kaye of IT Conversations and The Conversations Network.

From their site: “The Podcast Academy will provide guidance on how to create, distribute and use podcasts. The Academy schedule offers basic “how to” classes for beginners as well as advanced classes for more seasoned professionals. Expert instructors will explain the mechanics of creating podcasts, getting and using the right equipment, coming up with a style for your podcast and then distributing it to the right audience.”

Looks like a good event. Nice to see people out there teaching others. I hope PodcasterCon 2007 will have lots of hands on learning.

Interviewed by Terry Smith of STC Carolina

On Thursday I was interviewed by Terry Smith of STC Carolina. (Society for Technical Communication) From their website: “STC seeks to advance the arts and sciences of technical communication, promote awareness of the latest trends and technology in the field, and provide innovative services for the education and professional development of its members.”

Terry is working on an article about unconferences and wikis. She asked me a lot about PodcasterCon. It turned out to be an interesting discusion about how PodcasterCon came about and how to conduct your own UnConference. I’m really looking forward to her article. It should appear in the STC Carolina newsletter. Terry said she would also submit it to the national STC newsletter the Intercom. Cool. 😀

MP3 44m 47s 20.6MB 44.1kHz 64kbps

Helping Kids Create Podcasts

This past Saturday I went to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro, Central Unit. I spoke with several adult staff members and kids to shed some light on podcasting. We started off by talking about what they wanted to know and what their plans were. The Boys and Girls Club has a small computer lab with several PC laptops and a video projector. Some of the machines had the free open source software Audacity.

Then I played some examples of audio and video podcasts. I started with some podcasts made by adults. Then I played them some ‘casts made by kids. But what they all really wanted to do was record audio. So that’s what we did.

The laptops had built in mics. Audacity had already been configured by their computer support guy Aaron Thompson. He even had the lamelib mp3 encoder installed and recognized by Audacity. I did a short recording demonstration then the kids took over. I am constantly amazed at how proficient kids are with computers. They can MOVE around software fast!

First they recorded themselves saying their names. Then they decided to say their names, what school they went to, and what they wanted to be when the grew up. The first recordings were a bit distorted. This was mainly because the recording levels were a bit high and they were so close to the mic. Those built in computer mics are sensitive!

We adjusted the recording levels in Audactity and in the Windows sound control panel. I then explained that another way to control the levels of a recording is to change the distance of your mouth to the microphone. So we stepped back from the laptop a bit and recorded a few more examples. After that we reviewed how to save your project, how to export an mp3 from the audio you just recorded, and even what ID3 tags were.

That really was bunch for one day so we wrapped it up and eat some pizza. (It was snowing a bunch too) Next time we’ll discuss what to do with the audio in order to podcast it.

I had a great time and am excited about working with these kids again. It got me thinking about how there must be a lot more kids who would like making podcasts. Maybe I’ll work on a series of hands on podcasting workshops for kids. This might be a cool thing to do at PodcasterCon 2007.

Thanks to Ndesanjo Macha [for inviting me], Aaron Thompson, Ann Robinson, the kids, and everyone who attended. 😀

Discover, Report, Share

Discover, Report, Share is a mantra for grassroots media makers. (aka citizen journalists, grassroots journalists, etc.) This podcast is a recording of my talk at the International Symposium on Local e-Democracy on July 26, 2005. I felt like I should re-podcast it for people to hear. Check out my tutorials page for more info on how to make your own media.

MP3 7m 53s 3.7MB 64kbps