Audio 2

The Brief
The aim to this audio project was to produce a 5 minute factual speech based feature or documentary. The plan was that the theme should be explored widely, imaginatively and creatively e.g. portrait, character study, true story or obsession.
Research
I researched current output using the BBC and listened to Radio 4 and Radio 3 and World Service. I also researched some website like http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/swine¬¬_flu/898324-To-vaccinate-or-not-that-is-the-question.
The first one I looked at was Save our Sounds Stand Discovery. BBC World Service TX 08.07.09. Save our Sounds is about the sounds that make up our environment. Not surprisingly sound features can be very helpful in putting across sounds. In this piece the narrator sets up the story and introduces the interviewee. Then the interviewee tells the story and questions can be direct or implied. This piece was very similar to video documentary in style.
The second example I have looked at was Stand The Essay Radio 3 TX ca 23.00 Mon-Fri. In this one the narrator tells the whole story. And sometimes somebody else reads from or about the subject, but it is written and narrated to appear as a chat. This style would be the equivalent of taking head monologue in video, which is very hard to do in video without being boring, but can be very effective in sound.
Another example I have looked at was Melting Point. Stand: Between the Ears Radio 3 TX 21.09.09. Recorded extracts are edited to tell the whole story, with no narration or voice over. His can be very effective in feature where the story can be interpreted, rather then told. This programme is also made more effective by incorporating the sounds of the ice and the accent of the climber.
The last example I have looked at was Dreams Strand: Invention for Radio. BBC. This piece is about peoples dreams of drowning. Passengers which contains the word drowning are edited together to create a repetition and individual speakers and passenger are repeated. This piece is also mixed with this are abstract sounds which have been electronically treated for effect. Usually voice and others sounds are separate, similar to a highlighted figure against a background in an image in this piece, all the sounds are equally as important in the mix.
Planning
We brainstormed our subject swine flu as a team. We researched our theme and developed a clear but set of aims and objective what we really wanted to do. Our main idea was music then history of swine flu, interviews, conclusion and music again which our proposal was and this would outline how we would design the subject to be heard.

After discussing various options our group came to the decision that our 5 minute feature should be about swine flu. This will include history of swine flu and interviews about the swine flu jab.
Our group consisted of me, Victoria and Michelle. As a group we discussed and tried to come up with ideas that fitted us not just as individuals but also as a group. Our feature was aimed at females 16-45, young mums and families. The name of the feature had to be quite prominent within the topic. So everyone gave their responses for the feature name and we finally decided to call it “Health Desk”.
Then we made our script together based on our choices and ideas. We decided who would take which role. I will be the reporter Michelle the narrator and Victoria the NHS nurse and the young mum. And the music was made by Jamie Gray.
We edited our feature on Audition Audio. Each voice recording was on its own track and recorded by different people. In the editing stages me, Michelle and Victoria tried to contribute together so everyone did a fair job. We were responsible for editing the sound clips together, changing the pitch/volume level, removing any unwanted sounds or pauses form the recordings, and adding effects to the clips like fade to make the feature sound professional. We were also cutting them down by using edit mode; if any of the clips had clicks or pops in them, they were edited in audacity and the effect normalise was added to remove the unwanted sound. The lengths of the pauses between each clip were carefully thought out as well.

Presenter information
I was the reporter called Anila Khan and our guest was NHS nurse Vicky and young mum called Suzanne and Michelle was the narrator.

Review
I think the final piece sounded good and the whole feature was assembled well together and we were very happy with it as a group. We also published it in Adobe Audition as a file so that we were able to burn it to a CD.
Over all I think the project could have gone better because they were certain things we could have included to improve our 5 minute feature. Which were like we could have changed the pitch into normalise so all the different characters sounded the same and was equal in level. We could have added website/feedbacks etc instead of putting the interview in our documentary from a certain website we researched. We also had a long narrative part in the middle which could have been broken up.
One of the problems was that none of us knew how to use Adobe Audition Audio Editing software so this took us longer to edit our feature. Therefore to overcome this problem we all worked together as a team and tried to work out how to use the software by each others help. Everyone in or group was working towards a common goal and small contributions lead us to solve the problem.
Another problem we had was, we was in a group of 3 females and we was doing a 5 minute feature about swine flu for young mums and families. But because we were 3 female and no male we had only women speakers which might have sounded a bit bias. Otherwise then that, I like my finished product and have learnt a lot from using Adobe Audition Audio Editing software.

Conclusion
The style of the piece matches its target audience and I have learned an appropriate range and level of skills in editing and recording.

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