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Week 5: We Did It Guys

Week 5: We Did It Guys

Once again, we have reached the end of another week surviving The End.

This week, the focus was on learning all about audio! I’ll say this. I’ve become much more comfortable with using different audio platforms such as SoundCloud and Audacity. I used to hate recording my voice and then having to listen to my own voice. I’ve slowly overcome this fear/hatred.

In the past, as I wrote in a post earlier this week, I have worked with audio for past assignments. Last semester in my digital studies class, I had to record my own podcast. In that podcast, I talked about my dad, who grew up in the late 50s and 60s, and his childhood in which he didn’t have nearly as much technology as we do now. Also, back when I was in high school in my Spanish class, we had to record ourselves saying vocabulary words or phrases as numerous homework assignments. I dreaded those assignments. I was so embarrassed by how I sounded, especially since I had to speak another language.

One assignment I did this week was compiling one recording that includes some of my favorite sounds! I’ve never really thought about what sounds I like, but I know what sounds I do not like. Nails on a chalkboard, metal scratching metal, alarm clock, etc. In my recording, I not only thought of my own favorite sounds, but I also thought about sounds that many people enjoy. The sounds I included were a thunderstorm, a cat purring, a summer night, a car driving down the road, and someone playing the piano. If you’d like to listen, you can listen below! Let me know if you like any of these sounds, and also the sounds that you like but I didn’t include!

Sounds are constantly being created and heard, whether you realize them or not. There is that famous question, “If a tree falls in the woods, but no one is there, does it make a sound?” The answer is yes (at least in my opinion).

Sound and audio also can help tell stories! I listened to the DS 106 radio show on Wednesday night. On the show, there was a “fake” news broadcast in which a deadly disease and an alien invasion take place. Slowly, you hear everyone begin to be affected by this. One of the reporters tries to explain what is going on, but tragedy begins to occur. While listening to this, I “live-Tweeted” while using specific hashtags so I could join the conversation with my peers! Below are some examples of what I was saying!

Another assignment from this week was leaving a message on the website Frequency 2156. If you’ve never heard of this site, it’s a website in which anyone anywhere in the world is able to record and publish an audio message for everyone and anyone to listen to. People on a completely different continent are able to leave a message that I or anyone else can listen to. Another very important aspect of this website is the fact that everyone leaving messages are survivors of the apocalypse that hits in the year 2156. Who knows if we’ll have access to this website during the apocalypse, but we can only hope! In my message, I asked for help, while also adding background noise to make it sound like static and interference! I encourage you to leave your own message! Here’s my message!

The last audio assignment I completed this week was one where I mixed Disney with the apocalypse. Yes. You read that correctly. I searched “disney villain songs” on YouTube and I got quite a lot of results. I downloaded the audio from the videos I liked and was able to cut certain parts all together to make a story about the apocalypse. I tried my best to make it somewhat relate to the movie I watched last week, The Road. Listen below! Who doesn’t love Disney?

Finally, the last assignment I did this week was create my own character for my class’s apocalypse! I came up with a character whose name is Annalise Huddleston and she’s a doctor. I’m so excited to see where I take this character through the rest of the semester and through a story! If you’d like to get to know my character more, then you can find out more about her in this post!

That’s all for this week! See you guys on the other side of next week!


WEEKLY QUESTION:

How are you feeling? Be specific. 

I’m good! I have gotten all of my assignments for this week, which is always a relief! I had a lot of fun exploring with audio! This past week has been quite overwhelming. Reading after reading. Paper after paper. Assignment after assignment. This class is enjoyable and I love it. I’ve also been trying my absolute hardest to avoid the flu that seems to be spreading around like wildfire. I don’t have the time to be sick! I’m also very ready for spring break! Two weeks to go!

 

My History with Audio

My History with Audio

This week has been all about diving into the audio world!

I love to listen to music anytime I can. I also love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks when I can! I’m the person in the gym typically listening to a podcast of some sort rather than listening to music while on the treadmill. If I’m not listening to music, a podcast, or an audiobook, I am watching YouTube or Netflix. It’s an unhealthy obsession, really.

As a child, I owned my own Walk-Man and I would carry around my little case, with Barbie on the front, full of CDs. I would listen to each song on a CD and once CD was completely over, I’d pop the lid on the player and would put a new CD in. I would also sing along to the songs, but would forget my parents couldn’t hear the actual song so they just heard me singing at the top of my lungs to my music.

In the past, I have had to use SoundCloud and other audio-producing programs to complete different assignments. Last semester, I had to create an episode of my own “podcast” in which I talked about the evolution of technology and media. I recorded it on GarageBand, and was able to edit it before turning it in. I added royalty-free music behind it to make it sound more “professional” and enticing.

Also, in high school, for my Spanish class, I would have to record myself saying words and phrases in Spanish for homework. I always hated it because for one, I hated the sound of my voice, and two, I hated having to actually record myself saying these things because I was embarrassed by the way I pronounced things, and if I slightly stumbled over my words, I would delete the entry and start over completely.

However, this week, I have been able to open my eyes, and ears, more to the world of audio production. After looking at my class’s audio tips page, I’ve learned quite a few new tricks and tips for making audio that people want to listen to. I think it’s so cool when you are listening to something and it has different audio clips playing over one another to make it sound like radio interference or record scratches. I also realized how important it is to create the audio at a normal pace so that it doesn’t sound like you’re nervous and just trying to get through everything you want to say, and so you don’t sound like that lady in church who doesn’t know how to read at a normal pace and it feels as though it takes her twenty-minutes to read one sentence. I think the audio should heard at the same pace as if you were reading the words on a page.

After watching Radio Lab’s Jad Abumrad, I realized just how much listening to audio can paint you hundreds of pictures, and not everyone imagines the same exact thing. The radio, just like a TV or cellphone, is a way to tell stories. As Abumrad also says, storytelling is something that has gone on for many, many years, and it continues to be a relevant practice that is important to each and every culture.