Month: March 2014

Clearing Out the Clutter, and Introducing a New Podcast Series

For the past month, I’ve been doing a daily podcast for Radio Free Caemlyn, called “On This Day”. It started out when I would check the Wikipedia articles for that specific day and tweet about the major historical notes and birthdays. I finally decided that was too much daily clutter on my twitter feed, so I began reading those out on a podcast recording. I’ve now noticed those are cluttering up the main Radio Free Caemlyn feed, preventing other projects, such as Friday Night Trivia, SCP and creepypasta readings, and sound collage projects from being visible.

I’ve now set up a separate podcast feed specifically for the On This Day episodes. More details on this later, but check on iTunes within the upcoming week for Radio Free Caemlyn’s On This Day, for historical notes and birthday roll call for each day.

Not yet on iTunes, but you can subscribe to the podcast using the RSS feed here, using iTunes or any podcast feed reader.

Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand

There was a show on WFMU’s Give the Drummer station called “Ken’s Last Ever Radio Extravaganza“. The show was a live experiment in audio, as each episode was a sound collage. Episodes of that show were typically two hours, and, when live, people could call in and add their own audio to the mix. It was a neat idea for a show, but it is currently on indefinite hiatus.

So I got to thinking, could I do something like this? Could I make my own sound collages? Shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

I opened Adobe Audition, and started making music loops, by taking sections of songs that would work when repeated. I looped them, and set them as the main backing tracks. I then added audio samples, sound clips, repeated some in short loops. I listened to the results, and balanced the audio, to keep the music in the foreground and the clips subdued. It was an experiment. How would this sound? Would this be listenable?

I kept adding to that first project, and the initial ten-minute grew to 20-minutes then ultimately to an hour. I fine-tuned the clips, adjusting their timing and balance levels. I tried to structure the piece as a narrative, by repeating clips throughout and putting together parts of an entire clip. I exported the file and gave it a listen. There it was, my first sound collage project. I decided to upload to to Radio Free Caemlyn.

So there you have it. There are now two sound collage projects on RFC. I’ll maintain a list of them and future projects on this post.

RFC Sound Collage Projects:

SAFTWR 1: “A Step Out
SAFTWR 2: “What It Means to Be
SAFTWR 3: “Letting Go, Moving On
SAFTWR 4: “The Pressure of Noise
SAFTWR 5: “The Beginning Ends
SAFTWR 6: “Unending Madness
SAFTWR 7: “Down the Rabbit Hole
SAFTWR 8: “It’s Never Over” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 9: “Chaos Emerging” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 10: “Turbo Signal Boost
SAFTWR 11: “A Town in My Mind” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 12: “Good Night and Farewell” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 13: “Outside
SAFTWR 14: “Bearing Witness to the Light
SAFTWR Mini-Episode: “Unfinished Thoughts
SAFTWR 15: “Escaping Into Dreams
SAFTWR 16: “Farewell to Hornets
SAFTWR 17: “In a Hurry to Remember
SAFTWR 18: “The Popcorn Edition
SAFTWR 19: “Moments in Time
SAFTWR 20: “Meditation Among Noise
SAFTWR 21: “Returning to Goodbyes
SAFTWR Mini-Episode 2: “Farewell to Trivia
SAFTWR 22: “Bored of Canada
SAFTWR 23: “Hearing Voices
SAFTWR 24: “Peace and Friendship
SAFTWR 25: “Too Much
SAFTWR 26: “Endless Journeys
SAFTWR 27: “The Legend of Curly’s Gold” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 28: “Nowhere to Go
SAFTWR 29: “Entwined Memories
SAFTWR 30: “Identifying With Static
SAFTWR 31: “Running Without Meaning
SAFTWR 32: “When it Gets Dark We’ll Go Home
SAFTWR 33: “Escaping Torture
SAFTWR 34: “Together We’ll Plan to Live Forever (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 35: “Crowned With Laurel in Oblivion
SAFTWR 36: “Radio Free Caemlyn
SAFTWR 37: “Randomly Encountered
SAFTWR 38: “If This Were the End…
SAFTWR 39: “Helpless
SAFTWR 40: “Operating in Dreams” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 41: “I Used to Listen
SAFTWR 42: “Anniversary of a Legend” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 43: “Outside Again” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 44: “Imperfections of Man” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 45: “The Night is Alive” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 46: “Drifting Up” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 47: “Ongoing Weariness
SAFTWR 48: “Through Broken Glass” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 49: “Love Without Sound
SAFTWR 50: “Intro to a Mind
SAFTWR 51: “I Have Something to Say
SAFTWR 52: “A Silent Rain
SAFTWR 53: “Collage Hassle” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 54: “Paradoxes in Content
SAFTWR 55: “Forever Missing You
SAFTWR 56: “Through Tears” (Playlist and Notes)
SAFTWR 58: “A Time to Begin” (Playlist and Notes)

Update: The sound collage project now has a name. The series will be called “Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand”, a title suggested by @Dead_Pixels_ on Twitter.