I've been listening to Adam Curry's Daily Source code for the last couple of months. His January 7 podcast is amazing. He's decided to change things up a little and took his iriver out for a stroll through South Beach, where he's meeting for a week with his partners Dave and Ron.
What I really loved about this podcast is that it really creates what he refers to as the "theater of the mind". On his walk, you hear: street construction sounds; a chat he has with a crazy misanthropic passerby who seems to care a lot about getting a swimming pool and a Walmart in South Beach; lots of Spanish as he passes sidewalk cafes; and a chat with DuoLive, some Brooklyn kids selling their CDs.
This was like an audio snapshot. Audio has an amazing ability for allowing you to create an image in your mind of what you are hearing. This is the theater part, but it's participatory theater. It's not as passive as watching video. The imagery of the scene is built by your imagination, which constructs what it thinks you would see to match what you hear. It demands a lot more of your participation than video, and because of that, the end result is somehow satisfying in a very different way. The sound, by the way, was quite good considering the tools he used.
Very exciting stuff, partly because he's in such a busy part of the city. This somehow reminds me of stream of consciousness and Linklater's Slacker. It's so much like life. Random bits of life and serendipitous moments. I got chills when he segued from the chat with DuoLive to playing their track. It's one of the moments where you think, "damn, this is the kind of shit that blogs are good for." The way Adam has turned people on the Lascivious Biddies, and made me a fan of NY local singer/songwriter Bari Koral is one of the reasons I dig his podcast. It's just regular blog stuff. He points us to his picks. But with this new format, he is also letting us into his surrounding environment as well. The monologue has turned into dialogue and everything is a bit more off the cuff and real. I want more of this. I want to hear other people podcast on the street and talk to people. I want to also hear more artistic forms of podcasting emerge.
I've wondered what kind of audio experimenting I could do and this gives me some ideas for interesting blogging. I've been excited by some of the video blogging Peter has done, but the podcasting thing can be interesting in a different way because good audio can really transport you somewhere. I totally got into the bit of audio Adam played a few months ago of someone's walk with their dog. The sound for that is incredible.
Anyway, go check it out. Oh, to Adam, I'd say, forget about these people who want to tell you what to do. Whatever. They can take it on the arches. It's his show and the way he gets his creative mojo on his business.