What is a podfic remix challenge?
Much like the various fic remix challenges out there, a podfic challenge would involve putting the podfics you have made on the table and inviting another to make their own version of it. And in return you would make a podfic of a story another participant has already podficed.
Why would we do this?
Every reader brings a unique interpretation of the text. One reader will read a scene with a tinge of sadness, another with hopefulness. Some readers do voices, others add music to their podfics. Not to mention everyone has their own sound, feel and style. Two people can read the same fic and still produce two very different, yet equally awesome podfics.
I'm also hoping that running a challenge like this would help with the stigma that currently exists around multiple podfics of the same story. People seem to think that if someone makes a podfic of something that's already been podficed it's because they found the first podfic lacking in some way. Never mind that there are a lot of other reasons someone might want to podfic the story.
This won't be about that though and hopefully it'll help people realize that just because two podfics are a reading of the same story doesn't mean that they are copies of each other (podfic is not just a format shift from text to audio, it's an art form, a performance), or that one is necessarily better than the other. Just like a cover of a song can bring a new dimension/feel to the song.
Before I jump headlong into this challenge though, I wanted to see if there's an interest first. So, a poll:
Would you be interested in a podfic remix challenge?
If you'd like to participate, how many podfics have you made?
Do you have at least one podfic under an hour?
If you don't have a podfic unter an hour, what is your shortest podfic?
Of the podfics you've made, how many different fandoms are they in?