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.