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Geh uff die Hidd

I wanted to use the time I spent in Germany this year to record a couple of conversations in German. I asked three people with radio experience, and they all agreed. For me, this was a unique opportunity to learn about sound editing. I used Audacity to edit the conversations. I found it surprisingly easy to cut out unwanted noises and to change around the position of sentences. At the same time, I had great difficulties to keep an overview over all the tracks that seemed to pop up with each cut and paste.

During my visit to Berlin in July, I escaped the (ridiculously) hot temperatures for a couple of hours in the air-conditioned studios of Deutschlandradio Kultur. I had a conversation with their managing editor for literature, Barbara Wahlster. Before you ask – yes, we are related. We looked through some old photographs and talked about our home state, the disappearance of the coal and steel industry, first school days, and much more. That’s where the advise “Geh uff die Hidd, Bub, dort bischde gudd unna” comes from – advice I often heard during my elementary school years, though not always directed at me. I guess I didn’t strike anyone as a good candidate for working in a steel mill – “uff da Hidd.”

PODCAST
So here it is, the first of the three conversations (reaching that far back into my memory, no guarantee for the facts). The others will follow in due time.

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GALLERY
These are some photos that go with the podcast.

BONUS
Listen to the bonus track.

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3 Responses to “Geh uff die Hidd”

  1. EP says:

    Interesting recording – and very good quality. I’ve used Audacity in the past and I guess I didn’t really understand enough about it. The quality of my recordings wasn’t anywhere as good.

  2. Michael says:

    Hi EP: Thank you for reading my blog. When I first used Audacity, I had difficulties with some of the counter-intuitive commands and process sequences. But Audacity is FOSS, so a number of universities have posted detailed operating instructions for their students. I still stumble over the cursor control from time to time, but it is quite impressive what can be achieved with this piece of software. The quality of the voice recording depends on the recorder, not on Audacity. For this recording, I used a hand-held MP3 recorder by Nagra.

  3. Sarah says:

    Audacity is also what I use. I find it works remarkably well and your podcast sounds great!!

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