Audio – shamaudio.
I dreaded this week with a passion. Coming into this week, my exposure to audio included listening to various outlets such as broadcast radio. Nonetheless, I had no clue how to compile a sound byte or even create an mp3. I even purposely procrastinated on completing the audio alternative history assignment because I had no earthly clue on where to begin.
However, in spite of all of my apprehension, I actually enjoyed learning how to navigate through the audio editor Audacity, and trying my hand at creating something new and entertaining. A recommendation that really helped was to select a few of the “easy” assignments posted on the Audio Bank, to gain more exposure on editing and layering different sound clips in order to produce a cohesive product.
Watching the video “Layered Audio Editing in Audacity: The Remake” helped tremendously. It was one of the videos posted in the Audio Resources site, and where I gained the most value. I resourced freesound.org for all of the sound effects utilized for the audio assignment submissions. Just like any skill that you encounter, the more you practice the easier it becomes. By the time I was ready to attack the audio alternative history assignment, I completed it in less time than any of the previous assignments due to the fact that I had already been practicing on Audacity. And I must admit, this has been my most favorite topic so far.
This was the first audio assignment that I completed. It took me almost three hours to compile a ninety second sound byte! Even now, as I listen to the audio clip that I created, I can pick out different areas where I should have utilized the “Fade In/Fade Out” effects better to maintain fluidity.
The story should portray a person traveling to a Mexican beach. Sounds of various modes of transportation were utilized, such as a car driving through traffic to get to the airport, and an airplane taking the traveler to their destination. Music from a mariachi band was downloaded to indicate the destination of Mexico. In the end, you can hear the waves breaking on the shoreline to help envision a relaxing environment, coupled with a few seagulls squawking in the distance. My husband and I honeymooned in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in 2015. The clarity of the water, the smell of the ocean, and the sounds of the beach are ones I will never forget.
This is the second audio assignment that I completed. Sounds that naturally provide a calming and relaxing atmosphere were chosen. In addition, I consider myself to be a morning person, and I associate all of these effects as being heard during the morning hours. The sound of bells were chosen to indicate the start of a religious service. More beach sounds were selected, along with a person running in the sand, to envision a morning run. The last sound chosen was thunder and rain, because I personally like waking up to the sound of rain in the morning.
This is a screen shot of what my Audacity photo editor looked like as I created this sound byte. In this assignment, I experimented with the volume to create sounds that can be coupled together without overpowering each other.
This is the third assignment that I created and the goal was to put together a compilation of unpleasant sounds to create the worst sound ever. I am not, nor have I ever been a fan of horror movies. All these sounds chosen are ones that undoubtedly create an uncomfortable environment.
The large sound waves are the ominous screeches depicted in the sound byte. To me, they were the most uncomfortable and unpleasant to listen to.
This was the dreaded audio alternative history assignment. While the sound effects story took me three hours to complete, this one only took me about an hour and a half to layer and edit the different sound bytes. The most time consuming aspect of this assignment was gathering up the facts in order to create the “dedication” speech. By the way, all the facts of the World Trade Center were taken from the WTC history website.
A few of the sounds that were applied to this assignment included New York City traffic, applause from a telethon, and band music from a Veteran’s Day celebration. I would image that a dedication ceremony for the World Trade Center would be a very patriotic event to the community of New York, which is why I imagined the towers being dedicated to the NYPD and NYFD.
I felt very comfortable copying/pasting/deleting various pieces of the sound waves in order to layer a cohesive product. Also, in Audacity the “silence audio selection” was utilized a great deal because some of these sound waves were very long in length. The band music for example was 12 minutes long. However, I trimmed down the area that I needed and pasted it at the end of my clip.
Comments and participation
This one was on Yousef’s post “Every Horror Movie Ever.” I told him I thought his sound effects were super scary and I almost did not listen to his created sound byte in its entirety. It made my skin crawl.
This comment was made on Abby’s post “What’s your story?” Although, I appreciated learning something new from her (I had no idea you could add a photo to your SoundCloud,) I really did not get the story she was trying to portray. The beginning sounded like a beautiful beach with singing birds, but at the end, a large animal growled in my face. It reminded me of a dinosaur snacking on his lunch.
The link above should take you to the two required Daily Create submissions on twitter.
Like I mentioned earlier, I throughly enjoyed this challenging week. Working with Audacity is not as bad as I expected, however I do feel that I only have the basic skills mastered. Any suggestions on an audio editing class to further expand my knowledge base would be greatly appreciated.