HP:MoR Audio Book Pilot

Like far too many peo­ple, I have a job that for de­cent chunks of my day doesn’t re­quire much con­cen­tra­tion. I listen to var­i­ous pod­casts and ebooks to alle­vi­ate the bore­dom at these times, as well as to get me through my daily com­mute. I have sev­eral friends with plenty of au­dio-listen­ing time, a fair bit of which is given to am­a­teur pod­casts (in the “not get­ting paid for it” sense), who have much less time available for straight read­ing. I have, on more than one oc­ca­sion, thought “Wouldn’t it be great if Meth­ods of Ra­tion­al­ity was available in au­dio for­mat?”

Well, now it is.

At least, the first chap­ter is, in a “test­ing the wa­ters” sort of way.

If you have 17 min­utes free and any in­ter­est, here’s the file—http://​​www.file­drop­per.com/​​hpmorpilot

I have one over-rid­ing ques­tion to any­one/​ev­ery­one: is this of any value? Would this be use­ful to any­one here, ei­ther per­son­ally, or to share with oth­ers? Would a spruced-up first chap­ter, and reg­u­lar pro­duc­tion of fur­ther chap­ters, be some­thing you want more of?

A closely-re­lated fol­low-up ques­tion: if so—am I the right per­son to do this? Even “ac­cept­able”, I’m not shoot­ing for perfec­tion. Or is some­thing about my voice/​man­ner so grat­ing I should stick to non-ra­dio work.

If the an­swer to these is “yes”, then are there any com­ments/​sug­ges­tions? I’m new to this record­ing thing. I got a de­cent mic and a pop-filter, and I’ve played around with the soft­ware a bit, but I’m still learn­ing. I have no­ticed that I need to enun­ci­ate more, it turns out my “can’t win” sounds just like my “can win”. Fur­ther sug­ges­tions? I’m think­ing of vary­ing my pitch when differ­ent char­ac­ters are talk­ing to make it more ap­par­ent when di­a­log is switch­ing back and forth, hope­fully that won’t be too cheesy.

If peo­ple want more of this I’ll get an ac­tual server to host the files and make it available through iTunes as a pod­cast.

Again: http://​​www.file­drop­per.com/​​hpmorpilot