America is a fascinating and captivating place for many thousands of Brits. Every year hoards of us jump into planes and fly off to 'the new world' in search of a little light relief from the stresses and strains of our every day lives. We call them holidays, they call them vacations, but whatever you want to call them, a trip to America is always, at the very least, an interesting experience.
My name is Simon Jones, and back in May 1999 I was invited to fly over to the East Coast of the States to see some friends graduate from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. While out there I made the most of my time by traveling around and soaking up as much of America as I could.
Normally when people want to capture something of their experiences from a vacation they take along with them a video camera of some description, but back in 1999 my finances were a little tight and I couldn't afford such a thing. I did, however, have a small hand-held tape recorder and so I decided to record soudbites of my trip with the intention of mixing them into short little 'radio shows' for my own personal record.
Using what now seems like archaic methods, I mixed the audio clips on my Apple PowerBook laptop (a 1400c using SoundEdit Pro for you geeks out there). A few hours after recording the audio the finished show would be ready to go online for my friends, and whoever else, to listen to. (You can also read emails I sent to friends while on the trip)
In effect these shows were what we now commonly known as 'Podcasts.' Originally distributed in 'RealAudio' format I have now remastered the entire series to the popular MP3 format, suitable for iPods and a whole host of other personal music players.
Other podcasts recorded by me can be heard by going to www.realityradio.co.uk.
Also available online is a gallery featuring some of my photography of America at my Point and Click America website. Plus you can read articles written by me about all sorts of things by heading over to Meanwhile.
For a full track listing of the music used in the shows click
here. This site was designed back in 1999. The style has been kept in
its original format. All the text within the site (apart from this page)
has remained unchanged since it was written and published online back in