black ship radio

Black Ship Radio by loumcgill
As a family we are working on a radio show for the ds106 digital storytelling course. Our first task was to create two (one 30 second and one 1 minute) ‘radio bumpers’. Here are ours.

It involved a lot of laughing and some bribery, but we have all recorded bits for it. We are doing a pirate radio show – under the banner of Black Ship Radio – radio by pirates for pirates.

I have stayed up till 2.30 on Friday evening/Saturday morning to get them in by the deadline. My perfectionism has been my downfall again and I can still hear a couple of errors but just need to get them finished. I’m fairly pleased with the final outcomes though – the boys are both in bed so haven’t heard them yet. I wanted to set a fairly mellow tone so used summertime by ella fitzgerald for the short one and the young rascals for the longer one, with a bit of the sex pistols thrown in.

I was very wary of doing the audio assignments, but they have been fun and great to do collaboratively. I would probably put audacity up there as one of my favourite tools right now. I am hooked and plan to do some more mixing and playing.

However this weekend we’ll be busy finishing building a polytunnel and producing a radio show. Yikes as scooby says…

My original sources (in addition to the three of us) were:

Pirate radio show sources

friggin in the rigging – the sex pistols

grooving – the young rascals

blackbeard the pirate film trailer

summertime ella fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

By |July 9th, 2011|ds106|12 Comments


  1. Ben July 9, 2011 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Made by pirates….for pirates, and “x” has definitely marked the spot, I love these, way to go, certainly worth staying up late to finish!

    And really glad you like audacity……when you start playing with some of the effects like the speed of the audio clip, it gets really fun!

    • Lou Mcgill July 9, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

      thanks ben
      I hope to do some more playing but really need to work out how to distort our voices more. Only Tim can do a deep pirate voice and my son seems to have a BBC accent…

  2. Alan Liddell July 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad you picked a pirate theme for your radio broadcast, especially since that pirate radio documentary is always playing on AutoDJ. You pulled off the bumpers well, though I have to ask – why Summertime? Is it just because it’s summertime?

    • Lou Mcgill July 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      thanks Alan

      I chose summertime because of the summer theme and also because her voice makes me melt. I wanted to get a mellow kind of feel, however I prefer the second bumper.

      Will have to check out AutoDJ as I don;’t know what it is (yet).

      • Alan Liddell July 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

        Oh, by AutoDJ I just mean DS106 Radio when no humans are broadcasting.

        • Lou Mcgill July 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm - Reply

          ah thanks for the clarification – I am new to ds106radio so haven’t heard it.

  3. Not Jim Groom July 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Brilliant, I love the pirate voice and laugh. Also love that this show is a family affair. Audacity is a powerful creation tool right at one’s fingertips, and i think Jim Groom—before he lost it, was hoping folks would discover how creative one can be with a simple and free tool like it. Abbie’s re-verbed poem was a perfect example of art through experimentation. Looking forward to the show, maties.

    • Lou Mcgill July 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      thanks not jim – tim’s pirate voice is brilliant – he got a bit carried away this morning doing soem rude soundbites which I think I’ll have to cut. You’ll be pleased to know that I am no planning my own ds106 radio contributions…

      I do love Abbies poem and am going to try some more things now I’ve got over the ‘hearing your own voice’ shyness. So I have alot to thank the real Jim groom for. I can’t believe I got to 50 and didn’t try mixing audio.

  4. kathleen johnson July 10, 2011 at 4:01 am - Reply

    arghghghg. You pirates! Like the creaking sails at the end!! Nice.

    • Lou Mcgill July 12, 2011 at 8:35 am - Reply

      thanks kathy – how exhausting was this assignment; ) loved your brilliant story and the skygod bumpers

  5. Chelsea July 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Argghh! I love the pirate theme! I especially love all the little details with all the sound effects. I can’t wait to hear the show. Also, nice incorporation of the summer theme with the song.

    • Lou Mcgill July 12, 2011 at 8:34 am - Reply

      thanks Chelsea much appreciated – those small details takes so long but make a difference I think. can’t stop thinking about pirates now…

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