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Introducing: Contrast

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contrastart2000I am supreme­ly thrilled to intro­duce you to a new pod­cast from Stu­dio Eat about human com­mu­ni­ca­tion — past, present and future.

It’s called Con­trast, which is nice, right? Almost clever.

I’ve come to under­stand that what I find fun­ny is root­ed in two pri­ma­ry nar­ra­tive cir­cum­stances: con­trast and spec­ta­cle.

I think we’ll start with some def­i­n­i­tions:

  • Con­trast — “the state of being strik­ing­ly dif­fer­ent from some­thing else, typ­i­cal­ly some­thing in jux­ta­po­si­tion or close asso­ci­a­tion.”
  • Spec­ta­cle — “a visu­al­ly strik­ing per­for­mance or dis­play.”

We intend to con­tin­u­al­ly real­ize our fas­ci­na­tion with the rela­tion­ship between them in a palette of dis­cus­sion and more script­ed recita­tion.
How­ev­er, our new show is by no means a pri­mar­i­ly-amus­ing pod­cast.

You’ve heard this before: nar­ra­tives from a per­son­al per­spec­tive are almost always more effec­tive than those told from the back row. I’ve been con­tent back there, look­ing and yelling at the ceil­ing like a senile cat. Nice wide strokes.
It’s very free­ing, and it does lend to the sort of pod­cast­ing I’ve been doing. But at this point, I’m much more inter­est­ed in the chal­lenge of the mold­ing.

So. Let’s get spe­cif­ic. Notice how good pod­casts are often defined by a per­sist­ing set of icon­ic char­ac­ters? We’ve done our best to make it hap­pen, and haven’t been entire­ly unsuc­cess­ful.

There’s my friend Shin­ji — the world’s least cringy white rap­per and world war two enthu­si­ast.
And Nina, Cul­ture Colum­nist at Extra­tone and vapor­wave god­desss.

Both are far supe­ri­or sto­ry­tellers to the third host. Me.
But let’s not for­get! You’re includ­ed!

If you’ve got a good sto­ry or some orig­i­nal music to share with us, send it to horn@extratone.com or vis­it our sub­mis­sions page.

Our cur­rent tar­get episode length is 30 to 60 min­utes in 192kbps stereo mp3.

We’re very excit­ed to have Noah B’s music avail­able to define our sound!

Check out his band­camp or look for his tracks hyper­linked by order of appear­ance in every episode’s show notes.

Con­trast is a chal­lenge to my own creativity’s lack of design. I’m very much look­ing for­ward to fresh­en­ing up Stu­dio Eat with some qual­i­ty nar­ra­tive.

Look for episode one in the com­ing weeks.

 

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The author

David Blue

David Blue

David Blue began producing films about cars in high school and wrote a weekly column for Speedmonkey through community college. He hosted a music, technology, and automotive podcast throughout 2015 called Drycast, before going on to launch Extratone in the Spring of 2016 as an independent online magazine in the interest of consolidating and unifying the vast amount of original voices he’d discovered within his network of artists, musicians, culture writers, and graphic designers, and continues to pursue new culture and new perspectives.