I am finally getting caught up with processing the recordings I have made of debate rounds over the past few months. The following recordings are posted and available:
I will continue to process the remaining recordings and will update this post when they are uploaded to my Mediafire page. As listeners will hopefully notice, I have figured out how to dramatically improve the quality of these recordings while cutting their file size in half. If you downloaded previous recordings and were not satisfied with their quality, please give one of these more recent recordings a try and I trust that you will be happy with the results.
As always, please let me know if you were a participant in one of these debates (or are affiliated with a participant) and you wish for it to be removed from The 3NR. I hope that debaters and coaches continue to find these recordings useful.
A video of the final round of this year’s Barkley Forum for High Schools at Emory University has been posted on NFLTV.org. The round features Glenbrook South’s Richard Day and Will Thibeau taking on the Westminster Schools’ Ellis Allen and Daniel Taylor.
Twelve audio recordings from the 2009 Glenbrooks are now available below the fold. The recordings include the six preliminary and five elimination rounds that I judged as well as a “bonus” recording of round seven between Kinkaid and Bronx Science. The debates include six of the top ten teams in the latest TOC Scoreboard Rankings and eleven of the current top 25. As usual, you can access all of the recordings at my Mediafire account. If you are involved in one of the debates and for whatever reason you do not want it posted on The 3NR, please send me an email.
Recordings of the debates that I judged (sans round two—a dead battery prevented that one from being recorded) at the New Trier Season Opener are now available below the fold (including a semifinals debate that I did not judge but nonetheless recorded). As usual, you can access all of the recordings at my Mediafire account. If you are involved in one of the debates and for whatever reason you do not want it posted, please send me an email.
I have started to record (most of) the debates that I judge with a small digital audio recorder. For the most part, the resulting audio files are relatively small (around 70MB for a complete round) and acceptably clear. While I initially began recording debates for my own purposes (in my infinite geekdom, I like to re-listen to debates that I have judged and RFDs that I have given so that I can improve the quality of my judging), it has become clear after talking with debaters and coaches that there is a very high demand for me to share these files publicly. As a result, I will be uploading them to my Mediafire account and linking to them from The 3NR. I can envision several uses of these recordings:
If you are one of the debaters that has been recorded, you can listen to yourself debate. The benefits of this should be self-evident, but it is especially helpful to listen to yourself in tournament competition.
If you are the coach of one of the teams that has been recorded, you can listen to your students debate. Again, it is particularly helpful to listen to them in tournament competition.
If you are not personally involved in the debates, you can use them as teaching or learning tools. Using these recordings to practice flowing, for example, would be a great way to make your flowing drills more interesting and relevant to the topic.
I’m sure there are other uses—feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Finally, an obligatory disclaimer: if you are involved in one of the debates and for whatever reason you do not want it posted, please send me an email. It is not my intention to harm anyone—legally, emotionally, or otherwise. Based on the feedback I received at Greenhill, it seems like most people are on-board with this project. If you’re not, please don’t hate me for trying to be helpful.
Without further ado, five recordings from the Greenhill Round Robin and eleven recordings from the Greenhill Fall Classic are available below the fold.