I think so! Little by little I’m getting better at understanding where a recording is just by looking at the visual track as presented by the Audacity software I am using. The pauses, the emphases, the endings, the overall sound quality, and what needs fixing. And the ways Audacity’s editing tools and capabilities can be creatively used in one way or another. For example, if I have two different ideas about how to read a particular segment of a poem, rather than record the whole thing through twice, I have learned I can simply repeat the segment in question during a single recording, each version with its own twist, then decide during playback which way is better. If the recording is otherwise final, I just have to delete the non-preferred segment and recheck timing/pauses in the revision.
It takes a long while and many recorded versions to get to ‘final,’ though. And I find that I’m getting pickier, the more I understand the software and manage to improve recording quality.
I only have one metaphysical/strategic problem with the otherwise excellent Audacity software.
Once you get to the point of exporting your project file as an MP3 file (the sine qua non of web dissemination, it appears) Audacity has upward of 90 ways to categorize your “music” file. Take your pick in 90 different ways – blues, grunge, jazz, country, rock, techno. I mean, truly – you name it, ad the most nauseous musical nauseum.
It seems that those of us who are trafficking in mere poetry, however, have almost NO choice but a pathetic “Other” with which to categorize our MP3 export.
Really?? Not even a simple ‘Poetry’?
Are you listening, Audacity?!