Work Experience – Journal Day 2

9:30 – 11:30

Sit in on finishing the initial mix of Glass Armonica program.

it now just needs 1 last interview, and then enters the final mixing process which takes a week or so.

11:30 – 12:20

Sit in on meeting planning technical practicalities for a radio play with a live audience.

An interesting point mentioned here is that when you’re recording audience sounds, it’s best to avoid putting the microphones too close to the edges of the stage, as the wide stereo image of the audience exaggerates any pocketed laughter – eg. where one side of the audience is laughing more than the other side.

Room areas (doors etc) are taped on the floor to ensure people enter and exit in the same places.

A lot of sound effects are left out live, and added in in post production.

They were discussion experimenting with staging – using lights and props that don’t create sound, though this is very much not the norm for radio plays.

13:30 – 15:00

Finished the Ed Byrne mix from yesterday.

15:00 – 16:30

Sit in on a meeting discussing concepts for a proposal of a series of BBC documentaries on WWI. I found it interesting to see how the system for proposing programs works, and how the smaller companies have to compete to get program slots.

16:30 – 17:15

Crit session/discussion about my Ed Byrne mix.

Apparently I did a much better job than they were expecting, so my mix will be broadcast! Woo!


Overall, I have enjoyed the experience, and have gained valuable knowledge on working within Sadie, as well as much better knowledge of how the broadcasting industry operates.

Friday, March 16th, 2012 PDAR, Stuff I've Done, Uni, Work Experience