Saturday, March 28, 2009


Download MP3 podcast186 here.

Live chat and music from Paul - and guests Jason Boyle, Aaron Cooper and Lance Anderson.


Friday, March 27, 2009

live and streamed podcast tonight...

Hi - please feel free to join me on Friday 27th March 2009 at this link here.

You can interact on the chat room, I'd love to see you for around an hour or so. Live chat and great music.

See you there!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Space - the final frontier?

In space, apparently no one can hear you scream. I find that when I have space, I don't want to.

I'm doing a very unusual thing right now as I type: taking a break at lunch time. Doing something apart from work. As much as I enjoy my work, I find it becomes less enjoyable - and productive if I don't break the day up with a lunch break. When I have a break, I stay much more focused.

I naturally seem to gather clutter. I hoard files around me. Don't get me wrong, I know where everything is. At home, I'm surrounded by my Macbook, phone, Blackberry, iPod Touch, Camera, and virtually every conceivable wire and cable known to man - I've also a collection, usually of two or three cups and glasses. Why do I do that?

The whole concept of space - staying away from clutter is something I'm trying to action. My life is also full of clutter. This time last year I was studying part time in the evenings, trustee of a church leadership, Chair of Governors, trying to write a novel, musician, dad of four, husband.... the list just goes on and on. Clutter.

Over the last month or so, I've been waking at around 2 or 3 am with my mind buzzing about....everything, with the resultant effect that I can't get back to sleep for hours, drop off around 4.30am and then wake absolutely frazzled in time to drive 30 miles into work - usually around rush hour.

So the cull begins. It strikes me that whatever I do, my family comes first. I spend far too much time (ironically) on the internet - and every other space of time is crammed with...stuff.

I spoke to Sue about clearing ...physical stuff from our home. Again, we seem to hold on to...stuff... and when you analyze why you keep hold of lots of things, there's no other reason than not just throwing it away.

At the weekend I'm ordering a skip. I'm going to take great delight in culling 'stuff' t get some empty space. I'm sadly giving up some of my extra curricular activities too. It's a case of having to.

If I don't get space in all areas of life, just about everyone may hear me scream...


Sunday, March 22, 2009

podcast185 - the recording of the live show...

Download the MP3 right here....

Podcast 185 - the recordig of the live show is right here. Jonathan Ross / Jay Leno eat your heart out...!

Stacks of chat, music and interactivity in a bumper edition of the show recorded late Saturday / early Sunday 21/22 March 2009.

Live chat from Phil Campbell back from SXSW, Dean Whitbread who talks about Rise and Shine and a mate of his who is a bit famous, and Steve Lacey in Seattle who now works for Google but can't tell us why!

Hope you enjoy the show!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Podcastall - live and interactive

From 11pm - 11.30pm GMT tomorrow I'll be starting another live and interactive podcastall show

The URL is likely to be at THIS LINK HERE - I look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to add me on Skype - I'm 'podcastpaul'

See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 16, 2009

How I produce a live and interactive podcast.

Not the greatest headline I know...

Apologies for the tech nature of this post. I've produced a couple of podcasts that have been recorded with a virtual audience in real time and with the ability to hold a live streamed video, chat room and hold audio conversations with folks, whilst simultaneously recording the show. The net result is that five separate people have asked me how I did it.

I'm sure there are loads of different ways you can record a live broadcast, I am just able to tell you how I did mine.

I've a macbook and an Alesis Multimix USB mixer. You don't need a mac - but you probably do need the USB interactivity of the mixer that essentially becomes an external soundcard and audio device.

The ease of the Alesis is wonderful. You simply plug the mixer in, and you have the ability to record anything you hear.

I use GarageBand as my recording tool, but the open source programme Auduacity (or cubase) may be just as workable.

I set the GarageBand preferences to the USB codec and then know when the record button is selected, that I have the ability to produce an audio record of everything that happens - including Skype.

All of my audio tracks are selected to open in Quicktime. I opena separate mini player for each track, simpy stacking the audio tracks in a cascade so I'm aware of the next track to play - I do this for soundbeds, jingles and songs I'm playing. The volume button on the mini QuickPlayer is handy as I can adjust the track to my voice.

I use a Behringer mic for the main audio - and an additional Sennheiser mic for any other audio.

Ustream.Tv is my interactive client that allows me to stream over the web. Best of all is the fact that it's free.

The screen can become very cluttered, so I use the mac 'spaces' app which means I can cut between Skype, and other apps with ease.

The Chat room is bundled with the ustream free broadcast tool.

It's a great adrenalin rush to produce the show 'live' and the dynamics are great... but be careful not to have to many networked machines sucking on the wifi pipe as things can crash ith alarming regularity.

Anyway, best of luck to anyone starting out along the interactive route. Drop me a line if you need any further info.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

podcast184 live and in MP3 to download

Download the MP3 here - podcast184 15th March 2009.

You join me as I recorded this live with a group of folks on Ustream!

I'll note the music in early course, but in the meantime thanks to Bob Cartwright, Laurel Meadows and Ed Ross for joiing me live on Skype.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Podcast all.....

If you listened to the last podcast, you will note that it was recorded with a live streamed audience, courtesy of Ustream.

I will be recording another show on Saturday around 11.30pm GMT. Check the site tomorrow for the link, and please feel free to join in.

I'm not sure of the format of the show yet, but can't wait to record - and see you there!

so - Saturday, 14th March 11.30pm GMT - podcastall....

Sunday, March 08, 2009


Download the MP3 from here

Yes - another podcast created to tickle your lug 'oles.

This is the recording of a ustream broadcast I did with some willing victims, er... volunteers I rustled up from a quick shout out, so thanks to Darren, Laurel, Paul, Peter, Rowley, Geoff, Linda and everyone else I've forgotten to mention.

Some ace music from

Rinaldi sings
Gramercy Arms
3 Blind mice
Jeremy Carr
Hollow Horse

We also talk about Ghosts and stuff!!

There's also a Juke Pod Jury moment when we play a completely random track - from the Hollyfields ....and I mistakenly cut them off in my time. Bizarre as their track is called 'Bad Timing..."