Podcasting d.Construct 2006

In case you haven’t heard, the d.Construct conference, which so rocked Brighton last year, is returning in 2006. It will take place in the Corn Exchange (right next to the dome) on the 8th of September.

It will be bigger. There were just 100 people at last year’s event. There will be 3.5 times as many this year. But it’s still going to a grassroots affair. By grassroots, I mean cheap and cheerful. The price of admission is just £75. Registration opens on the 18th of July. That’s next Tuesday. The clock is ticking.

If you’re in any doubt about attending, just check out the line-up for this year: Jeffrey Veen, Thomas Vander Wal, Derek Featherstone, Jeff Barr, and many more. Registration also qualifies you for entry to the after-party at the Terraces.

In the run-up to the conference, I’m going to be trying a little experiment. Most conferences these days offer a podcast of proceedings after the event — which we are also planning to do — but the decision was made at the Clearleft HQ to start podcasting beforehand.

Armed with headphones and a USB microphone, I’ve been getting to know the ins and outs of Garageband. The first tentative results are available for your listening pleasure. You can subscribe to the RSS feed from the podcast page of the conference website.

I listen to quite a lot of podcasts but I have to admit that there aren’t many that really stand out. Apart from time-shifted radio programmes like In Our Time or Mark Kermode’s film reviews, most podcasts tend to be rambling affairs with too much dead air and not enough editing (The Word Nerds being a notable exception).

Now, I’m not claiming that my podcast will be qualitatively better; it’s decidedly amateurish (it is a podcast, after all). But the episodes will be mercifully brief. Short, sharp shows are the order of the day.

At the very least, I hope it won’t be annoying to listen to. I’ve done my best to get consistent volume levels and audio quality but I’m very much a newbie at all this. Like I said, this is all an experiment and, depending on the feedback, the format may change completely.

On the subject of podcasts, point your pod at the @media feed. There’ll be a new presentation released every week. The audio for my talk, Using DOM Scripting to Plug the Holes in CSS is now available. I’ve posted a transcript of the presentation over in the articles section of this site, which you can also subscribe to as a podcast.

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