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“These Are A Few of My Favorite”… Sounds!

“These Are A Few of My Favorite”… Sounds!

For this assignment from the assignment bank, I was to create an audio recording of four or five of my favorite sounds. This really got me thinking because I’ve never really thought about what sounds I actually like. I know what sounds I don’t like because every time I hear them I want to either pull my hair out or scream. Some of these are: nails on a chalkboard, metal scraping against metal (or a fork scraping loudly across a plate), fire alarms, alarm clocks, and so many more! As you can tell, I’m kind of picky and a lot of sounds tend to set me off.

This assignment was fun because I could think about different things that I like to hear! You don’t really realize it but sounds are constantly being created. Right now, I’m listening to music in my headphones and I’m listening to my fingers tap on the keys of my keyboard as I type this post. I finally came up with some sounds that I think are nice or comforting to listen to. I was able to go to freesound.org and find each sound I included. At the end of the recording, I combined all five sounds together as an “experiment” to see what it would sound like. To be honest, I felt like a child mixing everything I could find into one container and then shaking it up! You can hear each sound clearly in my recording, but just in case it’s difficult to decipher what each sound is, I’ve listed them below!

1st sound: Thunderstorm

2nd sound: A summer night outside

3rd sound: A cat purring

4th sound: A car driving down the road

5th sound: Someone playing the piano

I don’t know if you agree with my choices of sounds, but let me know if you also like listening to some or all of these, too! Let me know what you think!!


BEHIND THE SCENES OF THIS POST:

For this assignment, I really had to think about what sounds I like to listen to. It was difficult because I realized that I don’t stop to think about sounds that I like, but I do love music.

I went to freesound.org  and found numerous sound effects or recordings that were free and available for me to use them in this project. Once I compiled some of my favorite sounds, I used Audacity to combine them all together into one recording. I tried to leave some of the recordings in their original full-length to give the full “effect.” However, one of them I had to trim down quite a bit because it was almost half-an-hour long. This was a lot of fun to do and I hope to get to do it again in the future!

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.