A Podcast Story (Week 10)

‘My Lobotomy’: Howard Dully’s Journey (2005)
‘My Lobotomy’ is so engaging. I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t be distracted from it by any external noise. The things I picked up from it were that very clear audio is used for the narration; the series of interviews are cut very short, so that they tell Howard Dully’s story in place of the narration; all the voices in the podcast are the same if not similar volume level. There was no need for me to increase or decrease my headphone volume at any point, even though I could recognise that some interviews were recorded at a further distance away than others. I liked that we were introduced to Dully’s lobotomy doctor by him voicing his ideas on lobotomies. It wasn’t just him talking about anything medical-related, and I could just picture him in surgeon’s scrubs performing the lobotomy. There is no background noise in interviews that overshadows the interviewees. I found this was important because in the past I have had difficulty controlling the level of background noise in interviews and can be really distracting. The podcast transitions at certain places by overlapping voices of subjects interviewed. We listeners are provided with short ‘intermissions’ at points, with only music playing and no narration. They’re short moments really, but they allow us to take in everything that’s been said. I also noted that music from the 40′
s was used to link the podcast to an event described from the 40’s. This is more of a creative strategy I noticed but I think that we could also do this in our project brief 4 for greater immersion and empathy (for example, if we were to talk about being raised in a digital age with internet – we may want to use 90’s or 00’s/more modern music to help us ‘set the scene’). I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and will keep the creative and technical choices that were made in mind for when I too produce this type of work.

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