Tuned in for Tumbleweeds

So, of the radio programs I listened to this week, Tumbleweeds was the one that I was interested enough to reflect on. I like the approach that they took using the different perspectives to tell the story. Better than that, however, was the production value of their program. The music, the sound effects, the sudden […]

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Western News Broadcast

So, this week was a far more exciting week for our radio show. I spent most of the week thinking about different stories and approaches to telling Western news. I settled on a few ideas, and then changed them, and then changed them again. I originally planned to do a piece on a gambling tournament […]

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Nascent western news program.

This week we made a little headway toward getting our radio program put together. The first part was getting the groups together, which was a little easier than I had expected that it would be. We quickly went about throwing out topics and show ideas and such until we came up with something that sounded […]

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Vignelli’s advice

In the publication, Vignelli took a rather abstract tone, which given the subject matter, seemed entirely applicable. I took a digital design course once as a part of my journalism major at Wichita State University where we covered, although using a different frame work and different terminology, many of the thing that Vignelli discussed. Before […]

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Design Blitz

So, this week I was more house prone than normal due to life circumstances and did not have an opportunity to photograph and designs. The one time I did go out, I left with my phone too dead to get a photo of the flyers in Monroe that displayed dominance, or the typography on a […]

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Elements of Western Design

The movie posters almost exclusively do not feature “western typography.” Many of the fonts are unlike those featured in the stills of western typography.  The fonts in the posters are, however, strikingly similar, and I am curious as to whether if I was shown just the typography from one of those posters if I would […]

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Radio Show Ideas.

So, these are the ideas I have for a radio show thus far. Campfire stories. Cowboys spend a lot of time around campfires so this seems appropriate. It can either be an exchange of stories with some nifty sound effects to go along with them, or, instead, a show about how to compose and create […]

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What’s that sound?

So, if it one thing that all this audio exploration and experimentation has demonstrated this week, it is the ability of audio to contribute to stories, or even to tell stories all on its own. The stories we told with just audio helped my appreciate this, but I spent some time this week thinking about […]

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The stoic boy gets the girl

The above curve represents, in Kurt Vonnegut’s mode of story analysis, a representation of the story, “Moment of Vengeance” by Elmore Leonard. In the very early story, they allude to an earlier elevation of the protagonist. I decided to include that because it was discussed, although the associated action was already finalized. Afterward, there is […]

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What does it mean to be Western?

Having read “The Ice Man,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” and other Western stories, both for class and beforehand, some common elements, style, settings, and characters, stand out. As stated in a previous blog, the western genre seems to be the literary embodiment of the prevalent frontier mentality that still exists in the shadows […]

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