Doubtcast is a series of themed podcasts made up of poetry, stories, music, audio blogs, sounds, ramblings, and broadcast journalism. It’s hosted by me, Alexander Velky, and will be recorded between two and four times a year, depending on how easy it is to make.
Because I abhor literary publications with lots of rules and no unique identity, there are no rules for this, and a focus is set in advance for each Doubtcast, presenting a human conundrum represented by a single word for those who are willing to artistically wrestle.
The premise of the Doubtist label and its sub-brands (Has Doubts, Doubtcast, etc.) is to try to articulate important human questions. For the Doubtcast this manifests itself as questioning the established definitions and narrative of the subject of the podcast via the artist’s chosen medium, whatever that may be. The purpose is to use art to challenge ourselves. Hopefully in a fun and relatively accessible way.
The rules that there aren’t
- MP3 please. Or Wav or MP4. Just something I don’t have to be clever to open.
- Try and keep stuff to under 10 minutes unless it’s properly amazing. Probably better 1-5 minutes for a non-narrative poem or song or whatever, but I’m persuadable.
- Ideally you’ll have copyright of submitted material (it’ll be something you’ve made); I won’t claim to own what you’ve sent (even temporarily) if it appears on a Doubtcast. But if you send it to me, I’ll take that as permission to put it in the podcast and talk about it. You can remain anonymous if you want, or plug anything you have to plug by sending me links. I won’t take a podcast down once it’s gone up unless you’ve got a really good reason.
- Be aware that some people might count stuff being on here as a legal event. So don’t send me poems/stories you’ve submitted to competitions, or songs your record company will sue me for playing; or defamatory or libelous material, unless it’s really funny.
- There is no selection process as such. If you send something in and it seems to satisfactorily address the subject as requested (and there is still room) I will include it. Thus the podcast should be relatively free from editorial bias; but you can’t brag about inclusion as you might if you were published in some exclusive periodical. It’s in the open mic spirit, as opposed to the academic lit-pub spirit.
The theme for the next Doubtcast is as yet undecided. Suggestions welcome. You’d best listen to one of the previous podcasts before sending anything, so you know what you’re signing yourself up for.