Behind the Scenes Look at The Kaleidoscope.
This summer we had the honor of creating The Kaleidoscope, our podcast that you can listen to here https://consenses.org/podcast/
Last May we began brainstorming this concept of creating a podcast. We were looking for a summer fundraiser, and a podcast seemed like the perfect creative outlet for one of the not so glamorous aspects of what we do. But lets face it, Consenses is a beast that we work to love and care for and we are deeply grateful for all who donated. https://consenses.org/donations/
Once we had the idea for The Kaleidoscope, we began the artist search. And in the end we found six artist who are very dear to Sally’s heart and are a part of the heart of Martha’s Vineyard. There was also a search for the quote that would kick off the interpretive chain. We decided on the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
“The creation of a thousand forrest is in one acorn”
As art work moved from Billy Hoff to Kate Taylor to Alison Manning and Jesse Keller Jason to Elise Paschen to Matt Cosby to Christian Thornton my favorite part was going to meet them in their studios, homes, and restaurants. To meet them where they feel most inspired offered the perfect place to pour out understanding and to shift the Kaleidoscope. I often view the experience of creating this podcast as a Kaleidoscope of place, each location a separate piece in the eye lens. As Christian Thornton taught us a culinary lesson, “A bite of all the ingredients together are far more delicious that any one alone.” We expand that lesson to consider the elephant and the blind men fable, our singular understanding is only one perspective and there is a greater truth to be experienced if we start experiencing other’s percpectives.
Things like that continually were happening, where the artist would be spilling out truth in there understanding and we would smile at each other because at the time of the interview we had not shared what the other artist were thinking, but through the art itself they had been able to hold on to the essence of what the artist was translating. The beauty is also found when the understandings don’t match up but the next artist presents another way to see the elephant!
Did you know all of the editing for The Kaleidoscope was down but the two women team of Sally and her assistant Chloe? And we are very grateful for Ben Taylor and Carly Simon for the vocals on the podcast sound effects. After recording the interviews Chloe edited the file for content to take the two hour long conversation down to thirty minutes of information. That was then sent to Sally who painstakingly listened to the content many many times, added the intro, outro, sponsorship segment, paid attention to every breath to make sure that it all sounded natural, laid down the instrumental tracks under the conversations, and lots and lots more.
Many steps went into making the podcast and we want to thank you for listening. We have loved hearing what you think, and would appreciate if you left a review for us after you listen. Some of our favorites:
This podcast is like drinking sunshine through your ears. It wakes you up to the world around you in a way that makes everything feel vibrant and alive in a new way.” by Cielbleu1
“My Senses are Blow Away! Loving it!
I have been listening to The Kaleidoscope on my commute – and loving it! But, until today I hadn’t been able to see any of the artwork as it has been unfolding. But, today, I checked into the website and I’m now visually caught up. But, I must say, I’ve loved the experience of enjoying the art “blindly” and having had to imagine it before actually seeing it. Because, in an interesting way has forced me to become an artist myself – imagining/creating the painting in my mind, visualizing the dance and how it must have looked in motion… Sally is an incredibly curious, thoughtful, careful interviewer. And the concept is truly original.” by Bluecaddy66
What’s happening now with the podcast… monthly challenge opportunity. https://consenses.org/update-on-the-monthly-challenge/
The Kaleidoscope keeps on shifting, show us what you see.