Island Podcasting
A podcast about life on Canada's left coast. Soundseeing, stories and music hosted by Ted Riecken.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009
 

Show #102: Irony and Echoes

This episode finds me making an argument that irony is to thinking as echoes are to listening. Source material is from a recent trip to San Fransisco and some walks into the forest. Thanks to Rick from Belfast for the gentle nudge to get this one out for general consumption.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
 

Show #101: Summer travels...

This episode is a combination of audio recorded in Hawaii and at the Island Music Festival in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. There is lots of music in this one so enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
 

Show #100: Ambling thru 100

One hundred episodes of Islandpodcasting! This one begins and ends in the woods, with me thinking my way through some of life's big questions. No hurry here; this is simply me living life as it unfolds, with a bit of musical reflection added to enhance the mood.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009
 

Show #99: On Secrets

This episode once again moves back and forth between the human and non-human worlds. I muse about secrets, their nature and purpose, and give an update on the robins.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009
 

Show #98: Between City and Woods

This episode moves back and forth between downtown soundseeing and the birds of my yard as I contrast the human and natural worlds. As usual, I marvel at the connections that life seems to yield, and I end with a life saving trip for stranded starfish in Vancouver.

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Monday, March 16, 2009
 

Show #97: Meant to Be

Part one of this show finds me having done some serious thinking about life, it's meaning and purpose. The second part has me in the kitchen, cooking some serious BBQ. This episode is accompanied by an eclectic mix of songs, and appropriate titles, including Freaks Like Me, Meant to Be, Down in the Hole, and The Marionette.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009
 

Show #96: Historical Futures

This show focuses on both the future and the distant past, with a look at the links that lay between. Storytelling, music and sound design combine for your listening pleasure.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009
 

Show #95: In Spirit

This first show of 2009 finds me reflecting on a number of things, including the nature of the creative spirit and its connection to my muse. This episode finds me moving back into podcasting with a deeper understanding of the role it plays in who I am in the world.

 

The show reprises some of the podsafe music I've played on earlier editions including music by Young Galaxy, Mini-system and The Finches. Future shows will feature new music from the usual sources.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008
 

Show #94: It Powns

Back after a long absence, with a short reflection on a rare day out where I happened to cross paths with a couple of sk8er girls who taught me a new word.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008
 

Show #93: Back in the Land of the Maya

This show brings you some soundseeing from the Mayan Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. I was there for a weeks holiday and took my trusty iRiver along to do some recording. The resulting audio clips make up the bulk of this episode. The spoken word piece at the end of the show is by Shane Koyczan and is an example of his powerful performance word poetry that he does with his group Short Story Long.

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Monday, June 30, 2008
 

Show #92: From Harvard

I am back after a long hiatus. This show includes some recording done while I was attending a recent leadership institute at Harvard University. It includes some reflections on a trip made to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, and my overall impressions of the city of Boston. The show finds me thinking about the progress that America has made since the Kennedy era as they prepare to elect Barack Obama as their president.

I am joined on this podcast by my colleague Jill Roberts who you'll hear midway through the show. The episode closes with me relating a random chance encounter with another storyteller, Brother Blue with whom we happened to share a taxi as we left Harvard. All in all, it was a remarkable trip, with lots of learning about many important things.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008
 

Show #91: The End of My TV

In my first show in almost a month, I'm back with some talk about getting rid of my TV and switching to an all audio and web-based source for rich media content. I talk about the weather, cook some dinner, reflect on a recent video podcast from Baba's Beach and expand on a conversation between two ex-nannies. I play a tune by Jill Sobule and another by Tom Waits.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008
 

Show #90: Get Up Stand Up

This show finds me reflecting on and giving thanks for two gifts that I received recently at work. The first segment ends with The Navaho Honouring Song. Part Two of the show comes to you from Tofino on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island where I talk about the awful but mostly unquestioned impact of Canada at war. I end with a double shot of music from The Black Angels from their seasonally appropriate album "Passover".

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Sunday, February 24, 2008
 

Show #89: Rumi, Shiraz and a visit from Cheeky

This show includes some thoughts inspired by the 13th century Sufi poet and mystic Rumi, as well as a short DIY segment with me making a batch of Australian Shiraz. I play a couple of tunes, one by Hayden, another by Young Galaxy. A leisurely Sunday podcast with a phone visit from Todd and an apple for Cheeky the deer.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008
 

Show #88: Musing about muses

I return to my roots in this piece, coming to you from deep in the woods, with some musing about exactly who is my muse, and what it means to have one. Cigars, songwriters and synchronicity are themes that run through this show. Spring is in the air, blue skies and warmer weather are on the horizon.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008
 

Show #87: In Egypt

This show is a combination of a scripted piece finished by a song by The Black Angels followed by some late night musings about the passing of yet another of my animal friends. The ambient music underlaying the spoken word piece is by Robert Rich, available as a free download from Magnatunes.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
 

Show #86: Happy Holidays

Come along for some late night Christmas shopping soundseeing and a bit of philosophical rambling in the few days leading up to Christmas. Recorded just before Christmas day and edited and posted just after, this is Christmas 2007. The first musical piece in this show is "Some Things Go Without Saying" by the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the second piece is a Wailers classic from a now out of print London concert at the Lyceum. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Sunday, November 18, 2007
 

Show #84: Acknowledging Connections

Only a few show notes for this episode, which begins with a celebration of the return of Chub Creek to the podosphere. I play some music by The Frames, and talk my way through some Saturday kitchen work, including smoking some nuts and making a pot roast. Winter fare for the soul......

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Sunday, November 4, 2007
 

Show #83: Halloween: It's scarier in the real world.

Recorded on and around Halloween night, this show features music by the Victoria based Outlaw Social with two songs from their new album "Dry Bones". Thanks to Pharis and the rest of Outlaw Social for permission to use the songs in this podcast! I also talk about the wonderful Irish movie Once that I saw in flight from Toronto. "Once" is one of the best films I've seen in a long long time.

There's also a bit about the need to fight against the extradition of the BC3 for their "crime" of selling pot seeds to those in the US via the web. The show ends with "Yell Fire" by Michael Franti and Spearhead from their recent album on the ANTI - Epitaph Label. It's available as a free download from the link above.

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Friday, October 19, 2007
 

Show #82: Marketing death: Podcasting, misogynist videos and Canada's "new" drug policies.

An electic show that ranges over a number of topics, with the only real connection being a focus on death. Not that I'm trying to be morbid, thats's simply how this one turned out. Music is appropriately by The Black Angels and Beirut's newest offering from the IODA Promonet.

The Flying Club CupBeirut
"A Sunday Smile" (mp3)
from "The Flying Club Cup"
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
 

Show #81: The Watch

A shorter show this week about that strange state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that's called "The Watch". Music played in this episode includes a piece by Robert Rich from the Magnatunes site and a piece by the IO Music Project. Also included is the Charles Bukowski poem "Nirvana" as read by Tom Waits. If you like Wait's particular form of magic, buy his latest album "Orphans". It's an amazing collection of some of his rawest and rarest work to date.

Music Hall 151IO Music Project
"Forest" (mp3)
from "Music Hall 151"
(Naqmeh Banafsh Andisheh Cultural Institute)

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Sunday, September 16, 2007
 

Show #80: In the Land of the Maya: Part 2

Part two of the Mexican soundseeing podcast series focuses on our trip to two Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. First we visit Tulum on the coast, and then move inland to the village and ruins at Coba. I climb the big pyramid at Coba, which is the second tallest in the Mayan empire. It was big, tall and a scary climb with no handrails. There was only a rope laying on the steps to hang onto as you went down. I kept thinking about that scene in Apocalypto where the heads and bodies bounce down the steps to the bottom...

If you look carefully at the top of the pyramid you can see two people sitting there. Neither of them is me, though I did go to the very top and into the chamber. The jungle has reclaimed most of this site, with only several hundred of more than 6500 buildings excavated since its "discovery" in the 1970's. At one time, Coba was home to 50,000 Mayans.

The ending tune in this podcast is by Brad Sucks from the Magnatunes website. The title of the song is "Time to take out the garbage". It has no particular connection to the podcast content, but I liked the jazz noir feel it has. Somehow it matches my mood and mindset as I descended down the big pyramid.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007
 

Show #79: In the Land of the Maya: Part 1

Part one of the soundseeing shows put together with material gathered during a recent trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Music in this podcast is from the album "Echo of Small Things" by Robert Rich and is from the Magnatunes website, licensed for podcast use. Stay tuned for Part 2 in which we visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007
 

Show #78: The Opposite of Suicide

Minimal show notes for this episode after a week of feed problems. This has me musing about the mindset of suicide bombers and what makes them tick. Music in this podcast is all courtesy of Magnatunes and includes the songs Seduction and The Will of Love by Falik, and Tribe by the band Falling You. Comments or feedback can sent to triecken@gmail.com or via the comments link on this blog page.

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Friday, August 3, 2007
 

Show #77: Smokin.....

This is a repost of the show done a couple of weeks ago. For some reason, Feedburner and iTunes didn't pick it up. Here is another go of this publishing.

This DIY episode features some kitchen chat while I prepare some salmon for smoking, along with music from the IODA Promonet. Cover image on this episode shows Abby the deer and her new born baby Cheeky. Information about the songs and artists played in this podcast is listed below. For those of you who want to email me or send comments, I can be contacted at triecken@gmail.com As usual, thanks for listening, and I will talk to you again soon.

Grass Roots Record Co. - Family Album

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from "Grass Roots Record Co. - Family Album"
by Alela Diane
GRASS ROOTS RECORD CO

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Roots, Rock, Remixed

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from "Roots, Rock, Remixed"
by Bob Marley & The Wailers
rockr / Quango / Tuff Gong

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Young Galaxy

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by Young Galaxy
Arts & Crafts

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
 

Show #76: Strangers and Heroes

This episode features a piece about an encounter with a stranger I met while traveling back from the Podcasters Across Borders 2007 Conference in Kingston. The musical bed in this piece is by Michael Brook courtesy of the IODA Promonet. Information about the album is below. For those of you who want to email me or send comments, I can be contacted at triecken@gmail.com As usual, thanks for listening, and I will talk to you again soon.

RockPaperScissors

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by Michael Brook
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
 

Show #75: Titanica!

This show features a soundseeing tour of the Titanic Exhibit that I visited this week at the Royal BC Museum. I begin the show with a personal note of thanks to all who sent notes of condolences about the death of Kona. Life is certainly quieter without him, though in the quiet there is the opportunity to remember him and the life that he brought to all whom he met. Music in this podcast is from the IODA Promonet and features two songs that I use as a muscial bed for the show. I'll see those of you who are going to PAB in Kingston, on the weekend!

Cigar Smoke

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by Esther Lamneck
Innova Recordings

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    Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

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    from "Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage"
    by Ian Whitcomb
    ITW Records

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    Sunday, June 10, 2007
     

    Show #74: Lessons from Kona

    I'm back after a long absence with a set of recollections about what I have learned from living my life with my little dog Kona. After nearly 13 years with him we had to put him down on June 2 due to an aggressive brain tumour. Without a doubt, this has been one of the saddest weeks I have ever experienced. The episode is mostly me talking, keeping it together for the most part, with a final song dedicated to Kona, called "Open Heart Surgery" by the BJM.

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    Monday, April 30, 2007
     

    Show #73: Buffered Content and a 10K Walk

    This is a misc collection of thoughts and snippets put together over the past couple of days. I'm asking for adventurous listeners to try and interact with the show using Crowd About an interaction tool that allows people to leave text, audio and video comments about a given podcast. You have to set up an account, and then you can access the show and leave a comment. I'm not sure how it will work, but let's give it a try and see what happens. Clicking on the badge below takes you to the account creation page on the site. You can find islandpodcasting by searching for it once you're inside the site.

    Sign up for CrowdAbout and comment inside my show!

    Music in the show comes from the IODA Promonet  and features the following artists.

    Young Galaxy

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    by Young Galaxy
    Arts & Crafts



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    Until The Sadness Is Gone

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    by David & the Citizens
    Friendly Fire Recordings

    iRelax: In Traffic

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    from "iRelax: In Traffic"
    by Govi
    REAL MUSIC


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    I also play the song February Day by Desert Radio from the GarageBand.com site. In the podcast, I mistakenly called them Dust Radio, which I think I've been doing for some time. Oops, sorry guys....

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    Monday, April 9, 2007
     

    Show #72: Climate Change Dracula: Art at the Edge of Science

    I muse about some of the media and art I've consumed over the last couple of weeks including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's version of Dracula, Heather O'Neill's Lullabies for Little Criminals and the movie version of the PD James novel Children of Men. This is the first podcast that I've done with the NexxGen Mic that was recommended by the Zedcaster and the Scarborough Dude so I'll be interested to hear any feedback about a difference in the audio quality of the show. I end the show with a few hints about the topic of my presentation at the upcoming Podcasters Across Borders conference in Kingston Ontario in June.

    Some of the music in this podcast is from the IODA Promonet courtesy of the Southern Culture on the Skids, which you can download below. The other bits of music are the Brian Jonestown Massacre's "A New Low in Getting High" and Joe Strummer and the Mescalero's "Coma Girl". I thought Coma Girl was a good tune for the recently emerged Hippies vs Punks debate in that Joe so perfectly marries what is vibrant about both movements, along with a bit of crossover into the music and culture of Rastafari.

    For Lovers Only

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    from "For Lovers Only"
    by Southern Culture on the Skids
    Safe House



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