Daily Create: From DS106 Bumper to Solid Gold

This post is a response to the #dailycreate assignment, posted here. Here’s the assignment:

Create a bumper. A bumper is β€œa term used in the radio broadcasting industry to refer to short clips of signature or theme music used to buffer transitions between programming elements. Bumper music is commonly employed when a syndicated program takes a break for local station identification or β€˜goes to a radio commercial.’”

I had given myself about 50 minutes for today’s create, and I could tell it was going to take a little more time. Here are the things I used:

  • Free Music Archive which was found using the media links at 50+WaysToTellAStory (Thanks @cogdog). This is where I found the media.
  • For audio processing I used the resources at ds106 handbook, that reminded me of Audacity (which I had used about 3 years ago). I had to download Audacity, and try to remember how to use it!
  • For posting the audio online, I had my first soundcloud post, and also added it to a group.
  • Finally, I had to figure out how to embed it into WordPress, which I managed. (But I just found this post, so maybe it’s easier than I thought…hmmmm). It is easier. Wow.

Spending a little more time on the daily create was worth it for me today. Yesterday, I had limited experience with audio. Today, I know how to find media, record, layer tracks, fade in/out, distort, export to mp3, post online, and embed. While it took me a little while today to stumble through the process, it really did give me confidence at the same time. I can do this. The little prompt, to create a bumper (which I had never heard of, by the way) was what I needed to get back my audio groove.

So what does this all mean, and why is my dabbling in audio useful?

  • I learned how to play the guitar this year and some ukelele.
  • I believe the storymaps that I have been playing with at work now support audio.
  • Other audio adventures on the horizon? DS106 radio?

Thanks #ds106. Today I found some audio skilz in my box o’ gold.

Content in my audio from Apache Tomcat‘s song “Rockin’ in the Jungle” cc Attribution Sharealike

2 thoughts on “Daily Create: From DS106 Bumper to Solid Gold

  1. Mariana Funes ( DS106 Shrink on Tumblr)

    It has been great to see how much gusto you have put into your open DS106 adventure. I found the same excitement last year when I did the Headless13 run and I am still here. Yes, you an do it and I found a great group of people who really want to help us all learn. We help each other as best we can. Sometimes, just by reading a blog post and saying: Somebody is reading and empathising with the toughness and the awesomeness that is this experience. And yes, it always takes longer than we we think! If you are on G+ do join the community there – it is sometimes a little easier than TW to ask for help and there are many communities: Gimp, Photoshop….I don’t know if there is one for Audacity. I will check.

    DS106 Radio and Audio were are real discovery for me – I never imagined I would even enjoy it, let alone now doing a long term show and having done several stand alone ones. I found I love it. I even created I tumblr for all my audio: http://colinpods.tumblr.com Who would have thought it? Enjoy discovering.

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Mariana. I am happy to hear that you had a similar experience last year. Also, I an can resonate with what you are saying about it taking longer than you think (for most of my Daily Creates so far I had put aside about an hour and they have taken about 3 times that!). Thanks for the suggestion about the G+ community also…in the past I usually have turned to Twitter, but perhaps jumping in and posting questions on G+ will be yet another learning opportunity for me πŸ™‚ (And that’s a great point about technology specific learning communities on G+).

      I agree, that audio discovery was a surprise to me as well, and that is wonderful that you are doing a radio show! I will check out your audio on the tumblr. Hey, did you end up using the bumper on the show? Do all the shows get archived somewhere? I am still new to the ds106 radio but open to learning more!



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