Released monthly on The SpokenWeb Podcast feed, ShortCuts minisodes take listeners on a deep dive – via short, sonic cuts – into the audio collections of SpokenWeb.
Developed from ShortCuts blog posts on SPOKENWEBLOG, ShortCuts minisodes consist of original audio content produced for The SpokenWeb Podcast. Audio clips are short – ranging from background noise to a short poem – accompanied by audio commentary that explores what was so surprising, perplexing, moving, delightful, and/or memorable about hearing that archival sound.
About 5-10 minutes, the minisodes are based on an audio clip usually no more than 3 minutes in length.
The practices of cutting and splicing invoked by the title ShortCuts recall the media history of the analogue recordings within SpokenWeb’s collections, as does the visual logo for ShortCuts designed by SpokenWeb RA Manami Izawa.
By creating a digital space informed by analogue techniques of making, ShortCuts minisodes ask: what does it mean and what is possible (technologically, phenomenologically, ethically, poetically) to cut and splice digitally? What kinds of new stories and audio-criticism can be produced through these short archival clips?
ShortCuts minisodes are produced by Katherine McLeod, hosted by Hannah McGregor, and mixed and mastered by Stacey Copeland.