Radio Shows for Days

So I decided to listen to the class radio shows and do the live tweet along Wednesday evening! Part of this was for personal reasons (our own radio show for the class was playing)!

The three radio shows I listened to were  The MaNOIRpulators (our show), Dead Silence, and The Steadfast Sleuths. For each show, the one thing that stuck out to me was the ability to create depth within the shows through the sound effects. I thought the transitions in the shows were also very smooth and had a very realistic feel. In all three of the shows you felt like you were in the surrounding (or at least you could imagine everything).

Dead Silence was the one show I remember the best and I think that was due to the impact of the sound effects on the show and actually creating the atmosphere. I thought the way the group collaborated on everything made it flow smoothly and effortlessly. I really enjoyed the commercials that were used and the creativity behind them. Overall, I thought it was an awesome show and everyone who worked on it seemed to have done very well.

Here is one of my tweets from the SteadFast Sleuths tweet-along!

One of my tweets about one of the awesome commercials during Dead Silence!

And finally, a tweet from our own radio show which I listened to as well from the one and only Jim Groom #tootingourhorn :)

I loved listening to the radio shows from other groups, not only was it entertaining but it was nice to see how the other groups collaborated together and to actually experience their final products! Everyone’s shows turned out fantastically! :)

Want to Attract a Sylvia?

2 Stars

For my last audio assignment for this week, I decided to do the bird call assignment where you make an audio clip to attract a certain person. I decided that my certain person that I am trying to attract should be my character dossier Sylvia! The sounds I chose for this assignment was a cat call, bar scene/party sound in the background, pouring of an alcoholic beverage (PSA – don’t listen to this if you have to go to the bathroom!), and clinking of glasses, p.s. I found all of these through freesound. I used Audacity to compile the sounds together and overlap them on top of the bar scene sound, much of this was simple copying and pasting the sounds together and adjusting sound volumes so you could hear the sounds I wanted to emphasize.  Since my character enjoys the party and social scene I thought this would be a good decoy to attract her!

Dory & Me

4 Stars

I decided to challenge myself and go for another 4 star assignment for this week. I did the SoundBoard conversation assignment. Before I go off into detail about what I did for this assignment, I would first like to ask where the heck SoundBoard has been all my life?! I love all the sound effect options and I’m wondering how I overlooked it for so long… Anywaysssss, down to business.

Basically, I went on to SoundBoard and just randomly search through the movie sound clips they had and then I got a random idea that I could have a conversation with Dory from FINDING NEMO! I chose this one because that is like my favorite movie ever, and two because I feel like Dory and I relate on many levels.. Scary, I know. So I found a few clips that I like the best (particularly the “do ya, DO YA?!” one and compiled them together in audacity with me responding to her! Hope you enjoy! :)

Theme Music!

4 stars

So I decided to do the theme music audio assignment for my character Sylvia. I compiled together sounds of cat calls, the “tell me about it stud” quote from Grease, and some smooth jazz music using the Audacity program. The Grease quote I think show the sass of my character and how she is pretty full of herself. The rest I feel is pretty noir-esqe — especially the jazz tunes.

Broadcast Brainstorming!

Here are a few ideas for some radio broadcasts — I really want to include the character dossiers because I feel that they have had a huge part of this class so far and I think continuing that idea would help build onto the characters and make them more tangible.

– I think a cool idea would be using the character dossiers that we have been developing over the course of the semester and using them to create a talk show  or skit type thing

– Using swanky and dramatic music and sound effects to enhance the scenes

– Criminal broadcast radio, talking about most wanted criminals and mobsters, this could include accents and warrants could be put out for criminals (our character dossiers when fit)

– Interviews/news stories with other character dossiers

Mashup Madness

3 1/2 Stars

For one of my assignments this week I decided to do the Music Mash-up which was super difficult. Not only was it difficult to have to mash the songs together but it was really hard to find songs that sound similar and wasn’t super choppy to have to mash together. For mine I did You Da One by Rihanna and True Love by P!nk, I thought they had pretty similar concepts behind them even though they sound pretty different. Considering this was my first time “mashing” some music, I didn’t think I failed too horribly! :)

Sound in Noir

Sound is the ribbon that ties everything together whether it be movies, radio shows, or podcasts. Sound enhances everything and creates a more dimensional and dramatic effect for the media.

A many thing I have noticed in many of the audio items of noir that I have listened to and seen have used a switch in the audio to change the mood of the scene, for example it goes darker and more mysterious when something bad is about to happen. Basically, the audio sets the mood for the whole picture. It is almost as equality as effective to the overall effect of the movie as the visual and plot line elements. Although sounds have no always been around and many people truly enjoyed silent movies, the sounds have emphasized the scenes and have helped create suspense and intensity the dramatic effect.  Helen Hanson agrees with this statement in her article “The Ambience of Film Noir – Soundscapes, Design, and Mood” by saying

“… the tones and moods of film noir flow from the expressiveness and design of its soundtrack and scores as much as its visual iconography.”

Even in visual noir, the sound is important because it coincides with the visual aspect and is used to create suspense within the scene. For example, it is used for foreshadowing. Before something intense happens, you can usually notice a switch in the background music — i.e. it’ll go from happy, cheerful music to something deeper and more dramatic sounding. In the two videos we watched for this week, “The Touch of Evil” edited version, there was more suspenseful music and it fit everything that was going on with much less background noise. It was focusing on setting the mood. In the un-editted version of the opening, there was a lot more background noise and the mood did not feel as set because there wasn’t any music to accompany it. Thus, I felt the atmosphere was more obviously set in the edited version than the unedited.

During the tweet along this week with DS106 radio, I thought that the music was up to par with what was actually happening in the story. It made it much more interesting to listen to! Not only were the sound effects good but the way the people in the radio broadcast were talking and interacting with each other was like you could almost imagine what was happening. To me that is the purpose of audio, to be able to close your eyes and visual what is happening, ideally the audio will be good enough to be able to do that!