To start off this summary I didn’t receive many comments. The only comment I have received thus far was a comment on my first gif tutorial and it didn’t have much criticism to add just “oh I liked this” which was nice. This may be some of my own fault since I tend to wait to do my work until the weekend since I work a full time job during the week so I’m too tired then. Somethings I learned from others blogs was different creative ideas. Sometimes when I’m confused on how to do something or I need some inspiration I look at other people’s blogs and see how they did an assignment or how their blog is set up. For this weeks assignments I think I did a pretty good job. I felt the daily creates were a little harder this week so I wasn’t as confident about my creativity on those since they were concepts I didn’t full understand. My favorite assignments of the week were daily create #1610 and audio assignment #70. For these I made a funny comic on Canada and an important story line about not texting and driving. I wasn’t very fond of the videos on storytelling and found it interesting how these are suppose to be experts but they themselves bored me. I don’t know, maybe radio isn’t for me. Overall this week I learned how to better manipulate sound which is a good tool to have in college since many times I have had to create video projects. Prior to this week I had never even used the voice memos app on my iPhone or uploaded something to SoundCloud so those were some new experiences. I also realized how much I enjoy having music apps such as Pandora or just my iTunes library since I’m not a huge fan of the long stories on the radio or podcasts. Books and movies are more my style for entertainment.
-Daily Create #1 (#tdc1607)
-Daily Create #2 (tdc1608)
-Daily Create #3 (tdc1609)
-Daily Create #4 (#tdc1610)
-Audio Assignment #1 (:Create a DS106 Radio Bumper”, #36)
-Audio Assignment #2 (“Sound Effects Story”, #70)
-Audio Storytelling Reflection on Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad
-Radio Story Reflection
For my reflection I listened to The American Life episode 504: Hot I Got Into College. I decided to listen to this one since I found it to be the most relatable to my situation since I am a college student and also have friends who are graduating high school who are now going off to college. Right off the bat I wasn’t super impressed with the narrator. I found his voice to not be very fitting for radio at least for myself. His voice has an annoying tone to it which made it harder to want to listen to. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the multiple people talking at the beginning about their experience. I felt this aspect would work better in a video format where you can see the separate people. A part of the story I did like was one of the guest speakers who came in for Act 1 because he had something interesting to say but right as I was starting to get into that part music started to playing and it transitioned to Act 2. I honestly wasn’t very interested with the rest of the story. I had thought more of the story would actually be about getting into college and not the story about Emir Kamenica. I felt Act 1 wasn’t very related to Acts 2 and 3 and they could have easily been two different podcasts though they did seem to switch between the 2 hosts.
Overall I think some people are more predisposed to radio than others. I just couldn’t connect with the first host and felt the show harder to listen to because of the host’s voice and tone. Had the voice been different I still wouldn’t have been crazy about this podcast as a whole. The second host sounded a lot better but the topic being discussed just didn’t interest me very much and made me want to turn it off.
I started off by watching part 1 of the storytelling series by Ira Glass. His video discussed suspense in radio storytelling. I found it ironic how he is telling a story about how interesting storytelling can be but it wasn’t interesting in and of itself. When I moved on to part 2 I found that part more interesting. I thought it was very true when he discussed how it takes more time to find a good story than to fine tune it and tell it. I always believe in the saying “quality over quantity.” Next I listened to Jad Abumrad and his video “How Radio Creates Empathy” which I didn’t feel like taught me very much. In this video it felt like it he was just talking about very abstract concepts that did’t tell me very much. One thing I did think was interesting in the video was the listener “painting a picture” but I feel like this same thing can be done with reading a book. While the part I felt resonated a little I don’t feel like many people use radio for those purposes anymore. Many radio stations nowadays play music and have funny segments and there isn’t much “meaning” where as he seems to think there is. I personally find radio to be a dying breed (even though he states otherwise). If people weren’t in the car so much it would have died by now and I think people are also transitioning to places such as Pandora and other sites that play just music that you pick and there’s no discussion at all. I think discussion on radio (apart from sports and news programs) has really always just been filler and doesn’t offer much purpose.
For my next audio assignment I decided on “Sound Effects Story” which is worth 3 and 1/2 stars. To start off this assignment I needed to figure out what I wanted my audio to portray and what I thought I could create well. While thinking of options I remembered how I had just bought my first car this week on Memorial Day (a 2016 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition). This made me think of how important car safety is. While distracted driving has been around since the creation of the motor vehicle it has become even more pronounced since the creation of the cell phone. I can’t begin to explain how many times I have seen a family member or friend text while driving. Every time I make it known that it isn’t appropriate to be on your phone while driving but it never sticks. So for my audio assignment I decided to tell a story of someone driving and playing on their phone then crashing to show how bad phone use is while in the driver’s seat.
To start off I decided to use iMovie on my MacBook Air as my audio tool. I have used iMovie multiple times in the past to create videos for school and I am familiar with the program. I also like how there are hundreds of audio options so I have a great selection to choose from. I open iMovie and then click “Create New” then “Movie”.
My next step is to click on audio which is the second option at the top of the screen.
After this I just scrolled through the sound clips until I found what I wanted. There is also the option to use the search box and find audio that way if you know what you are looking for. To add the audio to the actual video just click on the one you want and drag it down to the strip at the bottom of the screen. To adjust the length of the clips you can click each sound clip then right click and select “split clip” then right click the piece you don’t want and press “delete”. You can also adjust where you want each clip by clicking and dragging them.
To export the video I just selected “file” -> “share” -> then select the format you want to use. For this assignment I selected “file” then only exported the audio and made it a mp3 file. I then selected where I wanted to save it and I was done.
So here is my completed audio storytelling. I think it portrays what I wanted it to pretty well. The only problem I have is I wish it would have been a little longer but some of the sounds I wanted weren’t on iMovie and I didn’t want to add filler sounds just to make it longer.
For my first audio assignment I decided to tackle “Create a ds106 radio bumper” which is worth 4 stars. This assignment is probably my hardest one to accomplish this week. I don’t really listen to the radio (thank based god for bluetooth and my iTunes library) so I’m not very familiar with radio clips currently. Also as I did some test recordings for this assignment I found that my voice sounds very annoying, but at least everyone thinks that…right? Regardless, I needed to power through. I was having difficulties trying to find a place to record the audio without background noise since everybody was awake doing stuff so I ended up having to do the recording in the bathroom. For the actual phrase I decided “Welcome to DS106 radio, sponsored by Sour Patch Kids. This is Morgan Moncrief as your host, keep on listening.” I chose this after reading multiple articles about what radio bumpers are and since they’re only suppose to be small snippets I thought just saying the name of the radio station, who sponsors us, and my name would be good enough. Sour Patch Kids doesn’t really have much meaning, I was just eating some at the time.
To start off my radio bumper I decided to use the Voice Memos app on my iPhone. This app allows you to record yourself and upload the recordings. I used this one since it was the most readily available.
To begin the actual recording I just pressed the red circle. To stop recording just press the red button again then click “done”. It allows you to save the recording and name it. After the recording is saved click the box with an arrow coming out of it and this allows you to export the file to wherever you want. Personally, I exported it to my email so then I could download it to my computer and upload to SoundCloud from there.
Overall, I’m happy with what I did. I didn’t want to sound too upbeat in the recording but it may have turned out a little dull sounding. Maybe next time I would also add what kind of radio station it is but I didn’t think of that until after the fact.
So I think I am starting to get a better hang of things this week than I did last week. I hadn’t previously realized that I needed to link back to the assignments so I made an effort to link back to everything I used and things I thought related. I also tried to extend my story and background sections to give the reader more of an idea about what I was creating. The main struggle I had this week were just time managing when to do work since I also am working a full time job and taking another online class. Due to this I hope that my quality of work is on par with what it needs to be. Another struggle was worrying that I didn’t make something look professional enough. For example for my 3rd design assignment (We’ve Got You Covered) I kept comparing my work to professional magazine covers and worrying that it wasn’t good enough even thought I know they have a lot more to work with than I do. My favorite assignment this week was my 5th design assignment (“Dog it Out”) where I put devil horns and a tail on my grandparents chick. I think that image actually turned out pretty good and I sent it to my grandparents and they laughed. I hope to continue to better my skills with editing and creating which I think this week helped me to do.
Everything I did this week:
-Gif Assignment 1 (#1780, Best Sports Play)
-Gif Assignment 2 (#1789, Animals Doing Funny Things)
–Design Assignment 1 (#1668, Are we there yet?)
–Design Assignment 2 (#1767, Create a T-Shirt)
–Design Assignment 3 (#1732, We’ve Got You Covered)
–Design Assignment 4 (#1724, What are you missing nearby?)
-Design Assignment 5 (#1721, Dog it Out)
–Daily Create 1 (#1598)
–Daily Create 2 (#1601)
–Daily Create 3 (#1602)
-Daily Create 4 (#1603)