Duncan Taylor pens the column "Audio File" for the Colorado Daily every Friday. His insane amount of music knowledge and sound advice has many readers clinging to him for guidance when it comes to audio questions. Get to know your pal, Duncan.

What or who is your favorite furry animal? Fake or real.

Miniature deer really do a number on my insides. By that I mean they make my heart melt — I don't know how easy they are to digest.

There are two mini deers in particular who make me swoon: the humble dik-dik of Africa, and the key deer of Deer Key, Fla.

Would you rather lick a hospital's doorknobs or slurp a booze shot off of a bar floor?

This is Duncan in the newsroom’s live music recording studio, Second Story Garage, where he was the sound-mixing guru.
This is Duncan in the newsroom's live music recording studio, Second Story Garage, where he was the sound-mixing guru. (Courtesy)

Well it seems to me that in either case I'll be lapping up a bit of someone else's blood in the process.

I'm not the biggest fan of that idea and here's why.

If you think about it, that's like the most intimate experience you can have with another person. The usual stuff people drink along the course of a perfectly sordid sexual tryst — those are fluids you can live without.

Am I intrigued at the proposition of imbibing some of another person's life force? Intrigued is the wrong word.

In a nod to Facebook's new events calendar function, put me down as "interested."

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

It's called SUPER EXPERIENCERELIVEDOANOTHERGOAGAIN and I think it's pretty self-explanatory.


What or who inspired you to become a writer?

When in summer school for AP English because I eschewed homework, I got a kick out of shooting my mouth off via an impromptu school newspaper we created, the Second Chance Post. My teacher at the time was supportive, and she's always been one of my absolute favorites. Her name is Mrs. Tusek.

What's your favorite smell?

Petrichor. It's the mineral smell when it starts raining after a period of dryness. The dry period allows plant matter to decompose and collect on the earth, and when it first rains again that dust is kicked up, producing the smell petrichor. It's related to geosmin, which is the smell of earth.

What are your thoughts on hashtags?


What's the most important thing in your life right now?

Lots of important things float in and out of life, but music has been a constant and at the forefront for me in the last bunch of years. However, at this very moment, the glory that is music and all its facets has been eclipsed by a shiny li'l baby nugget we decided to name Marleigh. She was born in October and is super chill. Cute as the dickens!

Would you rather have world peace or $1 million?

That's the easiest question by far here. It's not even a competition. Like, one answer is not even in the same time zone as the other. Not close by a country friggin' mile. Screw the world, outta my way I got shit to buy!

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