Creating and listening to pocasts

Basically, my podcast would be about how New Yorkers view dancehall and reggae music, what are the interests, what do they dislike about it, what could be better, what activities or suggestions do they have to increase how to get new Yorkers more interacted or engaged with dancehall/reggae music within new york state and what can be done to increase the longevity of the culture within NY state. I would title this podcast “Dancehall Labrish” why this title? Because labrish is considered slang, but can be best describe as a form of gossip or informal discussion about a topic, which would be dancehall, thus “dancehall labrish.”

My intended audience would be mostly teenagers to the older spectrum of the middle age approximately 29-30years of age. I choose this group because statistically they are the most active in the culture on aspects such as; following the culture whether by dress or attending events, investing in the culture for e.g. buying tracks or supporting clothing, etc. Also, I just believe they will be the most interested due to majority of today’s content in Dancehall culture.

I would most likely be the host, I’d desire to have two maximum, opposite sex as this would marginalize discussions and most likely get views from both sides of the situation as well as provide a little twist with a battle of the sexes feeling to the podcast. I would aim for at least 40Mins per episode as I don’t want to stretch the material out or have the duration so long that it becomes a bore. As it’s very evident in today’s society that attention span is probably at an all time low for all age groups especially if it has no compelling graphics/visuals to keep the attention of the audience when they no longer want to just listen to the content.

Why I choose this topic? Because I have an undying passion for the culture, I don’t think a day has passed in my life where I haven’t portrayed the culture through my speech, dress, diet, thoughts, etc. I always feel the need to be extremely involved and CURRENT in the happenings of Dancehall and reggae culture plus I have additional experiences dealing with the industry, for I was an aspiring disk-jock at one point in time in my life who gained somewhat success. I also hope to pursue a career in the field whether as my main job or as a hobby.

3 episode ideas would be firstly; Episode one would be an Intro to dancehall; what is it to New Yorkers? How much do they know? Based on what they’ve heard would you like to know more? Basically get some groundwork on what’s going on in the dancehall/reggae scene in NY. Episode 2 What is NY Dancehall? Actually go into the field of dancehall find out what’ really happening versus what is being said and how do people like it so far? Episode Three “ This Is dancehall” I’d bring to the show actual dancehall verse remixed culture get responses, comments and suggestions and most likely try to get a established artist or at least some one with a bit of recognition and see how far it goes.



This article is about what loud sounds are capable of to the human body and the importance of proper equipment. The article goes onto to speak on the effect it has on our ears which is something called Tinnitus. Tinnitus causes a permanent uncomfortable ringing sound with or without present audio. This happens when someone is frequently at any session that involves extremely loud music or being a musician who is constantly around loud music. Although music does not necessarily have to be played at a level, which is detrimental to the ear and brain, there are a few occasions where it still happens and without proper protection by earplugs, you can develop a neurological problem, which is how Tinnitus comes about.

Tinnitus to be exact is not a problem associated with your eardrums, it originates in your brain, and is a miscommunication between noise-damaged sensory cells and the drums, which results in a continuous, ringing sound in the ears. Tinnitus is permanent because once these sensitive hair cells are damaged; they cannot transfer impulses to the auditory nerve as well as to the brain. Millions of people suffer from the irreversible damage to the ear and is quite the shame, as they cannot continue regular activities due to a lack of knowledge or a big of negligence towards getting proper ear gears. Despite musicians and people who frequently attend musical sessions, others who are heavily affected by this are people that fought in wars, construction sites or around explosions.

In the quote, the author explains that earplugs do not block out an artist vocals, just the dangerously high frequencies. The most dangerous frequencies come from the apparatus used in sound production or playback and other bad feedback and take away from the vocals. After extensive research, there are some noise cancelling earplugs that reduce low frequencies, and absorb material for high frequencies. Link->

Music is played very loud at music venues, especially at West Indian or African events due to their nature of high-pitched instruments. Music sound levels aren’t suppose to be louder than 95 decibels as this creates risk of losing your hearings. Generally, people in today’s society general enjoy louder music because it’s promoted as “louder is better” which isn’t necessarily true it just makes it easier to find out key differences in production but it can be enjoyed low as well. Honestly, I believe a greater effort is needed and can be done in audio today and how it is executed. We are in the technology era, and engineers are more than capable of creating sound producing speakers friendly to the era and entertainment agencies can do more to make sure the implementation of playing levels for general public is adhered to, who in today’s society is going to purchase a pair of ear plugs before their event or make sure they are not situated beside the speaker. ?


The article speaks of a whale that has a sound that measures up to 52 hertz, which is much louder than other whales. The interesting thing about this whale is that it has never been caught but is heard by humans every year because of how loud its call is. The only known fact of the whale in particular is that it lives in the Pacific Ocean and ventures from Alaska to Mexico annually.

The science of this story is that whales make sounds for various reasons. Various reasons such as: navigation, hunting, communication, and for a few species they make calls when seeking a mate. These sounds can travel thousands of miles through the ocean. It is still a bit confusing as to why the whales cannot seem to communicate with this as it could be a plethora of factors as to why it differentiates from the rest. This suggests that this whale is not communicating with any of the other whale species found in that part of the world. Scientists use Hydrophones are used to listen to whale calls.

The number 52 refers to the amount of hertz these sounds measure up to when picked up by hydrophones. According to the article, 52 hertz is unheard of when it comes to whales or any animal at that, since whales are the loudest animals on earth. Most whales communicate at 15-20 hertz according to what the human ear can hear, which is almost imperceptible.                                                                                                                                 There are a few reasons why people gravitate to the story of this whale. Many people are emphatic for this whale because of its communication issues; others are fascinated with the idea of trying to find this whale; for purposes of recreation and or research   Finally many in today’s society can also relate to the feeling of being lonely and how detrimental it is and are easily gravitated to it’s story.

The author’s quote in my honest understanding simply means, that in today’s vast avenues of social networking people are even more isolated because you do not necessarily have to be in a crowd to converse or be completely understood. However, at the same time you don’t actually know who you’re dealing with, this relates to the whale he’s in this vast area (in comparison to the internet) and is reaching out to everyone but just can’t seem to get the desired response so in an ocean full of so many, It’s all alone.

Singing In The Rain

In a nutshell, the film “singing in the rain” is basically about the journey through which the film industry had to take to get where it is today. The film showcases the very beginning where movies had no audio and the color was strictly black and white, with captions as the narrations for you to follow the story line.

Don and Lina are famous that are known for their excellent work in silent films, which was a bit short lived until people begun to get bored with just moving pictures and saw the need for “talking pictures” which they could interact with. It became quite a challenge for them because they were a bit unclear of how to even get the audio in as well as how to make it coherent with what’s going on.

What I learnt from the history of filmmaking was that, there will always be need for innovation in whatever we do; back in the day a silent film was seen as a miraculous thing until the consumers got bored and then they added voice with the moving pictures and made it all coherent with the screen play. As time went by consumers wanted more, they wanted plots, fantasies, special effects, and different genres of screenplay such as horror, comedy, action etc. Then there’s where we are today with 3D or three-dimensional films and in the words virtual reality, just leaves us to wonder what will they come with next?

In the picture/scene the film director is having issues recording the voices of the actors. Firstly, Lina was talking but heard voice was not being properly recorded by the hidden mic. She then tried to talk while moving but her voice would only be recorded if she faced the bush. The director then got frustrated and decided to hide the mic on her dress so that they can hear her properly. Thus, even then the sound was still a distorted, the director tried effortlessly to get the mic to properly record of Lina’s voice.

What I would’ve done was set the scene in a way that one side of her face wasn’t showing so that I could connect the microphone to that unrevealed side of her face which would ensure clarity and guarantee that we have every piece of vocal so what doesn’t come out properly can be worked on to the best of our ability in the studio or production of the actual film.

Hildegard Westerkamp –

Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio artist, and what she calls a “sound ecologist”. Sound ecology refers to her study of soundscapes. Soundscapes are basically all the sounds of your surroundings, meaning everything from rural area sounds to the hustle and bustle of urban life.

A sound walk is a form of active participation in the SOUNDSCAPE. Though the variations are many, the essential purpose of the sound walk is to encourage the participant to listen discriminatively, and moreover, to make critical judgments about the sounds heard and their contribution to the balance or imbalance of the sonic environment. Its purpose is to explore sounds that are related to the environment, and, on the other hand, to become aware of one’s own sounds (voice, footsteps, etc.) in the environmental context. A sound walk may be scored in the form of a map which the participant uses both to guide the route and draw attention to features of acoustic interest. The map may also act as a score, directing the performer’s listening and sound making activities in a way that is not limited to a specific locale.

Westerkamp, made the statement “Soundscape recordings are excerpts of moments in time, nothing else,” because she believes that recording our surroundings at a specific moment in time can have the same effect as a video memory, photo graph or even a written memory, Which seems a bit logical. If we can use all our other senses as a form of storing memories why not our ear and keen listening ability to distinguish sounds and store a memory into it.

At first I found her work a bit weird, a little extreme. Honestly, imagining myself aimlessly wondering around just to record and mediate to some sounds that I never took the time out to listen was a bit absurd. Then, giving it a second thought, I reside in NYC and if I were to go to Manhattan for a day just to roam and listen I might be surprised as to what actually is going on that I never took notice of, for e.g. The mixture of horns, chatter, machinery, etc. may actually be pleasing to my soul, who knows?

week 7 – Story Telling

For this assignment we were supposed to record ourselves reading a story for 2 minutes. I choose the story called  Secrets of the Brooklyn Basement Domino League <- because i love dominoes and it appealed to me about secret leagues in the basements of brooklyn apartments. I used sounds like a female sighing, men chattering, the sounds of dominoes knocking.  This was very refreshing. Link below to listen.


Project 3  

By Romario & Karina

We we’re given the task to do an interview of about 10 minutes respectfully for each and then do a mash up of the best pieces for a duration of 1-2mins. it should be  interesting, funny and captivating. I believe I did my best on the editing and I hope you all enjoy 🙂

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Project 4 – 4/3/15

Aim – To complete 50 points of extra assignments

1A. Write a response on three pieces of recordings from “the quiet american”

The author states that the main idea of this piece is basically recordings of what they heard and the noises around the tourists of Vietnam. The first recording i listened was “three trains”, my honest interpretation of this audio, was someone is travelling from very far specifically from somewhere urban as it started out with a lot of natural-like peaceful sounds which gradually became the extremely noisy and urban sounds of a market or town square. A lot of combustion such as bells, chattering, footsteps, somewhat horse likes effects as well. It became a bit overwhelming but was enjoyable. The second audio ” The malaria” sounded like the journey now continues to where the individual must now sail the ocean whether by ship or boat, more likely the boat due to the constant human-like chatter. It seems like a very peaceful ride for the most part  due to the calmness of the sea and that he/she made it in one piece as they gradually docked and the individual continued the journey. Then, finally the third audio piece “circumlocution” we hear footsteps as if they’re descending more than likely going down a flight of steps. We hear children at one point in the distance so it’s safe to assume an apartment building, the individual then walks out the community and into the town where we hear a plethora of sounds such as construction sites, hustling and bustling of car wheels as well as human chatting again, sounds like the individual went around the neighborhood and back to where he/she started. The audios just created a bit of an outdoor environment imagery; from the waves of the ocean to a jackhammer in the middle of the street every sound i could relate to in some way shape or form. the sound that stood out the most to me was the human-like talking sounds as i was trying my utmost best to at least make out one word or several.

Question 5 –

To listen to the audio of RadioLab  and answer the questions.

Basically radiolab’s audio was basically about, the main character “Lulu Miller” who’s seeking a bit of a get-away from life so she went biking in the open road. To her surprise she meets a nice gentle by the name of  Jeff Vineyard who is a geologist that should have been on the open road with his fiance but due to things beyond his control ended up doing it along and ends up cycling with her for eleven days. Plot twists they, both Lulu & Jeff built quite the friendship he shares personal information with her such as his sudden disbelief in god, etc. Which then became some what of a memoir of both Jeff & Lulu’s life which leads back into the present. very interesting plot and execution.Basically it created an imagery of constant travelling for Jeff & Lulu, as it started from the open road to a flashback method of Jeff’s life how he lost his faith, his wife, the possible future as well as current situation. I believe the hardest part of this audio for the producer was to pick and pull the information he/she considered most important and emotional support the entire plot needed. The part that stood out the most to me was the conflict between Jeff losing his faith and possibly losing his potential wife against him then suddenly regaining the faith and trying to re accomplish what should have been done before. Also snippets of the actual wedding was very touching and insightful.

2. Make a ~ 5:00 minute recording inspired by The Quiet American.

My sound was basically of, after almost 60+ years of being out of commission, rail has finally been revitalized in some areas of Jamaica. the footage was captured 09, Aug, 2011. I choose this because it reminds me of the journey taken by the main character in “the quiet american” and also it’s a huge deal to me and my country of origin it’s a symbol of hope and possible progress. the audio is just simply success to my ear. The challenges i faced while trying to record the clip was to capture the slight chatter of children on board and other passengers as this could have possibly been there first ever train ride and also capturing a bit of the rural life above the noise of the train was a bit challenging as well. Such as birds/wind/random natural noises. I noticed there was a lot of silence, i’m figuring people were either amazed, simply dumbfounded  or just trying to enjoy the fact that rail is now some what accessible in our country once again despite being one of the first in the world to have the technology.  It was really fun recording this and i hope you all enjoy as well. Link below.

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6. Record and edit your own commute to school — inspired by the Rocked by Doubt radio piece

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