How do you figure out if audio or video is the preferred medium for your message? Listen to this interview with audio artist Victoria Fenner and find out! In this 22-minute podcast, Victoria and I discuss the intrinsic value of audio as a communications tool.

Listen and then let me know what you think!
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Here are the show notes:
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[00:01] Intro and welcome
[01:01] About today’s guest, Victoria Fenner; email
[02:35] Tip: A car makes a pretty good recording studio in a pinch
[03:16] Why do people say, “Hey, great audio; where are the pictures?”
[03:57] Donna asks: Is it true you can focus more when you’re listening and not watching?
[04:33] Example of Victoria’s mom “listening” to TV
[05:28] As Victoria works with video, she sees the exciting things she can do but reminds us that the soundtrack is very important in a video
[06:05] Be conscious of sound design; example of National Film Board’s Dogs in Concert
[06:50] You don’t need to see the speaker’s mouth move; talking head syndrome
[07:24] Pictures are great when they help tell your story
[08:00] Victoria’s audio documentaries in India; camera would have been intrusive
[09:15] Audio is an intimate medium
[09:44] Audio or video? How to decide?
[13:09] Victoria’s workshops with schoolchildren; she lets them use audio and still photography
[14:07] Integrity of audio on its own
[14:30] Victoria’s current project: Green Planet Monitor, shows from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka on the Rabble Podcast Network
[16:15] Donna and Victoria hoping to work together
[16:34] Both audio and video podcasting will grow
[17:50] Where to send comments: email to, call the comment line at 206-338-4200 or post a message to the Trafcom News Podcast blog
[19:00] Comment from Libby Ranzetta about LibriVox
[20:40] Comment from Martin (no last name) of Marketing from the Cottage
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Theme music is “Beneath Your Surface” by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from the Podsafe Music Network


  1. Dear Donna,
    Anent your discussion with Victoria Fenner about the power of sounds vs sights.
    It is just trivia but applicable to the discussion. People who have lost their hearing are much more at risk for psychiatric problems than are people who have lost their sight.

    It probably has something to do with the fact that when you can hear the tone of voice and other subtle metainformation contained in speech you do not feel isolated. Hearing even gives cues to hat is occurring around you which you may not be able to see.

    Hearing disabled people may not be in tune with the emotional content of what is occurring even though they can see everything that is happening.
    The Other Tom Russell


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