This week, I got to experiment with a bunch of sounds and audio! I just finished up posting an audio clip of me to Frequency 2156. If you’ve never heard of this site, it’s a website which is almost its own radio show. When you first go to the page, you immediately see a map of the entire globe with little pins all over the place. When you click on one, you can hear another person’s message from the apocalypse. You can even see where they are located and when they posted their message. Why is it called Frequency 2156? Well, the creators are pretending to be from the year 2156! It’s a lot of fun to listen to different messages, especially messages from people on a completely different continent. I definitely recommend going over there and listening to a few messages, and eventually share your own! Below is a screenshot I took from the website so you can have an example of what I’m talking about!
Try to see if you can find mine! (Hint: It’s located somewhere close to Washington D.C. and I used my first name, Elizabeth, as my name in the message.) You can listen to my own message on Frequency 2156, if you’d like! Send me one back or do me a favor, and find me some help, please!
I definitely believe that Frequency 2156 is a story. The different messages from around the world create a story in itself! I think it’s even more impactful and real due to the fact that you are able to listen to peoples’ voices. You can hear the fear, exhaustion, and hopelessness in everyone’s voices. When we read a story on paper, we don’t know what the characters’ voices sound like. We can only imagine it for ourselves, and chances are that everyone imagines something different. This story comes to life! Some of the people on Frequency 2156 talk about the things they have seen, where they are hiding, what they have found, why they need help, and so much more. It is almost as if you are reading a post-apocalyptic novel, but it’s in the form of an audiobook! It also reminds me of when I was in grade school and we would do that activity where one person writes a sentence on a piece of paper and then that person passes it to the person next to them. Then after the next person writes, they fold down the piece of paper so that the third person can only see what the second person writes. Then comes the fun part. At the end, you have a story that either makes some sense or no sense at all. It’s kind of like Mad Libs. Everyone gets to add a message, but you don’t know what anyone is going to say!
However, one fault I find with this program is the fact that once the apocalypse comes, I don’t think we’ll have any access to audio-recorders or the Internet, which are both quite important for this. I could be wrong, but I don’t know how much of a solution this site will give us in the apocalypse. Also, this website is not very well-known, so survivors may not know to look there for any word from their loved ones.
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For this assignment, I knew I had to record my voice, which I have said before that I don’t like doing. However, I’m slowly getting over this. I went to Audacity and recorded a message that I had written down prior to recording so that I could say everything I wanted to say. In case it’s difficult to understand me, below is my “script.”
“Hello? Hello? I don’t know if anyone can hear me but I have found shelter in an abandoned SUV. I’ve been here for a few days, and I have only seen about two or three other people walk by the car. We are all tired and hungry. We’re still survivors though! If you are listening, do me a favor, and send help. I don’ t know how much longer I can survive this. It’s cold and rainy, and it’s miserable. Please help.”
Once I recorded my message, I went back to freesound.org and found two sounds that I thought would perfectly act as ‘interference’ and background noise to my message so that it would sound slightly more realistic than the different sounds that are heard in my dorm room. The two sounds were howling wind and radio static.
Let me know what you all think!