It’s not uncommon for me to work with audio or video looping in the background. Sometimes, it serves as a balance and at other times, sweetens the creative juice. And so, 3 nights ago, I was working while random Youtube videos looped in the background. Somewhere along the line, rapper, Nas’ (Nasir Jones) interview came on and the interviewer kept asking about the artiste’s Lost Tapes album. I suspect the Lost Tapes concept must have been new at the time of Nas’ version release. The interesting angle to it came when he asked how Nas came about the album name. Nas explained that he made the album so he could include tracks that hadn’t made it to his previous albums, hence, the Lost Tapes is a collection of tracks he’d made that hadn’t been included in other albums. A little more than a freestyle, if you ask me. That’s when the motivation hit me. In Genii Games’ archive, we have files that haven’t made it to publication for different reasons ranging from mistakes etc.
The Lost Tapes concept gave me an idea around organizing them into some sort of Lost Story collection regardless of the mistakes that made them ineligible for use prior to. An interesting one is from our recent app, the Adventures of the Tortoise. Many may not recall but the first story to the app, “Tortoise and the Birds” was initially one where we worked with 3 amazing young Asa ambassadors. In the end, we had to discard it when we discovered some grammatical errors with the voice recordings during the vetting process. Painful as it was at the time, we had to re-do the recordings but unfortunately, the kids weren’t chanced to join us. We had to meet up with a strict timeline on its release so the eventual remake didn’t have them.
But now, I’m going to share that as a Lost Story. Funny but think of it as a Lost Story from a broad perspective. I didn’t want to make it into an app so the team decided on a video. So, here goes, a video which we’ve tagged, lost story.