As the year has gone on I’ve developed the routine of creating a radio-esc music sampler called the GF Wave; it combines a couple of my passions, editing & music. I’m currently in my 7th GF Wave of the year and it is gaining popularity among the school. Since my blog is about music, I wanted to make a post about the process of creating the GF Wave and how it all comes together.
Making the GF Wave is a 4 day process (Monday through Thursday).
Monday is spent brainstorming themes and scouring the depths of YouTube for music.
Tuesday is piecing the music/theme together and writing out the script.
Wednesday is getting the final edits/approval from Mr.Harrison and downloading the music.
Thursday night is recording voice over/editing it all together.
Surprisingly, the hardest part of making the GF Wave is finding the music to play. You must meet certain criteria: no suggestive themes, no violent terms, no cursing of any kind, avoiding mundane/sad songs, must also be somewhat enjoyed/tolerated by teachers, BUT must be relevant and recognized by a general population of high schoolers. Around ⅘ of the music you find on a “Top 50” playlist doesn’t meet this criteria and then I have to think it’s a decent enough song to associate my name and the classes name with.
Shoutout to Grace Loizzo for helping me out by helping me find themes and music, she provides a fresher perspective than mine and Mr. Harrison’s regarding music choice.
I have resources and equipment that use to create the wave, for example: I record all voice over on a digital recorder, all editing is done within Adobe Premiere Elements 11, script writing/sharing is done in Google Docs, and music is downloaded in YouTube to MP3 converter. Although it’s only a 8-9 minute show, it takes hours of work to create it.
So far this year, my favorite GF Wave has been my Back to the Future/80’s themed wave. It was a lot of fun finding 80s music, talking with 80s slang, and using Back to the Future sound bites/music. Typically, themes are chosen based on what has happened that week or what will happen on the day it comes out (Friday). It can be anything from halloween theme to pump-up playlist for a football game; that amount of diversity/creativity available is really awesome.
The GF Wave has become my baby, I take a lot of pride in it & I will always do my hardest to make it the best it can be. When I see people singing/dancing along to it in the halls I am overwhelmed with a sense joy that all the time spent on it by Mr.Harrison, Grace, and I was justified.