You’re a poet with at least several dozen individual poems already published by a range of reputable poetry journals. You have compiled a first collection manuscript in which you have confidence. You have repeatedly submitted your manuscript to different poetry contests, along with hundreds or thousands of others, at $25 or so a try. You have also submitted it to some of the relatively few presses that still read unsolicited manuscripts free. But you have had no luck. And you are well aware that in both cases the statistical chances of success are tiny and continually dwindling, in the face of growing demand. One alternative might be to self-publish your manuscript.
“I particularly like not asking permission to have stories out in the world; and that I’m giving them away for free.”
Aucklund, New Zealand - Leanne Radojkovich shoots a picture with her camera, prints and frames it, pastes one of her short-short stories on the back – then posts the frame somewhere around town to be discovered by anyone who may happen along. Placed in public toilets, on sculptures, in shop windows, or by park benches, each frame is tagged Pls take me home – I’ll look good on your wall. Passersby who discover one of Radojkovich’s frames may take it or leave it. But if they take one, her hope is that they enjoy the story.
One PinUp travelled to Wisconsin, after an American tourist liked it enough to put it in his bag. He even sent Leanne a photo of the PinUp in his home, complete with the Pls take me home sticker. He wrote that it was, “in the hope that someday it will disappear from our wall, late one dinner-party evening, to look good on another wall and carry the story into another imagination.”
Of these chance found items Radojkovich says, “The feeling of spontaneity they release is magical. I've spent ages wondering how to proceed in the digital world, watching lots of friends putting books up on Amazon, and not really understanding why I don't want to join in, too. But the PinUps project has shown me why. It's because I want real world art objects, things made with love and then given away just because giving is good to do.”
“I think my next step, somehow, will be a gorgeous letterpress chapbook, with luxe paper; heavy, velvetty; and content that is the best quality I can possibly create.... to be released into the world for the fun of it. For the freedom of it.”
The cut-up technique is a random approach where text is cut up and rearranged to create a new set of text. The technique is thought to have first been used by Europe’s avant-garde art movement in the 1920s where during a Dadaist gathering poet Tristan Tzara created a poem on the spot by pulling words at random from a hat.
Writer William S. Burroughs popularized the approach in the late 1950s and early 1960s applying it not only to written words, but also to words spoken and recorded onto reel to reel tape machines, and the technique has continued to be utilized other art forms.
David Bowie used cut-ups to create some of his lyrics. The technique influenced the songwriting of Kurt Cobain, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke used a similar method for the bands Kid A (2000) album by pulling single lines of lyrics out of a hat.
The folks at Audacity deserve a round of applause for providing a free platform where people interested in home recording can learn the basics and record quality audio. In part two of our series, we hand things over to Jerry Stevens (aka SomeAudioGuy) who provides excellent tutorials on using Audacity. If you missed it, take a look at Part One of this series. To download the free software see HERE.
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Home Recording | QUALITY MATTERS!
One of the most important aspects I learned about the art of radio broadcasting was connecting with your listener so that he or she feels as if you are speaking directly to them, with them, in conversation. We have all heard great story narration and in all of the finest deliveries, there is one critical characteristic to the audio that we may or may not realize - The vocal is clean, full, and easy to understand. Delivery trumps all and in some cases special effects are used to add a sense of environment, but in Part I of this series on recording we’ll take a look at the basics of how to cut a clean, full, and mic-pop free vocal.
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