podcasts.culture.ca launches

After a whole lot of work, the Collectik Team is very happy to announce the official (soft) launch, of the Canadian Cultural Podcast Directory, a project of the National Arts Centre, and Culture.ca (a site run by the Department of Canadian Heritage) … coding, design and implementation by Collectik.


Here is the about:

Welcome to Culture.ca’s cultural podcast listing. This unique collection, curated with the expertise of the National Arts Centre, brings together Canadian audio and video podcasts that reflect Canada’s vibrant arts and culture scene. We collect podcasts produced by Canadians in French, English, and other languages on a variety of cultural topics.

We strive to be a complete collection, and if you feel your podcast qualifies for inclusion, please let us know through our submit form.

Big thanks to Chris (the programming maestro), Marie-Eve (the graphic wrangler with the eyes of gold), and Madeline (the html artiste/pound-IE-into-submissioner).

More projects to come soon! Stay tuned…

on the radio

i participated a while ago on Michel Dumais’ Citoyen Numerique. you have to listen through the little player, it’s:

2007 10 11 01citoyennumnerique-ballado
2007 10 11 02citoyennumnerique-ballado
2007 10 11 03citoyennumnerique-ballado

the main librivox part is 03, at minute: 15:15ish. the rest is about podcasting, podcasting in quebec, digital music downloads etc … i make a couple of comments in those parts but not much.

other participants are my montreal podmates: bob goyetche & sylvain grand’maison, as well as journalist Tristan Péloquin.

Categories: podcasting

podcamp boston

Sort of a strange podcamp boston. I wasn’t crazy about many of the sessions, too much focus on marketing etc (not that there’s anything wrong with that, just not my bag; marketing is important, but I’d like to see more people talking about exciting things they are doing with podcasting & new media); I gave a presentation that didn’t go very well … or at least took a while to get going. It was a very small crowd – should have ditched the slides…

But I did meet some cool people … and I didn’t get much of a chance to talk with many of them:

I also had a good time riffing with the usual canpod suspects, Neil Toaster Gorman, meeting Anita of LibriVox (a bunch of us had a great dinner on Sat night); and meeting and hanging out with Fred the founder of Select Records, (one of) the first hip hop label in the world (and publisher of the Jerky Boys), who’s sweating bullets over non-paying mp3 downloads.

teen podcasting

I’m watching a session at Podcamp Boston on teen podcasting, by kabren levinson of nerdnewsradio.com (started when he was 15, 2 years ago)… the intro was pretty interesting, about Kabren’s experience of NOT getting his session accepted in the original schedule (read his blog post here and the follow-up here… Podcamp, being run by good folks, addressed the issue and gave him a slot).

Did you know there’s a TeenPodcastNetwork.

Quote: “How come teens are never involved in planning teen centres?” … good question. Cool kid.

Categories: podcasting, technology

funny old post

for various reasons, I just landed on this page by Will Johnston, from August 17, 2004. thoughts on the ipod:

This brings up a topic for discussion that I’ve been contemplating lately. What is the ‘hype’ with the iPOD about. Some say it’s the design, some say the memory capacity and others say it’s the cachet of being seen with one. From what I understand the Sony equivalent has it beat in all of these areas. Steve Jobs is a brilliant marketeer, but I really don’t see the incredible innovation with iTunes/iPod. Where I would see great consumer value and utility is with the storage + PVR type functionality for radio/Internet. There is a lot of broadcast radio (Al Franken, NPR, Gilmour Gang…) which would be great to pre-program recording and then be able to listen when I want and skip ads. Give me that kind of functionality and I’ll buy one right away.

two things: ancient history is funny; and we still have yet to produce an ipod that’ll do what he wants without the hassle of having to plug into your computer.

Categories: cbc, podcasting

CBC podcasts have ads

Whoa. CBC podcasts have advertisement bumpers. Our public broadcaster is selling cars with our podcasts. What do you think of that?

And not a peep on Inside the CBC. Nothing on Teamakers. Nothing on CBC.ca (of course).

For instance, on Between the Covers [mp3].

Wondering what to think of it.

Categories: audio, podcasting

podcasting in quebec

La Presse has an article on the state of podcasting in Quebec, concluding, basically, it’s not too good. The focus is on Radio Canada’s offerings (called baladodifusions in Quebecois), and this sort of shocked me:

la version podcast de Christiane Charette, une des émissions-phares de la Première Chaîne, est laissée à l’abandon. Personne ne l’a mise à jour depuis le début de la saison; le dernier fichier date du 22 juin. «Personne dans l’équipe de Christiane n’a eu le temps de s’en occuper. Ils ont manqué de ressources», explique Marie Tétreault, chef des communications aux nouveaux médias à la société d’État.

Talk about commitment.

Que/franco podcast evangelist Sylvain Grandmaison gets quoted in the article, expressing some frustration, and he writes up what he *really* said here: Ce que la presse ne vous a pas dit.

I had some drinks with Sylvain at the last PodMtl (hey, how come that page is in English only?? it automatically detects browser language)… and we talked about why Quebec is “behind.”

One thing I think is that anglos – because of language – just have quicker access to developments in a wider swath of world population. We are connected directly via the web to everything that happens in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, … etc. And since much innovation is happening on mobile data etc there, especially US and UK, it means were are getting (english) “data” inputs, meaning quicker uptake of innovation elsewhere.

The CBC may look good compared with Radio Canada, but they were pushed by the successes of NPR in the US, and BBC in the UK – and CBC was probably behind them by a year or 2 on podcasting. (See what I had to say about CBC and podcasting in November 2005) Whereas RadioCanada is pushed by … well by CBC certainly, and possibly? I presume? public broadcasting in France and elsewhere in Francophonie? Who does Radio Canada look to as the “competition” or at least as colleagues?

Does anyone know how much public broadcasters are podcasting in other francophone countries? UPDATE: Radio France, for instance, is podcasting like crazy, see: RF Podcast.

Anyway, would be nice to see more in Quebec, no doubt.

nora’s spark #2

The fabulous Nora Young has just launched a new podcast (that also happens to be a CBC Radio* show), called Spark. Covering technology, art, society, it also aims to get more interactive feedback from the net. Comments, participation, stories and the like. As with all of Nora’s radio work, it’s good good stuff.

The next episode has a segment about the Warbike:

Did you know that almost anywhere that you go in a city you’ll be sharing space with someone’s private wireless computer network? All of their personal communication—e-mail, love messages, bank passwords, credit card numbers, and bizarre surfing habits—will be passing through your body without your awareness. Who are they, and how do you feel about sharing space with their personal life?

The Warbike turns this wireless network activity into sound. As you cycle the streets, you’ll hear the activity of this invisible communications layer that permeates our public spaces. Who knew that so much was going on?

So, have a listen, and go comment on their blog (to help show CBC management that people on the web care about content).

UPDATE: also forgot to mention, they’re using podsafe/creative commons music on the show. sweet.

*NOTE: Radio shows are just like podcasts, except that you have to listen to them at specific times (often based on a “schedule” that a small group of people determine arbitrarily), and instead of being able to hear them on your computer, or put them on your portable mp3 player, you have to buy a special “radio receiver.” Radio receivers are devices that pick up radio signals (much like wifi), but are usually single-purpose machines – ie for audio only, no email, internet etc.

hatto the beautiful hoax

The New Yorker has a fascinating story, about the “discovery” of a 75 year old virtuoso, genius pianist, Joyce Hatto, that turns out to be a hoax. What’s so interesting – to me anyway – is how the internet – and brilliant grassroots marketing, fraudulent tho it was – created the myth bought by many mainstream music journalists.

The whole thing, rather than being tawdry, is somehow touching, romantic, sad, and beautiful in a perverse sort of way.

Here a podcast interview with the writer of the story.

how data (or, podcasting) will save the world

This presentation is not actually about podcasting, it’s about data…but it was presented at podcastersacrossborders, and LibriVox is the inspiration for these thoughts.