August 23, 2013
The Unexepcted Agony of Recording Your Own Audiobook

It hadn’t occurred to me to narrate my own memoir. When Random House told me the audiobook of Mother Daughter Me was to be produced, I thought I’d be fine with hearing a talented stranger who reads books aloud professionally bring the book to life. But the voices of the performers the audiobook company asked me to choose from sounded, if not robotic exactly, more like the Hertz NeverLost lady than Meryl Streep—far from the voice I imagined reading my intensely personal narrative.
So, unaware of what I was getting myself into, I volunteered myself. Reading aloud over three days in a tiny, dark, soundproof, and airless recording booth turned out to be among the most fascinating and taxing experiences I’ve ever had. When I finished, I was spent. Yet I’d do it all again.
Read more. [Image: cliff1066/Flickr]

The Unexepcted Agony of Recording Your Own Audiobook

It hadn’t occurred to me to narrate my own memoir. When Random House told me the audiobook of Mother Daughter Me was to be produced, I thought I’d be fine with hearing a talented stranger who reads books aloud professionally bring the book to life. But the voices of the performers the audiobook company asked me to choose from sounded, if not robotic exactly, more like the Hertz NeverLost lady than Meryl Streep—far from the voice I imagined reading my intensely personal narrative.

So, unaware of what I was getting myself into, I volunteered myself. Reading aloud over three days in a tiny, dark, soundproof, and airless recording booth turned out to be among the most fascinating and taxing experiences I’ve ever had. When I finished, I was spent. Yet I’d do it all again.

Read more. [Image: cliff1066/Flickr]

November 26, 2012

The Surprisingly Awesome Sound of 156 Office Machines from the 60s

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