Can You Believe the Audacity…

The TED radio hour demo  and the detective stories examples both gave me insight into why things are done in radio. The comments at the bottom gave good, real-time tips that will help me to analyze radio shows I listen to in the future. The shifts in music were very apparent in the TED demo, and they differentiated between scenes and moods the show was going in and out of. The overlapping of background noise of the robot, interviewer, and interviewee gave a full picture of the story, which wouldn’t have otherwise been there without the overlapping sounds. Abrupt ends to music or shifts in the type of music worked really well to change the mood or emphasize a point in the show.

In Scottlo’s Lo down episodes he demonstrated some of these techniques. Every time the intro was different I learned a new radio technique. He often employed music in the background, especially music as introductions to the shows. I liked these intros, especially when he gave the bumper examples. His even brief description of bumpers gave me a better understanding of how they can represent a show or a whole network, and the examples given have inspired me to complete that audio assignment.

I did notice in all the audio I listened to in these three examples, layering sounds seems at the forefront of everything. In Scottlo’s clips less so, but the most interesting parts were the overlapped audio. Especially in the first two radio shows, overlapping background and ambient noise with music, as well as combining interviewer/ interviewee voices gave the listener so much to listen to and complete the story. I did notice the tips on the sound camp website which look very helpful for this week’s activities, but they only mention Audacity. I have Garageband, and hopefully I can figure that out without too much difficulty!

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