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Content Content Content in Nov

Anyone who has read any of my articles, come to one of my talks, watched my videos or spoken to me in the last 6 months since I launched my company KNOWS…

I’m really obsessed with helping people make better and more organized content.

Nov is always the month that I use to reflect and PLAN. It’s my half birthday and often very full with workshops, panels and more. Most of my great plans have taken fruition in Nov, through all the amazing writing challenges out there.

This year is going to be more exciting than ever. I’m going to be releasing a ton of material AND even better, giving a 4 week long workshop.

I want YOU to join me in creation, through the methods I’ve used over the years to p

lan festivals, create records, produce podcasts and plan a classroom. You can create amazing content too.

Sign up by Friday!

http://bit.ly/2Nmi0TZ

Can’t wait,

Jeni

Podcast Movement Specials

End of Summer is upon us and that means the annual gathering of all things Podcasting, PODCAST MOVEMENT.

I’m here this week, ahead of my speaking gig on Narrative Podcasting in 2 months at She Podcasts Live, offering a couple special promotions! 

 

Private Coaching bundle

Do you want to up your skills in audio production, social media or more? Over 4 hour long sessions or 6 half hour sessions, we can work on technique and more, for a discounted $300 rate.

This deal is extending through until She Podcasts Live!

Promo code: PM2019COACHING

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New Client Special: DISCOUNTED INITIAL EPISODE

For all new clients who sign and give a deposit within 2 weeks of Podcast Movement, I’m offering 1 discounted episode for $100, up to an hour of advanced editing with a consult.

Promo code: PM2019EPISODE

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LAUNCH PACKAGES

For all new clients who sign up and give a deposit within 2 weeks of Podcast Movement, I will take $50 off launch package pricing. Please message for more details on pricing.

Promo code: PM2019LAUNCH

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See you soon!

If you are in Orlando, send me a message in the app if you’d like to schedule a meeting. Otherwise, feel free to book at time using the promotion codes listed above on acuity.

http://grittybirdspodcasting.as.me

REVIEW: SPOTIFY’S SOUNDTRAP

This week Spotify unveiled their latest development in their buildout in the podcast and audio world, Soundtrap.

The big piece they unveiled for podcasts is a transcript and audio sync that allows you to delete audio straight from the transcript.

I specialize in narrative so this was very appealing. The program has a free trial that allows for 30 minutes of audio.

I uploaded my interview with artist Billy Strings from Pickathon in 2017. I already have a transcript for it from Amazon’s AWS service which is now offered for free in the next year if you using Auphonic, but it fit in right at that 30 minute mark.

First looks:

An online software at this point, it feels like a fusion between Garageband and Canva(an online graphic design tool). Uploading was very simple. The transcript took about an hr to be created and as advertised, you can absolutely delete audio straight from it.

The program also has audio integration including a large library of royalty free loops that come with a couple of levels of the subscription.

Soundtrap is making waves for podcasting but it’s main application when you enter the site is music production.

For podcasting, the delete tool is great, but it hasn’t really fleshed itself out yet to truly be effective for storytelling.

Where it can improve:

First, there is not an option for using plugins. This means that you cannot do audio clean up in here.

Second, it does not have space yet for clip saves. In narrative, being able to save small chunks and then reassemble them is important. Hindenburg and Audition are still far superior for both of these first two reasons.

Third, there is not yet a way to edit the transcript other than deletion. This means you can’t make a quick script and note when voices change without listening.

Final take:

Overall, it’s a pass for this editor currently. My current stable of programs are more effective. That being said, I hope they continue to develop this technology and I’m interested in seeing where it develops in the next year. If they are able to integrate plugins and clip save or if other programs are able to develop this technology themselves, it would be a wonderful tool for storytellers.

http://www.soundtrap.com

The Silent Protest: Music’s Revolution with Wild Ones, Reptaliens and Priests

The Silent Protest: Making Music Today with Wild Ones, Reptaliens and Priests

 

“People think because we’re outspoken, or because we have opinions about the fact that like a fascist is running our country, we’re a political band. But I think that that binary of political non-political music ignores the fact that there’s a political dimension to almost any kind of art.

Saying let’s keep politics out of this is a way to reinforce the status quo. So we shy away from from the label political band for those reasons about the world around us.”, say Katie Alice Greer, from woman for DC band Priests.

They are a post punk band in a post the rich asshole era, who just released their latest album in January. This feeling defined a large number of the perspectives from artists I spoke with this year for this Season’s interviews.

Wild Ones Danielle Sullivan shared, “I’ve always thought obviously going to concerts is a really special thing, but it’s felt like elevated in a special way since all of the upsetting and disturbing things have been going on for the last year.

Almost just the act of going getting out of your house going to a room to be with all of these other people that you don’t know.. and they could believe or think or like be different from you in every way. Getting sweaty right next to strangers, just to absorb an experience and be part of art feels so important right now. It feels even more important than before somehow.

Wild Ones new album plays with the ideas of anxiety, set to a pop and synth splattered canvas. In both Priests and Wild Ones albums, there is a certain escapism that folds in the message, a certain defiance. Despite all the darkness, we’re not getting held down from the light.

Reptaliens smooth and upbeat optimism, paired with the downright experimental stands against uniformity, taking challenges with their music and in their approach.

“It’s all about a serial killer and it kind of takes you through his life and like his childhood and then through… there’s this saxophone bass solo that kind of takes you through him killing somebody. So it’s a really intense song it’s called olive boy.  “oh this boy on everyone’s minds.. who is the olive boy,”  shared vocalist and shredder Bambi B about a track from a B sides record released this spring.

Stepping on stage with a dancing alien, singing music about serial killers, they called the attention of Captured Tracks. It was the only label they reached out to but they were quickly signed with the label.

For Wild Ones, Reptaliens and Priests, it’s a time to take risks with music and not be afraid to tell it how it is.

You can check out each other albums, which were released this year, on their websites.

Listen to the episode for more stories, set to music from their recent albums.

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5 acts promising to surprise you at MFNW

As I was getting ready to write the preview for this year’s Music Fest Northwest/Project Pabst: Portland, Oregon’s biggest hometown Music festival of the year, it hit me that I hadn’t seen anything from weekend closer Beck in awhile.

It’s nice to be surprised. A quick google search revealed the artist just happened to drop the latest single from him upcoming album Colors an hour before

Music Fest Northwest has spent the last couple years finding its’ voice after making a huge shift from it’s empowering music industry city wide free for all to a contained downtown event on the waterfront. After competing in 2014 with Project Pabst, faith in the fest was spotty at best with tickets being given away like candy.

This year marks the second year that MFNW is partnering with Project Pabst and the festival is finally finding its’ rhythm with their most solid line up yet, including one of the first sets by Beck after the single drop. The line up features some of my favorite local artists including Lithics,  Last Artful, Dodgr andOregon/Chicago’s Whitney as well as legends like Iggy Pop.

They’re back and not afraid to take some risks. Like I said, it’s nice to be surprised.

As I get ready to take in my last big fest of the summer, here are 5 artists sure to leave you surprised this weekend down at the Portland Waterfront.

Father John Misty

Whether you are a fan of J Tillman’s ‘self important’ style or not, the fact is that he can put on one hell of a show. Expect no less from him Saturday night.

 

Lizzo

This entire article could just be dedicated to this powerhouse Minnesota Native who broke out in a big way this year. Lizzo has been pushing hard the last few years making a break with the track Good As Hell after signing with Atlantic last year. In a year that has not always been a “feel good year”, you will leave her set with a new frame of mind, leaving all the haters behind.

Filthy Friends

The Northwest was built on the backs of labels like Kill Rock Stars and the punk and grunge pop of artists like Sleater Kinney. From a scene that built around collaboration, comes Filthy Friends, the latest ‘super group’ out of the region includes Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney; Peter Buck of R.E.M.; Kurt Bloch of The Fastbacks; Bill Rieflin of Ministry, King Crimson, and R.E.M.; and Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows. It’s not nostalgia when it’s this good.

 

Beck

Beck has been teasing his latest album since last year and the time has nearly come for its’ release. He’s an artist that brings social commentary into some of the best composition of any artist out there today. As a super fan since the release of Guero and it’s subsequent Nintendo remix, I cannot wait to see what surprises he brings to his closing set Sunday Night.

Die Antwoord

The first time I heard South Africa’s Die Antwoord, I did not know what to think. TW for anyone watching any of their videos. They’re violent, tongue in cheek, riddled with drug abuse and sex and absolutely addicting. Audiences may not quite know what they’re getting into but it promises to be something magical.

Check back next week for a run down of my favorite sets of the weekend, I’m sure it’ll have it’s share of surprises.

Tickets are still on sale, check them out here!