Sunday, August 6, 2006

Req: Your Best Frere Jacques

I've promised D. I won't get too Vygotskian on Is., but I do have one sound experiment I want to try out. You (yes, you!) are urged to participate. You won't be world famous for it, but you will be famous to one. It works like this:

1. Pick a favorite nursery rhyme, lullaby or fairy tale (or write a new one, if you want to). The shorter the piece, the easier this will be. Odeo tells me any single recording can be up to an hour. Really, it's okay if your piece can be read in a couple of minutes. It doesn't matter for now if there are duplications, if, that is, folks accidentally choose the same piece. Feel free to comment here with a note about the rhyme/lullaby/tale you have chosen (Collin has already claimed "Three Billy Goats Gruff"). I ran a cursory search and located these few resources to help.

2. Call Odeo at 415-856-0205 (this is normally used for podcasting from a cell phone, but it'll work fine for this, too).

3. Follow the voice prompts.
A. Enter your (meaning my) primary telephone number: 315-708-3940.
B. You entered 315-708-3940. Correct? 1 for yes; 2 for no.
C. Enter your pin followed by the pound key: 40402006#.
D. Begin recording at the after the beep. To end recording, press #.
E. After you are finished, you have three options: 1. Post, 2. Review, and 3. Re-record.
Posting the sound file will save it to the Odeo system where I can access the MP3 file. Reviewing the recording lets you listen to the file before deciding whether to post or re-record. Re-recording lets you give it another try. After you post the recording, you will be asked whether you want to make another recording or end the call.

The generic script might open with a hello to Is. and an introduction of yourself (Hi Sweetie, this is your great aunt," followed by the rhyme/lullaby/tale). But you're welcome to break form, have fun, whatever.

I've tinkered around with the Odeo system, and as far as I can tell, this will work. It's tamper proof (giving out the pin doesn't mean that just anyone can log into the system and access the sound files). By the end of the month, I'd like to have a huge batch of audio files from family and friends welcoming Is. with their favorite rhymes/lullabies/tales. I have set Odeo so that the sound files won't be public (although I can make a file public if you want me to). But I'll be able to access them, burn them to a CD and produce a series of more personal bedtime sound-pieces. After all, why should a baby be listening to Neutral G. Nobody when she could be listening to your voice?

Last thing: You don't have to use Odeo. If you'd like to record something another way (on your own machine using Audacity or Garage Band, for instance), just email the file to me. Odeo makes it super-easy, however, for everyone with a telephone to participate. Although Is. can't hold her cell phone to her ear for a few more weeks, she can still hear your best Frere Jacques this way.

Last last thing: Keep 'em coming until August 31.

My choice: "Over in the Meadow".

Bookmark and Share Posted by at August 6, 2006 1:30 PM to Technologies

"Snip, snap, snout.
This tale's told out."

This may become my new sign-off at cgbvb...


Posted by: collin at August 6, 2006 3:24 PM

I'll claim "Goodnight, Moon"--a classic rhyming bedtime book!

Posted by: Jo at August 7, 2006 1:14 PM

Cool, Jo. That's a good one. One of Dot's favorites, too.

Posted by: Derek at August 8, 2006 9:54 PM

I want Old Mother Hubbard, I think.

Posted by: Clancy at August 11, 2006 7:37 PM

Sounds good, Clancy. I hope you will record it. I should stall this project for a few days, though. That is, I've been having problems with Odeo (phone recordings not showing up), and I have a troubleshooting request into them. I submitted it 24 hours ago and haven't heard back from them. Odious! I'll update when everything appears to be back to normal.

Posted by: Derek at August 11, 2006 7:53 PM