Episode17.jpgIn episode 17 of the podcast, David Andrew Wiebe interviews the manager of The House Coffee & Sanctuary, Derrick Mitchell. In addition to the valuable insights from a music venue manager, this episode also features a resource tip, and a look at information overload.

Show Notes:

  • UPCOMING SHOWS: November 6 Guitar Church Workshop @ Christian Life Assembly, November 12 @ Blind Beggar with Adrenalize, November 19 @ Trinity Mennonite Church with Daniel Guy Martin, November 27 Guitar Church Workshop @ Christian Life Assembly, December 4 Guitar Church Workshop @ Christian Life Assembly, December 17 @ The House Coffee & Sanctuary with Daniel Guy Martin.
  • GUEST INTERVIEW: Derrick Mitchell, Manager of The House Coffee & Sanctuary

Resource Tip:

Inside Home Recording Podcast.

Over the last couple of years I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of great resources out there for musicians, engineers, producers, and home recordists, many of which are completely free. I’ve been thinking that I would like to share these resources with you on the show. I’ve personally listened to or read all of the resources recommended in this segment.

Today’s resource is the Inside Home Recording Podcast. This podcast is especially useful to home recordists and enthusiasts, but I believe there is something here for musicians and artists as well.

The podcast – as the name suggests – covers the world of home recording. Not only is it quite entertaining, it’s also educational. The podcast features ear training segments, 101 sessions on MIDI, gear reviews, interviews with a variety of engineers and musicians, and much more.

Like me, even if you don’t totally understand everything to do with studio recording, there’s a lot that can be learned by osmosis. This has generally been my experience with home recording. Because I have been around it for such a long time, I’ve picked up a lot of things that I wouldn’t otherwise know.

As of November 2010, they have 83 episodes so there’s a lot of information you can delve into – even if the earliest episodes harken back to 2005. Some things in the recording world haven’t changed a whole lot, and a lot of what they talked about 5 years ago still pertains to recording today.

Closing Segment:

David discusses information overload.

And I’m back with the closing segment. I certainly hope you enjoyed this episode. I think it took a lot longer to edit than any previous episode, but I think it’s well worth the effort.

For today’s closing segment, I wanted to talk a little bit about information overload. If you’re anything like me, you really enjoy books, blogs, and podcasts. Unfortunately it can get a little out of hand if you buy every book with a curious title, or subscribe to every cool blog you come across.

At one point, I actually had something like 400 new podcast episodes that I hadn’t listened to in my subscription list. I had every intention of listening to all of them, but quickly realized how irrelevant many of those shows were, and I wasn’t about to gain any new insights from listening to them.

Ultimately, I decided to go on an information diet. I purged and eliminated several podcasts from my subscription list in order to avoid overload. When you think about the fact that most podcast episodes last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, that’s a lot of time that could be spent focusing on information that’s actually relevant to you and your current situation, rather than scattered and segmented information that you have no use for right now.

One strategy that has worked well for me is downloading individual episodes. You don’t have to subscribe to an entire podcast feed in order to hear one or two of its respective episodes. This enables you to hear discussions on topics you want to hear right now. For example, you could download every podcast episode that features a particular guest, like me, David Andrew Wiebe, or you could download every episode that discusses the dietary benefits of Kiwi. Or, you could pick and choose which episodes on the subject actually interest you.

I also went on a cleanse with my feed aggregator. I found that I was barely using my aggregator as is, so it made a lot of sense to unsubscribe from unwanted feeds. I’ve discovered that focus is important, so while it might make sense for me to subscribe to industry relevant news updates, it didn’t make much sense to subscribe to a bunch of Internet comedians who review video games and movies, as much I might enjoy that.

Now, if you don’t know what an aggregator is, let me explain. It’s basically a piece of software that aggregates or collects specific information to one place. Google Reader would be an example of a feed aggregator.

All of this might sound a little foreign to someone who hasn’t spent much time on the Internet, but most of us have a list of our favorite sites, so it’s a good idea to keep a perspective on what’s important rather than subscribing to everything in sight.

Well, that’s all for today. I look forward to your emails.

Credits:

  • MUSIC: “Digital Audio Workstation” (theme song), David Andrew Wiebe © 2010
  • MUSIC: “Ecstatic”, David Andrew Wiebe © 2009
  • BLUBRRY PROMO SPOT: Controlling Chaos Podcast.

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Author: David Andrew Wiebe

David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a touring schedule with multiple bands.

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