♪ Bump up the jam, bump it up
A bump it up yo bump it ♪

Technotronic Melody

Hey, this assignment looks familiar! This week, I created another bumper for Ds106 Radio. I wanted to make one that more specifically promoted my group’s 80’s television Power Half-Hour, so I made a new recording for that purpose. The assignment is from, Create A Ds106 Radio Bumper, and the task for this assignment is as follows:

“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”

Using the same method as before, I searched for a cool 80’s synth beat to mix with my voice recording. I found an “80’s mean” beat over at freesound, and imported it into Audacity. I trimmed the track and synced it to my audio. I then used the envelope tool to quiet the music at the part where I give my promo for my group’s radio series. Finally, I uploaded to Soundcloud, where I then I re-read the assigment and noticed my bumper was too short! I went back in to Audacity and extended the intro by 2 seconds and the outro by 1 second. I still had the original bumper assignment in my head that said, make a bumper that’s 10-30 seconds in length. I decided a longer intro wouldn’t sound terrible, so I fixed it and re-uploaded to Soundcloud. I then noticed that Soundcloud clipped the very beginning beat for my bumper! This is a very annoying thing that exporting and uploading audio tends to do, so I fixed it in Audacity by adding nothing to the beginning and uploaded for maybe the millionth time.

My (hopefully) final bumper:

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