The “Create a Place” assignment was to “Create a place by just using sound. For example, make the listener know where they are if outside use birds, cars, etc.”
I decided to create a farmyard scene. I used freesound.org to find lots of different sounds, such as a rooster, birds, chickens, etc., and overlapped and cut them using Audacity. I think it’s pretty easy to tell what the place I created was by just listening to it. You can listen below!
The “DS106 Radio Commercial” assignment was to “Create a commercial featuring an item that you have invented that would be extremely useful to your favorite movie or TV Show character. Try to be as creative and abstract as possible. Must include sound effects or background music and be at least 20 seconds in length.”
I decided to use this assignment toward the required radio show work for the week. I created a commercial to be played on the radio station that I am working on. The commercial is done by my character, Mia, who encourages people (especially secret agents) to check out their local library!
I created the commercial using Audacity and freesound.org. I chose music that seemed to fit the mood of the commercial. You can listen to the finished product below.
The “Create a DS106 Radio Bumper” assignment was to create a bumper for DS106 radio. Since my group mates and I are currently working on creating our own radio show, I decided to do a bumper for that specifically. I created a bumper that I think would be good to play right at the beginning of the show since it introduces it and thanks people for listening.
I created the bumper with Audacity and got the music from freesound.org. I used fun music that sounds kind of like secret agent music. You can listen to the bumper below!
The instructions for the “Tongue Twister” assignment were to “Say any tongue twister as fast as you can and include a background sound to layer it.” I decided to use the classic Peter Piper tongue twister. I recorded myself saying it and uploaded the audio to Audacity. Then I figured out how to repeat the clip multiple times, since I couldn’t actually say it more than once. Then I found a clip on freesounds.org to layer with it. I picked a song that I thought complemented the tongue twister pretty well. I had to turn the volume of my voice recording up and the music clip down. Then I trimmed both clips and uploaded the final track to SoundCloud. You can listen to the finished product below.
What does the morning sound like for a secret agent? The instructions for the “Sound Effects Story” assignment are to “Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds.”
I decided to create the story of my character’s morning. Mia doesn’t need an alarm clock, because her dog wakes her up almost every morning. In my story, Mia is woken up by her dog Gus barking. She yawns, and then grabs his leash and collar. They head out the door and into the sounds of the early morning for a walk.
This assignment was a fun one! It took me awhile to think of how I wanted the story to go, and then to find the sounds that I wanted on freesound.org. I uploaded each of the sounds to Audacity and then spent awhile trimming them to the length that I wanted. I lined them up so that the story flowed well and made sense. You can listen to the finished product below.
This week was the first time I was introduced to DS106 Radio, and I was also given the opportunity to create a radio bumper for it. The instructions for the “Create A Ds106 Radio Bumper” assignment were “Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into. So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.”
First I recorded a clip of myself giving a message. I uploaded the clip to Audacity and trimmed it a bit. Then I went to freesound.org and decided to look for an audio clip that sounded like secret agent music. I uploaded that to Audacity as well. I aligned the clips so that the timing was right and the music changed right as I began to speak. I made sure that that music did not overpower my words, but instead complemented the message. I am happy with the final product, which you can listen to below!
The instructions for the “Make Noise From a Normal Sample” assignment were to “Make Noise!! The title is pretty self explanatory. Take a recognizable song or sound, and then turn it into a completely unrecognizable sound. For example, take a dog barking and make it sound like tv static. This can be accomplished using any DAW (digital audio workspace, for those unaware) or some online audio editor.”
First, I went to http://freesound.org and found an audio clip to use. I chose this sound of a ticking clock. Then I uploaded the clip to Audacity and experimented with it! There were lots of different options to change it around. This was a great assignment to help me learn how to navigate Audacity and explore my options for future assignments. My final product is below. I think it ended up sounding kind of like the ocean combined with some weird scary sound from a movie. It definitely sounds nothing like the original clip!
I’m sure we’ve all received some weird spam, whether it be an urgent email from a fake credit card company, or a job offer for 10k a week. The instructions for the “Taking Back Spam” assignment were to “Find some spam. Could be email spam, could be comment spam, whatever you want. Read it aloud. Make it your own. Try to make sense of it or make it more absurd than it already is.”
I decided to go with a classic… an email from the Prince of Nigeria. I found a spam email and recorded a dramatic reading of it on this site. Then I uploaded the clip to Audacity. I then went to CC Search and found a music clip that I thought would go along well with my recording. I trimmed both clips and turned the sound down a bit for the background music. Then I saved the mp3 file to my computer and uploaded the clip to Soundcloud. You can listen to the final product below!