The roar of a jet engine as gravity, however temporarily, loses its battle. The ticking of an old clock, the chimes marking the hours in a quaint downtown. The whirl of a coffee grinder, the crackle of bacon in a pan, the whistle of a kettle. The crunch of leaves or snow under your feet; the splashing of waves on the shore. The dings and beeps that regulate our days.
The world’s a noisy place—and for all its clutter, that noise, the detail and nuance that sound adds to the world, is missing from so much of the internet. It’s easy to publish your ideas to the web, far harder share your passion, highlight your humor, add gravitas and poise, share the noisy bits.
Ira Glass said radio was “like a machine for empathy and intimacy,” and perhaps that’s why. Perhaps we were meant to say what’s on our mind, out loud, with the feeling only your voice can bring. Perhaps the best ideas were meant to be spoken with the raw energy, the unpolished diction of a soapbox speech, now halting, now rephrasing, now hammering home ideas in ways they would never have come across in print.
But not for too long. The good thing about audio is you can listen while doing other things. The bad thing is, you can’t listen much faster if you’re in a rush. You could skim a blog post, grab the main points from a Twitter thread and go on with your day. With audio, it’s easier to just skip if you don’t have time time—who knows if minute 23 or 57 is where you should jump in?
So we had an idea. What if it was easier to record audio, solo or with a group? What if, when inspiration struck, you could hit record, say your piece, and share it in a few clicks? Or what if you could invite someone on to talk, chat through an idea, then publish it without editing? And then, what if there was a 9 minute timer, as a forcing function to keep us from talking too long? Editing takes time—but so does listening, and time’s scarce for both you and your listeners.
That’s what we built: The simplest way to record 9 minutes of audio, solo or with a group.
Go say your piece.
That's Racket. When inspiration strikes, you can start recording and share your thoughts in only seconds more than it’d take to say them.
We can’t wait to hear what you say, with all the raw nuance and misspoken sentences and background noise that you’ll share.
Just say it. Make it real.
Let’s make a racket.