my favoritest chipmunks (or maybe squirrels?)

21 10 2004

::giggle::

the other day, pdxstraycat conducted a phone-interview with my favorite professor of all time. today, while i was working from home, i started trying to transcribe this interview. i didn’t get very far, because the tape way playing v e r y s l o w l y and i was afraid the rewinding and re-playing of the v e r y s l o w tape would warp or break it, so i saved the problem for him to address when he got home.

new batteries weren’t the answer. & apparently batteries (whether our kind or all of them i’m not sure) just don’t provide as much juice to the tape recorder he used as they’re supposed to. because when we found an ac adaptor that fit both the size and required electical current for the machine & plugged it in & pressed “play,” no matter what setting the player was set on, we got extreme-chimpunk-speed interview.

saying “chipmunk” instead of “foamy” dates me, doesn’t it?

in either case, it’s just a little too fast for me to have any hope transcribing the stuff, which is almost a crying shame, both because pdxstraycat needs the interview for a class project & so really needs to be able to hear it somehow, and because hearing these two pirate-brained pedagogical geniuses discuss theories and methodology at the speed of sarcastic squirrel would be what sunshine-katie would call “all that and a bag of chips”!!!

**edit: burny_md was kind enough to point out a typo above, but what he did with it was cute & clever enough that i’m leaving it. imagine. ME, leaving a typo alone in my own prose. stop the presses. that boy’s SO going to get a swelled head about making that happen…

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9 responses

21 10 2004
me_not_you

get the recording into a computer. You can get guitar software that slows back the playback

21 10 2004
tyra

is THAT where the secret lies? b/c we’ve tried doing it w/the freeware recording stuff we’ve got, but it mangles the recording even further instead of actually slowing it (although the result is a really cool demonic sound i think we should incorporate somehow into our hallowe’en plans!)…

22 10 2004
l_stboy

If you get a digital version, there are lots of programs that will let you play with playback rates, filters to clear up the sound, etc, even if by default the recording doesn’t sound so good. I’ll check my stash when I get back to the house and see if I have any recommendations.

21 10 2004
burny_md

yeah, that may date you, but the REAL question is what does “chimpunk” mean? 😉 A chimp who’s a punk rocker? 😉

21 10 2004
susanmarie

Is it because of the speed on the microcassette recorder? It has two speeds, so that might be the problem…

21 10 2004
tyra

good guess, but no. we flipped that switch often, & found it solving the problem not at all. we’re thinking batteries b/c it actually sounds normal at the beginning of the tape & then the longer it plays (& we’re talking in terms of tens of seconds here, so it’s really, really noticeable) the slower it gets. creepy. we’ll play it for you tomorrow as a hallowe’en precurser, how ’bout? 🙂

22 10 2004
jeymin

foamy???
I’m feeling even more dated because I have no idea what you even mean by “foamy” instead of chipmunk. At least I know what you mean by chipmunk… and it makes no sense how that related to the word “foamy.”

22 10 2004
l_stboy

Re: foamy???
Check out this link, and all will be clear:
http://www.illwillpress.com/fatkins.html
There are many more like it at
http://www.illwillpress.com/vault.html

22 10 2004
jeymin

Re: foamy???
Oh wow! Those are hysterical! Thanks for enlightening me!

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