Finishing Up Draft 2

Our group has been hard at work recording and re-recording audio. This has been a productive week for us. Everyone has been involved in the decision-making in everything from dialogue to segues. Because of this group effort, our podcast is coming together and sounding pretty good. With this being my last ‘real’ blog post of the class, I just want to take the time to thank my fellow Group 2 members for making this a genuinely fun and enjoyable process. That being said, we are not quite done yet. On our agenda for tonight is to finish up the last bit of editing and submit the second draft for the podcast. We have made some structural changes and adjustments. The flow of the audio should be improved this time around along with the quality of some recordings. We added new questions and dialogue and adjusted some positions for old audio.

In the near future, we will be discussing our content for our group presentations, constructing a landing page, adding/adjusting audio, adding music and segues if needed, and more. As stated before, this podcast is coming together nicely and we are all excited to get the final draft out there. We are working hard and looking to finish Centre Term strong.


Podcast Update

Good evening!

Group 2 has been working hard over the weekend on our podcast. Saturday we met to record our individual parts and work on our scripts. Learning to work with the snowball took some practice and a few trial runs but we have made progress! Trace also volunteered to introduce our podcast and set the framework for us to build on. Then today we met to start building up our discussion. It is a little bit rough, but there was a lot of good material. However, editing it is a daunting process. It is absolutely crazy how much time is lost just from editing out ‘umm’s’ and ‘like’ and awkward pauses. The recording went from 10 minutes 50 seconds to 7 minutes 40 seconds. But it is good to have some of the grunt work mostly done.

So far our discussion focuses a lot on comparing how Buddhism is entertwined with Shintoism in the Japanese tale versus how it is entertwined with Confucianism in the Chinese tale. There have been a lot of good parallels that we have been able to make and I’m excited about where it is going. We have also established a few things that need to be researched better to give more body and support for discussion topics.

I’m really interested to listen to other group’s podcast drafts since we are all pretty new to production of audio pieces. I think there is some really great potential and these drafts will give everyone some good tips and ideas.


Group Naga: really getting the ball rolling

Happy Tuesday! Hearing the wind whistling outside my window really has me thinking of soaring dragons (already found some pretty good dragon sounds for our podcast today!). Today our group really began cementing details for our podcast and began a fairly extensive outlined script of sorts. Our enthusiasm is well spread through the group. Sili is really interested in the Chinese influences on the snakes and dragons, as well as, how their views differed or aligned with how the japanese began to represent dragons and snakes in folklore and everyday culture. Caitlin is interested by the overarching themes and influences that Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shintoism had on the interpretation of dragons and snakes, as well as, specific interpretations regarding water and life. Will, having already had some classes that covered other aspects of Asian cultures  and regions, is excited to delve more into the similarities and what laid the foundations that then influenced cultures of East Asia. He is also particularly interested in how pop culture has evolved with these interpretations of dragons and snakes as key influences. I am focusing on the relationships between gender, power, and sexuality as it is portrayed in folklore/tales concerning dragons and snakes. With Sili’s help, we will break down the historical context of this central themes and why they may have been interpreted using dragons and snakes as the embodiment or symbol of how gender, power and sexuality were being defined in early Japanese and Chinese history. We will present several tales concerning the representation of snakes and dragons as they align with those themes. Excitement for our final results grows as we continue to iron out the little details together.


-Team Naga!