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.”