Radio Show Self Evaluation

Today, I listened to my radio show “AUTUMNAL”. It’s been awhile since I have listened to it, I needed the distances. Furthermore, I listen to 3 other radio shows which help give me perspective on the quality of my show.  The audio in my show was excellent. I wish the first part by Emma was a little more confident and less mumblly, but I couldn’t interfere with that. My section with the dialogue mash-up, I wish that the two movies didn’t have music in the background the whole time… it made for choppier jumps regardless of my editing.   However, in the editing process I worked hard to extract background noise and to remove any unnecessary sounds (mouse clicks), and I believe paid off because I don’t hear any think that sound awkward or unnecessary.  I’m so bias on the editing, because I did over 80% of the editing for our radio show. However, I believe the three sections flow much better than when I received them. I like the transition between talk and “stuff”, nothing seems to be hard or uncomfortable. I might say the end of my section and beginning of Matt’s might be a little awkward, but nothing uncomfortable.  Emma’s use of fire and music was truly clever. I wish Matt had some background effects, but his voice was so clear and audible it was hard to ask him to distract from that.  My section was all about sound effects and editing. I feel like it was pretty seamless. I really enjoy the Halloween theme verse. I feel the transition between those songs is perfect!

Our radio show was a soundscape.  The music in Emma’s section was really good. It helped significantly with the transition. I believe the intro/exit music of my dialogue mash-up was brilliant. I think my theme verse was perfection. My chipmunkd’ song, was editing down in length and I heard the hiccup, but not sure if everyone else did. The music in and out of Matt’s section was seamless too.  If I can be object, I’d say the sound editing was truly great in comparison to other shows.

Originally our soundscape had no talking. The show seemed disorderly. However, adding the talking, I believe gives the show structure.  The show’s theme really unifies the show. I also thing place my section in the middle to break up the two larger talking section was helpful. It gave the listener a break, time to reflect on Emma’s section and gear-up for Matt’s section. We didn’t have a structure like a story. We did however, tell separate stories.  I wish I had another day to edit and play with the show. I would love to have referred back to Emma and Matt’s section during other parts in order to unify the show more. However, the show definitely starts at a place of questioning and contemplation, rises to entertainment and silliness, and then comes back down to knowledge and information. There is a certain arch to the story- without their being a single character or typical story… you the listener are the character and your emotions/ response to the show are the story.

I would give our show 4.5 stars. I think we did an excellent job, but it’s not perfect. There are 100 things I want to change or improve, but in comparison to other shows I think we did really well especially when it comes to audio quality and editing. I think we shine in those two sections. The story structure could be more established and there could be more sound effects, but overall I still love my show.

Radio Show : Adventures of DC Evaluation

I can tell the Adventures in DC worked extremely hard on their radio show. The quality of sound was good due to the fact that all the sound was on the same level and voices/music were audible. I believe occasionally I heard unnessary noises like mouse click, background noise from the recording, or dead silence.  A little advice, in audacity you can remove that background noise by selecting the background noise, going to noise removal, “get noise profile”,  and select the whole piece and click remove noise.  Its amazing how this one little steps makes the noise a lot crisper. My favorite part of this radio show was when the girl was getting into the car. The audio editing was spectacular and I really want to know how they achieved that realness (did they actually record a girl getting into her car or was it sound effects).  Unfortunately, this moment was overshadowed by the lack of good audio editing.  Right from the beginning with the song “Cheers” there was an awkward split between the middle and end of the song.  The whole show was a little confusing. There was a lot of jumping back and forth, it wasn’t until 10 minutes in did I realize this whole show took place in the car. I wish it had been more clear that the commercial were not on the assignment level, but within the story.  This could have been achieved with more layering of the girl complaining while commercials were on the radio. Also, I know you might feel awkward, but If the girl was singing that would help too (who doesn’t sing in their car).

The uses of the sound effects for getting into the car, cars honking, and getting out of the car were great. It was very clear what was going on and I enjoyed the visual they brought out. I wish there were more effects! The ending effect of the girl finally getting to work, did not seem to make sense to me.  First, the  girl just gets into the building, then the day is done.  Secondly, the sounds outside don’t sound DC –ish, they sound calm (birds chirping, footsteps on gravel). It might have been better if the footsteps sounded more rushed, especially when she mentions being in a hurry. I really enjoyed the pat down, it took a second to understand what was happening. In order to convey that better,  I would have like to hear more of conversation between the guard and the girl.

While the music was frequent, it helped convey that his was a radio show within a radio show.  I don’t think it was utilized to its full potential. I wish that the radio station was changed between genres of music. Not only would this help convey the “I’m listen to the radio”, it is also a very normal thing to do especially when you hear a lot of commercials.

The show has great structure. I can see the story arch. It was a rough morning in the car, she went to work, and then it got worse when she got a ticket. After listening to the show twice I feel like there was definitively cohesion between the parts. However, it was not a well stitched as it could have been. There were some awkward transition and confusion on what level of the radio show (story or assignment) I was on.  The story was conveyed and it does appear that there was a lot of work in this show.  The drama was subtle be good. I wish there was more talking through the show so the drama would be further emphasis, but overall it was creative. I would give this show a total of four stars. The idea was brilliant, but the show didn’t success in full execution of the idea.

Radio Show- Individual contribution.

As a group we decided on doing a “soundscape” with an autumn theme.  Each person is responsible for editing together 5 mins of audio in the autumn theme – obviously keeping each other updated with the assignments we used (so as not to repeat). I will most likely be the final editor on this project because I enjoy audio the most. We all are contributing bumpers and posters for our show. We choice to work this way because as a group we have a hard time getting together whether in person or via google hangouts. This way everyone has a deadline and our project will come together nicely.