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Monday, 22 September 2008

The North South Divide - 8 - 'sky'

The North South Divide 8 - skyOnce again, it's been a long time coming, but I've finally put the finishing touches to the latest of the comedy podcasts that Trev and I have been producing sporadically for the last couple of years. Here it is!

Listen online

NSD8 - "Sky" 192k mp3 version

We wrote and recorded 'sky' - the eighth of our sketch shows - at various times over the course of 2008, and I spent several evenings and afternoons editing it and getting hold of all the necessary voices (thanks, Richard, Paul and Judy, various work colleagues, Beth's Grandma - and Beth of course!) and sound effects to make it sound distinctive and authentic.

I try to avoid using other people's music in the podcast if I can - there are obviously some recognisable tunes that end up being included because of the nature of the sketches, but this time I made the main theme, the backing tracks for the adverts and the 'Flash Ramsbottom' instrumental using just my Alesis QS6 keyboard and Adobe Audition (I'd only just rebuilt my PC - a story for another day!). It was quite an entertaining challenge to play live - I think the main theme is a little overbearing, though, and if I'd had more time I would have pulled it back a little and put in some distorted guitar... there's only so many times I can listen to the 'This Morning' theme to dissect it, though!

Much of the vocal recordings were made over Skype; Trev would send me the 'clean' copy of his recordings, and I edited together each phrase and sentence to elminate the delays, edit out the fumbles (of which there were many in my case!) and - hopefully - retain the comedy timing!

I hope you enjoy it - with any luck we'll be starting work on the next one soon. I've already had an idea for one of the news stories (that tends to be my main writing duty) and a sketch which is rather surreal and amusing in my head - I only hope it works as well in practice!

Back to work tomorrow, though, after a busy, entertaining weekend with a slightly dark overtone - but more about that anon, I hope!

Posted by james at September 22, 2008 10:39 PM

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