Being Rich Pavovitch

Hitch a ride inside my head while I roam the streets of Kabukicho in search of…well, audio. My favorite part is when I buy a bottle of green tea from a vending machine and you can hear the sound of me drinking it as if you were there inside my head. The hawkers who try to temp me into their tittie bars, nightclubs and whorehouses won’t take no for an answer until I practically beat them over the head with it. There are a few craptacular camera phone pics in the gallery. I also updated the gallery for last week’s show.

Please don’t announce this podcast to tens of thousands of people. I don’t want to incur the wrath of the bandwidth gods. Let’s leave it as a well-kept secret for now.

The tour was so long that I didn’t get to cover some things I wanted to, like my meeting with Scott Lockman of Tokyo Calling. He came to my company’s office on Thursday evening to discuss a teaching gig. It’s funny how radio guys never look the way you imagine them. Matching the face with the voice for the first time is like watching a movie that’s been dubbed–only difference is the mouth moves in perfect sync with the voice.

My apologies to those of you on dial-up connections–this one’s also a bigun’. Also, sorry for the audio levels being set way too high, but unless you’re an audiophile you probably won’t notice. Just turn the volume down a bit.

Thanks to everyone who left comments. What a nice bunch of people you all are.

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

16 thoughts to “Being Rich Pavovitch”

  1. Rich –

    Found this blog, and in particular this MP3, through a friend of mine. I found it really, really interesting, because I spent a bit of time in Japan, and this really brings back a lot of memories for me.

    A few friends and I are doing a small “Asian Entertainment and Culture” PDF magazine. Would you be willing to let me do a small write-up on this, and do a small interview with me? We’re still a small project, so it wouldn’t be much of an ego boost, but I’d love to do it if you’re up for it.

  2. ooops…I guess I will attempt to put the blame on your amazingly first podcast for the reason that I sort of …promoted this gem you have started here…Doh! …on genki english…dunno how popular it will be with them…but then again…I think Tokyo Calling San started the ball rolling on the Herro promotion tour…thanks ….gomen ne 頑張って下さい。
    ブラッド in 宮古島沖縄

  3. No sweat, I just don’t want someone to attract tens of thousands of new listeners because I haven’t gotten around to calculating how many downloads I can support a month. I still have plenty of bandwidth left, so no worries.

  4. Have you considered using something like BlogTorrent to publish your podcasts, it would allow your listeners to help you with the bandwidth issue.

  5. Thanks for the link bedlam, I hadn’t heard of it. I’ll see if it’s allowed on my host. Torrent trackers take up so many resources that they threaten users with immediate cancellation of their accounts. I’ll see if BlogTorrent works or counts as a tracker.

  6. Great stuff yet again. I’ll try to hold off telling people about this truly awsome podcast untill you get your bandwidth figured out. In the meantime, if you would post a link or simply instructions as to how one would go about making a podcast (software, hardware, ect.), it would be much appreciated. I have a great idea for a podcast, but i need to know how to make one first.

    Thanks and great work yet again!

  7. Hello Rich,

    Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your first two podcasts. I think you are really on to something with your dual-mike set up. I listened to the latest show with headphones and the sound is really amazing. I never visited Kabukicho, but I did hit Roppongi a couple of times and it sounded similar. When you walked into that pachinko parlor it was *exactly* as loud and disorienting as I remember it.

    I hope that you continue to enjoy making these podcasts because I certainly enjoy listening to them.



    P.S. Just in case you are curious, I followed a link from Tokyo Calling to find your work.

  8. I enjoy your podcasts. Our daughter is a first year JET in Ibaraki prefecture and we are going to visit in June. I also really enjoy your environmental podcasts and hope you put up a picture of your earbud microphone setup.

  9. I got suckered in by your title on podcast alley, but im subscribing because of that soundseeing tour. To be honest, the tour did nothing for me. But i listened all the way through because of the clarity of the dual mic setup. its made me want to start doing my own soundseeing tours but unfortunately those mics arent available in the states.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. Its a very interesting life im listening to.

  10. Oh my God. The stereo seperation was awesome. I have an mp3 player but it doesn’t have a line in – my next one will. The way you kept getting propositioned by those pimps was really funny and that guy who wouldn’t leave you alone was really funny – thanks for keeping your cool.

  11. Okay Rich, I’m in a position where I can finally think about doing the interview with you. However, I need to be able to get in contact with you first. *heh* Would you drop me a line at (shidoshi at morningmayo dot com) so we can try to figure things out?

    Would most appreciate it.

  12. Another way to deal with the bandwidth issue without installing anything on your host or incurring the wrath of the bandwidth gods is to use the free Coral Cache. The only thing you have to do is append to URLs in your feed — viz, if you had a podcast that was located at you’d instead want to publish it as

    Take a look and see if it works for you. I dig your podcast lots and it would be unfortunate to lose it. I too have a 799T and would seriously like to try that binaural mic stuff.


  13. Hi, just found you podcast and damn, this really brought me back to my last stay in Tokyo 😉 My hotel was at the outskirts of Kabuki-cho and I had to go through there every evening. It wasnt even funny any more after a week, those guys are so annoying! (but funny it was nonetheless, looking back 😉

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