“Is it over yet?”: Moar Audio and Radio Show (Weeks 7 & 8)

Zzzzz…..huh…Oh! I’m sorry! These 3 weeks have been so long that I’d been forgetting to sleep. Between tackling the radio show and……no wait, it was JUST the radio show that got me this exhausted. The other assignments these past weeks weren’t as difficult, and they gave me a chance to play with my favorite toy, Garageband!

Audio Assignments

I’d forgotten that I’d even done these 7 points of Audio Assignments. They were SO fun that I wish I had the time to do all of them! The ones I chose to do were “A Capella With Yourself,” which was 3 points, and “Multipersonality,” which was 4 points. I don’t think I could pick a favorite out of the 2 of these since both of them were down my interest alley. I created the A Capella assignment myself, since I felt that it made sense to have at least 1 singing assignment for an audio themed week. Again, LOVED making these!

Daily Creates

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6 Daily Creates, huh? I had to go back and check if I actually did 6 of them since I’d done a few extra over Spring Break. Turns out I did, and they were:

Origami Post-it note (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63506605@N08/8511032425/)

“The “y”-less Paragraph” (http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/writing-a-paragraph-without-this-vowel-impossible/)

“The Daydreaming Window” (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63506605@N08/8522171546/)

“My Day in 2 Songs (http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/wow-my-day-was-productive/)

“Underwater Dodgeball” (http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/under-water-dodgeball/)

“How to be a Superhero” (http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/so-you-wanna-be-a-superhero-heres-a-few-tips-on-where-to-start/)

The Daydreaming Window was my favorite of all these because I’m a huge fan of sunrises and sunsets. It features me in my room opening the curtain for a morning look at my neighborhood. When I was younger, I would always sit at this window with my Sally-Sue doll, pretending I could fly like a bird. Silly dream, yes.

Radio Show

We’ve only had this project for 3 weeks, and yet it seems like 3 months. Aside from initially being unable to agree on a topic, the major struggle we had was trying to figure out do-able meeting times that all 5 of us could make. There was always 1 or 2 of us who couldn’t make it to meetings because of class or work.
Being a person who likes to do things on her own, ending the first week still not knowing what topic we were doing shattered me to pieces and had me desperate to do any topic anyone wanted. I thought this assignment was going to be easy, but it took more work than I expected.

I KNOW Cogdog told us not to do any work during Spring Break…but I was soooo worried that we weren’t going to finish the show that I recorded my bumper, commercial, and half of my story over the break. It’s my perfectionist side that keeps me awake at night…..

In the end we somehow managed to make it work and got everything stable before Sunday. Once everything was straightened out, our show came out pretty well. I think the main lesson that was supposed to be learned from this assignment was how to work together as a team.

Our radio show is called “Digital Dynamite” and our topic was “What Makes You Dynamite?” To be dynamite means to be a driven individual with a passion that originated from a spark they’d had in their lives. In the show, the 4 of us spoke about our passions and where our sparks came from. I discovered that I was working with some really talented girls! From sewing, to fancy writing, to foreign languages, these girls gave meaning to the word “dynamite.”

The role I played in this assignment was to try to keep everyone level-headed during the time of confusion  collect everyone’s audio stories, commercials, and bumpers and place them into one audio file and create the final mixdown for the show. Since we all took on roles based on what we were good at, I provided audio help to whomever needed it. Some of the group members needed help with music and sound effects, so I added themes to their stories that seemed suitable for their topics during mixdown. All of the music and sound effects used were from Garageband.  We decided our commercials and bumpers by majority rule. We ended up selecting Nancy’s bumper, my bumper,_Chelsea’s commercial and my commercial.

I could say this statement 10,000 times and it still wouldnt be enough: I’m glad the show is over and I can now have part of my life back!!

These 3 weeks have been a GREAT deal of work, more than what we’ve ever done in the class so far. I took a major step out of my comfort zone by working with others to create something successful, and I would say we were very successful! I honestly didn’t think we could do it, and I almost decided to make my own project, however we made it to the end all in one piece although I think I lost an arm or 2 during Spring Break.  Although teamwork and collaboration are very good life skills to have, I kinda still prefer to work on my own to prevent a hurricane sized headache and tears of stress again.

Me: Audio, I still love you, but I think we should…I dunno…break-up for a bit.
Audio: Oh…I get it, Amber. There’s someone else..
Me: No! There’s no one else!…it’s just that…I need my personal space, and you’ve sorta been breathing my air for a while. I want you in my life, but not 24/7, ya know?
Audio: I see. But we can still be friends right…?
Me: Of course, Audio! I still love you after all, I just don’t want to see your ugly face for a while. :)
Audio: …..

Weekly Summary: Audio Week!

Once again, I forget what week it is…I think it’s week 4….It’s so easy to lose track of time while in this class since the weeks tend to fly by. I may not know what numeric week this was, but I DO know that it was my favorite week thus far, AUDIO WEEK!

Cohosting on DS106 Radio

First of all, I LOVED cohosting on Ds106 Radio with Nancy on Monday! I was a bit scared of being live on the air where anything could happen, but I calmed myself down enough to speak clearly. We had the chance to share our experiences with ds106 thus far; our favorite assignments, our weaknesses, our strengths, our interactions with other students, and our complaints. There were approximately 10 people listening to us, and I learned how a good amount of DS106 students were not even in Virginia, or in this country for that matter! I found the special guest, Grant Potter (inventor of DS106 Radio), to be very informative in the discussion about how audio could be a huge part of digital storytelling. He really knew his stuff! During the discussion on digital stories within videogames, I explained how when we play videogames the game’s environment is not the only thing that governs our gameplay experience, but also the atmosphere of the room we’re playing in could also contribute. For example, playing sinister games like (Amnesia) in a brightly lit classroom is not the same as playing it alone in your apartment at night. It was so much fun to not only join in on a topic that sparked my interests, but to also get my feet wet experiencing what it’s like to be live on the air. This summer I am going to be an intern at the Q94 radio station in Richmond producing and editing radio commercials, but I may also have the chance to be live on the air with the station in the future. I was glad that I had this opportunity with Ds106 Radio, but the only part of our broadcast that I was disappointed at was the horrible timing of my apartment’s fire drill that caused me to miss the rest of the show! I re-listened l to it eventually, but man I wish I coulda been there!

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Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad

Since this week was the intro to audio storytelling, it was very appropriate to first learn about the building blocks of an amazing story. I watched radio gurus, Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad, explain their views on audio storytelling. Glass’ video leaned more toward the structure of the story and creating it while Abumrad spoke more of connecting with the audience and painting mental pictures together. I felt that both of these men knew what they were talking about and obviously had enough radio experience under their belts to lead others in the right direction.

 This American Life: “Getting Away With It”

After watching Glass and Abumrad’s videos and had acquired an idea of how radio stories are structured, I began listening to the audio story “Getting Away With It” featured on This American Life. As I listened I mentally noted the radio techniques being used to bring the story to life. I felt bad that I couldn’t apply the techniques to the last story in the episode because I just couldn’t get into it.

Radio Bumper and 5 Sound Story

These assignments were single-handedly the best this semester (so far at least) and I really enjoyed doing them. The Radio Bumper was my favorite of the two because it gave me some practice producing radio commercials, which, as I stated before, I plan to be doing this summer. I created this by mimicking the structure of of my hometown’s radio bumpers. I threw in the random Tiny Tina line (which I voiced) because it was previously being discussed on Ds106 Radio on Monday, to the point where she somehow appeared on Twitter to haunt us.

The Sound Story assignment confused me at first because I had no idea that the content had to be new material. At first I used a sound story that I had created last year for a Umw video contest (which didn’t win, sadly) that contained 19 sounds relating to the life of a Umw student. When I learned that I had to make something new, I created a story recounting me trying to learn how to play an instrument when I was younger. This one only had 5 sounds as opposed to the previous 19.

Daily Creates

Acrostic Poem with Article of Clothing
http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/lost-then-found/
Too Late

http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/too-late-2/
Hum First Memory
http://tdc.ds106.us/tdc396/
Retitle a Movie
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63506605@N08/8452295248/

This one was my favorite this week.

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Another week, another week of amazing projects done by the DS106 prodigies. I take the comments that have been posted my blog to the heart because they address how I have the potential to be something great later in life. (I wont let you all down!) Overall I had a blast this week with audio! I’ve trained myself to be completely calm and collected when in front of a microphone, so much so that now it just comes naturally to not be embarrassed by my deep, boyish voice. There were more assignments than last week, but I didn’t care because they were based on hobbies that I do almost every day. The only negative thing that I could come up with is the fact that the Daily Creates are becoming more of a “rush job.”I don’t know…I used to love Daily Creates at first, but now stacking them on top of other things we’re supposed to do throughout the week, plus the assignments we’re doing in our other classes, is making them more tedious. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy creating things like these, but I wish I had the time to spend more time on them and make them a bit more elaborate; like the ones I created the first week. I could do SO much more with them!

And so ends the DS Weekly Hurricane (this is the name I’ve come up with because the assignments roll in like ferocious storms at the beginning of the week and die off at the end, leaving a beautiful sunbeam of accomplishment.)