This post will be used as a notes section that I can write down things of importance as I am listening to both stories. The first audio I will be listening to is TED Radio Hour Audio Demo and the second is the LoDown Episode 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Notes on the TED Radio Hour Audio Demo (with timestamps):
(0:25) – Immediately as the background of the story is starting the narrator uses both himself and the subjects voicelines. It is almost like they are bouncing back-and-forth from one another.
(0:45) – Upbeat background music starts to play as the narrator continues to talk about a sociable robot.
(0:54) – There is a clear exchange in scene here. From the narrator to the subjects point of view. She seems to be describing what it felt like interacting with the robot and why it was so effective for the elderly. It is also worth noting she was very descriptive about the way the robot looked and felt.
(1:42) – The uplifting music continues as the subject goes on and on about how much this brought to this elderly woman. Kind of feels like they are trying to “sell” or “pitch” the audience the robot idea.
(2:16) – A dramatic shift in tone occurs near this point. Music fades, she admits that she feels very depressed.
(2:30) – The audience seems to be kind of left at a cliff hanger along with so many questions. The audio then shifts again into an intro to the radio show, introducing the speakers and subject matter for the episode. It seems that this dramatic build up was used to draw the audience in and get them to want to listen to the rest of the show. This was very well executed.
Notes on the LoDown Episodes:
The first episode was used as a sort of introduction to what the point of these radio shows will be. He will be going over assignments and radio plays that are created by students. He has had a long time interest in radio storytelling and is a valuable resource to gain information on the topic.
The one episode that really stood out to me was episode 12. I feel that I was able to really take a lot of information away from this episode specifically. At one point in the episode, he brings up narrating your process of creating a radio story. Now, he is talking about doing this in a group but I think this can be translated to be applied to solo work as well. By doing something like narrating and taking notes along the way of creating something like this, you are able to go back and see what you were thinking at a particular time. So lets say you do something wrong, instead of thinking, “Oh, Ill just do it right next time”. You are instead able to get back into your brain at the time you made the decision. I think this is actually how people begin to learn. When you can look back and change a point in which you made the wrong decision. You can then have evidence to show yourself why the decision you made at the time was wrong. For me personally, this is how I absorb information from past mistakes that I have made.
In conclusion, both of these audio tapes gave me a lot of valuable information. I think that in my opinion the first audio was easier for me to understand. It was easier for me to listen to a audio story and take notes on the important things that were happening. Things like the change in tone, background music, layered audios, and who was speaking. I was then able to go back and ask myself what each of these devices added to the story. For example, the change in background music came at a scene change once and a tone shift once. I believe that I will be able to walk away from these audio recordings with a whole new understanding about audio storytelling.