Throughout this piece of work I experienced a level of different technical hurdles to jump through and managing the different timeframes and work schedules of my participants. I made a point of not wanting to disrupt too many people’s time. As we continued through the process zoom became a problem for some, some people did not record the audio, some people did not have access to the applications we needed. Luckily the team I worked with also offered up alternatives like house party, different days to record and continuing recording when connection goes wrong. Throughout this process I was adamant about staying calm, if I was not calm it would worry the actors. I also had to take into account that a few of the actors had never been on stage or even a theatre class let alone voice acted and so I also had to continue to consider their comfortability, giving them as much praise as I did criticism.
In this block of images you will find the different ways in which we recorded the show. Each actor would meet on zoom (or house party depending on the level of connection) and we would record separately. Our platform Anchor, went down on the down on the day that we had to rerecord so all recording were done on Audacity’s free download and edited on Ableton-live free subscription.
Luckily I had taken part in a discussion about a professional podcast for Sour Lemons earlier that day with Ray and his co-worker, and Asha the website designer for sour lemons. Try explained that a lot of podcasters are using audacity and zoom which gave me the idea and allowed me to react to the problem with a solution instead of looking for an alternative podcasting platform. I was looking for different ways of recording which would sound better than anchor already because the quality was a problem, so taking part in that discussion was lucky and good timing for me.
Here you will see different evidence of me conversing with my artists and working with them to find time to record. Each day would get an itinerary, and as I realised that the first recording was not up to par and had too many technical faults, I had a chance to re-record and listen to the needs of my actors, one in particular who was feeling uncomfortable the entire first session. I was able to communicate with the group and individually if anyone needed, offering support and feedback where necessary and easily offering out instructions. The only issue with this is that some of the information can get lost in the circuit of conversation. Luckily I was able to always locate the information needed and pass it on. I think next time an alternative form of communication like email or slack would have been better. It was easy for me to collate information and responses as people end up feeling pressured when they’re the last ones left to reply and everyone can see it. It also meant I could communicate singularly with people to offer them reflections and positive feedback as well as check in on how they are doing.
The whole process was long, and we took hours sometimes to get through and often the itinerary had to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances, but everyone was accommodating and made it very easy for me to navigate and control situations. I really appreciate my team!