Every October, for the past five or six years, a bittersweet cloud of nostalgia falls over my head. That’s because I began podcasting nine years ago this week. Over the course of four and a half years and more than 100 audio episodes, I experimented with sound, storytelling, and personal reflection. It was exciting to discover that an everyday nobody could reach out and find an audience willing to listen to his half-baked ideas and semi-coherent flights of fancy. The experience was a chance to learn a little bit about how the internet can work.
It also provided a chance to open up on a personal level – with strangers – to a level that I’d never have dreamed of doing in person. And this I suppose is the reason for the bittersweet nostalgia. This is the reason why the podcast ended abruptly and why the mp3s were pulled, as best they could be, from the web. And ultimately, this is the reason why those mp3s have remained in a folder on hard drive unplayed and unheard year after year.
But something feels different this time around. It probably has to do with all of the talk I’ve heard recently about reclaiming one’s place on the web and ownership of one’s creative output. There’s a sudden imperative sense that the product of years of effort, excitement and pain that have been buried in a digital cold-storage need to re-released in some form.
The purpose of this post, then, is to announce that a project is now underway to examine and preserve portions of the Tokyo Calling archive on the Scottlo Radio Blog. I’ll be talking about this project as well as sharing old clips and reflections from nine years ago on this week’s BluePhase transmissions on Monday, October 21 and Friday, October 27th at the usual time on ds106radio.