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Friday, May 13, 2022

Edited Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Audio

There's a new lecture category on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited Audio. It's coming along slowly. I'm making podcasts from clips as I go along. And I read them in the podcasts as well. Not putting that part on the site. I'm on the 7th one now. As the page for Edited Audio says, "Gaps, coughs, and redundant words deleted." The gaps are almost entirely Suzuki's pauses, many of which are quite long. I leave a good deal of pause but also a good deal is removed. I leave most of his hmms and ahhs and you knows - You know is the most repeated phrase in the archive - a few thousand of them. Also removed, when possible, are extraneous sounds such as clicks, pops, bumps, furniture moving, work going on, some audience and traffic sounds. Some noise reduction is applied but I find if I take out too much background noise like traffic in the city and creek at Tassajara, it reduces the warmth in his voice. And for those who prefer to hear the coughs etc, that's all still there on or linked to from shunryusuzuki.com as well as other audio versions such as those excellently processed by Engage Wisdom. - DC