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One of the things I discovered in my research of podcasts and podcasting yesterday is that many professional podcasts (think Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac) have a common introduction music. Such music gets the listener ready for the coming performance, and sets a similar tone across episodes.

Because of copyright issues, there are many songs I cannot use for introduction music. However, because of fantastic project like Creative Commons, I have access to podsafe music (ie, music which is licensed under a contract which allows me to use it in a podcast without paying huge amounts of money). For example, there is this performer from Magnatune (motto: we are not evil). The first track is a baroque lute duet. This is one of the many options I am considering for intro music to the Performances of the Posner Poetry and Prose Project at Carnegie Mellon University. Amazing music for free!

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I have to admit it–today is the first time I have ever knowingly downloaded a podcast. I use and love my iPod, but short of Garrison Keillor, there are not many personalities who could inspire me to set up my iTunes to download their ramblings once a day. But when I came to decide how to distribute the media from p4, I decided it was time to learn to Podcast.

Here are the excellent resources I am consulting:

WordPress’s guide to podcasting

Potential podcast generator

Creative Commons’ Podcasting Legal Guide

(If you have no idea what Podcasting is, check out these mini history from Creative Commons)

EFF (The Electronic Frontier Foundation)’s blogger’s guide (I was working at EFF as an intern the summer they were developing this, so I am biased as to it’s fabulousness).

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I grew up with Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. Guy Noir, Lake Woebegone, crazy sound effects, and hokey bands, all of them were part of my childhood. I discovered another one of Mr Keillor’s projects in my last semester of high school–The Writer’s Almanac. He starts out he podcast with a few tidbits of what happened on this day in history, then reads a poem.

It is this series, podcasted, which told me that there was a community of people in the world who wanted to be read great poetry. Check out the Writer’s Almanac website for more information.

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