Get a little R&R

June 6, 2018 0 By John

Its time to review my R&R for the week.  No, not rest and relaxation.  Though I could totally use that right now.  I am referring to the Reading and Resources we are to reflect upon for this mid-week deadline.

I came into this class with only a small bit of experience in editing audio. I have used Audacity in the past, but it has likely been over 7 years since my last exposure to the program. I have used video editing tools where I mixed two samplings of audio over a single video source. But it was limited in scope, and was nothing complicated.

While watching the first video clip from Jad, the first statement that stood out to me was about the absence of images. He states that radio is absolutely empowered by the absence of imagery. He follows this up by describing the image of the sun to the listener using strange comparisons (like the color of a fox’s belly). This helps to prove his point. As the listener you immediately think of the fox’s belly and can see that color in your head.

He describes this phenomena by implying that the voice of the radio personality is actually painting an image, but the listener is holding the brush. The radio personality is helping the listener use their imagination.  The listener can accomplish this much easier based on how well the radio personality communicates his message to them.


In the second video, Jad relates radio storytellers to ancient Shaman. As a storyteller, Jad says your job is to create a sort of connection to your listeners as if they are all seated around a campfire. This is his first comparison of his job to ancient storytelling. Even though radio uses technology to push his voice out over the airwaves, listeners are still processing that message in their heads the same as they have for the past thousand years.  Jad goes on to talk about cutting random sound bits from his guests commentary, and using technology to modify them. He turns those small clips into different fun sounds. This allows him to use an ancient method of communication (just passing a story along through the human voice), as well as newer technologically enhanced sounds to compliment the story.



For the “Audio resources” section, I really liked the tip about moving away from large groups of people while recording in public. The tip was that if you are trying to record audio where you want some crowd noise in the background, you can always add that after you are done. It is better to record it in silence and then add it the noise in afterwards. That way you can control the level of background noise to your liking.

I found the inclusion of the “Wilhelm Scream” compilation in the audio resources section to be hilarious. I’ve seen this video before. and it never gets old.