September 29th 2017
Today I had to transcribe an hour’s worth of notes from my dictaphone. About a month ago I went to a Tango night at Warwick University to interview a couple of students there about their society, for the next edition of my digital magazine. (www.feedthemag.co.uk).
That was a while ago though, and since then, I kinda sorta forgot to check that all of the recordings saved correctly on the dictaphone. The good news, it turns out, is that one of the interviews saved perfectly. The bad news, as you can probably guess, is that the other interview didn’t save. I’ve got about 45 minutes worth of recordings, but I think I’m missing a clip of about the same length.
It was the first time I’d ever used a dictaphone so I didn’t really know what I was doing, I’ll be honest with you. Can you tell? Ordinarily I’d just use my phone to record audio but I wanted to look all professional and that. That went well…
Oh well. I’ve still got a lot of usable recordings, and a list of questions that I went in with that, surprisingly, I can still remember basic answers to.
The typing was difficult mainly due to the fact that I had to listen to my own voice for the best part of an hour. Plus, I’d slowed the audio down by 10% to make it easier to type-and-listen at the same time. Thankfully, my voice only popped in now and again to ask questions, and it was majoritively (apparently not a word, but I don’t believe it) my interviewee speaking.
Even with the 10% decrease in speed, it was difficult for my fingers to keep up with my ears, but if I slowed it down any further then it ended up sounding like Dory trying to speak Whale. (A possibly quite niche reference, admittedly)
I got it done though. I just need to tidy it up, add the pictures that Alice took and it’s good to go.
Until tomorrow, it’s a shame about the other hour of audio…
You can read my online magazine at www.feedthemag.co.uk, this month’s issue is all about live experiences: