Posted by: tootingtrumpet | March 13, 2010

Sofa, so good – The Trumpet talks

Like all the best ideas, in retrospect it seems obvious, but the idea is only the first boundary in a 300+ run chase. Daniel Norcross had the idea that the BBC’s  Test Match Special might not be to everyone’s taste. Moreover, that paradigm of the 21st century human being – the person connected to the web – may prefer clear audio to a dodgy visual stream, and, weighed down by old technology approaches, the BBC’s commentary is not available everywhere.

So that was the boundary struck – after a whole lot more work, he has assembled a room full of technological gadgets, a rotating cast of erudite cricket fans and one sofa, making Daniel’s idea internet flesh at Test Match Sofa. The regulars have bunched up a bit and found a space on the Sofa for the Trumpet, who’ll be there for the Bangladesh vs England Test series (click on the highlights package from Day One and that’s me saluting Cookie’s ton and KP’s fifty).  99.94’s Strauss Tapes will also appear from time to time on the Sofa’s podcasts.

The Sofa’s ball-by-ball commentary is supplemented by e-mails and tweets from a loyal and growing corpus of listeners around the world who will often join in the Sofa’s conversation that can pursue politics, media, nostalgia, anything that takes flight, as the words fly from one end of the Sofa to the other. Humour, and a little swearing (I’m looking at you Jarrod),  differentiates the Sofa’s approach from other media. It’s not for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. And if it’s half as much fun to hear as it is to create, you’ll enjoy it.

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  1. Listened this morning,

    absolutely forst class listening, I put the baby to bed early hoping it will rise around half 3.

    commendable commentry, puts the bumblong bbc team to shame.

    keep it up.

  2. Chorley – that’s very kind. Thanks.

  3. Ugh I don’t know, i’ve tried listening to it a few times and it’s a bit too ‘in’ for me and when they laugh and it blasts out my speakers I get irritated and switch off (oh for a decent sound mixer). But then I’ve only listened to it a few times, not this time around yet.

  4. Peter – the sound levels point is a good one that I’ll raise today. Thanks for trying us!

  5. It’s not for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. And if it’s half as much fun to hear as it is to create, you’ll enjoy it.

    Hi, nice post.

    I really like it especially this one “It’s not for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. And if it’s half as much fun to hear as it is to create, you’ll enjoy it.”

    I can’t wait to see your next post!
    Thanks!

  6. Nice info. Thanks!


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