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Quick Updates On The Placements

Posted in University Work (Old) with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by Adam Broome

So after the proposals and ‘action plan’ earlier in the year, you may notice that several projects seem completely missing from the hand-in of the module.

CVTV has been delayed by whole terms – Johnny Rickard wants to turn a lecture theatre into a TV studio, and in order to make it look the part, each wall has had to be crafted from scratch. Finances were sorted and designs were handed over, but it’s taken so long to make the set that as of yet CVTV has not been filmed. It’s an ongoing project that looks set to be completed sometime towards Term 3, perhaps now with media crews from various film societies, as most students of Coventry University have either forgotten about it, committed themselves to other projects, or will be busy working on their own modules for their degree.

Hereward college is also still being filmed, although there is a mass screening in late May, so the documentary is guaranteed to be finished by the end of this month. There is a final shoot happening the day before the hand in, where once again I will be operating the camera in search of the final illusive shots that will make a good documentary even better.

Solo Projects that were lined up could not be completed due to ‘assignment overload’ in Term 2. These included two short films – one a martial arts, one an art house. I also thought about doing a documentary on Coventry market – I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere, I just need to find it. As I have had no Easter break due to being on my placement in Tenerife, it is likely that these projects will be completed in the future long after the deadline for this module has passed.

Source media is still going well in terms of the radio, but in terms of Source TV I have more or less dropped out of the society, cutting back several days of work experience which I would have gained had I remained a solid member. It wasn’t a conscious decision – the people running it (third year students) cancelled meetings due to having work commitments. When meetings were held, I couldn’t make them. Projects were set up but not completed, and eventually I had trouble even doing a simple thing like filming the Varsity event. Source Radio on the other hand has blossomed, and I have gained a lot of confidence in hosting a radio show. It has helped a lot having a co-presenter, and we look set to carry the show through into Term 3. I think the difference between the two media societies is that Source Radio had a routine (one show every week at the same time) and Source TV did not (they often wanted help with projects on short notice). As a result, the radio shows were a lot easier to fit into my university schedule.

Call The Shots was never chased up in the end, though they may become involved in the aforementioned CVTV project to help out with us students. It’s a shame, because I know there’s a lot of potential contacts in the group. Right now though, I’ve dedicated my time to university modules and cemented work placements – mostly abroad. It is likely that Term 3 will be a more convenient time for me to get involved in this film society.


Source Radio Catch-Up

Posted in University Work (Old) with tags , on November 21, 2010 by Adam Broome

It’s been a few weeks since my last update, so here’s just a few words to explain and reflect upon my ‘Source Radio Adventures’ so far. The first show went slightly awkward, but the second show went much better. Having guested on another person’s show, I could see how the faders were used to keep songs flowing from one into the other, minimizing the gaps between all the different audio channels. This was a big help for me in my second show, where I used the headphones to listen to my own show, whilst various faders went up and down.

The third show was one of the best thus far – a Halloween-themed show featuring songs varying from Ghostbusters to Enter Sandman. It was the first time I opened up requests, and actually got one – Jedward! What also happened in my third show was something I discovered that developed my personal style, given that most of these shows I do on my own. I was reading a book that had been set as a task from university during the airing time. I often referred back to how the reading was progressing – usually not very much. However, this gave me a talking point – almost a topic to my show. Then I realised that it is always good to be doing something in the studio other than just hosting a show. If you’re involved in doing something, it gives you something to talk about to the audience. It gives you a focus of conversation, and makes the show more informal as a result.

The show following Halloween was by far the worst one yet. A playlist comprising largely of internet songs were stopped as the internet continuously crashed and the streams were constantly broken. Myriad crashed indefinitely, locking me out of the system which most people use solely as a means of playing music. But then, finally, the iPod system broke, with sound only coming out of the right channel. All three systems of music were broken, leaving me without a clear path with which to broadcast music. Knowing full well that the iPod station wasn’t getting fixed anytime soon, and my hacking skills for Myriad were rather limited, I turned my attention back to the internet. I eventually managed to close all the windows, and finish the show with several internet tunes and a few half-songs from my iPod.

The forth show was the first time I had a guest on the show. Our banter was well-received by the audience. I used Myriad at several points during the show, but the music titles did not match the songs I thought thy were (eg: some songs were live, but not labeled as live). This was the final straw, and I actively strive to avoid using Myriad as much as possible in the future. The internet has become a saving grace – it takes much preparation to use, but it tends to work much better than Myriad. The iPod station is still broken – until it is fixed, the internet seems to be main method of broadcast.

The fifth show was cancelled as I went to Nottingham to arrange an Iron Maiden ticket. So all in all, I’ve had a themed show, a show where everything went wrong, a show where everything went right, a show with a guest, many shows on my own, and even a cancelled show. I’d say I’m getting quite experienced at all this!

Source Radio – The Story So Far…

Posted in University Work (Old) with tags , on October 24, 2010 by Adam Broome

So, I have always planned on joining Source TV and Source Radio this year. Making up the smallest particle of a fraction of my professional experience (2 hours a week), Source Radio has given me the opportunity to have my own radio show, slotted between 8:00pm until 10:00pm on a Saturday. Usually, this is a good slot. My only competition is The X Factor – a TV show I thought people had more sense than to watch. I was wrong.

My show, currently titled ‘Adam’s Alternative Show’ (to differentiate from ‘The Alternative Show’ which is on Thursdays) had one primary aim – to broadcast a wide range of underground music from the alternative scene. I had no other ideas – generally, I thought the music would speak for itself. After all, the songs on the playlist are tunes people probably haven’t heard. This show was about music, through and through. As long as I had good taste, surely it could not go wrong.

Originally, I was set to do duo show with my friend Shaun, but during training, we were told that such presenters usually end up falling out over who dominates the music genres on the airwaves. Thus, Shaun decided it would be best to separate. I was indifferent, bagging this slot at this time. Shaun was less lucky – he bagged 10:00pm until midnight on Sunday. This, in total means that there are three main alternative shows on Source Radio – all orientated around the weekend. These two will be my primary competitors in the enterprise.

Having to carry the entire two hour show on my own was a bit nerve-wracking to start with. I am the only DJ in the studio on Saturdays, which goes in my benefit in so much that I can effectively start and finish whenever – there’s no one before or after me, so I don’t have to stick to any tight schedule. On the downside, if anything goes wrong, I am zero out of technical help. I took some videos of myself presenting (see below), so that I could possibly find ways to improve my presenting style. Generally, I thought the music was pretty good, but the absence of having a co-presenter or any audience interaction was evident right from the start.

After the show, I was several points better off – first of all, I need to write down the playlist on paper. The playlist is saved on my iPod, but once the first song was played, I couldn’t view the playlist again, so I had to largely improvise my vocals, only seeing what the next song really was about five seconds before it started to play. Luckily, I’d written down some material for the more interesting songs, so that I knew to talk about Paramore’s Tour, Limp Bizkit using the Mission Impossible theme tune, Pantera’s epic guitar solo and so on.

I feel that all I did was introduce songs and tell the audience what they were called. The trivia was not enough to carry the show on or make it interesting. Audience interaction and / or guests and co-presenters are very important, and I will be lucking to find such next week, now that I am more familiarized with the mixing desk. Speaking of the mixing desk, the computers actually shut down half way through the show. I didn’t know whether the microphones were shut down during this period, but I went ahead and used them anyway. Luckily, only the carts were affected by the computers shutting down, meaning my show was relatively unaffected. It was a good call on my part.

I cam across several spates of confusion, but considering I made it to the end of the show successfully, all the problems I came across I managed to solve by myself. One problem I did notice was that because my entire playlist came from my iPod, I had to start to play songs before turning the fader up to play the song on air (to avoid the ‘clicking’ sound of pressing ‘play’ on the iPod). This cut off some of the first seconds of some songs, meaning if I choose to continue this way, I will need to develop a sleight of hand to pull off the trick.

Next week I will also incorporate the internet into my playlist, and possibly fade songs between the two streams. Whichever way you look at it, the carts available to me and the songs within will probably not be what I am looking to broadcast in my show. I have a focus on unsigned and unknown bands to start with! This means that every show will revolve around my iPod and the internet, and will very rarely go to the Myriad playlists. This, however, may mean broadcasting required advertisements will become difficult (I didn’t have any on the first show, yet I did unwittingly advertise Rock Sound Magazine during one of my improvised speeches!)