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Audio Matters: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts

Over the past couple of years, NPR has developed a unique approach to covering music—a podcast channel for live concerts and, recently, a series of short video podcasts, the Tiny Desk Concerts. These intimate recordings feature live performances by popular artists recorded at the desk of Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered.

After listening to a couple of these performances, I was struck by the engaging quality of these low-fi presentations. In my opinion, Tiny Desk Concerts owe their success to the musicians’ passion and audio quality. Turns out that great sound quality more than makes up for amateur-looking camcorder footage.

This underscores the role good audio track plays in elevating your multimedia projects, making them richer and more appealing to your audiences.

Check out NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts and see if you agree. Here are a couple of my favorites. For optimal viewing, experience the videos on your iPhone or similar sized screen with good headphones. Enjoy!

Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Swell Season


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