Titanic Radio Broadcast

http://hist471.amywallaceumw.com/projects/titanic-radio-broadcast/

For our radio broadcast, we decided to (obviously) do a Titanic-based broadcast. We decided it would be cool to do an after-the-event interview with both a crew member and a upper-class citizen to show the disparity between what each class would have experienced.

Katie was our interviewer, and talked to Carla, who was Madeleine Astor (upper class passenger whose husband was John Astor), and myself, who was Violet Jessop (crew member, stewardess). Both were real people and survivors.
We researched the backgrounds of both members, while Katie wrote out the questions she was going to ask. We used the questions to guide our research, and then pretty much went right into recording. Amy took over the recording and editing of the broadcast (thanks!).
We used Audacity, adding some white noise to roughen the sound and make it sound more like it was a 1920s/30s radio broadcast.

Info Age Radio Project

Me (Christian) and my group mates: Eily, Eric, Shannon, and Suzannah decided to imitate one of President FDR’s fireside chats during WWII. We chose to imitate the speech given on Tuesday, December 9, 1941, about the declaration of war with Japan. I downloaded the app “Voice Record” from the App Store to have a better recorder than the standard one given with the Iphone. The process of recording wasn’t difficult, but we as a group consciously made an effort to try to replicate the same environment present in WWII in our radio broadcast imitation. Through the use of intonation and other public speaking tools we were able to recreate the professionalism associated with the original speech.

Wooley, John. Franklin D. Roosevelt: 140 Fireside Chat. The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=16056

Group Activity: Foley Sounds

Foley sounds are when you add sound into a film such as fighting sounds, car chases, or just walking when no such sounds exist in the original film. However, you do so by using your own body or a random assortment of objects. Use the video assigned to your group to add sound effects. Choose a 1 minute clip from your respective silent films, then take about 5 minutes to decide what you want to add. Then you will perform the sounds for the class, do not worry you are not acting, just making sounds. Have fun!

Group 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPmKaz3Quzo

Group 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oTdPklBE0Y

Group 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OITJxh51z3Q

Group 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLy4YEmTM

Aliens have invaded Earth!!!

It’s official, aliens have successfully invaded and taken over Earth. At least that is what I heard on the radio…

This project was a lot of fun even though it was a little corny. We wanted to mimic the original radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” directed by Orson Welles. I don’t think we could ever come close to the acting jobs of that broadcast or get the same acclaim that it received. Nonetheless, I believe we did an excellent job considering our limited acting experience. The radio is most certainly a powerful tool and we can absolutely see that by looking back over its history. However, the radio we must never forget that it is mainly for our entertainment. That is its true core and foundation. The spread of information through this type of media has lasted and will last much longer than many will ever believe.

We were able to write out a script and do the production all at once. Thanks to Andy Rush, we were able to use a real micro, not that any other mic is less real than the other. However, I do wish we could have used the sound booth in the ITCC, but we can save that for another project I guess. After getting the giggles out, it only took one or two attempts to record for each part of the script. Alls was left to do was put in some pretty hefty sound effects to overcompensate for our acting capabilities.

The editing was the funnest part for me simply because I truly am at peace when I edit anything from an audio clip to a photograph. Putting in some cheesy opening news broadcast music just put the cherry on top. It only took a little over an hour to edit the clips and put in all the sound effects using Garageband. We were able to find all of the sound effects from freesound.org. It’s a great place to find free sounds and random music you can fairly use.

I hope you enjoyed our little show for your entertainment.

Cydon. “Spacebattle with laserwaepons001.wav.” September 9th, 2011. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/cydon/sounds/127706/ (Accessed September 24, 2014).

Harpoyume. “Explosion3.aif.” December 19th, 2009. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/harpoyume/sounds/86026/ (Accessed September 24, 2014).

Cordinator. “Censor Bleep.” June 7th, 2013. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/Corinator/sounds/191019/ (Accessed September 24, 2014).

 

 

Attack of the City Snatchers: Table Six’s Apocalyptic Radio Broadcast

 

Table six decided to create a satire of apocalyptic culture for our radio broadcast project. Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” inspired us to explore fictional radio broadcasts in American history.  We borrowed some of the character-defining strategies used in “War of the  Worlds” such as the incorporation of music and sound effects in the creation of our broadcast. Similarly, our broadcast also used call-ins for a feel of authenticity. However, that is where the similarities between our broadcast and “War of the Worlds” ends. Because apocalyptic culture so often focuses on aliens or zombies, we instead chose to have American cities simply disappear in our catastrophic event. We also peppered the dialogues between the two radio hosts with references to contemporary social and cultural tensions to undermine the urgency of the broadcast. Furthermore, the unbelievable call-ins parodied conspiracy theories and paranoia. We chose the twist in the ending to reflect the ways in which apocalyptic culture has conditioned us to jump to wild conclusions, especially when the information is presented in an official manner.

We used Audacity to create this recording. Gwen and Jess played the radio hosts Karen and Jay while Mary voiced the call-ins.

Bibliography

Audio Productions. “White Noise Sound Effect.” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3FtM9M94SI (accessed September 26, 2014).

Blue Swede. “Hooked on a  Feeling.” YouTube. 1974. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86nMHfvl7s (accessed September 26, 2014).

Cavendish, Richard. “Oct 30, 1938: Martians Invade New Jersey.” History Today, 58 (October 2008): 13. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=14&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=ofm&AN=504198075 (accessed September 29, 2014).

Chiaroscuro, Aural. “The Emergency Radio Broadcast in Orson Welles’s ‘The War of the Worlds.’” English Language Notes, 46 (2008): 193-197. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=34045597 (accessed September 29, 2014).

Hayes, Joy Elizabeth and Kathleen Battles. “Exchange and Interconnection in US Network Radio: A Reinterpretation of the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast.” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 9 (2011): 51-62. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=ofm&AN=82571430 (accessed September 29, 2014).

“O Canada.”YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwDvF0NtgdU (accessed September 26, 2014).

“The Purge Emergency Broadcasting System.” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GMcgL2nro (accessed September 26, 2014).

R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” YouTube. 1987. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIdPPVkkHYs (accessed September 26, 2014).

History of the Information Age Project # 2

This time around, we were asked to create a radio broadcast of some sort. It could be about a historical event, or a made up event.  My group chose to do a radio broadcast about a made up event.  It took us a few hours to write up a script.  We went sort in the direction of the famous War of the Worlds broadcast, using it as a reference.  We talk about the destruction of multiple cities along the east coast of the U.S.  As well as have “callers” talking about the things they saw and/or theories they have about what happened.  This project was very interesting as I can only imagine what other people thought as they heard us discussing it and recording it.  Our broadcast incorporates different voices, along with short music clips and sound effects to tell the story.  We ended up using the audio editor Audacity in order to record and edit.

We used sound clips from youtube, as well as other sources of information.

Audio Productions. “White Noise Sound Effect.” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3FtM9M94SI (accessed September 26, 2014).

 

Blue Swede. “Hooked on a  Feeling.” YouTube. 1974.         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86nMHfvl7s (accessed September 26, 2014).

 

Cavendish, Richard. “Oct 30, 1938: Martians Invade New Jersey.” History Today, 58 (October 2008): 13. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=14&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=ofm&AN=504198075 (accessed September 29, 2014).

 

Chiaroscuro, Aural. “The Emergency Radio Broadcast in Orson Welles’s ‘The War of the Worlds.’” English Language Notes, 46 (2008): 193-197. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=34045597 (accessed September 29, 2014).

 

Hayes, Joy Elizabeth and Kathleen Battles. “Exchange and Interconnection in US Network Radio: A Reinterpretation of the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast.” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 9 (2011): 51-62. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umw.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=558735b3-c34a-4bd7-874e-25fde5ea4c38%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=ofm&AN=82571430 (accessed September 29, 2014).

 

“O Canada.”YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwDvF0NtgdU (accessed September 26, 2014).

 

“The Purge Emergency Broadcasting System.” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GMcgL2nro (accessed September 26, 2014).
R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” YouTube. 1987. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIdPPVkkHYs (accessed September 26, 2014).

Alien Invasion

Here is our completed radio show! :)

All sound effects are from FreeSound.

Sound citations (in alphabetical order)

Afleetingspeck. “Sample Request: Fear.wav.” January 7th, 2012. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/afleetingspeck/sounds/140850/  (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Corinator. “Censor Bleep.” June 7th, 2013. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/Corinator/sounds/191019/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Cydon. “Spacebattle with laserwaepons001.wav.” September 9th, 2011. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/cydon/sounds/127706/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Harpoyume. “Explosion 3.aif.” December 19th, 2009. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/harpoyume/sounds/86026/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

NoiseCollector. “sendtube.wav.”November 14th, 2008. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/NoiseCollector/sounds/63135/ (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Sironboy. “Woman Scream.”October 23rd, 2011. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/sironboy/sounds/132106/  (Accessed September 29, 2014).

Radio and Propaganda

This past week, I helped lead discussion on radio and propaganda. While this is a very interesting topic, it was difficult at times because there are so many possible topics to cover. Starting with our opening activity for Tuesday, we wanted a fun way to convey radio. We settled on the dating game because it relies only on sound and content, not body language, which is very similar to radio. You can still convey a lot, but there are restrictions. Leading discussion was a little more difficult. (Winston is not nearly as fun as the dating game.) We tried to figure out a way to discuss the reading from Winston, but to also just discuss the importance of radio. Winston is a little difficult to get through, so we wanted to branch out from that as well.

Thursday we focused more on propaganda. The opening activity was not a game like we had originally planned, but I think it happened to be just as fun. By asking the class to think of advertising campaigns that stuck out to them, it allowed people to reminisce about their childhoods and also realize how powerful advertising can be. Many of the ads we talked about have not been shown in a long time and yet they still cling to our minds because of the marketing. The power of advertising also leads into the power of propaganda because the two are quite similar.

Overall I think that we had some fruitful discussions. Admittedly, we could have discussed propaganda more or discussed the origins of both, but I think that the class was able to cover a lot in our discussions.

A Radio Week

This past week we learned about the use of radio and how it has impacted our own lives. I have to say I did not know much about the early development of radio operations and it still difficult to comprehend how the whole system works. Additionally, we learned about the use of propaganda from the United States to all the way in Europe. Though I do wish we could have a deeper discussion about the development of propaganda and where it all began. I think there still many unanswered questions that we did not ask and we never covered where we believed propaganda is headed in the future. The activities for this past week have been surprisingly a lot of fun. The game show type activity showed us the limitation of radio because of only using audio as a way to communicate. However, though this activity was a lot fun to conduct I think failed in actually proving the limitations in radio. For one thing we never discussed the limitations of the radio and how much infrastructure must be used to just have them operate. Nor did we discuss how the radio still impacts us today.

The second activity we did on Thursday consisted of remembering old television ads from our childhood and reflecting on their substantial impact. This activity actually made for some pretty interesting conversation even if most of it led to discussing Apple new iPhone 6. Just being able to recall so many commercials from my childhood really showed me how much of an impact they actually had on my life. Though advertisements and propaganda are two different things with two different outcomes they both deploy the same methods in impacting their audience enough to essentially control their thought process. I do wish, however, that we could have discussed earlier uses of propaganda as I always find it very fascinating. Also it would have been nice to have more time to discuss the notion that Americans are becoming more immune to propaganda and ads. That notion struck me and I think further discussion should be placed on the topic.

Lastly, we were assigned to record our own radio broadcast with our groups. Though I will wait for my next post to share it with the class I can assure you that it is quite hilarious. I can also say that it does have some great historical significance with it even though it based around science fiction. Alls I can say is that radio is/was a very powerful tool.