Radio Show Listen & Tweet Along

This week I listened to the radio shows that aired Thursday night. They were “Dinner Party At 6″ and “The Noir Buzz.”

“Dinner Party At 6″
This show was based off of the idea of the game and the movie “Clue.” As soon as I figured out that it was, I was instantly excited to listen to it because Clue was one of my favorite games growing up.
This group did a phenomenal job with sounds effects and background noises. They kept a consist rain sound throughout the entire show which was impressive. Another effect that really contributed to the dinner party idea was the sound of silverware in the background while their characters were talking.
The plot built consistently and then at the end it just got really good. Although it left us on a cliffhanger, I still really loved this show…I just wanna know what happened next!!

“The Noir Buzz”
This show was a change of pace from the other shows I have heard. This group used a lot of commercials that were really well done!! The sounds were great and the context of the commercials themselves created an eerie and creepy vibe.
It was a little hard for me to follow this story, however, it built really well and finished (as always) even better.
I also really liked how this group was on the call after their show to give a bit of clarity. It’s really beneficial to hear the ideas behind it and have the professors ask some of the questions that the audience was curious about.

Overall, these were two really great shows. Good job everyone!

Radio Show Final Reflection

Wow is it already over? It seems like so much work was squished into so little time!

I loved doing the radio show. My group was fun, focused, and wanted to make it really good. I think it was really beneficial for us to create our group early and start collaborating on ideas right away. Even though we couldn’t all meet up, just having Landon, Jack, and I meet got the ball rolling early. Some advice to future DS106ers – check the weekly assignments on Monday! Because when you have to form a group, you’re gonna want as much time as you can get to iron everything out.

Something that was tough about this project was to find a time that was 9PM that everyone could meet up. Because we had 6 people in our group, it was tough to align our schedules. Another thing that was tough was deciding which program to do our editing in. Jack is well-versed in Audacity while Brian is an experienced GarageBand user. We ended up doing our recording and cutting in Audacity and then Brian took the reigns and finished most of the editing in GarageBand. After we got the majority of it put together, we realized we needed some better transitions. So, we recorded transitions and then Jack took the work home and finalized the project in Audacity. I’m not sure if it would’ve been easier to keep it in one program, but it ended up working out fine anyway.

One of the best parts about the radio show was finally hearing it on DS106 Radio!! I feel like that’s the “big show.” And it was really awesome to hear something that we put a lot of time into in a public place and also to see how people responded to it. I was very encouraged by the responses we got. I was afraid that our show would be dragging a little bit in the middle before things really started to heat up, but the listeners stayed with us and seemed engaged the whole time. They also seemed to really like Lena, which was cool for me! (:

Overall, this was an awesome project and it really threw us head first into some audio editing. Advice: get to it early, pick a good group, really think from beginning to end about your show idea, meet up ASAP, if you can reserve it, use the audio booth in the ITCC (it makes the sound SO much better), HAVE FUN!

DS106 Radio Listen Along

On Thursday, I listened to DS106 Radio and it was awesome! The two groups that were on were “NOIR not the father” and “NOIRTalk.”

I’ll start off with “NOIRTalk.” This show was intriguing in a totally different way. This group changed the pace of the radio shows by bringing in a different perspective and slowing it down a little bit. Not saying that their show wasn’t exciting, but it was a slow, building kind of excitement.
I was fairly thrown off during the show because I wasn’t sure what was going on, however, it all started to come together towards the end. I liked that the characters were total opposites but started to have the same mindset in the end. All of the characters developed really well even with a slower pace compared to some of the other shows. Overall, I love how this group switched it up and put together a great show!

The other show that was on Thursday night was “NOIR Not The Father.” Okay, right off the bat, this show was hilarious. It modeled a modern day Maury show and provided a lot of laughs. I loved how they incorporated the theme of noir with such a modern form of entertainment.
Something that worked really well for them was the background noises of crowds freaking out, laughing, clapping, etc. I tweeted and asked if the sounds were from an actual Maury show and I Philip (a member of the group) confirmed that they were. I really appreciate the thought and effort that this group put into their show to make it authentic but also make it 100% their own.

Overall, these were two really great radio shows and I’m so glad that I listened on Thursday night. Good job everybody!

Week 2 Process & Final Radio Show

This week, “That Group” had to finish up our radio show. On Tuesday, we spent 5 hours in the audio studio in the ITCC… yes, I correctly typed a 5 there. We knew that this project would take a lot of time to do, but I don’t think we expected to do 5 hours consecutively. But within those 5 glorious hours, we finished pretty much all of our recordings!!
After we got all of the big recordings finished, Brian took the time to put them in order and just make a general frame for our project. The next step after that was to find where we needed better transitions, more time on certain parts, or where to add sound effects. So, we met on Thursday night and started to fill in the cracks. We got all of the additional recordings done and called it a night. Jack took the reigns on finishing up the editing. He did an awesome job finishing it up over the weekend (after spring break had already started for him…thank you!) and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it! So, without further ado… Here’s the Special Edition of Inside Talking: A Night of Noir:

Week 1 Process/Progress

The first step this week was to create a group for the radio show. I’ve known Landon and Brian for a little while so Brian messaged both Landon and I on Facebook to see if we wanted to be in a group together. (Obviously, it was a yes). Then I brought my roommate, Shannon, into the group and Landon’s friend Jack joined us too. After having our group established, we decided that it would be a good idea to try to meet up this week to make a game plan for next week. Unfortunately, two of our groups members had prior engagements this weekend, so 3 of us met up to get the ball rolling. We decided to do a talk show with 1 host and everyone’s characters coming on as guests. I am hosting as my character, Lena Meyers, and our show is called “Inside Talking (Special Edition: A Night Of Noir).” We set up the order of events for the show including where we will put in our bumpers and commercials.
After our meeting, we got a little surprise. It turns out that we actually had another group member added to our group! Oops…. We didn’t look at the google doc set up by the professors with the group members listed before we met up. Turns out, I actually know Lexy and was able to get her number. So, we now have 1 extra group member and will have to go back into our google doc and add her character to our script. Not tough to do at all!
This first week wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be, but I know that starting tomorrow, there will be a hefty amount of work that will need to be done in order to get this radio show done. Spring break is so close, but that light at the end of the tunnel is looking very dim right now…