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Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #20

Heather Browne

Heather Browne

After about five months of fairly error-free journeyman podcasting, your humble producer has at last let down himself and his subject through technical glitchidelia.  Having earlier in the day connected the mighty and wonderful Olympus LS-10 to his XP desktop, highlighted the all of the unneeded .wav files in the display of the LS-10’s hard drive, hit delete and watched the icons disappear, he assumed that plenty of memory existed for recording that evening’s Three Friends Mondays: Caffienated Arts.  As it regrettably turned out, this procedure did not effect said file deletions, and as a consequence the recording cut off before the end of the performance.

Fortunately enough memory remained to capture all of Judith Fay Pulman‘s and Heather Browne‘s entire wonderful sets, as well as most of David Matthews‘ greatly anticipated reading.  Unfortunately, the end of David’s final poem “Each Day A Gift” did not survive this most painful digital catastrophe.

Splice Finders reflects, “The LS-10 was within my view during the entire show and I nervously glanced over at it from time to time to be sure that the red ‘recording’ light was still glaring steadily.  Because there have been occasions when the batteries have given out, and one occasion where the memory had maxed-out, I am ever watchful once recording has begun.  I have anxiety; it runs in my family.  Anyway, it cannot have been too long after the recording ceased that I looked over and noticed that the red light was off, and immediately my heart sank.  While David continued reading his remarkable verse in a soft, measured voice to that hushed, packed room, I knew that we were being cheated out of a complete document.  There’s really nothing to which one can compare that feeling – when the flashbulb does not flash, when the film advances to the end, when the tape spool runs out, when the computer is incorrectly told ‘ok’ rather than ‘cancel,’ etc., etc.  I have had many such times in my young career, but few as heartbreaking.”

He continues, “Not only that but also I discovered the next day that the LS-10’s microphone sensitivity switch had been inadvertently set to ‘high,’ resulting in a hot recording with a bit of distortion.  I must have stupidly done that earlier in the week when recording some other stuff on the spur.”  And so forth.  Perhaps it is the unforgiving pace of NaPodPoMo indifferently coming in its relentlessness to claim the weak and undisciplined.  For Splice Finders life has been Another Day, Another Podcast since November 1, and we are only halfway through this cruelest month to date.  Excuses are easy; diligence is the answer.  In any case, again we extend our deepest apologies to David Matthews, and to you the audience.

You’ll find the podcast on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net.

Also, now you can access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via iTunes using this link:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=295435461

The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast #6

A warm, drier evening had replaced the cold drizzle of the afternoon.  “These are my FRIENDS,” James Honzik exuded, among them Heather Browne whose black and white photography graced the walls of The Show and Tell Gallery, along with James’ portraiture.  Walt Curtis misbehaved his ever-charming self, while Heather and even Melissa Sillitoe each read a poem. Crow Canyon brought a whole bunch of people (as well as the PA – thanks!) and deliberated over surf-folk and electro lullabyes (there’s a setlist on their myspace blog).  It was Soft Tags’ Richard Shirk‘s birthday so they axed him to play shakers on “The Chase (Backwoods Banjo version).”  Dusty Santamaria sang, read poems, bled black tears, and backed up James’ broken blues and Walt’s bitten ballads.  A couple of songwriters-in-attendance enlisted towards the end – the very end, when they lock the doors and everything.  In the end, it was just another passion-fueled First Thursday opening.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

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