Back in August KCRW held a ’24 hour Radio Race’ -like the 48 hour film challenge – and I recruited an audio engineer from the bike scene to do it. It was a disaster, lots of fun and everyone agreed that it felt like the start of something, if not a polished contest piece.
The assignment was something like “a transmission from the year 2050: Time Change.”
I was able to call a ‘Futurist Professor’ and get a list of 8 people making amazing art, architecture, digital tools all around the idea of time.. but nothing we’d be able to complete in 24 hours. As someone obsessed with the the apocalypse/environment I see the 2 issues that are the most cornerstone are solving ‘energy’ and creating a social structure that allows people to live and flourish as jobs disappear. Then, we headed out to our favorite couch on a porch overlooking the Silverlake neighborhood in LA.
We nailed it on the first take. But the microphone wasn’t on or didn’t work. We had 16 hours left.
What came together was a patchwork of bicycling around having free flowing conversations with people we knew liked to ask big questions and sometimes ramble on. Then, around midnight I took a nap and Ben got to work splicing and cleaning. At 3am we walked over to California Donuts. At no point did we ever get into a car.
I realized that with what we’d put together we needed a lead in and a wrap up. By then I was so tired my mouth couldn’t say words. So many little things could have been another way – but it happened in 24hours and laid down a pretty good foundation. Since then we’ve started the LA Futurist Society, and have new podcasts planned as soon as I can learn some sound editing or trick an editor into getting involved. (Holler!!)
For the race, we didn’t win the big prize – but we did win the “Social Butterfly” prize thanks to my shit talking on the facebook contest page and WTF instagram posts. We did win t-shirts! Because even on the radio, you really shouldn’t be naked.