My Natural World: A Thank You to John Cooney

For many years I listened to the radio show “The Natural World” on my morning commute. The Natural World was broadcast on KLCC and hosted by John Cooney, who would travel around the Valley exploring the world around us. Within his broadcasts John always included the sounds of our natural world in the background — usually birds chirping and water flowing.

In November I learned that John was in hospice. The news caused me to reflect on the inspiration he had given me over the years. Of course I was inspired to explore the places he had been, however I also realized that John had inspired me creatively as well.

At that very time, I was working on a project for a class at LCC that involved doing my own recordings, and I had purposefully chosen a project that involved recording birds song.

Using these sounds I created an “audio card” to share with John, thanking him for the years of inspiration that he provided. Not knowing John or his circumstances, I created the audio card quickly and sent it to him as soon as I could.

Now, with my class was over, I have remixed the audio and uploaded the podcast to SoundCloud. I also created an accompanying image which I think shows the merging of nature and sound.

OZ Great and Powerful

Fall term is finished, which means that I put the finishing touches on my Audio Production project. I worked on this project all term as we learned about sound, microphones, recording, and ProTools.

For this project, we were given about 30 movie clips to chose from. I chose this scene from “Oz Great and Powerful” for two reasons — first because I knew my friend Jim would do an awesome job doing the voice over for Oz, and second, because I loved all the bird noises in the background.

In all, I recorded about 85% of these sounds. My goal had been 100% but honestly, recording can take a lot of time! Hearing it come together, and especially at the end when I began to run all the sounds through the equalizers and hearing how they became richer and more engaging, was exciting. It was also a lot of fun seeing and hearing it being played on the theater on campus.