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  • Lindsey de Roos

voice recording method

Over lockdown I've been listening to a lot of podcasts, ranging from two friends just yarning about a particular topic, to a very well planned and orchestrated episode. and I started to think about that particular type of relationship that viewers build with podcasters. Even the podcast as entertainment is very new, and for years the type of engagement that we've had with "putting headphones in and listening" is through music or talking to someone on the phone. So what does that mean know to be hearing a pre-recording of someone, especially a stranger?

But in saying that my friends and I often use the "minute recording" on facebook messenger when we need to digress into something, often if it's a crazy story or a rant. And we've developed silent rules, such as don't interrupt the rant; when whoever is talking they are in the heat of it and you ending up breaking the flow if you reply with a recording. Take that time to gather your points and really listen to whats being discussed. It definitely slows down talking, but in a really good way, where you get to really consider everything.

So how would I be able to find a sweet spot in-between the two, not only to offer a literal voice to these stories, but empower that voice by telling these stories. And most importantly to tell these stories in a way that is not appeasable for anyone else but the storyteller. Too often I find myself watering down my voice out of the fear of being gazed at as sassy, feisty or passionate. Too often I talk with what would be classified as radical candor and then stereotyped for my blackness, so maybe the voice recording method might be a way for me to maintain my own voice and not feel the need to compromise it for the comfort of others.


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