David Goodman is co-author
(with sister Amy Goodman of Democracy
of a third book. Standing
Up to the Madness,
With a wit at times
comparable to David Sedaris, or Michael Moore,
David Goodman relates positive stories of everyday heroes featured
in their book, focusing on the Connecticut librarians locked
in a room to watch their own trial, which is shrouded in court-ordered
and Patriot Act decreed secrecy even as Congress hears lies that
no civil rights have ever been violated under the heinous act.
One of the
librarians, an outspoken leading opponent of the act, is effectively
prohibited from speaking against it, as his former verbal sparring
opponent (who calls the act his "mistress!" and brags
that it has allowed no violations of rights,)
has him gagged, in a most bizarre way, using the act itself.
Also included are a Government
Scientist barred by the Bush White House from announcing an observed
temerature rise, and many others.
(Version 2.0) This mix is intended
for moderate playback levels in a sonically reflective environment.
It includes lots of lively audience response, and runs a minute
or two short, after a few sentences and flubs, and lots of noises
(dozens of occurences of lectern-banging, several audience coughs,
repititions, flubs, false starts. etc. ) were dimmed, masked
or snipped. This ProTools LE 6 edit comes from a 2-channel recording.
(1 lectern, 1 ambient)
Some "gating" effect
is apparent. This comes, not from automated dynamic expansion,
but from the thousands of manual tweaks. It's necessary to accustom
the ear to the "gating" in order to facilitate less
obvious snipping, and this also hides the rather disrtacting
breathing sounds. Vox has strong bass cut, slight treble boost,
and some compression.)
-Please advise on spectral balance,
as my monitors/room are real thumpy.
nobody found before I fixed was errant applause, accidentally
displaced when moving tracks around. (Extra tracks
are used for various tricks, mostly for cleaning.)