If TiVo and radio had a baby, and if the iPod was the surrogate mother, the baby would probably look something like a podcast.
Podcasts, a combination of the words “iPod” and “broadcast”, are the next form of broadcast media. They consist of audio, video, or text files, and are released in episodes, sometimes in weekly segments. Podcasts can be downloaded and are typically listened to on portable media players, like the iPod.
I only recently began getting into podcasting, but now that I have, and try and stay on the look-out for anything that might catch my interest (although unrelated to music and therefore this blog, I’d recommend Comedy Bang Bang!).
Many podcasts I find are aimed at music and musicians, and some will actually bring artists on the show to talk about themselves, their music, or just life in general. Others will discuss music and analyze songs A short list of such podcasts include:
- The Home Recording Show – a great podcast for aspiring musicians; includes all you need to know about home recording
- Shortwave – weekly interviews with musicians on their music, including live acoustic performances
- DIY Musician Podcast – a podcast meant to educate musicians on the changing world of music in the digital technology age; also includes some interview sessions with people in the music industry
- Open Source Musician Podcast – a how-to guide for musicians on using open source software for furthering your career
Podcasting is an excellent fit for music and musicians (like two peas in a podcast, ha-ha). Podcasts have the intimacy of radio with the video capabilities of TV, all downloadable at your own convenience. So when artists are discussing their music and playing their songs, its like a front-row seat to your own personal private concert. Almost like they’re whispering right in your ear.
Not quite like the dude in the Drowning Pool video, but you get the idea.