The radio show I had to review was Digital StoryFellas.
Overall the audio was good but levels aren’t even at some point and there are fluctuation of volumes. As a whole the show was clear of unnecessary background noises except for one small part. The audio editing was average, you can tell each part was recorded separately because of the changes in volume.
Very good use of sound effects, especially in the sports section, the noises fit the theme and they don’t last too long and aren’t too loud that you can’t hear what he’s saying. The sound effects used effectively transition from each segment. Music works well with the show, not too loud and played at appropriate times. I like the use of music as a “commercial”, it made it seem like a real radio show.
The show does have a structure. Each guy is telling a story about a specific subject and they provide enough information to keep you engaged but not too much that you lose interest.
I’m guessing that the story it tells is just highlighting certain current events. The motivational segment at the end is nice. The music fits with the topic of the segment.
Overall I would rate this show 4.5/5
Here’s a little story about the week I had. I, Cheryl, wanted to take a day trip this week. I decided to get dressed up real nice and go to the local art museum to check out the Picasso tribute they had this month. I woke up Thursday morning, put on my Crocs and got my day started. I arrived at the museaum, paid the outrageously expensive admission fee and started viewing some art. I looked at some paintings by Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Leonardo da Vinci. I was amazed by the talent and skill shown by these paintings! I got to the Pablo Picasso piece, the one I looked forward to most, The Old Guitarist. As soon as I saw it, I noticed something was missing. It appeared that The Old Guitarist had lost his guitar! I was so saddened by this terrible mishap that I ran out of there and went straight home. Once I got home I was so inspired by the art I’d seen that day that I decided to make some art of my own. The song I was listening to, Hotline Bling by Drake, inspired me to make a picture based on the lyrics. I felt like it turned out great so I tweeted it so all my friends could see it.
All the activities from that day drained all my energy so I decided to take a nap. I laid in bed and closed my eyes but as soon as I did, my phone got a notification. It was a text from my friend Chantel telling me that one of our mutual friends Cathy saw my artwork that I tweeted and said that it was horrible! Hearing that made me so sad that I cried myself to sleep and vowed to never attempt to do art again.
These two weeks went by so fast! All the work with the radio show made the days fly by but luckily my group stayed on top of things and everything was done on time. The process of working with audio has been fun and a learning experience. I’ve learned more about the features of Audacity and how to use them to produce different types of audio. After working with audio so much, I have realized that it actually isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. While it can be time consuming, once you know what you’re doing it isn’t difficult and there are so many tutorials on the internet that can help you with any problem you run into while working with audio.
The way I made the commercial is the same way I made the bumper. I started by recording the speaking part of the commercial.
I then added the sound clip that I got from this website. I shifted the voice audio to the middle of the sound clip which allowed me to have part of it be intro music and part of it be background music. The final step was to export the file and upload it to Soundcloud.
How did your group go about choosing a theme and organizing itself?
Our group used Canvas discussions to share ideas and organize our show. The theme, Wacky History, was chosen after everyone agreed that it would be a fun and interesting theme.
- What was the easiest/hardest part of working as a group?
The easiest part of working as a group was choosing which bumper and commercial would be used in the show. We all voted on a poll to decide which ones would be used.
The hardest part of working in a group was communicating with everyone and trying to decide if/when we were going to meet up once we got everyone included into the discussions.
- How did you decide upon your own contribution to the show ?
My contribution included making sure I gave my input in the discussions and further talking with Rachel about how we would divide our segment. We met up and spent a few hours finding information and recording it together.
- How do you feel your show holds together as a whole? Do you feel like you achieved your goals in terms of the story your group set out to tell?
The show as a whole works well! Our goal was to give the history of random items and we did a good job of that.
Tuesday, October 13: One Word
“Find a favorite quote or poem. Pull one word out of it. Create a new poem with just that word”
The quote I used for inspiration is this one and the word I pulled out of it was flaws.
Wednesday, October 14: Bad habits are good for you
“What is one bad habit you have? Depict that habit in a positive way in a short video.”
Thursday, October 15: Lucky, Lucky, Lucky
“What would your luckiest day in the world look like? Tell us what happens in a story.”
The story of my lucky day is a very short and simple one.
Saturday, October 17: The Eighth Day
“If the week had an 8th day, what would it be called? Why? What would it be known for?”
This week’s daily creates were fun and I talk all about them here.
The design assignments I did were creating a business card, designing a license plate, a DS106 PostSecret card, the required suspect board, and I made a movie trading card.
The design assignments were all generally easy and when I did have difficulties it didn’t take long to figure out what I was doing. For all of them I used Pixlr.com because it is so similar to Photoshop and I don’t have Photoshop so it’s nice to have the same editing capabilities with a free program.
Love At First Shot
For this assignment I had to first start with a photo of a couple in love. The photo editing software I used was Pixlr.com and the whole process is explained in this post.
The design blitz was probably the toughest assignment this week but once I better understood the concepts I got it done.
- How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?
I feel like I did very well in completing this week’s assignments. I gave myself to get them all done and do them correctly.
- What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?
The design blitz gave me the most trouble this week. It was a little difficult to understand the different design concepts and then to find things to accurately convey the concept. The assignments I enjoyed the most were the 5 design assignments we had to do. They were all really fun and I liked being able to put my own twist on things.
Reading The Vignelli Canon gave me new insight and knowledge into the world of design and the essential elements to it. He starts by talking about the three most important design aspects to him which are semantics, syntactic and pragmatic. He goes through and explains why each one of these aspects is important and I find this to be very helpful in understanding what each of these mean and their relevance to design. He continues by explaining all the other aspects to design and why they’re significant. The inclusion of photos and other visual aids help to make it easier to understand these different design concepts.
This week’s group work on our radio show consisted of us creating a logo for our show. The name we chose was Wacky History and Rachel created a logo.
The kind of show we decided to do was to each have a separate segment talking about a specific item.
September 29, 2015
Draw Something You Bought Today
Having been battling a cold for the past few days the only thing I bought today was some medicine. The photo I drew was inspired by my box of DayQuil and I used Microsoft Paint to create this image.
September 30, 2015
Upside down day!
This was very simple. All I did was take a picture with my IPhone and rotate it to make it upside down, which was the requirement of the assignment.
October 2, 2015
What can you see through the window
October 3, 2015
A short poem I wrote for today’s daily create. Not many words but a lot of feelings behind it.