ABOUT THE SOUND
About The Music
Claudia approached a friend of hers, Gordon Clarke, about making some bed music for the show and what she got was a a unique combination of beats and animal noises that have become a hallmark for the show.
Gordon Clarke is con_sol, a Kingston based electronic poet who tries and occasionally succeeds in blending improvised hypnotic beats with self indulgent stream of conscience poetry. He explains his thinking behind the music for The Animal Turn:
You can find Gordon (con_sol) on Bandcamp.
"For the Animal Turn, I thought I’d let the animals speak their own lyrics. In the theme you can hear cows, pigs, goats, rabbits, camels and more expressing themselves in their own unique ways. I wanted to highlight the sometimes surprising musicality and rhythm of animal vocalists by layering them over a melody and a beat. I think animals clearly have a lot to say. It’s just up to us to take the time to listen.” - Gordon Clarke
Claudia has no formal training in the art of recording but has been teaching herself some of the ins and outs of how to pay attention to what an episode sounds like. She was originally the host of the Beyond Canada Podcast, a podcast that explored the contributions of international research at Queen's university, where she received some rudimentary introductions to how to use Reaper and record in a studio. When she started The Animal Turn Podcast, and there was a looming pandemic, she had to quickly learn how to record from a distance.
She continues to learn...
Here are some of the details of how she records and what instruments and software she uses:
Recording Platform: Zencastr
Editing Platform: Reaper
Hosting Platform: Buzzsprout
Microphone: Originally the H2N and now the BlueYeti
Headphones: Philips SHP1900
Other: Popfilters, pillows, and blankets
"I have learnt a great deal about sound in the process of making this podcast. Good sound is really difficult to attain and in almost every episode I make mistakes. There are so many sounds you don't think about in your day to day - the bing of a phone, the vibration of a fan - when you record these are amplified and distracting. Not to mention the difficulty with regulating how soft or loud voices are and how to blend music and speech. I think this podcast will also be a project of learning about sound for me, and of - hopefully - constant improvement ”
Since August 2022, Claudia has had additional help with the Sound Editing. Christaan Menz joined the team as a fellow and has taken on the task of sound editing the episodes. Claudia and Christiaan are attuned to different aspects of the episodes and working together has helped to make the how sound and flow much more smoothly. Learn more about other Animal Turn fellow on The Team page.