In the midst of the first radio show week, I tried to focus my audio assignments on prompts that would contribute to our show idea. Therefore, the first assignment I decided to complete was the “Create a DS106 Radio Bumper”. This would be round two for me with this assignment, as I created one during audio week. However, this time I concentrated on the concept of the Femme Fatale, using sultry music and seductive language. The specific prompt states:
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.
This assignment is worth 2.5 points.
Considering that our radio show will be set in modern times, with neo-noir Femme Fatales, I searched for more recent sounding background music than classic noir. This search took the most amount of time because I could not seem to find exactly what I wanted, in order to portray sexy and dark at the same time. However, I finally found a mix of instrumental blues music that had the perfect beginning for my thirty-second bumper. The next step was fabricating a message to tie in the seductive nature of the Femme Fatale with an announcement of “DS106 Radio”. I channeled Sandy from “Grease”, as she delivered her famous line, “tell me about it…stud”, when voicing the message, “Hey there ladies and gents, you’re listening to DS106 radio”. I tried my hand at a raspy and sexy voice. Don’t judge too harshly! Although this bumper specifically applies to our show about the “maNOIRpulators”, it also applies in general to the DS106 noir style, as Femme Fatales are a typical noir trope. I utilized Audacity to put the clips together, importing the music track and cutting the section after 30 seconds elapsed, and then recorded a voice-over for the message. I placed the message in the middle of the bumper at about the 15-second mark and used the Amplify effect to lower the music volume in the background as it played. My final touch was fading out the music at the end to avoid an abrupt ending. I did not think I could like a bumper more than my first , but this one might take the cake!