Thursday, November 19, 2009


in order to soundproof a space, you essentially need to either create or modify existing walls keeping a few things in mind: To prevent sound from escaping the space, you essentially need to put into place heavy walls. The more dense material used for the walls, the less it will vibrate and less sound will pass through it. In addition, products like Green Glue provide a dampening layer that absorbs a lot of the sound.

Most walls are built with a hollow framework and either faced with drywall or sheetrock. The wood frame as well as the airspace allows sound vibrations to travel very easily. In order to reduce the noise passing through the wall you would build instead with a layer of pink foam filling the airspace in the wall frame, and hang thick sheetrock, then sandwich another layer of the same material on top of a layer of green glue or other dampening agent.

Since we're probably going to be building a recording booth, this will allow us tp construct the best walls given the situation. In terms of flooring, I believe the best soundproofing you can accomplish is pouring a slab of barium-loaded concrete for the foundation of the space. If we could do this then we would have 0% worries ever in a hundred years.

the idea for floors is really the same. Put in place a massive stable layer and no vibration will pass though it. there are products available that we could easily install on the floor of the space, most of them a form of mass-loaded vinyl sheet.

another benefit to building a studio inside an existing space is that if the studio room is in no way mechanically connected to the outside room, then we've solved a good bit of our soundproofing needs by not allowing the vibrations to transmit outside of our studio. Once we have a space, then we can design a room to build inside it that will be our recording studio. It will have to be large enough to house our dj booth as well as our live performance space. It must have no parallel walls - these create standing waves that can ruin the acoustic quality of the room. Since I think it's better to do something well or not at all, this could be expensive.

I'll keep you updated

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I am having problems sending mass e-mails, so that last one never sent.
Please just look here for instructions.



Copy of the e-mail I just sent out:

Ok guys, things are moving along rapidly, and now it's time to get to the radio content.

If anybody is interested in having a radio show, I need you to send me a file 3-5 minutes long of a preview of your show, plus a brief description of what it is- i.e. if you read a chapter of moby dick one week, will you be continuing the story next week?

This isn't a selection committee. I just want to see who is willing to put the time into it. Chances are if you can't get a preview together, the real thing may be a bit of a commitment.

If you have more than one idea, send me more than one preview, but just keep in mind that having a LIVE show is a time commitment. It is reccomended (for the sake of scheduling logistics) that you have at least a one hour show, but we are totally open to smaller segments. We'd like to get a lot of stuff on the air, so let's see what's up!

Pratt Radio had it organized so that from about 5pm to midnight every weekday they had one hour segments and the people would just come clock in for their show and then the next one would come. That is 7 shows a day, 30 a week. If we do at least 3 a day, that's 15 a week- but I think we can provide more than that.

Again- 3-5 minute sound file plus a couple sentences on what your show is + your name and number.

E-mail me with any questions.




tell everyone

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Trying Ma' Hand at Graph. Des.

       I just came across, rather serendipitously, a work-study employee organizing photographs of the school into neat little piles on the "special materials" table in the Decker Library basement.  After judiciously interrupting him, I proceeded to leaf through the seemingly endless materials till at last I chanced upon some titillating photographs of the Station clock-tower.  I archived a few digitally that I thought would be a boon WICV's public image. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Annie and Ellen's Radio Show (no title yet)

Free Association Radio Show

General Structure: We decide a theme for each week. It can have to do with a holiday that week, or a poem, or a random idea like being stuck in an elevator. We will welcome listeners to send in theme ideas. One of us plays a song that has to do with that theme, and while that song is playing the other has to come up with a song that they associate with the theme and that song. It is basically free association with songs. It will be spur of the moment; we will not plan it beforehand. The songs can stray from the theme as this progresses. By the end of the show we will try to tie the last song back into the original theme.

Special Segment: Baltimore Find of the Week

Both of us share an object, observation, interaction, or other Baltimore experiences in one minute. For instance, we could give a quick food review of a Mexican restaurant we travelled to.

Timing: We figure each song is about two minutes and thirty seconds, so we will play around ten songs each show.We will play all kinds of music, from pop to alternative to jazz.

Monday, November 2, 2009

in response to ben's post

If everyone involved in the hardware/ software and basically everything ben needs for budgeting can meet before 3:00 tomorrow in the station computer lab, that would be awesome. We should all collect notes and form one document laying out what we have found that way we can hand it to ben.

So basically, whoever can make it/ wants to make it should show up around 1:00 if possible.
And maybe we can skype some chris berry as well!

lets get this shit together!

can the various committees send me what they have by 3:00pm on Tues

That will give me time to compile your research and put something coherent together for my meeting. I am trying to raise start up money now, but will want to articulate how we want to grow in the coming years, so you can help me by differentiating between the two with regard to hardware/software/space, etc..

if you can provide pricing and specifics and rationale for the following;

dedicated server
live streaming/broadcasting software
hardware that allows us to do telephone interviews
hardware that allows us to stream live, remotely
booth construction/costs
what else?

also, for those of you that are working on visuals i was thinking it might be helpful to include the station tower,( conceptually, as illustration) the more we can marry the radio station to the station tower space the better ...

for licensing; please get in touch with amber. at this point I think it is wise to focus on web radio issues, so we can start broadcasting. Regardless of whether we get bandwidth down the road, we will more than likely have to prove to the admin that we are for real on the web first...

unless, you want to scrap the idea of any institutional relationship all together and become pirates. there is an argument to be made for that route too! either way, I am going to a meeting on wed a.m. to ask for seed money from the school and would like to include any licensing costs in the budget and be informed about the relevant issues.

also, please send me the abstracts for your radio shows you are interested in putting on. it will give them a sense of how great this is going to be!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

FCC and Licensing Research

I lost my phone list, very sorry. Can all Licensing and FCC researchers please meet tomorrow at 10:15 PM in the Station Computer lab. Or e-mail/call me at or 734.751.6790
Thank you!
-Amber Moyles