You can’t say that!

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scary virus worm from episode 4

The City park radio programming guidelines are strictly G so we had to invent an expletive Terry could say on air – he is after all a male 20 something bogan and aliens are shooting at him, so our actor Michael came up with flip! for our f word. The sound editor shall fire a handy blaster shot any time he tries that s word.  

Testing the Translation Circuit

It’s science fiction so there are long technical explains and worse – alien words.  The Questr is equipped with a handy translation device that magically works at a distance. So we can stick with english as the truly universal language, and use fake alien accents – the radio equivalent of a Dalek costume 🙂

However it’s always a surprise to a script writer as to which innocuous little words trip the tongues of the voice actors. Star shines will become shar stines, capacitors morph into capacitators, and time saving efforts turn into marathon recording sessions. After handling the periodic table with ease Rowena created the Thornhill capacitator, our take on a flux capacitor. So now its super special. “fruity tropical lime with a hint of hazlenut character” that was a little line i got off a bottle of Josef Chromy chardonnay and seriously regretted. Took a dozen takes and script writer was about to be strangled since the bottle was empty and we couldn’t just drown our woes.

Our script writers actually dodge creating alien names. just alien 1 alien 2 etc… They have no problems creating characters and convoluted plots but were so pleased I found this handy thing online fantasynamegenerators.com I haven’t yet tried hustling them into making up a language as involved as say Dothraki. Maybe season 3.

x-mass cheers

we’d like to wish everyone who has suported us a merry chirsmas and a happy new year, we hope to see you all next year, we’ll be officially on break as of Friday 23rd untill 3rd January cheers – The Doctor audio team

 

Mixing Audio 101

 “See 1 do 1 teach 1”

A quick behind the scenes look at how we take our voice actors onto alien worlds. Did we mention we are all amatuers and volunteers?

rowena-d Firstly the lines are recorded by Adam Brooks the director with the actors in studios at City Park Radio Launceston using Audacity. Audacity is an audio editing program that’s completely free which I found useful for recording streaming audio lectures broadcast at inconvenient o’clock  so I could play them back later. Download it here for mac pc linux audacityteam.org   It’s quicker and easiest to do each actor separately, in case they fluff their lines and its very flexible – there are no rehearsals needed, it fits in with everyone’s busy schedules, minor changes to the script are often made on the fly with several versions recorded. And it allows collaboration at a distance. With a  very quiet room and a good microphone Terry’s lines are recorded at his home on video and then the audio is stripped off and shipped thru cyberspace to be pasted together with the rest by Adam. Use the free VLC media player to do this by simply converting video to a pure audio format audacity understands like OGG Vorbis or mp3 ( the conversion tool is in the media tab).

“sleep is for the weak”

Next we optimize the voices following the basic algorithm of this youtube tute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYF5ytMDFpA – maybe a bit of treble boost for the females, both bass and treble for the blokes and a pitch shift for Izzy. For the aliens a few more effects are applied over whatever accent our vocal talent Brooke Maloy has come up with.

izzy-phaser-settings
eg. Trevor edited Brooke’s Izzy voice on episode 6 with these settings
inside the type 40 Questr time machine
inside the type 40 Questr time machine

To get them aboard the Questr the sound effect “reverb” using the preset “voice II” is applied to the appropriate sections of the vocal track. The pre-recorded background hum is then imported onto a separate track to the vocals. Next any other sound effects or music are added – either cut into the vocal track, or layered as more separate tracks with their volume lowered by the envelope tool when someone is speaking so as not to overwhelm the storyline – see  this tute  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXfVKSx7WtY  by Alan Levine who teaches aspects of it as part of an open online course in Digital Storytelling called DS106 http://ds106.us/open-course/ based on previous syllabi taught at the University of Mary Washington. These guys are funny, the community is great btw. If we get time we then compress and normalise the volume.

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a creative commoner 🙂

If we didn’t foley them ourselves, the sound effects come from a variety of creative commons licensed sources – mostly freesound.org . The full attribution is listed on each episode page. The cinematic soundscapes are from the generous folk at machinimasound.com and Kevin MacLeod who is responsible for a mass of free youtube scores incompetech.com

Lastly the lot is exported as a .wav file for broadcast later at City Park in the good old fashioned way over the airwaves.

PS to save youtube tutes for offline viewing i use http://www.converttoaudio.com/

time-table season 1 broadcasts

Broadcasting live from city park radio 103.7fm Launceston Tasmania Australia, or on the internet live stream

*note all times are Australian eastern standard time

Don’t worry if you miss an episode they will be hosted here on our site so you can listen any time after the repeats finish on cityparkradio.com

Season 1 2016

1 The Doctor, Citizen of Gallifrey episode 1

Sunday 18/9 10:30am Wednesday 21/9 1:30pm Thursday 22/9 6:15pm Saturday 24/9 3:30pm

2 The Doctor, Citizen of Gallifrey episode 2

Sunday 25/9 10:30am Wednesday 28/9 1:30pm Thursday 29/9 6:15pm Saturday 1/10 3:30pm

3 The Doctor, Citizen of Gallifrey episode 3

Sunday 2/10 10:30am Wednesday 5/10 1:30pm Thursday 6/10 6:15pm Saturday 8/10 3:30pm

4 The Doctor, Citizen of Gallifrey episode 4

Sunday 9/10 10:30am Wednesday 12/10 1:30pm Thursday 13/10 6:15pm Saturday 15/10 3:30pm

5 The Doctor & the Planet of Origin episode 1

Sunday 16/10 10:30am Wednesday 19/10 1:30pm Thursday 20/10 6:15pm Saturday 22/10 3:30pm

6 The Doctor & the Planet of Origin episode 2

Sunday 23/10 10:30am Wednesday 26/10 1:30pm Thursday 27/10 6:15pm Saturday 29/10 3:30pm

7 The Doctor & the Vortex of the Nix episode 1

Sunday 30/10 10:30am Wednesday 2/11 1:30pm Thursday 3/11 6:15pm Saturday 5/11 3:30pm

8 The Doctor & the Vortex of the Nix episode 2

Sunday 6/11 10:30am Wednesday 9/11 1:30pm Thursday 10/11 6:15pm Saturday 12/11 3:30pm

broadcast date

as announced on an earlyer post, today the broadcast date is to be revealed and the first episode will be broadcast on Sunday 18th September at around 10:30am Australian eastern standard time, each episode shall be broadcast weekly around the same day and time, I’ll post up a time-table

grain of salt

so I got my monthly news letter from city park radio and on it states that upon confirmation the episodes will start on Sunday the 18th I want to strees about the fact that the confirmation has yet to happen, so take this with a grain of salt until confirmation

production values

when this goes to air i want people to realise how many hours we all put into it and understand that the production values that can be achieved by a community of volunteers ran program, the time constraits thre in and the fact that none of us have done this sort of production work before, so if something isn’t as good as what you think, be my guest to try and orginise your own episodes

mis-calculation

the NTFA leauge finishes on Sunday the 3rd of Sept this means we could possibly broudcast on Monday the 4th of Sept, how-ever it seems i mis-calculated on a post earlyer saying the latest we could go to air is Monday the 19th of Sept well its actuly Monday the 26th of Sept (1 week later/7 days)

timeline

so now i have a time line, the next program meeting at city park radio is saturday 3rd of September

the following isnt confirmed but the latest conceveable date to start weekly transmitions is monday 19th of September

male doctor-verse

the male doctor universe, is the alternate universe that is inhabited by people who are the opisate gender to those in the female doctor universe ie Terry whom is a boy in the female doctor-verse has a female counter part (Terri) whom exists in the male doctor-verse, the young lady the doctor helps return to her to her universe is the male docotr’s universe as such at the same time it seems the male doctor has helped her counter part, a young man return to the female doctor’s universe there are belived to be more universes this is the multi-verse theroy

ideas & listenership

the ideas keep coming and thats great but, the question is is it going to draw in and keeep listeners, on the first point yes i belive doing some of these ideas in stories will certinly bring people who are interested in those type of ideas in for those episodes, however its hard to say that they’d stay unless we kept offfering those ideas, yet we need to try other ideas to get other people who have other intrests, pluss we want to be original not juast doing stuff like things that have alreaddy been done

science vs. myth

its so offen that we see science vs. myth, but though we want to have the best science we can in the series we cant do away with having the myths, the magic, the things that made doctor who special were the things that seemed imposible but what is imposible to us is someother species way of life / existsnce , and what seems imposible to others is our way of life / existsnce

brodcast date

as announced on an earlier post, today the broadcast date is to be revealed and the first broadcast date is Sunday 18th September on city park radio at around 10:30 Australian eastern standard time, each episode shall be broadcast a few times a week and around the same day and time each week, with episodes comping out weekly I’ll post up a time table