This week was my favorite so far. I have always loved audio storytelling. I grew up listening to a lot of Focus on the Family Radio Theatre – Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden, The Hiding Place. However, my absolute favorite production was The Chronicles of Narnia. I’m pretty sure that I listened to it enough times that I still have it memorized. Before this week, I had never thought that much about why those audio books meant so much to me as a child, but now I realize why.

In Jad Abumrad’s videos– How Radio Creates Empathy and Digital Shamanism and Old-Fashioned, Newfangled Storytelling Magic  – he talks about the empathy and connection that the radio causes us to feel. This is why I always loved The Chronicles of Narnia as a child. It wasn’t like a movie, where I was just observing that characters. I was really there with them, walking through the wardrobe and experiencing the magic of Narnia for the first time. I felt connected to the books and to the characters because I had the chance to share in their experiences.

I was able to rediscover this phenomenon as I listened to “Moon Graffiti”, another great example of audio storytelling. This blog post is my reflection on sound and audio storytelling that I wrote afterward.

Although I have always loved experiencing audio storytelling, I had never created audio myself before this week. This made me a little unsure of how the assignments would go. However, after I downloaded and experimented with Audacity for a while, I realized that I was really going to enjoy the different tasks.

I was able to tune in to ds106 radio twice this week and participate in some live “tweet-alongs.” This method of listening radio while communicating with other people was interesting. Here is my blog post that includes my thoughts and reflections on this experience.

My next task was to create a radio bumper for the station. This was a fun activity, and I am happy with my finished product. Maybe someday I’ll hear it played!

I also completed 12 stars worth of audio assignments this week. My first assignment was to take some spam and make it my own. For the second assignment, I took a normal sound and completely changed it. The third assignment was to create a story using only sound effects, which my character helped me with. The fourth assignment was to create something with a tongue twister. All of these assignments took a little more work than some have other weeks, but I didn’t mind. I really thought that experimenting with the different audio techniques was fun!

Below are my three daily creates that I did this week.

After completing the assignments and learning more about the ds106 radio, I wrote a post about a potential idea that I have for the radio show project that we have coming up.

I really enjoyed reading and commenting on my fellow classmates’ blogs this week. I also thought that the Best of ds106 form was a good idea, and made me think more about why I liked certain posts.

Learning about how sounds influence stories is important. If you were to just listen to a book being read out loud, it would be okay. But if you add sound effects, music, and different voices, you can be transported to a different world. You can hear what is happening, feel a sense of urgency or happiness based on the music, and feel connected to the story and characters.

This week was a really great one for me. I loved the fact that we were talking about something that was a big part of my childhood, which allowed me to think back on my experiences and look at things differently. Audio storytelling is something that is often not given enough credit. I’m glad that we were able to focus on it this week and learn about some of the different reasons why it is so personal and important.