Week 4 : Audio Exploration

3 Awesome Daily Creates: 




I was really excited about daily creates on 9/17/12 where I did the fwd/backward version of a song. I assumed all the daily creates were going to be about sound editing. Taking/drawing pictures isn’t as fun, but it is certainly less time consuming. The link above will take you to more information on my daily creates for week 4.

Thoughts and Ideas about radio/audio/sounds:


Listening to DS106 radio was fun. I used twitter in order to ask a question about the twitter bot function of the audio dj. I did not get to hear something live, but I continue to have the status page up whenever I’m on my computer- fingers crossed I’ll get a live dj at some point.


I listened to a really well done, complex radio show called “Space” by Radioloab. I was feeling really inspired to create something as magical, but alas, it proved to be a little more difficult than I thought.  The hardest part I found was finding sounds to create my five sound story. I would love to continue messing around with audacity and try to create a  richer sound stage.


I watched a couple of YouTube videos offering the basic structure and advice for radio/audio. I never thought about radio as being a co-authorship, but what a beautiful way to think.


Radio Bumper was so much fun to make. It helped listening to the DS106 radio before creating my own bumper.  Audiacity is getting easier and more fun to use.

Five Sound Story was much harder to make than the bumper. I spend so much time looking of r sound affects, I was unsure how to connect them. I did this assignment before I did the bumper and I spent a lot of time using audacity tools improperly or completely destroying a sound effect before I decided I needed to start over again.


I really like audio! I much prefer to do audio than to do visual/video. I feel less self-conscious. I enjoy audacity, but I’m anxious to be better at it. I like that ability to trust the week’s checklist- I just go in order, doing one item a day. The logically progression of activities is helpful. As much as I was bored listening to videos and radio, it was necessary to understand what radio was, how you do it, and here  an example of a good radio show before you go and make your own audio. SoundCloud is really easy to use. I had some trouble figuring out how to add my daily create into the group page, but that was resolved once I found the share track to group button.  Twitter has come in handy this week, although I feel like a lot of people don’t use it in ds106. My google reader was acting up for awhile, but once it worked itself out,  I really have enjoyed other peoples blogs,. It is really interesting to listen to the different or in some cases the same sound effects people used. Audio has been a fun and challenging week. However, I think I became a fan of Radiolab so that’s awesome!







DS106 Radio Bumper!

A bumper is that segment on the radio that tells you what you are listening. Example: “You’re listening to Z101.5″. In this case, DS106 had a radio station (learn more)  I hope you enjoy my version of a bumper for SC106 radio.

This was created through audacity which is an awesome free download audio editor. I go my sound effects from FreeSound. I did some fade-in/fade-out, overlapping, bass and amplification editing, among other thing. I really took this time to play with the features of audacity. I can’t wait to make something more complicated.

Five Sound Story

My five sounds: rain, thunder, birds, children playing, puddles splashing

It’s a raining day- no just any rainy day… its pouring and there is thunder! You are a child..disappointed, upset, dying for the rain to stop so you can play outside. Then, the thunder gets quieter, bird start chirping, and the sun comes out. You and your sibling rush outside to play, ignoring the fact that your shoes are soaked from the puddles.

1st Time Listener of DS106 Radio!

When I was listening there was one other person listening for an overlapping of 15 minutes. There was not any live radio action, but I been following @ds106radio and I just haven’t been at a computer when someone is live.  You know what is playing by going to the status of the radio, following DS106radio on twitter, or going to the ds106 webpage. I listen to the ds106radio bumper, someone’s project about what DS106 is all about and there was an awesome fad effect into a song. The song was “Three is a Magic Number” which is totally how I learned my three times table.

I find it really annoying that the status doesn’t change automatically like other online radios, but you have to refresh your page to know the new stats and what’s playing.

I think it is really interesting that if you start two different windows with DS106 radio they automatically start with the bumper, but then it will pick up on the live feed (aka the bumper is always the start of the stream when window is open, not just in schedule places within the playlist). Some of the transitions are not as smooth as others.

After a bunch of songs, Jim Groom’s ds106-id-zombie projected played which was cool to hear someone’s work instead of a song. I did notice that the automatic tweet of new stuff playing, Jim’s clip was not tweeted; why is that?  Was it because it was a very short clip? I tweeted about this.. here is the responses:

The easiest way to listen to this radio is by clicking this link and listening directly to the stream. You can also download the .pls file (click here for webpage where you can find .pls file) and that will open automatically in your default audio player such as Windows Media Player or Itunes. If on Itunes, it is crucial to move the radio file to some place recognizable. You can do this by the arrow button by the name what is playing and then move that file to your playlist and you can listen whenever you like and not have to download the file or open the direct stream.

Example of Radio done well: Radiolab’s “Space”

Here I talk about the effects and effectiveness of audio editing in Radiolab’s “Space”  :

I really like how there was celestial music underlying the whole begining of the podcast. This made you feel like space was magically and vast.

There a lot of cutting in and out on peoples conversations.

The different volumes of the voice you can feel like you’re standing with them with people scattered all around you.

There is narration that is layered over music and conversation. I really enjoy that while there is one conversation going, you can hear others conversation, and then bam narration.

I like the use of historical clips and interview clips in order to give background of space time capsule. It also gives the segment some validity.  You know that there is truth behind their narration.

Furthermore, you can hear the sounds of nature/background noise.  I love when Ann  is speaking and she so passionate about the record we sent to space and as she pauses imagining what we put on the record, but the editor put in that information (Bach, a kiss, animal noises, etc).

I notice the use of the building blocks mention in my previous post about Ira Glass on Storytelling. The story of how Ann and her husband falling in love and the record that went to space, is then, paused with a reflection on what “recipe of us” we would send to state. Then, there is the bumper.  They come back to a reflection of the probability of the record being found. The next portion is more informational, but it’s a conversation between two people which helps keep your interests through history, biology, and philosophy lessons on space.  Again there is the bumper. At this point I was lost on who was the live radio talker and who is merely a  recording, but I suppose that is good- you get so lost in the “stuff” you don’t know what time or place your in.  They enter back into the show thorough some echo, narration, and talk to an artist about space. There are various sound bits from space travel history interwoven into this segment. The illusion I receive is looking down a tunnel- tunnel through time. It reminds me of Harry Potter when Harry peeks into Dumbledore’s’ pensieve … he is able to see Dumbledore’s memories as an invisible bystander.

I wish that the radio that is on your FM dial was like this podcast. This podcast was interesting, engaging, and dynamic. The hour of listening when by so fast. I learned some interesting things, I thought about what my legacy would be, are there other life forms, is space travel going to be revived for the capitalist/business man instead of scientist, etc.

In’s and Out’s of Audio Storytelling

Ira Glass- Storytelling

Two building blocks of radio storytelling 1) antidote – sequence of action which creates suspense and raises a questions 2) moment of reflection- what’s the point of the story.  It is not like writing a story where you have a topic sentence and details; it is based on the interweaving of the two building blocks. You can create drama by alternating between block 1 and block 2, but also, by switching between the interviewee and yourself.

When it comes to storytelling, finding the story is the hardest part.  Often, looking for a story takes up more time than editing the story.  Everything on radio is supposed to be right to the point, which means you need to be ruthless in editing and comfortable with failing a lot.  Gems are so precious because they are rare…so keep looking until you find that gem.

Preserve! Because your taste is right on, it just takes a while for that “specialness” to come out.  Just keep going, create a dead line, and just plow through.  Furthermore, act natural (speak like you are talking to your friends) and don’t pretend to be someone else.

 Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad on “How Radio Creates Empathy”

There is a co-authorship between the radio talker and the listener Radio lacks the visual element, it is the duty of the talker to inspire the listener to imagine something. However, what the listener imagines is uniquely their interpretation.  The human voice creates empathy via tone, inflection, vibration, etc like that talker is talking solely to you.

You can find the clips through the week 4 assignments page of the ds106 website.

Week 4: Daily Creates

This is my daily create for 9/17/12 where I had to take a sound clip from a song, put it in reverse, and then play the original.  I chose a song called “Faster” by Matt Nathanson. I used a free downloadable program called audacity to remix the song. Then I exported the remix as a WAV file and uploaded it to sound cloud. I have used audacity in high school in order to create podcasts, but it was fun to use this program for something non-academic.


This is my daily create for take a picture of something that represents the number 3. This is my scarecrow, Henry, and his pumpkin patch. He is my fall dorm room decoration and I love him. I find odd number of decoration much more visually pleasing than even- lucky me that the theme is “3”.


This is my daily create for draw a picture of the seriousness of golf. I drew this on my whiteboard in my dorm room. I don’t know much about golf, but mini-golf has never been a serious game when I play. Often, we end up skipping holes or giving up after 3 puts. Although, one time I did get a hole-in-one which was a great feeling.


Awesome Daily Create – 9/17/12

This is my daily create for 9/17/12 where I had to take a sound clip from a song, put it in reverse, and then play the original.  I chose a song called “Faster” by Matt Nathanson. I used a free downloadable program called audacity to remix the song. Then I exported the remix as a WAV file and uploaded it to sound cloud. I have used audacity in high school in order to create podcasts, but it was fun to use this program for something non-academic.