Status of the FCC

For this assignment, I decided to do the Status Report assignment.

The remix I got was to change the media. A status report is usually written, but I could forsee one being done with audio. So, I warmed up audacity, cobbled together a script, hit the record button, and trimmed a couple awkward points via click, drag, and delete key.

The rough thing about remixing this assignment is that, as stated above, most audits are done on some readable content. This is so the subject can easily refer back to the report and quickly pinpoint areas of improvement. I wanted to have a good reason for doing this assignment in another media. That’s when I realized I could use my low-quality recording capabilities to get someone in trouble…

Audit reports are no fun when everything is hunky-dory. I am relatively happy I found a main issue to bore into with the FCC. The idea of letting them hear the ‘interference’ I felt was a great way to justify giving them an audit via audio.

An Emergency with Spooksy

When I heard the voice of Spooksy and learned a little bit about his backstory, I thought he was hilarious. When I saw host-host interaction, I knew I had to use Spooksy as one of them. I had also had my eye on this particular audio assignment for quite some time, since it was an opportunity to be hilarious. I just was unable to come up with a really good premise until now. Time to do some dual channel, ctrl-c ctrl-v action in Audacity.

My biggest problem with doing this is that I cannot very well imitate Spooksy’s voice. I am quite happy with the story, Spooksy’s character has the perfect habit and attitude to get into this situation. My big problem when brainstorming earlier was keeping the 911 operator at least partially serious, but the fact that this needs two characters made me realize I can have Morlium in the telephone. This gives a great contrast between the “straightforwardness” of Spooksy and the formal but sometimes irritable character of Morlium.

Oh, and one final thing. The phone tone was taken from a free sound effects website: soundbible

Radio Show: Horrible Hosts

This is more of a completion than a summary, since we ended up completing the assignment a bit early.Shout outs to Michael Young for compiling everything, and also for Audrea and Cherish for their contributions. As expected, we did do the show in a somewhat modular fashion, and Michael did a great job tying the pieces together.


Last week, we mentioned modularity? My main talk can be viewed at the beginning of the show. Since the theme was horrible hosts, I wanted my curator to be jabbing me throughout the show, since he is obviously more qualified for the part than I. I had some trouble getting it to “fit” together, specifically that when both parts are speaking that both people can be understood and that it flows alright.

As part of the modularity, I also drew up some commercials and bumpers. The bumpers made it in, one was from last week, the other I drew inspiration from the 3 stooges, since I was not in a very serious mood. I could not think of a way of putting hosts at the end, so I inserted static as a sufficient break (one of audacity’s effects on the effects menu).

I have a knack for little tunes, and since commercials on the radio often have repetitive background music, I just needed to make a 2-4 measure theme (in Musescore), and copy+paste it a bunch of times til I had a minute track. I would then save it as a wave file, import it into audacity, and viola, I could record myself with background music.

 

 

 


For the content, I just thought up of whatever came to mind first. One was politics, one was digital storytelling, and one was the opposite of horror.

 

And so there we have it!

Morlium Here…

When I saw answering machine, my immediate thought was the Rockford Files, where a comedic blurb occurs at the beginning of each episode. Unfortunately, after rereading the assignment, I realized I was creating a message, rather than leaving one. Out comes Morlium again.

As a man who resides on electronics, he is there to answer the phone, always. As a straightforward man, he would be blunt and to the point about taking a message. You, as the caller, might be a little surprised to hear an interactive voicemail on the other end. After a little time for Morlium to process and evaluate the situation. At this realization, all that was needed was execution.

Good Morning, Numbers

Another audio assignment, another chance to develop my character. What is good news to a dark, literal, unemotional character? How about getting up in a dystopian universe doing the same tired thing over and over. When I think of a greeting shouted to the world, I immediately think dystopia.

 

Why do I skip to dystopia right away? I am not a morning person, and unless you are very close to me, you do not want to be there when I get woken up. I could not see being happy in the morning. I especially could not be overtly happy while being in character. fortunately, the dim character helps the message seem a little happier by comparison.

I used 1984 and the telescreens as an inspiration, wherein you were observed from the moment you awoke (not that you weren’t observed while sleeping), and kept on a tight schedule. Everything was rationed, and in this case I decided to make sure that everything in the morning routine was rationed. The bit about chocolate at the end was an attempt to make the morning greeting at least slightly happy, although in 1984 any increase in rations was actually a decrease.

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam….

Spam? I have loads of it. In fact, it is starting to make my college e-mail unusable. Good thing I will be rid of it soon…


After finding a suitable piece of spam, I decided this would be a good opportunity to develop my character. Low voice, deliberate speech, comically unemotional (very innappropriate for the spam). It was also an opportunity to reinforce the fact that Morlium stalks (resides in?) the internet. I took care to read every word on the page, even the “label” words, both to reinforce the character, and to add to the comic nature of the reading. It is difficult to combine a dark personality with a comedic objective, but this assignment fit the bill very well. The comedy comes from the serious dark person being put in a trivial situation.
I will double note, in case you were wondering, this IS an actual notification I received.

Bumper Cars!!! errr… sounds

Since our radio group is having an interesting time finding common free time, it was important that some time be spent for the more modular portions of the broadcast. As someone who is terrible with pictorial representations, this meant an audio blurb, which meant a bumper.

Going in, I knew that our show would be called “Horrible Hosts”. The nice thing about a name like that is that it doesn’t put too much pressure on you to get a very particular emotion from the bumper, it just has to be recognizable and, if all goes well, memorable. The only other rule for the bumper was that it would have to be short.

Fortunately, I had a little theme in my pocket that I had been waiting to pull out for an occasion such as this one. All I needed to do was find proper instrumentation, and find a way to incorporate the show name into the bumper. The result follows:

I wanted an instrument that would be sufficiently haunting for the theme. Chime bells are my go to choice for an echoing/haunting sound (as I think about it, it is kind of scary how ready I was for creating this before even knowing I would have to do it). I came up with a little play on words to crescendo with the tune. I originally tried doing it in various voices, but decided that the words would be better relegated to a neutral, background sound. The raspiness was unintentional, but I liked the result, again to keep the haunting sound in.

The tune was created with an online program called MuseScore. It is a score editing program, similar to Finale notepad if you are familiar with it. I have found it ever so slightly easier to use however. Once I had the instrumentation in, I exported it as a Wave file, hen reimported it into audacity. In audacity, I recorded the voice, and put the two together.