Five minutes into our meeting with Rachel Hubbard of KOSU, I had almost finished my oatmeal. I glanced at Rachel Apple sitting next to me, and she had barely started her flaxseed banana bar. She was listening.
(see photo at left: Rachel Apple)
Rachel Apple, my daughter and partner in the “Every Point on the Map” (EPOTM) project, excels at listening. Her large brown eyes fixate on the source of information, and there is no breaking that “listening-beam.” At this moment, her listening beam was directed toward Hubbard talking about the art of sound gathering. And, about “Sonic IDs.“
Sonic IDs are a format developed by Atlantic Public Media. They are a derivative of the wildly popular Moth Radio Hour, only very very brief. Generally, 60 seconds or less.
Public radio stations have begun to use them for small fillers between regular spots. They’re stories told at “sonic” speed. And, they were the initial thought Hubbard had when she considered how we might partner with KOSU once we begin our journeys.
We learned about particular microphones we might order and attach to our iPhones. We learned that video files can be used for audio files if necessary. We learned that the new KOSU studio on Historic Film Row in Oklahoma City has a cool vibe. And, we learned that there might be something of value we could share on the radio from our project.
That’s what Sonic IDs are. That’s why we care. And here’s how you can help us raise our last $450 dollars in the next 62 hours to fund our project…so we can begin sound gathering. And listening.
[kelly] and Rachel “Listening Beam” Apple
Happy news: we’re 78% of our goal. Scary news: we have 4.5 days left in our campaign! (CLICK HERE TO PLEDGE yo dollahs!)
Medium news: our meeting with KOSU was cancelled by the weather. Good news: it was rescheduled for this week!
Cool news: we were sent a suggestion to use a new software available to the public called “MapJam.” No-so-good-news: it didn’t quite have the capacity we needed to manage our whole project.
REALLY GOOD NEWS? The CEO of the company is calling me tomorrow, wants to partner with our project, and thinks we can work our the kinks in order to add all the sub pins (little posts for each spot we visit) we need, as well as attach all the media we are using.
And THAT, our dear readers, is the end of this update.
Have a good one…and please share our info with your friends who might be interested!
Love, Kisses, and Happy Travels – [kelly] & Rachel
P.S. The “Oklahoma” photo above is a small section of the new TravelOK 2014 guide. Beautiful, eh?
I just checked our Kickstarter crowd funding site for “Every Point on the Map” (EPOM). When I look at the Dashboard information I feel mixtures of fear, hope, anticipation, motivation…and then a wave of calm washes over me. I let those feelings go and my tense spine relaxes.
“It’s fine,” I tell myself. “We were going do this whether we get the money or not.” I lean the top half of my body from an upright position toward the back of my chair. “Now, what else can I do to drum up support?” And then I begin thinking.
We have conducted a small TV appearance. We have set up a meeting with an associate producer at KOSU who is interested in some audio pieces from our work. We’re working with Oklahoma Horizon TV who has offered training and technical assistant to help capture good quality video for future feature work. And, long-term I’m going to investigate turning EPOTM into a non-profit entity so I can apply for grants.
So, what about right now? Well, I know from studying the topics I have that most of the projects supported, or events attended, or products purchased are due to “word of mouth.”
So, since you have a mouth, please share the good “word” about Every Point on the Map. Seven-hundred dollars worth of good words, and we’ll be on our way!
[kelly] & Rachel J. Apple