It’s nearly two months since I decided to travel to Biloela and sit down with Bill to record his life. When I first came back after being away for the better part of a week I had to find the time to bash all the audio together, to get it into shape so that it would be the best possible content to listen to.
It’s quite a process that I had no idea about when I started with Your Story, back in ’07 but at least now I have some idea of what I’m doing.
I haven’t messed around much with the audio, just removed a lot of long pauses as well as a lot of ums and arrgs that end up in any thoughtful conversation. Quite a few times Bill and I came back to the recorder to hear more of his life and he would tell a story of some other time to where we left off, about an earlier era or jump ahead to something more recent. For this reason I cut the audio and where these were major subjects I placed them back into the rough chronological order that the audio most suited. However many times Bill would just pop back to tell a yarn about a previous time while we were talking about a subject and in those cases I simply let it slide as to move it around would have broken with the conversation that we were having. After all, I hope you, the listener find these conversations interesting as though you are simple listening in, so I didn’t want to break with the flow much with too many edits.
I’m surprised that I finished with five hours of edited audio in the end as I started with only a little over six hours. I hope it’s not tedious for those who choose to listen. I have now listened to everything about four or five times and I find it engaging but I’ll have to come back in a few months to get a real feel for it.
As for who will listen to this stories, I’m not sure. I hope that my greater family listen, as this is our heritage, remembered by the only person now around who was there, especially the very early days in the 20’s and 30’s.
I think some of the general stories of life in those early days and the experiences of the war years particularly, The Battle of Milne Bay may be of interest to the wider community. It was with these points in mind in how I edited the audio, I never intended the audio to be listened to and for consumption by the general public as it’s aimed at a far more specific group of individuals as I’ve mentioned above. To make this suitable for everyone I would have edited it to maybe an hour much like I do with Your Story but this is an entirely different animal.
For these reasons I think the content list with time stamps is valuable as if someone is wanting to research some aspects of these stories some time in the future it’s easy to see what is in the audio and go directly to that part of it. That I think adds to the value of the audio and if they then choose to listen to additional parts of the audio that is entirely up to them.
So now the most important content, which is the audio that I recorded in February is complete but this is not the end of the story. I have some video that I wish to edit that I shot while I was in Biloela with Bill which I will post in time. Also as I mentioned to Bill I intend to drop in on him from time to time to record some additional audio as is appropriate.
So the story of Bill Kath is not over, there will be more to come. So if your interested, family or friends, drop in from time to time and see what else Bill has to say.
Oh and thanks Bill for allowing me to record your life, it’s been wonderful.