Listening to Ds106 Radio

For this project I was asked to listen to atleast an hour of live #Ds106Radio broadcast. I had to involve my tweeter and tweet #Ds106Radio to show the ‘Zombie free’ radio show that I am listening. I decided not to send my reactions or feedback as I thought it would be useless to send it and not get any type of acknowledgement to tell me that they have seen it or not.

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During the broadcast I picked on the theme they used to bring their story across. I have realised that the units before have been preparing us to for their radio, as you realise that #Ds106Radio is an piece of audio storytelling. Analysing the radio and writing about it whiles listening to it allowed to make it easier to write about the experience. This is my first time listening to a story telling live audio piece, so it is something new to me. As I have some radio experience with Demon FM I realised that they are few different ways of running a radio station. Personally I see this type of radio station as a narrator for a book, series and episodes etc. Its a different type of experience because this not the same as the other radio stations I usually listen to.

I have decided to leave the post up on my twitter page for 10 days, and it still has no re-tweet. Could it be that I wasn’t listening to a live broadcast?
Listening to this radio show allowed me to pick up on the techniques that I was asked to pick up on, in the last assignment. It also gave me a feel of a real audio storytelling as they seemed to use stories to keep everyone engaged. However on the other hand I have also realised that, storytelling radio is not for me as I didn’t enjoy it as much as listening to the other type of radio stations I usually listen to.

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Listening to Stories

I was asked to listen to the available episodes and decided to listen to ‘How I got into College’. I wrote down the techniques that were used in that episode.

Techniques:

Music Bed, Voxpops from students, 2 presenters, Sound effects, Pauses (There are different purposes but for this particular episode, it was used to identify the end of the one topic of the story to allow them to move on to the next topic efficiently.)

Reaction and thoughts:

Using two people to present, which allows both presenters to have a conversation & bounce of each others banter and opinions. I find this to be another great technique of creating audio stories.
There are plenty of examples from other people that the presenters can relate to, which makes it easier for them to present. Also the fact that they tell the stories with enough detail allows them to engage with the audience by painting little images in our heads.

I realised that the music fades in slowly before the presenter finishes talking to lead on to the music smoothly. This is also done to cue the presenters to let them know how long they have left and to introduce the next song.

Unit 4: About audio storytelling

Started of the unit by listening to Ira Glass and it’s shocking how much you can actually learn through listening to such YouTube videos. After watching the ‘Ira Glass on storytelling’ part 1 & ‘Ira Glass on storytelling’ part 2, I have come to realisation that it takes more then just having a go at it to keep the listeners entertained.

On the basic of audio storytelling one of the most important things is that you understand the building part of the story. Ira Glass has put them into 2 different building parts

  1. Anecdote –
    What this means is that it needs some sort of sequence of actions. It can be absolutely any type of story as long as its leading from one thing to another. Ira Glass gave us a sequence example as he said, ‘It made me think of this and then I said this.’ As you can see here thoughts and ideas are all part of it but one sequence must lead to another and so on.
  2. Raising questions –
    You want to keep asking questions at your audience to keep them entertained and give them some sort feeling that this story is going somewhere. The question that might pop up here is, how do they do that? Easy, simply by answering them questions along the way, not forgetting to ask another question to grab their attention again.

When it comes to finding decent stories, most of the time finding that decent story takes longer then the actual producing of the story. Most people would agree with this point, it takes more then the first idea to come out with a great story to keep the listeners entertained. Another thing I have learned today is that you need find stories, try them out and have enough confident to hear other peoples opinion so the story can be improved.

Whiles I was listening to Ira Glass I spotted a great sentence he said, ‘… it’s time to enjoy the kill because by killing you will make something even better live.’

He is not talking about killing people, he is talking about killing crap footage that didn’t come out the way you wanted it to come out, or in a worse scenario the whole footage if it’s not good enough to be aired.

Listening to Jad Abumrad made me realise that the things that radio lack is what makes radio so cool and different, as it empowered by the absence of images. The radio can then paint images for their listeners by using audio, however the paint brush is being hold by the listeners.

Jad Abumrad said, ‘…so it’s deep act of co authorship.’ These few words made me think about storytelling deeper. As we all know without the listeners, the storytelling in any type of way would be pointless. Therefore we need to connect somehow for the listeners to stay tuned and entertained. Whether that is connecting through something close to the listeners heart or in a way of creating an image through the audio storytelling.

Introducing to Audio techniques required us listen to elements of an hour long episode of RadioLab,, a 2007 show called Detective Stories,that has been uploaded to soundcloud in a shorter version.

I listened to both of the below and made notes of the audio techniques used:

Detective Stories (Examples cut from Radiolab show)

TED Radio Hour Audio Demo

  • Sound Effects
  • Pauses
  • Fade In
  • Fade Out
  • Narrative Voice
  • Music Bed
  • Background Music

Unit 3: Summary

I must admit I am starting to enjoy the ds106 open course more and more. Within unit 3 there was quite a few challenging and uncomfortable tasks. However I think that challenge to overcome it all is what made it so enjoyable.

The first few assignment were about storytelling, shapes of stories and digital storytelling.

For my first part of unit 3 I was asked to write out what I personally thought about storytelling without using the help of the internet or anything as such.

After that I was asked to start researching on shapes of stories and Kurt Vonnegut has exceptional way of explaining it. Within this one we were asked to chose a movie to create our own ‘G&I axis’. I decided to do mine about ‘Finding Nemo’ as I thought that is a great movie create a graph for.

When it came to the ‘digital storytelling’ I decided to chose a weird digital story, as it’s about ‘Sofas’ but the narrative voice tells his story around the sofas he met in his life.

All of the assignments had their own ways of challenging me. However the one that was really uncomfortable for myself was having to comment on other peoples work. I tried being as positive as possible as I don’t believe I have enough experience in blogging to be giving constructive criticism. Therefore I’ve only commented about the things that I thought were good about the blog. I have asked a question in one of them as it was a very simple description, however it had an image to equal it out.

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I must say the ‘daily creates’ seem to come in at the right times, because they just take you away from the hard work and allows you to concentrate on something more easier so your brain gets a little rest. For this particular one I had to get two images from Daily Create Photography assignments and tell everyone how these two images link.

I must say that I’m getting more and more comfortable with the DS106 open course as it’s becoming easier to blog, as they teach you to blog and connect within the social media at the same time. But my weak point is still writing the blogs as I feel like it is hard to get hang of blogging consistently.

Daily create

For this daily create I had to write a story based on someone else’s daily create photos. I had to find 2 photos from the Daily Create Photography assignments, put them into a blog post and write a story that connects what happens in the first photo to the second one.

I chose these 2 images:

xmas dinner drink with lemon

These 2 images might look like straight forward and telling the story. Thats the positive thing about visuals, It can tell stories without needing any type of words to describe it. There might be quite a few different opinions on how they can be relevant together. Well in this case its a family having Christmas dinner, and the drink next to it can be telling us quite few things.

The drink could be for:

  • Juices mix for the kids
  • Alcohol punch for the evening
  • Alcohol punch for the ones that don’t enjoy wine.

So there is quite a few relevant things that connect the 2 images I chose. People might have even more ways of connecting these 2 images, however at the moment thats the few obvious ones that I decided to state.

Telling stories with photos

Images can tell a lot of stories, however it depends how its put together and if it contains writing or not. People might think, why is the writing important? I personally think that having an image with writing on it just makes life simpler for everyone, whether they trying to tell a story or give you information through it.

Snapchat is great piece of social media as you can tell people stories through images. So there is thousands if not millions using the app and that allows you to create your own stories with images.

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Now I’m going to tell you my own story through images, hopefully you can see the story. I will be adding words underneath each image just to make sure you understand my image storytelling.

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Started our road trip from UK to Netherlands/Germany

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On the ferry towards Netherlands

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Picture says it all (power of snapchat)

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Drove on from Amsterdam to Germany to see the family

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IMG_4167 The ‘Durm’ in Cologne (Germany)

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On our way back home from a great hoiliday.

Digital storytelling

Digital storytelling is just another way of creating a story that attaches to you emotionally, as digital storytelling is a multimedia movie that may combine a few things like images, video, sound, text and a narrative voice at times. These combinations allow you to create your own emotions and opinions about that particular piece.

I was on YouTube researching a little bit more about digital stories and I found an interesting digital story. I found it so interesting because its about sofas but he still somehow using a music bed and a narrative voice made it emotional.

I thought I share this video with you so you can have a look yourself and make your own opinions about it.

‘SOFAS’