fancied yourself as a David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell and Ira Glass–otherwise
known as the brilliant, nebbishy hosts of NPR’s This American Life.
a picture of Dale telling a story so pedestrian that only an inanimate object
(his iPad, pictured) could stand to listen.
(He’s actually using another app, Soundbiter, to do the recording.)
The team’s Hack Day app, The Profoundilizer, goes to work after he
scans through the sound file, searching for a place to insert a musical cue.
Before The Profoundilizer, he’d be forced to then embark on a laborious search
for music of the right mood, and with appropriate rights attached.
Instead, the app pops open a search field that can accept
natural language input. It scans music-sharing services cc:mixter
and, if they ever finish the app, SoundCloud and Indaba.
Now he previews the sound file, drops it in if he likes it,
and repeats the process a few more times. Next, as the developers put it, “Dale sees and hears
that his original recording is now way more interesting. He is more
interesting. He is profound.” And here’s the proof: The Profoundilized version of Dave’s day (streaming
audio). It took him all of two and a half minutes to produce the piece using his
Those of you who would like to give This American Life a run
for their money by Profoundilizing your own experiences should contact the