RockyLou’s been on fire this week with three successive installments of the LoDown. And it seems most of remaining days of the ds106zone course have been spoken for one form of audio program or another. As I will continue to have limited ability to update this blog for the next week, you’ll probably want to subscribe to her podcast feed.
Personally, it is heartening to see and hear the level of enthusiasm and commitment Rochelle has put in to maintaining this LoDown project. And I have a feeling there will be even more awesome stuff coming in the final five days.
Thanks to RockyLou, it looks like the ds106zone LoDown just might make it through the entire five week course. She has stepped forward and created a fantastic 26th episode featuring self-reflections from a couple of fellow open-onliners.
I’m so grateful to Rochelle for her eagerness to pick up this challenge on such short notice. As hinted at yesterday in #25, she has officially agreed to organize and coordinate any and all guest submissions in the coming days. Let her know if you are interested via the form on her blog or get in touch with @RockyLou22 via the twitter.
As mentioned in the recording, I will not be able to produce any more of these LoDown episodes for the remainder of the ds106zone. That means an opportunity for you to step forward and do your own course podcast. You are welcome to call it a LoDown (or whatever you wish). If you’d like, I’ll be happy to repost your blogpost and link to the file here. Get in touch if interested.
This has been a challenging and exciting ride. And it’s also been a profound learning experience for me. In due course, I hope to blog about what the experience has meant.
When the clams and worcestershire get Scottlo too low to do his daily show, well, they can call in the Dog, that is CogDog, to lend a paw (it’s tricky fitting a pencil behind the ears). This is my first run at doing a show, and depending on how His Lowness reacts, it might be the last.
Justing coming off today’s marathon ds106 zone radio show really energized me; I am not reviewing the shows in detail, but want to commend everyone for the work down to produce the shows, and emphasize all that stuff to get there is as much the learning as the final show. I do note the ginormous magnitude of week 4′s tasks, which is actually only half of week 4 given that the first round of movie work is due Thursday.
And the reaction? Claire and Jessica were quick to tweet the reaction
I offer some obvious advice, and outline what is important in doing video work, no matter what software used. The big thing students, is not to let your wheels spin too long, ask for help sooner than later, or not.
I took a look at the student’s who started out of the gate fast, the rest of you have 2 days to burn! Cited in the podcast are:
Rockylou’s (Rochelle Lockridge‘s) first foray into guest hosting the DS106 LoDown (episode 17) was a success. However, the original recorded “interview” between my daughter Amber and I, chatting about our experience producing our own podcasts, provided us with almost 30 minutes of airtime. That was too long for the editing, post-production phase with the time constraints I was under. And I sense our listeners aren’t so keen on sitting down and listening to something that long either. So we decided to split it into two parts.
Amber is the author of our Obruni podcasts, based on short stories and letters she wrote as an AFS exchange student to Ghana, Africa in 2000. In part two she shares the differences in writing for reading and writing for audio. We then pick up our sound effect conversation from part 1. I was surprised to learn that her initial reaction when she sits down to decide on what sound effect goes where is:
“PANIC… I don’t know how I pulled this off last time… I’m never going to be able to do this again.”
…especially during those times when we needed to create our own sound effects like her head hitting a pillow at the end of the day, or her agitated shuffling feet as she tries to sit still on a stool during her marathon hair braiding experience.
“You really have to go for it. You can’t hold back. It has to be like a small child trying to imitate a sound. You just have to let it rip!”
Thanks again to scottlo for giving us this opportunity to guest host not just one, but two episodes of the LoDown.
Wesley’s recent commercial for the LoDown kicks of this 23rd installment. I love the way he brought in some audio from Professor Groom to set up his killer tag line: The LoDown is no joke. Brilliant and well executed, Wesley – thank you.
I also spent a bit of time at the end with the recent Talky Tina vs. The Monster submission from Charles. This clip provides an example of the situation I mentioned in an earlier LoDown when the difference in background noise between two recordings calls too much attention to itself. Through the use of a continuous track of another sound on another track, in this case road noise, it is possible to soften the difference between the two primary recordings.
None of this is meant as a criticism of the work Charles did. He did the hard work of deciding on the bits of dialog, collecting them and them trying to weave them together. I think you executed this remarkably well, Charles. But I also think the idea of doing this as a video mash-up with newly recorded voice overs and background music could be a winner.
Looking ahead, I’m going to take a break for the next two days. That means guest hosts. Rochelle and Amber will conclude their discussion from an earlier episode tomorrow. And on Wednesday, Alan is slated to take the mic. Both of these promise to be memorable episodes, so don’t miss them.
And hopefully, I’ll be back on Thursday with episode 25. Until then…
It’s only because of inspiring and excellent work being done by so many folks in the ds106zone that this podcast is able to continue day after day. Two cases in point are Katy’s Watch out it’s a driveby audio assignment and Rochelle’s Reflecting on ds106 recording. And by the time tomorrow comes, there will be nearly half-a-dozen original radio plays to listen to.
I’m still not sure how and when those plays will be presented on #ds106radio. Hopefully information will be available by the time of the next LoDown.
Returning for a moment to Rochelle’s offer to help facilitate ds106zone self-reflection recordings through Skype conversations, to something pretty cool she’s been working on. Her Meet ds106 page provides an example of how the audio reflections will eventually be presented. On that page, there is a link to a form through which participants can sign up to be part of this project.
This still early days for the project. I’m not even sure if Jim knows about this yet. But I imagine he might well give it his blessing – or he might talk some more smack. One never can tell with the Bava.
Week three of ds106zone is soon to be a distant memory. Everyone is scrambling to pull the radio plays together. And the LoDown keeps chugging along. The effort was greatly aided today by audio contributions from John and Brian as well a thought provoking series of emails back and forth with RockyLou.
The Levelator from the Conversations Network is the audio utility that John recommended. This is a very powerful free tool that works for Mac, Linux and Windows operating systems. Basically, it is a one step automated solution to dealing with recordings that have varying volume levels. Check it out.
As mentioned in the recording, RockyLou is offering to assist students in creating a 3-5 audio piece which will serve as a reflection on the ds106zone experience. Obviously, this is an optional task (for the moment) and folks are free to do it on their as they best see fit. But Rochelle did come up with a template that might be of use in thinking about how to frame and get started with a self-reflective audio recording. I excerpt from her email below (with permission):
Hi my name is….
I’m from ….
I’m a UMW student, or an open online student/mentor, etc.
What brought you to DS106?
Why are you still here?
And as mentioned previously, get in touch with me by email if you’d like to host an entire episode of the LoDown during week 4 or week 5. The email address is mentioned in the recording.
It’s great to be back with another LoDown installment. This recording features a few tips for dealing with your volume levels in Audacity. Even though we are nearly done with Audio week, these principals will still apply when we turn to video next week and beyond. And they might even be of use to those of you who are just now beginning to record and edit your radio shows which are due Sunday at midnight.
I also spoke a bit near the end about a revised idea for those who would like to be a part of the LoDown. Anyone who wishes to host and produce an installment is welcome to. But you’ll need to contact me by email stating which day you want (best if I get it a few days prior). But the revised idea is to do one or two magazine type shows consisting of short self-reflective segments in which students relate something from the ds106zone experience. Details and my email address are in the recording, so check it out if interested.
Note: Below is the text from Jim’s guest post for LoDown 018. I’ll be back for 019 tomorrow and Rochelle and Amber are slated to wrap up their awesome segment from yesterday on Tuesday for LoDown 023. Once again, I’d like to thank Jim, Rochelle and Amber for stepping up with such great contributions to this project.
Given the state of exhaustion Scottlo has found himself suffering within, Rochelle and I’ve done the heavy lifting these past two days. My show clocked in at a cool 32 minutes (sorry Andrew Thomas Experience) and it may be the best Lodown yet, if I do say so myself. I think it captures the true spirit of the class, i.e. smack talking. I start out gently by featuring some work that was compelling, but slowly move into a relentless, “fun loving” assessment of the 911 audio assignments that a number of UMW students did. If you did a 911 Audio assignment and are a student at UMW, you may not want to listen to this Lodown. In fact, I recommend you don’t, you might not like what you hear A-GAME!!!! [I hope the ds106zonies at UMW have a sense of humor!]