Crowded Podcast - Episode 1

BACKGROUND:
Crowded is a radio show made entirely from audio solicited from workers on the crowdsourcing website, Mechanical Turk. It was commissioned by Rhizome.org in 2009. Each episode will have a theme or a mechanism around which the crowdsourced samples are gathered. This first episode is meant to be a simple introduction to the MT workers - who they are, where they come from, and why they do what they do. (more information in the links section)



ASSIGNMENT:
I need someone to take the collected files (link below) and edit it together into a 25-35 minute show. You will notice that a few of the samples are "intros". I would like to use some percentage of all of these intros. The rest of the clips can be edited and mixed together however you see fit. There are only 33 minutes of audio samples in total, but I imagine there will be some musical interludes.

If you think that there is simply not enough material to put together a 25 minute show, I am completely open to the possibility of gathering more material.

Please submit a 5-8 minute sample of how you would handle the editing of the show. A winner will be chosen from this sample and asked to complete the project. The deadline for submissions is February 15. This is supposed to be the January episode, so I am a bit behind on the deadline. If you have any questions or need more material, please contact me.

All submitters will get a link to their site on the Crowded.fm website. The winner will be featured on the site.

Payments can be made by PayPal or check.


INSPIRATION
I am looking for a cross between This American Life and Joe Frank. There should be soft instrumental background music through much of it, but not necessarily all of it. I also like the slightly experimental quality of Radiolab. But this should be subtle - keep the focus on the content, not the effects. (links below)


LINKS:
Information on the Rhizome commission:
http://www.jeffcrouse.info/news/crowded-rhizome...

A sample episode I edited myself as a proof of concept (I am not an audio editor, so forgive the roughness):
http://www.crowded.fm/themes/episode-0-the-pilot/

More information on Episode One
http://www.crowded.fm/themes/episode-1-hits/

Information on Mechanical Turk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Mechanical_...

Inspirations:
Joe Frank: http://www.joefrank.com/cast/
This American Life: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/
RadioLab: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/

Files:
http://ccmixter.org/files/jefftimesten/25189
http://ccmixter.org/content/jefftimesten/jeffti... (all files zipped)

Background Music should be legally legit - please use either your own music, or something you find on one of these sites:
http://www.freesound.org/
http://magnatune.com/
http://ccmixter.org/olpc-berklee-sample-pool
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Sound_samples
http://www.archive.org/details/audio


Prize: $400.00 - The prize has been prepaid to Minimum Noise.

Owner: jefftimesten
Category:Mixing
Status: Closed
License Model: Exclusive
The project owner will obtain an exclusive license to the audio material. Participants cannot submit material that is used elsewhere, and if they win, they cannot license the material to anybody else, on this site or elsewhere.

Reference files:
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Crowded - ep1 - source.zip

Winning Submission


raging81
Ok, there was a little error in my previous upload. After a quick edit all is well.

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Submissions


flakolefluk
I'm not at home, so i have to use all the resources from the web. I made an intro and an outro. Hope you like it.

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Radius_Vector
Hi Jeff, here's my version. I've used music to suit the ambience of the project, and I really like the idea. Let me know if I've won!

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SergeiStern
Here is my 2nd version. Its a middle part, I'll start with intros cut in the right places..

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SergeiStern
Hi Jeff ! Here is my demo version. If you are interested, I would be glad to continue the work and contacting you via my email. Thanks!

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angelmunz
hello.
this is just a little sample. i've got a lot of different songs. So you just have to ask for one particular style.
cheers.
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tom_cusack


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Discussion


jefftimesten
56 months ago

I will pre-pay for this job as soon as I get the first submission.


jefftimesten
56 months ago

Thanks Tom! This sounds good, but I have two comments.
1) The music is too techno-y. Bring it down a few notches. I'm thinking something along the lines of the music from the first episode. Listen here: http://4u.jeffcrouse.info/mt/
2) Rather than having all of the samples play back-to-back, I'd like to mix them up a bit. For instance, in the intro, don't be afraid to repeat the "My name is ____ and I am one of the hosts of today's show." part, and then cut back and forth between a couple of the intros. Also, I forgot to mention this, but I had the "hosts" read out the questions so that they could ask as punctuation for the responses by the workers. So, for instance, here is a possible layout

- Host #1 introduces himself
- Host #2 introduces himself
- Hosts 1&2 describe the show
- One of the hosts reads question 1
- We hear a few answers to question 1
- One of the hosts reads question 2
- We hear a few answers to question 2
- etc.

Again - thanks so much for the submission. This is very exciting for me.


tom_cusack
56 months ago

Oh, ok. I see where your coming from now! Sometimes it's like shooting in the dark. I'll get back to you shortly.


Admin
56 months ago

Just a confirmation: jefftimesten has pre-paid this project.
Good luck everybody!


jefftimesten
56 months ago

Hey angelmunz, Please read the feedback that I gave to Tom. Thanks so much for your submission!


jefftimesten
56 months ago

SergeiStern - This is *very* close to what I am looking for. It's great! I think we need to lose the echo. Did you get a chance to listen to all of the samples? Or is this perhaps a segment that would be in the middle? Listening to some of the other submissions, I see that the intros are kind of abrasive and jarring. But would you use them at all?


SergeiStern
56 months ago

Hey Jeff, I've uploaded the new version.
Yeah, its a sample from the middle of the whole project. I'll start it with intros, I like them.
I want to use all the samples including intros, just cutting in the right places and it won't sound abrasive and jarring anymore.
It will fit with my music in a very organic way, cause I've composed it especially for these texts.
Tell me that I'm the winner, and we will complete the project - I fell in love with this project and want to complete it ! :)







angelmunz
56 months ago

ohh i see. i din't check that. sorry mate!!


jefftimesten
56 months ago

raging81 - The beginning is a bit dramatic, but I love the music during the main part. And the way you cut it together is also fantastic.


jefftimesten
56 months ago

To everyone who has applied: I will make a decision tomorrow. If you are interested, please post some information about yourself in this thread so I can include it on the crowded.fm website.
Thanks to everyone!


jefftimesten
56 months ago

Radius_Vector -- I think the music is a little too moody when placed against what the workers are talking about. The editing is great, but the music could be a bit more upbeat.


SergeiStern
56 months ago

I'm 28 years old, finished piano school in Russia and then got Bmus in composition and conducting from Israeli Academy of music, Tel aviv's university.
Playing guitar, singing, arranging, composing. Now I'm mostly fond of creating music for video games, commercials and films and also working as session guitarist.
Hobbies.. :) I love sports, especially basketball.. I love literature, cinema and now planning to create and sell graphic stuff as well. I like drawing.




raging81
56 months ago

Thanks Jeff, I could easily calm the beginning down. If I got to do the project I'd re-edit it all after a bit of consultation so I know exactly what you want. Did you feel it was the cutting together of the voices or the music (or both) that was over the top?

Here's my info for the website.

I'm 28 years old, currently completing my final year of BA(hons) in Creative Music and Sound Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University.
I spent the last seven or eight years working as a care worker for people with brain injuries while doing musical projects on the side. I finally realised that I had to pursue my passion for music full time and joined up at Leeds Met.
I'm self taught on guitar and piano and I'm always trying to learn new instruments (I'm currently annoying the neighbours with a screechy second-hand violin!).
I compose and arrange in a wide variety of genres and I do a bit of live sound here and there. I love the internet and all the new challenges and opportunities it presents.


Radius_Vector
56 months ago

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the feedback. Music is subjective, I found this to be a bit introspective, as that was the vibe I got from the interviews. However, you decide the final product, and we can easily change the music to cater to your vision of the podcast.

Looking forward to the results!

Some stuff about me -

I'm a 21 year old guitarist/composer. Actually a bio-engineer by qualification, but a music enthusiast by the night, and a business developer for an online gaming firm by the day. I released my first album 'Transcend', which can be downloaded for free here - http://www.gimmesound.com/Sridhar - it contains ambient, and folk influences from India, held together by a string of 'minimalistic' guitar playing, I'm not one for flashy playing, but I am very big on experimentation and good production. Of late, I've been working on a lot of heavier music (metal), stuff from which can be found here - http://www.soundclick.com/Melakartha

- Radius_Vector


flakolefluk
56 months ago

Hi, Jeff
i'm on vacation, i wished i could have used some of my music. use my computer, and have more time to work in this project. Hope you like it, any advice is ok. (tomorrow i'll be home and i'm going to be in a better enviroment for mixing and editing).

good luck to everyone


about me
i'm a sound engineer from chile, and i've worked in some radio stations (news and music). I play the guitar and drums (and i try to play every instrument i can).
I also make my own guitar effects and audio equipment. I love DIY stuff.

-flf





jefftimesten
56 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted. I was very impressed with all of the submissions and it was a very hard decision. I will be posting jobs like this on Minimum Noise every month, so please check back. I very much hope to hear from all of you again.