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Thoughts about DS106 Radio

The actual definition of art is as follows: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. If you dig deep though really, art is anything that tells a story, intangible or tangible, but listening to the ds106 radio’s art happens to be intangible. I tuned into the ds106 radio at 8 pm Wednesday nine with four others. The episode that I turned into was called, The Birds by Jacob Smith. I personally love to listen to all the different things going on in movies, podcasts, and conversations because it is all telling a story through art. This is a forty-minute-long podcast that gave us an interesting story that was intriguing because of the plot, “bird” noises, and the musical selections.


The plot gave me a lot to think about in the fact that there was ALOT to think about. There are a lot of different lines that quite literally make you feel as though you are surrounded by what the podcast was depicting. For example, the first lines state:

“You are in a farmhouse on
the southern coast of England.
The autumn countryside around
you desolate and bleak.”

But my favorite part of the story is when they zoom out on the perspectives of the story. From a meso level to a macro, and even micro level.


The background noises made this whole piece come together in the fact that they take the bird noises, and place them in the exact spot to add the right texture to the piece. In some spots, the placement of the bird noises was very sudden and made me feel scared and in other spots, they were placed where I expected, but it was needed to add to the story.

Lastly, the musical selections that they chose for this were very questioning to me, not that it was bad, but as a musician, I wondered why they would place mello guitar at the beginning and then different genres of jazz music within? It did add a certain style to the piece, but maybe that is exactly how the author felt.


Overall I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast, and would absolutely listen to one again on ds106. I found it so interesting, to also listen to the comments of others when tuning in on discord.I am quite sure I was not the only one who enjoyed it!


If you are interested in listening to this podcast check it out at 

 https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/file_sets/td96k3883?locale=en#info

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