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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!

 

Update! Update! Read All About It!

Update! Update! Read All About It!

Hi friends!

Here we are at the end of Week 4 of the apocalypse! How’s everyone doing? Good? Good.

What a week it has been! This week, we covered the photography unit of digital storytelling. It was a lot of fun! Who doesn’t want to take pictures for an assignment?

First off, at the beginning of the week, I completed two Daily Creates! The first one I completed was last Tuesday, and I had to find an image, GIF, or other kind of media that reminded me of bones! What immediately came to mind was the “Bone Dance” from Hannah Montana. I’m not ashamed, and am pretty proud of the GIF I was able to make from it! Let me know if you start singing along to the words as you read them! I think this song/dance definitely qualifies as a representation of bones!

The second daily create I did was on Thursday. I was to create a “found poem” in which I collected tweets, lyrics, quotes, etc. and created a poem out of them! Here’s the result! Let me know if you can identify some/any/all of the lyrics, quotes, tweets, etc. in this!

I really love Daily Creates! They’re a great way to have a “creative break,” if you will.

I then shifted gears into the photography realm of the creative world. I learned a few tips in order to improve my photography skills, such as to wait for the perfect moment to capture the perfect photo and how to do that fun trick of making something big look small and how to make something small look big. After, I viewed a few galleries on the Abandoned America site in which I discovered a bunch of pictures of abandoned places such as schools, hospitals, institutions, prisons, and so much more! You should definitely check it out! Then, it was my turn, I took on the Photoblitz challenge. Basically, what this means is there is a website I went to in which I was assigned seven prompts of what I needed to take pictures of and I had a twenty-minute time frame to do this in. I succeeded! Below are the seven prompts I was given, and my results! Let me know what you think! (I’m very much a beginner!)

Then, I was to create a comparison of what I looked like before the apocalypse and what I looked like after! There is quite a difference, but I still have my glasses! If you want to make your own comparison, check out Juxtapose! It splits both pictures in half and then compares them side-by-side.

The next visual assignment I completed was having fun with typography! I took two photos that I found to relate to the apocalypse and put them through a typography-generator. After, I added text to the typography already existing, and made up messages that were written in a secret code that can be translated into real meanings. I don’t want to give away all of my secrets here, so if you want to see exactly what I did and what they mean, check it out!

The last assignment I had this week was exploring more science fiction films! I watched La Jetée and The Road. Instead of a regular movie, La Jetée, was a series of still images that told the story while a narrator explained it. After a nuclear war destroys Paris, a man goes through a set of experiments where he is able to visit the past, present, and future. I can’t say much more without spoiling it! You can find this on Netflix, too! The Road was also quite interesting and complex. You can find it on Netflix! It’s about a father and son’s journey through their post-apocalyptic world, while trying to save each other and survive all at the same time. I don’t want to give the whole story away, so definitely go watch it! You won’t regret it.

Until next week!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts. (Feel free to answer this question as well in the comments!)

I definitely think that an animated GIF can be considered a story. For one, there is a literal beginning and end, which is essential to every story. Some GIFs may only be 1 second long, but others can contain more than one scene or shot of something. If you add GIFs together, it becomes a ‘show’ or comic! Also, GIFs can tell literal stories if the creator adds text to the bottom of it! I really think any kind of media or object can tell a story. If I wear a specific necklace that has a lot of history to it, it’s telling a story. The same goes for a GIF. Also, when a person sees a GIF, they can be reminded of the TV show, movie, or other media that it came from, which then tells a story in their mind!

Some examples: