This week we completed our radio show. It in my opinion it went off with out a hitch. I also think nick did a good job putting it all together. My part in all of this was to provide the interviews. I also took part in the discussions on the meaning of the song “HOTEL CALIFORNIA” by the Eagles. Though we never came to an agreement on the song, We concluded had to be about being trapped in one way or another.
This week we also had a few discussions about each others work and also did some more planing in the completion of our project.
Lastly I would like to speak about How I think this assignment can be improved. It would be a much better assignment if the radio show was done live. I think That it would be a culmination of a lot of skills learned in the digital media program up to this point. I think by now most students would have an understanding of editing soft-ware. It seems to me at this point Most soft-ware for editing sound video or images works on all the same basic idea. assign a numerical value to what ever kind of media you are working on the apply sliders to move each frequency or color, or motion.
Adobe After Effects
It would have also given a gimps into the world of engineering and program management. This I feel would be important due to the fact that the digital media producer is not just an artist. I have had a little experience due to an early project on radio.
spreaker radio broadcast
It would be a good for a team project in that one person can work on the sound and networking as the shows producer. A hand full of people could be the on air talent, and lastly one or more persons could be responsible for content curation. All of this sounds like a lot of work but for a group of three or more two weeks would be more than enough time to create a live radio program of at least an hour no problem.
While I am revealed that this weeks assignments or over I am excited to see what next weeks projects hold.
This week was a vary trying week. It became very complicated when I decided to lump all of my projects into one lump radio broadcast over a streaming sight called Spreaker. I think however it was fruitful endeavor. During the coarse of this week I ran into every problem imaginable from booking problems to software problems. I even had difficulty with hardware including microphones, interfaces and haha microphone stand problems.
Once this assignment was complete. I played it back and found that the sound quality for the show was terrible. immediately I started diagnosing the problem. The first problem that we encountered was to much gain on the mic and the second being that the mic was either to close or to far from the speakers.
The second assignment I would like to highlight is the assignment about a moon landing gone wrong. I thought this was a cool assignment, i always enjoy alternate reality type story’s. I know that it was saposed to be if they had crashed, it would have been cool though if they had maybe some aliens come and pick them up or something of the sci fi nature. Most likely this is due to the audio background played on the track. I could imagine being there with them.
For this post I decided to combine all the elements of the assignments into one large radio broadcast. I was un-able broadcast over the ds106 radio server. This was a difficult obstacle to overcome. We did it. Part of the difficulty was getting talent and songs for the show. I seemed to spend a few hours a day contacting bands and working out some trades to get a few interviews. The second part was technical. I had downloaded a program called “Playit” this was good software set up for radio dj’ing. however it lacked the plugin’s necessary to be compatible with airtime. the second software I learned was MIXXX. this seemed to be designed more for actual dj work (mixing songs and such). We ended up creating our own radio station on a website called Spreaker. It was simple enough but I had to pay a 20 dollar fee to get the broadcasting software proprietary to the site. Here is a link to our broadcast
in this assignment we were to select a page from the comic book Tails from the Crypt. The title was “The Last Laugh”
I thought the part with the fat man telling about his gag of throwing meat onto the tracks to scare the kids would be a good place to add some ambient sound and effects like the doctors stethoscope and also the mans heart beating. The scene on the rail tracks could have some train noise and kids playing in the background.
for this assignment we are instructed to write a post reflecting on the use of audio in story telling. Audio in story telling has been in use since the invention of storytelling. Sure they didn’t have speakers back in the day but think about it. Imagine sitting in a dusty theater or even sitting around a camp fire listing to tales. There is so much ambient sound during these events that one may never even pay attention to it. Fast forward and you will see that story’s told over the speakers seem much more 2d. When the use of music and sound effects are applied then it gives the story a little more depth. What really ties the production together is ambient sound.