For my first Audio Assignment of week 7 I chose to re-do my ds106 radio bumper: Radio Bu-Bum-Bumpin. Summary: Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_(broadcasting)). So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.
Behind the Work
I decided to redo my radio bumper in order to redeem myself. It’s not that I didn’t like my bumper, but when it was included in the Week 5: Turn it up! post the person who said they liked my bumper said, “I thought the creativity was something special. It took me a second to understand what was going on because it just sounded like a bad recording at first but it made sense as you continued listening. Maybe could have been a better sound selection but overall it was cool to listen to!” This made me a little sad because I had been trying to figure out why my bumper sounded a little off when I was making it and couldn’t figure out why. Instead of being upset by this, I decided to use it as motivation to make it even better!
During the Work
When I first started working on this assignment I really didn’t know what to do. I thought about taking my current bumper and just tweaking it, but I’m not in love with that bumper and want to start anew. So to start I looked up radio bumpers to listen to in order to inspire me. Unfortunately, all of the bumpers I found were kinda lame and not all had audio like I expected (why are some centered on Video, who knows). Next I brainstormed what I may want to include in my bumper by listening to various sounds available on FreeSound and Soundcloud. I decided on a Tame Impala remix for my background music. After playing around with various sound mixes and voice overs, I decided on a simple radio bumper. I like how it turned out.