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Parallel Worlds

By Ollie Palmer
World-building is a valuable tool in art and design. The ability to immerse an audience in a complete world is crucial to the framing of TV shows and movies; corporations, nations, political parties, theatrical productions, and futurists all engage in ‘world-building’. What can artists and designers learn from world-building to enhance and augment their own practice? This is the podcast which accompanies the course at parallel.olliepalmer.com
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2021.W9.E2 Bonus: Interview with Abi Palmer (rebroadcast)
Note: this interview is a repeat, having been recorded and interviewed last year. Full show notes at  === Abi Palmer is a mixed-media artist and writer. Her work often includes themes of disability, gender and multisensory interaction. Her artworks include: Crip Casino, an interactive gambling arcade parodying the wellness industry and institutionalised spaces, displayed at the Tate Modern and Somerset House; and Alchemy, a multisensory poetry game, which won a Saboteur Award in 2016. She has written for BBC Radio, The Guardian and Poetry London. She recently published her first book, Sanatorium, through Penned in the Margins. Abi is also my sister, and we frequently collaborate on creative projects together. In this *very* rambling conversation, Abi and I discuss myriad topics, including: - Abi's book Sanatorium (out now from Penned in the Margins) - Physical movement (and embodiment) and thought processes - Constraints in creativity - Failure and experimentation - Underpowered vehicles as a metaphor for our creative relationship - Bath-tubs - Numerous artworks we've worked on, including Crip Casino, Nybble, Ant Ballet, etc. - Social media and filmic influences on framing the real world Links - Sanatorium - Abi's website
01:22:03
May 3, 2021
2021.W9.E2 Bonus: Interview with Tim Clare (rebroadcast)
Today's episode is a repeat from last year - the interview with poet, fiction writer, performer, and podcaster Tim Clare. Apologies for the low audio quality of my introduction! Full transcript of this episode at parallel.olliepalmer.com. Links Tim’s website Tim Clare’s podcast Death of 1000 Cuts (recommended for anyone who wants to write!) Follow Tim on Twitter @timclarepoet or buy Tim a Coffee
01:09:24
May 2, 2021
2021.W9.E1 Action: Final assignment
The time has come! It's the last assignment of the course.  Today's exercises: Continuous writing, in reflection on your life, thoughts, and feelings at the moment 5 minutes Make a narrative audio work of 6-12 minutes’ length which includes elements of: your real, daily life and/or artistic practice a parallel, fictional world of your choosing The role of this exercise is to enact the learnings of this course – the process of world-building and narrative writing – in one concise audio work. The audio work can be real and/or fictionalised. It can use autobiography, fiction, found sounds, your own foley – whatever helps you to take the listener on a journey between two worlds. It should carefully consider the emotional journey you wish for a listener to go through, using principles of ‘framing’ we have discussed throughout this podcast. Full notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
15:42
April 30, 2021
2021.W8.E5 Action: Your worst review
What's your worst review?
24:00
April 26, 2021
2021.W8.E4 Action: Your best review
Today we're reflecting on our immediate surroundings, then writing the ideal review of your work. Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
28:23
April 26, 2021
2021.W8.E3 Action: Synthesis
Combining your ideas!  Full show notes, transcription and exercises at parallel.olliepalmer.com
29:58
April 26, 2021
2021.W8.E2 Action: A list of "things"
This episode contains two exercises:  - A 5 minute free write / free-speak / free draw / free something, to record the here and now, or to let your mind wander - A 10 minute exercise to - make a list of ‘things’ which have an underlying concept, from any area of human culture. You could list films, TV shows, books, poems, soap operas, operas, songs, games – whatever they are, make sure you can summarise their key concepts in a sentence or two. Full show notes, exercise and a transcript available at the Parallel Worlds website.
19:39
April 26, 2021
2021.W8.E1 Action: Listening to Six House Parties by Ross Sutherland
This episode we're mixing it up a little, and listening to a story from another podcast! This episode features Ross Sutherland’s story Six House Parties, which is part of his podcast Imaginary Advice. You can also listen to the original story on Soundcloud, but I really recommend you subscribe to Imaginary Advice with your favourite podcast app!   Many thanks to Ross for letting us use this segment. A full transcript of Ollie’s part of this episode is available at the Parallel Worlds website.
32:51
April 26, 2021
2021.W7.E6 Reflection: Elisabet
Chick Mate by Elisabet, who interviews Mohammad. Note, this is the same interview as 2021.W7.E1, but edited differently! Elisabet says: This is an interview of Mohammad talking about a story he created, which is based on a lies you would tell to kids. This story is about why chickens can't fly. Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
06:04
April 26, 2021
2021.W7.E5 Reflection: Vlad
This weeks' podcasts were made by students in the Parallel Worlds class interviewing each other. This piece is an interview with Niké by Vlad, who says: Attempting to keep the original format of a live podcast, We decided to have a free conversation about a subject that is relevant to everybody, Food
07:12
April 26, 2021
2021.W7.E4 Reflection: Niké
This weeks' podcasts were made by students in the Parallel Worlds class interviewing each other. This piece is an interview with Vlad by Niké, who says: We focus on food and its relation with art. It's called Parallel Perspectives. Come back tomorrow for the reverse interview! Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
08:21
April 26, 2021
2021.W7.E3 Reflection: Tracks by Linda
This weeks' podcasts were made by students in the Parallel Worlds class interviewing each other. Today, Joris describes a sound exploration along the train tracks and the joy of listening with new ears. Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
03:29
April 26, 2021
2021.W7.E2 Reflection: Interview with Clara by Scienthya
It's a quick chit chat with Clara, a Situated Design student at MIVC. She explains one of her work for Parallel Worlds module, Tears are the Drool of the Eye. Check it out! Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
04:34
April 26, 2021
2021.W7.E1 Reflection: A ChitChat by Mohammad
Student interview between Mohammad and Elisabet. Mohammad says: "I was interviewed by Elisabeth about the last task to do for this module, where we had to write lies to kids and create a narrative story about it" Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
06:07
April 26, 2021
2021.W6.E5 Action
The last action podcast of this week, with full show notes as ever at parallel.olliepalmer.com
09:30
April 11, 2021
2021.W6.E4 Action
Transcript and notes and all that stuff at parallel.olliepalmer.com
11:33
April 11, 2021
2021.W6.E3 Action
Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com Exercises Self-reflection freewrite (5 minutes) List as many mystical objects as you can, ranging from the completely mundane to the outlandishly fantastical. We surround ourselves with objects that have special significance to us or others, which may seem irrational to an outsider. Today we’ll be creating a list of real-world and fictional objects which have special significance. Free write about objects that have special significance to you. Do you keep a picture in your wallet? Do you carry something someone gave you? Do you use the same thing every day? What objects around you have significance? (5 minutes) Make a list of objects with fictional significance or powers. You could work in several ways here: you could take objects you can see, and make up powers that they have (e.g. the pencil sharpener on my desk is forged of dragon-steel; this smartphone can actually steal souls) or make up objects and their powers (e.g. if worn, these shoes make the wearer as strong as an ox; glasses which make you ‘see the truth’), etc. If you find yourself going into detail on one object, go for it – but if you’d rather make a list, that’s also good! (5 minutes)
20:52
April 11, 2021
2021.W6.E2 Action
Do you like notes with your podcast? Because we have them, oh yes we have them indeed, at parallel.olliepalmer.com
21:56
April 11, 2021
2021.W6.E1 Action
Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com
14:47
April 11, 2021
2021.W5.E2 Reflection: Sound design
This episode is just a link to two other articles on other peoples' podcasts: Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies by Jordan Kinsner in the Guardian (audio version here / text version here) Written by Jordan Kisner and read by Christopher Ragland; Produced by Simon Barnard. Sounds natural by 99 Percent Invisible. (listen here) Producer Emmett FitzGerald spoke with film producer Chris Palmer; Foley artist Richard Hinton and sound recordist Chris Watson. ======== If you want to listen to more, look at these interesting 99 Percent Invisible audio episodes The Sound of the Artificial World Cartoon Sound Effects The Sizzle  Symphony of Sirens And these practical guides: Using music with the Kitchen Sisters Sound design with Haley Shaw The Parallel Worlds Resources page has many more links to sound design articles!
02:22
April 6, 2021
2021.W5.E1 Reflection: The House by Nick Bromann
Today's episode is the short fiction piece The House by Nick Bromann, a current student on the Situated Design course at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, and was completed during this course in 2020. Nick's other work can be found on Instagram at @bromann.nick. Music in this episode comes from Ketsa and Nctrnm. Episode page on the Parallel Worlds website
12:14
April 6, 2021
2021.W4.E5 Action
Full show notes here
18:47
March 23, 2021
2021.W4.E4 Action
Full show notes here
07:45
March 23, 2021
2021.W4.E3 Action
Full show notes here
12:27
March 23, 2021
2021.W4.E2 Action
Full show notes here
14:04
March 23, 2021
2021.W4.E1 Action
Full show notes here
15:55
March 23, 2021
2021.W3.E2 Reflection: Matrix of Salvis by Salvis Slavišens
Today’s episode was made by Salvis Slavišens, a Situated Design student who took this course last year. More information and full credits at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w03e02. Music in this episode by Ketsa (Multiverse) and Daniel Birch (Amber Haze), both used with Creative Commons licenses.
08:19
March 16, 2021
2021.W3.E1 Reflection: Counterfactuals
This episode is about counterfactuals! But really, it might have been about anything else.  Full show notes and transcript available at parallel.olliepalmer.com. Note: this episode was originally posted last year.
28:08
March 16, 2021
2021.W2.E5 Action
Full notes at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w02e05
13:43
March 12, 2021
2021.W2.E4 Action
Full notes at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w02e04
14:10
March 11, 2021
2021.W2.E3 Action
Full notes at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w02e03
12:13
March 10, 2021
2021.W2.E2 Action
Full notes at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w02e02
12:11
March 9, 2021
2021.W2.E1 Action
Full notes at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w02e01
14:50
March 8, 2021
2021.W1.E4 Reflection: Interview with Amy Butt, part 2
Today we talk to Amy Butt, architect, lecturer, design tutor in architecture, and independent researcher. But today we’re talking about Amy’s other passion – science fiction. This is part two of a two-part podcast! Please listen to the first half first if you haven't already. :) If you want to read up on any of the subjects touched upon here, we talk about: Novels / Short stories: Pamela Zoline (1988) The Heat Death of the Universe JG Ballard (1975) High Rise Moshin Hamid (2017) Exit West Doris Lessing (1974) Memoirs of a Survivor Kim Stanley Robinson (2017) New York 2140 (and briefly Three Californias Trilogy!) Octavia Butler (1993) Parable of the Sower Chen Qiufan (2013) The Waste Tide N. K. Jemisin (2013) The Fifth Season (book one of the Broken Earth trilogy) Essays / Theory: J. G. Ballard (1962) “Which way to inner space”, New Worlds, #118 Kodwo Eshun (2003) ‘Further Considerations on Afrofuturism’ The New Centennial Review, Volume 3, Number 2 - (quoted -  “Assemble counter memories that contest the historical archive”) Kodwo Eshun (1998) More Brilliant than the Sun (book on the music of Afrofuturism) Dan Hassler-Forest (2014) “The Politics of World-Building: Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist WondaLand” Para-doxa Volume 26 Kathleen Spencer (1983) ‘"The Red Sun Is High, the Blue Low": Towards a Stylistic Description of Science Fiction’ Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 Darko Suvin (1979) Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre Many thanks to Amy for taking the time to talk to us! Full show notes at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w01e04
28:25
March 4, 2021
2021.W1.E3 Reflection: Interview with Amy Butt, part 1
Today we talk to Amy Butt, architect, lecturer, design tutor in architecture, and independent researcher. But today we’re talking about Amy’s other passion – science fiction. This is part one of a two-part podcast! Please listen in again tomorrow for more of our conversation. If you want to read up on any of the subjects touched upon here, we talk about: Novels / Short stories: Pamela Zoline (1988) The Heat Death of the Universe JG Ballard (1975) High Rise Moshin Hamid (2017) Exit West Doris Lessing (1974) Memoirs of a Survivor Kim Stanley Robinson (2017) New York 2140 (and briefly Three Californias Trilogy!) Octavia Butler (1993) Parable of the Sower Chen Qiufan (2013) The Waste Tide N. K. Jemisin (2013) The Fifth Season (book one of the Broken Earth trilogy) Essays / Theory: J. G. Ballard (1962) “Which way to inner space”, New Worlds, #118 Kodwo Eshun (2003) ‘Further Considerations on Afrofuturism’ The New Centennial Review, Volume 3, Number 2 - (quoted -  “Assemble counter memories that contest the historical archive”) Kodwo Eshun (1998) More Brilliant than the Sun (book on the music of Afrofuturism) Dan Hassler-Forest (2014) “The Politics of World-Building: Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist WondaLand” Para-doxa Volume 26 Kathleen Spencer (1983) ‘"The Red Sun Is High, the Blue Low": Towards a Stylistic Description of Science Fiction’ Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 Darko Suvin (1979) Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre Many thanks to Amy for taking the time to talk to us! Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w01e03
34:52
March 4, 2021
2021.W1.E2 Reflection: Sem Panhuizen’s Identical But Not Identical
Sem Panhuizen’s Identifal But Not Identical
10:50
March 3, 2021
2021.W1.E1 Reflection: Ye Xu’s A Foggy Day
Today’s episode was made by Ye Xu, a Situated Design student who took this course last year. More information and full credits at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w01e01. Music in this episode by Ketsa (Multiverse) and Daniel Birch (Amber Haze), both used with Creative Commons licenses.
13:22
March 2, 2021
2021 Parallel Worlds introduction
Welcome to Parallel Worlds 2021! This episode is an introduction to this 8-week open-access course.  For more information and a complete transcript, please go to this episode's page on the Parallel Worlds website: https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/2021/podcast/w01e00
10:05
March 1, 2021
Week 5 Episode 5: Interview with Tim Clare
Today's episode is an interview with poet, fiction writer, performer, and podcaster Tim Clare. Apologies for the low audio quality of my introduction! Full transcript of this episode at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/pages/podcast/w05e05-interview-tim-clare.html Links Tim’s website Tim Clare’s podcast Death of 1000 Cuts (recommended for anyone who wants to write!) Follow Tim on Twitter @timclarepoet or buy Tim a Coffee
01:09:24
September 7, 2020
Week 5 Episode 4: Interview with Abi Palmer
Abi Palmer is a mixed-media artist and writer. Her work often includes themes of disability, gender and multisensory interaction. Her artworks include: Crip Casino, an interactive gambling arcade parodying the wellness industry and institutionalised spaces, displayed at the Tate Modern and Somerset House; and Alchemy, a multisensory poetry game, which won a Saboteur Award in 2016. She has written for BBC Radio, The Guardian and Poetry London. She recently published her first book, Sanatorium, through Penned in the Margins. Abi is also my sister, and we frequently collaborate on creative projects together. In this *very* rambling conversation, Abi and I discuss myriad topics, including: - Abi's book Sanatorium (out now from Penned in the Margins) - Physical movement (and embodiment) and thought processes - Constraints in creativity - Failure and experimentation - Underpowered vehicles as a metaphor for our creative relationship - Bath-tubs - Numerous artworks we've worked on, including Crip Casino, Nybble, Ant Ballet, etc. - Social media and filmic influences on framing the real world Links - Sanatorium - Abi's website 
01:22:03
September 3, 2020
Week 5 Episode 3: Final exercises
This is the last exercise episode of this season! Exercises Continuous writing, in reflection on your life, thoughts, and feelings at the moment  (5 mins) Make a narrative audio work of 6-12 minutes’ length which includes elements of your real, daily life and/or artistic practice, and a parallel, fictional world of your choosing. The role of this exercise is to enact the learnings of this course – the process of world-building and narrative writing – in one concise audio work. The audio work can be real and/or fictionalised. It can use autobiography, fiction, found sounds, your own foley – whatever helps you to take the listener on a journey between two worlds. It should carefully consider the emotional journey you wish for a listener to go through, using principles of ‘framing’ we have discussed throughout this podcast. Resources Check out the writing and audio resources at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/resources, and the full show transcription at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/pages/podcast/w05e03-exercises.html
15:59
July 13, 2020
Week 5 Bonus and update
This is a bonus episode, to update you with the plans for the rest of this podcast. Full transcript available here. 
04:11
June 8, 2020
Week 5 Episode 2: Exercises - your worst review
Today we're being mean on ourselves, writing the worst review possible for our own work.  Full show notes, transcription and exercises at parallel.olliepalmer.com/podcast
24:00
May 12, 2020
Week 5 Episode 1: Exercises - your best review
Today we're reflecting on our immediate surroundings, then writing the ideal review of your work.  Full show notes, transcription and exercises at parallel.olliepalmer.com/podcast
28:23
May 12, 2020
Week 4 Episode 5: Interview with Amy Butt, part 2
Today we talk to Amy Butt, architect, lecturer, design tutor in architecture, and independent researcher. But today we’re talking about Amy’s other passion – science fiction. This is part two of a two-part podcast! It will make more sense if you've already listened to part 1. 😀️ If you want to read up on any of the subjects touched upon here, we talk about: Novels / Short stories: Pamela Zoline (1988) The Heat Death of the Universe JG Ballard (1975) High Rise Moshin Hamid (2017) Exit West Doris Lessing (1974) Memoirs of a Survivor Kim Stanley Robinson (2017) New York 2140 (and briefly Three Californias Trilogy!) Octavia Butler (1993) Parable of the Sower Chen Qiufan (2013) The Waste Tide N. K. Jemisin (2013) The Fifth Season (book one of the Broken Earth trilogy) Essays / Theory: J. G. Ballard (1962) “Which way to inner space”, New Worlds, #118 Kodwo Eshun (2003) ‘Further Considerations on Afrofuturism’ The New Centennial Review, Volume 3, Number 2 - (quoted -  “Assemble counter memories that contest the historical archive”) Kodwo Eshun (1998) More Brilliant than the Sun (book on the music of Afrofuturism) Dan Hassler-Forest (2014) “The Politics of World-Building: Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist WondaLand” Para-doxa Volume 26 Kathleen Spencer (1983) ‘"The Red Sun Is High, the Blue Low": Towards a Stylistic Description of Science Fiction’ Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 Darko Suvin (1979) Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre Many thanks to Amy for taking the time to talk to us! Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com/podcast
28:55
May 8, 2020
Week 4 Episode 4: Interview with Amy Butt, part 1
Today we talk to Amy Butt, architect, lecturer, design tutor in architecture, and independent researcher. But today we’re talking about Amy’s other passion – science fiction. This is part one of a two-part podcast! Please listen in again tomorrow for more of our conversation.   If you want to read up on any of the subjects touched upon here, we talk about:  Novels / Short stories: Pamela Zoline (1988) The Heat Death of the Universe JG Ballard (1975) High Rise Moshin Hamid (2017) Exit West Doris Lessing (1974) Memoirs of a Survivor Kim Stanley Robinson (2017) New York 2140 (and briefly Three Californias Trilogy!) Octavia Butler (1993) Parable of the Sower Chen Qiufan (2013) The Waste Tide N. K. Jemisin (2013) The Fifth Season (book one of the Broken Earth trilogy)  Essays / Theory:  J. G. Ballard (1962) “Which way to inner space”, New Worlds, #118  Kodwo Eshun (2003) ‘Further Considerations on Afrofuturism’ The New Centennial Review, Volume 3, Number 2 - (quoted -  “Assemble counter memories that contest the historical archive”)  Kodwo Eshun (1998) More Brilliant than the Sun (book on the music of Afrofuturism)  Dan Hassler-Forest (2014) “The Politics of World-Building: Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist WondaLand” Para-doxa Volume 26  Kathleen Spencer (1983) ‘"The Red Sun Is High, the Blue Low": Towards a Stylistic Description of Science Fiction’ Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1  Darko Suvin (1979) Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre  Many thanks to Amy for taking the time to talk to us! Full show notes at parallel.olliepalmer.com/podcast
34:19
May 7, 2020
Week 4 Episode 3: Exercises: Synthesis
Today we're synthesising work from Week 2, Episode 5 with the list we made yesterday! Full transcript and exercises available at the Parallel Worlds website. Enjoy! 
30:00
May 6, 2020
Week 4 Episode 2: Exercises (a list of things)
This episode contains two exercises:  - A 5 minute free write / free-speak / free draw / free something, to record the here and now, or to let your mind wander - A 10 minute exercise to - make a list of ‘things’ which have an underlying concept, from any area of human culture. You could list films, TV shows, books, poems, soap operas, operas, songs, games – whatever they are, make sure you can summarise their key concepts in a sentence or two. Full show notes, exercise and a transcript available at the Parallel Worlds website.
19:39
May 5, 2020
Week 4 Episode 1: Listening to Six House Parties by Ross Sutherland
This episode we're mixing it up a little, and listening to a story from another podcast! This episode features Ross Sutherland’s story Six House Parties, which is part of his podcast Imaginary Advice. You can also listen to the original story on Soundcloud, but I really recommend you subscribe to Imaginary Advice with your favourite podcast app!   Many thanks to Ross for letting us use this segment. A full transcript of Ollie’s part of this episode is available at the Parallel Worlds website.
32:51
May 4, 2020
Week 3 Episode 6: Conversation with Sarah Lugthart
This week, I speak to Sarah Lugthart from the Master Institute of Visual Cultures about her work on the Immersive Storytelling minor, techniques from the world of immersive theatre and audio, and some general ideas about prototyping experiences. For notes including references to the works we discuss, and a (not-quite-perfect) transcript, visit the Parallel Worlds site at parallel.olliepalmer.com. 
38:23
April 16, 2020
Week 3 Episode 5: Exercises
Full transcript and exercises available at the Parallel Worlds website! Today's exercises: - Self-reflection free write (5 minutes) - Foley exercise. You are going to do the same exercise as yesterday – trying to recreate the sound you chose in multi-track audio – but today you’re going to use other objects to do it. You can’t use the original object, or anything like it. But you can choose anything else that you have to hand. Try to recreate the sound using the most opposite objects you can! For example, if your sound is wet, try to use the driest objects you have. If your sound is metallic, try using something soft like fabrics. Again, work through the elements one by one, layering the parts into a multi-track audio file.   Once you’re done, listen to the original sound, the sound you recorded yesterday, and the one you made today. What are the characteristics of each sound? How do they make you feel? Are you able to detach the making of the sound from the sound itself? Try sending the sounds to a friend and seeing what their reflection is. Can they identify the original sound without being told what it is? Could they recognise your imitations?
09:29
April 16, 2020
Week 3 Episode 4: Exercises
Full transcript and exercises available at the course website, parallel.olliepalmer.com Exercises:  - Self-reflection (5 minutes) - This exercise requires a computer, or a multitrack audio editing programme on a smartphone or tablet:   - Part one: Over the past few weeks you’ve been recording sounds from everyday life. Your task today is to find one or more of those sounds – ideally something more than a few seconds long – and listen to it very carefully. What are the identifiable parts of the sound? Try to draw a diagram of the sound, and think how you might be able to recreate that sound without using the original objects. For example, with the simple-seeming sound of filling and boiling a kettle, I have the noise of opening the lid, filling the kettle with water, closing the lid, clunking the kettle onto its stand, flicking the switch, the low frequency boil starting, the bubbling and swooshing of water, the switch clicking off. There are low frequencies, high frequencies, bits that are one off, bits that repeat. It might help to draw a diagram of the sounds (see the way that Michel Gondry broke down the song ‘Star Guitar’ in the making of the music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF0-wGbRqEs).   - Part two: Try to recreate the sound using only your mouth, and multi-track audio recording. You might need to work on this in layers, for example, making the click noises on one soundtrack, and the burbling noises on another, and so on. Top tip: if you listen to the sound using headphones, and record using another device, you can accurately mimic the timings of the original.   - Once you’re done, listen to both sounds. How good a job have you done?
11:29
April 16, 2020
Week 3 Episode 3: Exercises
Full show notes and transcript at parallel.olliepalmer.com Exercises: - Self-reflection freewrite (5 minutes) - List as many mystical objects as you can, ranging from the completely mundane to the outlandishly fantastical. We surround ourselves with objects that have special significance to us or others, which may seem irrational to an outsider. Today we’ll be creating a list of real-world and fictional objects which have special significance:   - Free write about objects that have special significance to you. Do you keep a picture in your wallet? Do you carry something someone gave you? Do you use the same thing every day? What objects around you have significance? (5 minutes)   - Make a list of objects with fictional significance or powers. You could work in several ways here: you could take objects you can see, and make up powers that they have (e.g. the pencil sharpener on my desk is forged of dragon-steel; this smartphone can actually steal souls) or make up objects and their powers (e.g. if worn, these shoes make the wearer as strong as an ox; glasses which make you ‘see the truth’), etc. If you find yourself going into detail on one object, go for it – but if you’d rather make a list, that’s also good! (5 minutes)
20:58
April 15, 2020
Week 3 Episode 2: Exercises
Full transcript and exercises available at the Parallel Worlds website! Today's exercises: - Self-reflection (5 minutes) - Artist origin stories - brainstorm. Bob Dylan was famous for telling everyone he met a different story about his background when he first arrived in New York City in the early 1960s. These built a mystique around a young man who was really the middle-class son of an electrical appliance store owner. Today we’re going to write origin stories! In 5 minutes, write as many intriguing fictitious origin stories as you can (e.g. she was raised by wolves in the Appalachian mountains, he became an artist after breaking out of prison for an unknown crime). If you get stuck, perhaps try creating silly names then working out a back-story – for example, “Old Cranky” got his name because he worked in a coalmine for twenty years hand-cranking the lift to take miners up and down. (10 minutes)
22:05
April 14, 2020
Week 3 Episode 1: Exercises
Full show notes at the Parallel Worlds website at https://parallel.olliepalmer.com/pages/podcast/w03e01-exercises.html Today's exercises:   - Self-reflection freewrite (5 minutes)   - One of the best things about small children is that they’re gullible. As a grown-up, you can tell them anything. I used to lie to my smaller siblings: “Don’t leave any toys out in the garden, they’ll be stolen by cats. Cats are always stealing things.” and “You always have a friend in the moon; if there’s a full moon, you can talk to it.” Take a few minutes to write a list of the most silly, outlandish lies you could tell small children as you can. The more absurd the better. Maybe you could start from lies that you were told when you were a child; maybe you could start by trying to explain something like gravity or the wind in a non-logical way; maybe you could just create an irrational fear of a type of animal. But take 5 minutes to come up with a list of lies to tell to small children. Think of them as baby conspiracy theories. (5 minutes)   - Choose one of these baby conspiracy theories and expand it to become a script that’s 30-40 seconds long, introducing the main ideas, their origins, and working in any necessary back-story to make your claim believable. Record this script into an audio device.
14:48
April 13, 2020
Week 3 Bonus episode: recording, feedback
This is a bonus episode! 🤠️For full show notes, including a *transcript* and 📚️more things to read, look at, and listen to, go to parallel.olliepalmer.com. For all sort of bonus fun stuff, see the resources page of the website.
20:06
April 13, 2020
Week 2 Episode 5: Exercises
More exercises! A full transcript and all episode notes, including the exercises and resources, are available at parallel.olliepalmer.com
18:50
April 3, 2020
Week 2 Episode 4: Exercises
More exercises! A full transcript and all episode notes, including the exercises and resources, are available at parallel.olliepalmer.com
07:46
April 2, 2020
Week 2 Episode 3: Exercises
More exercises! A full transcript and all episode notes, including the exercises and resources, are available at parallel.olliepalmer.com
12:28
April 1, 2020
Week 2 Episode 2: Exercises
More exercises! A full transcript and all episode notes, including the exercises and resources, are available at parallel.olliepalmer.com
14:07
March 31, 2020
Week 2 Episode 1: Exercises
This week we're progressing from writing exercises to audio exercises. A full transcript of this episode is available on the course website at parallel.olliepalmer.com. 
15:56
March 30, 2020
Week 1 Episode 6: Counterfactuals
This episode is about counterfactuals! Full show notes and transcript available at parallel.olliepalmer.com
28:08
March 26, 2020
Week 1 Episode 5: Freewriting
This is the fifth of the freewriting exercises this week. Well done for making it this far! The subjects to write about today are:  Your current situation  A change you would have made  Enjoy! :)  Let me know what you thought of the exercise, or any outcomes, via the 'messages' link below.
13:43
March 26, 2020
Week 1 Episode 4: Freewriting
This is the third of the freewriting exercises. Well done for making it this far! The subjects to write about today are: - Your current situation - "What could have been" Enjoy! Let me know what you thought of the exercise, or any outcomes, via the 'messages' link here.
14:10
March 26, 2020
Week 1 Episode 3: Freewriting
This is the third of the freewriting exercises. Well done for making it this far! The subjects to write about today are: Your current situation What could have been Enjoy! Let me know what you thought of the exercise, or any outcomes, via the 'messages' link here.
12:13
March 25, 2020
Week 1 Episode 2: Freewriting
This is the second of the freewriting exercises. The subjects to write about today are: Your current situation What could have been Enjoy! Let me know what you thought of the exercise, or any outcomes, via the 'messages' link here.
12:11
March 24, 2020
Week 1 Episode 1: Freewriting
This is the first of the freewriting exercises, introducing the concept of freewriting and two exercises to follow. The subjects to write about today are: Stuck Free Enjoy! Let me know what you thought of the exercise, or any outcomes, via the 'messages' link here.
14:39
March 23, 2020
Introduction
This is the introduction to Parallel Worlds. The podcast is supplemented by our website at parallel.olliepalmer.com, where you'll find transcripts of every episode, as well as exercises and further reading.  I refer to Tim Clare's podcast Death of 1000 Cuts in this podcast – you can find it here. It's a great introduction to writing and editing your work, I highly recommend it if you're even slightly inclined towards writing. 😀️ Welcome to the course, and enjoy! 🌍️🌍️🌍️🌍️🌍️
05:32
March 23, 2020