This piece was challenging to edit for a few reasons. There were a few moments in which an “uhm” or “like” was embedded deeply into the speech, which caused a bit of a struggle when trying to remove it. This lead to a few jumps in pitch throughout the piece: something I am not entirely sure how to edit out at this point. Another difficulty I ran into was based on the order in which I proposed the questions. Initially, there were a few out of place responses, which I then had to rearrange and insert accordingly. Though, at the start, I had been concern about the laboriousness of this task, it did turn out to be easier than I anticipated. What I also found to be relatively simple was removing my voice from the piece. There was only one or two points where my voice overlapped with Steve’s, so I did not have a struggle to remove it and maintain the quality of the piece.
I struggled with inserting my room tone and natural noise, which, I believe hindered the piece. It is something I would like to adjust before the final project. At the moment, the piece feels rather empty during his speech, as there are no other layers playing at that times.
Next time I lead an interview, I will organize my questions in a more methodical manner, so as to simplify the editing process. I will also make sure to consistently ask double-barreled questions, as I ran into one or two instances in which I had neglected to. I will also record environmental and natural noise that alines more appropriately with the piece.
Isabel Marie Barbosa